Commodity Manager (Flexible; NYC, D.C. or Houston preferred)

The Role

As the Director of Commodity Management, you will play a key, centralized role by managing a national portfolio of about 10 commodities worth several million dollars, ranging from copiers to rental cars. You will hold the keys to many problems and the answers to many questions for both our vendors and our staff members. In addition, with a relentless eye towards negotiations and costs, you will deliver higher valued goods and services that drive cost savings and enable TFA to redirect funds towards its mission. You will serve as one of Teach For America’s sourcing experts and provide training and support to staff as needed. Every Teach For America staff member uses and depends upon the commodities you will support and the vendors you select. You will report to the head of the Procurement department.

The Team

The Procurement team provides direction and support to the organization’s $100 million of annual spend through policy creation and enforcement, customized trainings and individualized support during the procurement process. Additionally, the Procurement team’s direct portfolio consists of over a hundred national vendors with an annual spend of over $10 million. The Procurement Team is a part of the National Administration team, which also manages our real estate strategy and facilities.


Primary Responsibilities

National Commodity Management (50%)

  • Provide outstanding holistic support to internal stakeholders for commodities portfolio (~10 vendors) including: researching requirements, recommending and ordering goods/services, implementing recommendations, and troubleshooting a wide variety of problems that arise around vendor performance and commodities portfolio
  • Develop strong collaborative partnerships with internal stakeholders and business teams, building reputation as an expert in the operational and technical aspects of portfolio
  • Ensure vendors meet contractual obligations and monitor vendor performance, interacting with those not meeting goals to determine remedial actions required
  • Meet with key suppliers at set intervals for the goal of continuous improvement and supplier retention
  • Analyze multiple sets of vendor data, and draw actionable conclusions based on patterns and trends identified

Vendor Sourcing (30%)

  • Conduct nationwide searches for a variety of commodities. These searches include sourcing requirements, vendor identification, Request for Proposal (RFP) creation and execution, contract negotiations, recommendations to senior level executives.
  • Develop content for staff member trainings on vendor sourcing and provide support to teams conducting sourcing events

Vendor Diversity Program (20%)

  • Provide significant support in developing and implementing Teach For America’s vendor diversity initiative


Prior Experience

  • At least four years of progressive purchasing/supplier/commodity management experience, with a history of successfully conducting Request For Proposals, building & maintaining supplier relationships and demonstrating clear value delivery / cost reduction.

Work Demands

  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various US cities approx. 5 times per year


  • Ability to build strong relationships with external vendors and internal customers, sometimes in challenging situations
  • Enjoys and excels at managing a large and complex portfolio and is able to effectively prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Skilled in using logic and data to perform analyses and inform decisions
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills;
  • Ability to think boldly, strategically and independently
  • Pro-active, relentless approach with the ability to manage up
  • Positive attitude, desire to be a part of a diverse team, and commitment to Teach for America’s mission


  • BA/BS degree required

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Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff:

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