Purchasing Specialist, State of Iowa, Mental Health Institute - Cherokee

State of Iowa, Mental Health Institute

1251 W Cedar Loop, Cherokee, Iowa 51012

We are seeking a Purchasing Specialist to join the team at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute (CMHI). This is a full-time position with a 7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday schedule.  We also offer a strong opportunity for advancement, growth and development.

We have a great total compensation package, including:

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Retirement Investors Club (RIC) (Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan)
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays (9 days/year)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

For additional information on benefits click here

Desired Qualifications:

Graduation from high school, or G.E.D., and experience equal to four years full-time work in the procurement of standardized, expendable/non-expendable items;


graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in business or public administration, accounting or economics;


an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of the required experience for each year (30 semester hours or one year) of the required education.  

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description. 

Application Instructions:

Apply online at https://das.iowa.gov/human-resources/state-employment

Point of Contact Chris Tofteberg- ctofteb@dhs.state.ia.us


The Purchasing Specialist works in the CMHI Business Office and provides procurement and accounts payable services to CMHI and to the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO). The position works closely with the Lead Purchasing Agent, The Business Manager, and the Budget Analyst to purchase goods and services to support CMHI and CCUSO operations. We’re looking for detail-oriented candidates who work well with others, enjoy a fast-paced work environment, and who desire a rewarding career.

Location: Cherokee, Iowa

Open: Wednesday November 16th

Close: Monday November 28th 2022

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