The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a nonprofit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems—all in pursuit of ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public.
WRF is currently seeking to hire multiple research managers to help fulfill its mission of advancing the science of water. The successful candidates will be accountable for creating, maintaining, and disseminating knowledge resources on selected topics of critical importance to water utilities and the water community. The position is also accountable for planning research, managing projects and providing technical oversight to ensure that WRF’s research program is scientifically credible and responsive to utility needs.
Ideal candidates will have a background in science, engineering, environmental science, environmental policy, and/or water resources. General themes of interest include water treatment (drinking water, reuse, wastewater, and stormwater), nutrient management, and biosolids management.
Successful candidates will use their current technical background as a foundation to grow into new areas arising from subscribers’ evolving needs.
The position is based in Alexandria, VA or Denver, CO. Domestic travel of 10-20% is required for conferences and meetings, and occasional international travel may also be required. WRF’s work environment allows flexible work hours and telecommuting options.
Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of selected water topics.
Provide a high level of customer service to subscribers through presentations, authorship, conference involvement, professional association membership, and interactions with media.
Collaborate and coordinate with water industry professionals to plan, procure and monitor the technical progress of research projects.
Manage projects to ensure fiscal responsibility, timeliness, and contractual compliance.
Provide technical content, prepare original materials, and respond to requests for information.
Manage and coordinate the activities of volunteer advisory committees for assigned research projects and research topics.
Lead proposal development teams in response to external grant funding opportunities.
Understand water utility needs in order to inform and guide research planning activities, technical oversight of projects, and knowledge management and outreach.
Interact in person with both volunteers and water professionals to build consensus and solve problems.
Develop collaborative relationships and partnerships on selected water topics for the benefit of WRF subscribers and the water sector.
Work in a collaborative, collegial environment with like-minded professionals dedicated to the science of water and the environment. WRF values employee welfare by offering a comprehensive benefit package and flexible work arrangements for work/life balance.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, salary requirements, and résumé to Jobs @waterrf.org. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, with interviews for promising candidates scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please, no calls.
Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, environmental science, environmental policy, or water resources
Minimum of 3-5 years water experience with documented competencies in technical writing, oral presentation, group facilitation, and working with volunteers and/or committees
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Strong organizational skills to meet the demands of managing multiple projects and activities
Polished communication skills with a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences
Master’s degree in a technical field
Knowledge of utilities and/or the larger water community
Experience with federal administrative and financial requirements
2 openings. Telecommuting is allowed.
About The Water Research Foundation
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the leading not-for-profit research cooperative that advances the science of water to protect public health and the environment. Governed by utilities, WRF delivers scientifically sound research solutions and knowledge to serve our subscribers and stakeholders in all areas of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and reuse. Through careful investment of research dollars from over 1,200 subscribers in the United States and abroad, WRF hosts an online research library of more than 2,300 completed projects valued at $700 million, manages an innovation platform (LIFT Link) with a database of more than 140 innovative technologies, and supports the world’s largest body of stormwater best practice data. From asset management to treatment, utility finance to resource management, conveyance systems to water quality, we are the world’s leading One Water research and innovation organization operating on six continents.