Reports to: Executive Director Department: Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF)
Description: The Foundation Relations Manager is responsible for managing the research foundation fundraising activities and business operations. This position works closely with the WQRF Research Project Leader to assess and report research project progress.
Plan and implement the business plan for the Foundation.
Work with the Executive Director and board to plan and execute fundraising campaigns for the Foundation.
Act as the primary interface with, and direct the efforts of, a fundraising consultant as needed.
Manage the WQRF annual fundraising to keep on time and on target.
Manage and build WQRF donor partnerships to drive engagement in annual fundraising and capital campaigns.
Attend and present to WQRF Board along with attending research related meetings.
Develop agendas and corresponding materials for all WQRF Board Meetings.
Serve as the Staff Liaison for the WQRF RAC, Development Committee, and Research Task Forces as needed
Maintains the overarching project management of the Foundation’s research projects from inception to final communication of results and works closely with technical research staff that will run the technical project management.
Maintain the overall operations of the Foundation including: Budgeting, Cash Flow, Invoicing, Audit support, Marketing, and Research Contract management
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Communications, Public Relations, or related field required.
A minimum of three to five years of experience in fundraising, sponsorship, sales and marketing, required.
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Passion for continuously learning all relevant facets of the water industry to ensure credibility in representing WQA.
Foundation and water treatment field experience is preferred.
Previous record of grant writing is preferred.
Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
Efficient time and project management skills.
Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database/CRM software.
Customer Satisfaction and Employee Engagement with fiscal responsibility
Drive for Business Results
Initiative and Decision Making
Respect for Others
Analyzing and Problem Solving
Planning and Organizing
Leading and Engaging
Passion for Continuous Learning
This position works in a standard office environment.
About Water Quality Research Foundation
The Water Quality Association (WQA) is a not-for-profit association for the residential commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA represents more than 2,500 member companies around the globe. Our membership is comprised of equipment manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and distributors of water quality improvement products and services.
WQA proudly serves as an educator of water treatment professionals, certifier of water treatment products, public information resource and voice of the water quality improvement industry.