Research Manager

Water Research Foundation
Denver, CO Full-time
Posted on June 2, 2019

The Water Research Foundation seeks 1 Full Time Research Manager in Denver, CO. The Research Manager 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. 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.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of specific water related topics such as the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, Big Data, GIS, Climate Change, and Produced Water.
• Provide an elevated level of customer service to subscribers through presentations, authorship, conference involvement, professional association membership, and interactions with media.
• Collaborate with industry experts on professional committees to develop research agendas and design research projects.
• 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 to inform and guide research planning activities, technical oversight of projects, and knowledge management and outreach.
• Interact in person with volunteers and water professionals to build consensus and solve problems.

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental/chemical engineering with course and project work in water, reuse and sustainability.
• Minimum of 5 years of energy and water experience as an engineer including documented competencies in technical writing, oral presentation, group facilitation, and working with volunteers and/or committees.
• Minimum of 5 years working with the Water-Energy Nexus.
• Minimum of 5 years working with produced water research with a focus on reuse and water management.
• Minimum of 3 years working with beneficial reuse with a focus on the Food-Energy-Water nexus.
• Experienced in the field of Geographic Information Systems and how it’s integrated with water utilities.
• Experience with Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) in the water sector.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management for externally funded projects.
• Minimum of 4 years of experience managing federally funded projects.
• Experience with communications tool software used to schedule, coordinate and project plan.