Procurement Counselor @ East Carolina University - Greenville, NC

Procurement Counselor

This position is an intermediate level professional position through which the SBTDC’s counseling, training, research and technical assistance services are provided to small business owners. The Procurement Counselor will counsel clients on a variety of business issues with emphasis on how to do business with federal, state, and local governments. The counselor will help a sizable number of clients, both in the regional offices and elsewhere throughout an assigned multi-county geographic area.

The counselor’s services will include but are not limited to:

a. Identifying marketing opportunities for the client’s products or services through researching award history.

b. Advising and assisting clients in the preparation and proper submission of applications, certifications, registrations, locating government specifications and standards.

c. Advising and assisting clients with preparation and submission of bids and proposals (contract administration).

d. Advising and assisting clients concerning post award functions. As a minimum the assistance should include: Production, Quality Systems, Accounting Systems, Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF), Transportation and Packaging, and Subcontracting.

e. Educating Clients in the following areas: Federal, state, and local government contracting laws, policies, and procedures. Emphasis should be placed on requirements and procedures used by the DoD and other federal agencies.; DoD Mentor-Protege Program, SBIR and STTR and other federal and state specialty programs.

f. The counselor has been designated as part of the SBTDC “Emergency/Disaster Recovery” team being prepared to work with FEMA and provide small business contacts as needed during emergency procedures.

g. Counselor will fast track those clients willing to pay a fee for services above and beyond what would be considered normal counseling services. Examples include: 8(a) Business Development Certification, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Certification, HUB Certification (State of North Carolina), Mentor-Protege Development Services, Proposal Preparation, GSA, Marketing and SOD Events.

h. Other tasks as assigned by the State PTAC Program Director and Regional Center Director.

The person filling this position will promote the SBTDC-PTAC throughout the multi-county area served by that center. This includes representing the SBTDC at meetings and conferences, making contacts with potential sources of referrals and with prospective groups of clients. Making public appearances as directed.

The person filling this position has to maintain confidential client records. Specific duties include: A. Maintaining adequate records of client-related activities. B. Providing reports on client counseling and training efforts. C. Contributing to program evaluations undertaken by the SBTDC. D. Assisting in the preparation of other reports and in carrying out other administrative duties as assigned.
The counselor has to design and deliver training programs and provide assistance in group settings through seminars and workshops given across the state of North Carolina.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

License or Certification required by statute or regulation


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

The SBTDC Procurement Counselor must have broad general knowledge and experience in government procurement principles and procedures as well as the ability to communicate, execute, and deploy solutions to general business issues. Government contracting experience as well as general business experience is desired. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are a must. The counselor must have the ability to handle multiple assignments, organize work, and assign priorities with minimal supervision and must be self motivated. Some overnight travel is required. The procurement counselor is responsible for achieving a minimum of 40 continuing professional education credits annually. Part of the credit is met by attending the annual statewide SBTDC professional development training. The counselor should attend the APTAC spring and fall conferences as well to stay abreast of the many changes and developments in contracting and general business.
A Master’s degree in business administration and a minimum of three years of relevant work experience or a bachelor’s degree in business and five years of relevant work experience preferred. Or bachelor’s degree in business or related field and one year of entrepreneurial experience or three years experience in a management capacity.

License or Certification required by the Department


Special Instructions to Applicant

  • Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application. Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.

  • If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).

  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis.

Job Open Date

Job Close Date - Positions will be posted until 11:59 p.m. EST on this date; If no closing date is indicated, the position will be posted until filled and may close at any time after the recruitment has been completed.

Open Until Filled

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Alternate option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.


East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.
Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected]

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. If highest degree earned is from an institution outside of the U.S. and its territories, final candidates are required to have their degree validated as equivalent to the degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.