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1997 Supplier Diversity Manager - Durham, NC

The Organization:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided $8.5 billion in financing to 159,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. The Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations includes Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 150,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago, Florida and South Carolina. Learn more at, and


Position Description:

At Self-Help, our mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. As part of that mission, we believe in helping small and underutilized businesses grow and thrive. We recognize it is important for our organization to directly utilize the businesses that we support and serve as a financial institution. To further this initiative, Self-Help is seeking a Supplier Diversity Manager to join our team in Durham.  We are seeking a quality-focused, customer-oriented individual with the business and critical skills to manage a wide variety of supplier diversity activities.

The Manager of Supplier Diversity will manage various aspects of Self-Help’s Supplier Diversity Initiative including, policies, procedures, processes, and communications to increase opportunities for and participation with businesses owned by women and people of color. He/she/they will directly engage in vendor outreach, vendor due diligence, pair internal opportunities with vetted suppliers and support supplier relationship building.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Successfully manage the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Initiative by developing and implementing strategies to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the program including:
  • Serve as the liaison for the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Initiative on a local, state and regional level.
  • Train staff about the program and work throughout the organization to increase awareness.
  • Work with an internal Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee tasked with giving input and suggestions on the direction and administration of the program.
  • Serve as a staff resource for market research analysis.
  • Maintain a Supplier Diversity and Inclusion website, brochures, handouts and other promotional items.
  • Generate M/WBE reports as requested or required by internal teams, leadership or the Board of Directors.
  • Guide staff with sourcing responsibility towards consistently including diverse suppliers when making purchasing decisions.
  • Assist with identification of existing M/WBE suppliers as well as introduce new M/WBE suppliers for specific commodities or categories.
  • Lead supplier outreach for participation in expo and trade fairs, summits, conferences, training and networking events that will raise the awareness, visibility of the program and serve as a source for new suppliers. This includes coordinating on-site/off-site supplier networking events.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related professional experience in procurement and/or supplier diversity program management, including small/diverse vendor outreach and small/diverse vendor sourcing.
  • Strong commitment to our mission – creating economic opportunity for traditionally underserved communities.
  • Preference for working in organizations that place priority on teamwork and collaboration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Can build positive relationships and trust with external partners and internal staff. Adept at using influence without authority.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with supplier diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in varied professional, socio-economic and cultural contexts.
  • Problem solving skills to solve problems effectively and creatively while maintaining a high level of flexibility, professionalism and integrity.
  • Highly resourceful self-starter, fast-learner and able to deal with demanding situations on a day-to-day basis.
  • Ability to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently to meet goals, objectives, and deadlines.
  • Effective in working behind the scenes.
  • Possess a high level of positive energy and drive.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Excellent listening skills.
  • Expert analytical and quantitative skills including financial analysis, cost, and spend analysis.
  • Strong Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work overtime as needed.


Physical Requirements:


Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 40 pounds.




Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.




To apply, send resume and cover letter, describing why you are a fit for this position, to Please include the position title as the subject.  Application must be received by October 24, 2019  to ensure consideration.  Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool.  The position will remain posted until filled.


Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.