Local recruitment: Director, Texas Water Infrastructure Fund

Water Finance Exchange, Inc. (WFX)

Dallas, TX, USA

Who We Are

Launched in 2020, the Water Finance Exchange, Inc. (WFX) was founded with a mission of increasing funding to small and midsize water and wastewater utilities disadvantaged by funding gaps.  A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, WFX is comprised of a team of water and finance professionals devoted to assisting communities across the U.S. break the logjam of water investment by identifying and tailoring solutions that are suited for the communities WFX serves.

WFX is in a unique position to address the funding shortage of water infrastructure projects for thousands of American communities.  WFX achieves this through partnerships with federal and state funding agencies, financial institutions, non-profits, and philanthropy; reducing the burden of government alone in endeavoring to close that gap.  WFX is creating a pipeline of community water infrastructure project opportunities across the United States.

WFX supports the efforts of communities to access funding by assembling the best expertise, helping those communities navigate the pre-development funding process, removing regulatory hurdles, completing projects, and learning and disseminating information about recurring issues and solutions that allow for increased funding of similarly situated communities and regional initiatives that would otherwise be unavailable.

As part of its national growth, WFX has recently established a Texas Pre-Development Fund in partnership with one of its major funders, and is seeking to add a full-time Director to its core team.

Job Summary

WFX is seeking a Director to oversee Texas Fund activities and build a network of communities, funders and partners with the objective of increasing the number of funded community water projects in Texas.  The Director of the Texas Water Infrastructure Fund will be empowered to create programs and events designed to strategically identify and cultivate constituencies, attract donors and create a sustainable and growing culture of philanthropy which achieves the WFX mission.  The new hire will work closely with the WFX leadership to build its project pipeline, analyze and conduct due diligence on prospective deals within target communities.

The Director of the Texas Water Infrastructure Fund, in addition to managing day-to day operations of development activities and events, will also play a role in the WFX organization’s overall development goals and plans.  The Director will report to the Managing Co-Founders and work closely with the senior leadership team.  In addition, the position will focus on project development, financial feasibility analysis, risk management assistance, restructuring, portfolio management, and programmatic assistance.

The employee must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with significant attention to detail.  The employee will need the ability to work under pressure of daily deadlines, while not losing sight of long-term strategic goals and objectives, as well as a willingness to be part of a collaborative environment and to pitch in and work closely with colleagues.  Projects may require working both independently or collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, coordinate, and manage a comprehensive annual fundraising plan.
  • Actively participate in strategic planning and execution of all fundraising activities and programs.
  • Assist in the development, maintenance, and enhancement of screening processes and decision-making procedures and tools.
  • Provide actionable insights and vision for the creation of new reporting and metrics.
  • Prepare ad hoc reports, as necessary.
  • Prepare and present reports on the annual fund performance, metrics, and statistics.
  • Oversee and report on the Annual Fund Budget.
  • Manage a portfolio of annual fund prospects with annual goals for personal visits, solicitation, and funding outcomes.
  • Adhere to agency budgets and assist with monthly reconciliation with business office.
  • Meet annual fund individual and department goals.
  • Define and maintain current (written) operational procedures and practices in association with this position.
  • Use prospect research to develop targets and solicitations strategies.
  • Assist staff with administrative or organizational tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Co-Founders.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree.
  • Preferred Education: Graduate degree; Bachelor’s degree in business, communications or applicable field.
  • Minimum experience: 1-2 years of non-profit-related experience.
  • Preferred experience: 2-3 years water utility industry experience, including demonstrated success in regulator interactions.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Proficiency in effective oral and written communication.
  • Ability to display the highest level of professionalism, courtesy, tact, compassion, and discretion in all interactions.
  • The ideal candidate will be self-determined, motivated, and enthusiastic about learning and advancing his/her career.

Remuneration

This is a full-time position. Preferred work location would be at a site in Texas, but remote work may be possible depending on individual circumstances.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  WFX offers a competitive benefits package that includes vacation, sick leave, and a comprehensive health plan.

How to Apply


Applicants should submit the following information to [email protected]:

  • A cover letter of qualifications
  • Resume
  • 2-3 professional references
  • Writing samples demonstrating experience preparing formal technical documents, such as memoranda, or reports with respect to finance or economic issues.

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