Procurement Officer

Company Name & Location: 

The South Carolina State Library. Columbia, SC.

Columbia, South Carolina: 

Columbia combines all the graces of the rich past with the vibrance of the emerging Sun Belt. It's the state capital and home to a major university. One of America's outstanding zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is just minutes from the state capital. The State Museum also tells the colorful history of South Carolina. If you like water sports, Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre playground less than 15 minutes from the heart of the city.

Two pictures, one of the State Library and one of the Columbia cityscape

The South Carolina State Library: 

map of South Carolina

The South Carolina State Library (SCSL) serves the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment.  We develop, support, and sustain a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger.

If you are looking for an organization that offers:

  • a collaborative and inclusive work environment
  • an excellent work culture
  • paid professional memberships
  • professional development and learning opportunities for staff
  • tuition assistance
  • an opportunity to work with professionals that are passionate about delivering exceptional results and advancing the mission and vision of their organization

Then South Carolina State Library is the organization for you!

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. SCSL bears responsibility for public library development, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. The Agency is a locus for collaborative library endeavors of all kinds and works closely with the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Headquartered in downtown Columbia, SCSL is well-supported with state and federal funds. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. The State Library succeeds because of the people we employ:  Passionate professionals who believe South Carolina library users deserve first-rate resources, services, and support. We are seeking talented, enthusiastic individuals who wish to join us in making a contribution to the development of great public libraries. The South Carolina State Library is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


We outwardly demonstrate who we are as an organization through our values. Our people are our greatest resource and our values drive our people.

  • Communication:  We believe communication in every direction and through multiple methods is essential to doing our work at the highest level. As an information organization, we use a transparent process for decision making which encourages creativity and fosters collaboration among staff and our community.
  • Flexibility:  An agile organization is one that can change course to provide better services. We define our organization in this way and pride ourselves in being good stewards of all resources.
  • Community Driven:  Our community is the state. Our value is demonstrated in what we are able to give back as public servants. We believe that by remaining open to our community’s needs, we can personalize experiences for individuals and groups.
  • Inclusivity:  We strive to expand opportunities to better connect with others and break down barriers. Integrity, respect, and equality guide our performance and we are committed to hiring staff that reflect our community.
  • Professionalism:  Our staff model professionalism by providing a welcoming environment, excellent customer service, valuing diversity, and supporting multiple methods of service delivery. A well-trained and knowledgeable staff is our greatest asset.

Position Overview: 

We have a great career opportunity available for a Procurement Officer in our Columbia, South Carolina headquarters.


The Procurement Officer will manage the day to day activities related to procuring goods and services for the South Carolina State Library.  


The candidate must have excellent customer service skills with the ability to interact courteously and effectively with internal and external customers. They should have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines under limited supervision. They must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with all levels of staff and management.

Compensation & Benefits: 

Hiring Range:  $40,000 - $50,394

Need more reasons to apply?

SCSL is committed to providing our employees with a collaborative and inclusive work environment that provides challenging work, personal and professional growth, and a work/life balance. 

In addition to all the great perks we’ve already shared, we also offer:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Retirement, and more
  • 15 days of annual leave per year
  • 15 days of sick leave per year
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Team Building Activities – We believe in growing together

Don’t miss this great opportunity to take your career to the next level!  Apply today.  

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age (over 40), sex, including pregnancy and childbirth (or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Essential Duties of the Position: 
  • Review purchase requisitions to determine method of procurement, utilization of state contracts, and compliance with procurement code. 
  • Process shopping carts, good receipts, and purchase orders. 
  • Source potential and minority vendors, prepares invitations for bids, conducts bid opening, evaluates bids and awards contracts.  
  • Update agency Dashboard system per SCSL guidelines.  
  • Load and unload packages, receive and ensure the delivery of packages and materials to the appropriate person, includes some local deliveries and pick-ups. 
  • Oversees agency contracts.  
  • Track purchases, compile information and files, and prepare reports.  
  • Reconcile Bank of America monthly p-card statements for account allocation, and assist in reconciling the agency's internal dashboard monthly.
  • Maintain proper inventory control procedures and complete a physical inventory each year in accordance with appropriate Federal or State guidelines of all accountable equipment/furniture according to State Capital Asset regulations.
  • Coordinate the maintenance and sale of vehicles and equipment. 
The Candidate: 

Minimum Requirements:

  • This position requires a high school diploma and work experience that is directly related to the area of employment. A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for required work experience. 
  • This position will require the operation of a state vehicle; must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Occasional local or overnight travel.
  • Be able to lift 25 to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in a related field plus one (1) year of related work experience; or, an Associate degree in a related field plus (2) years of related work experience; or, a high school diploma plus (4) years related work experience.
  • Familiar with the use of SCEIS or similar systems used for processing requisitions, purchasing orders, and /or receipt or purchases. 
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Software, including Microsoft Excel.