JOB TITLE: Director, Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF)
REPORTS TO: President and CEO
It is the mission of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas. The Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation is the go-to educational resource for the restaurant industry in the great state of Texas and serves as the workforce arm of the Texas Restaurant Association.
The Foundation seeks a Director who will lead fundraising and education programming to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas. This individual will
lead the next phase of impact and increased investment for the TRAEF. The Executive Director will work in partnership with the President & CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association and the Board of Trustees to bring organizational leadership to the Foundation that advances its mission.
The Foundation currently has 13 endowment members fulfilling their 10-year pledges. Additionally, fundraising efforts include partnerships, donations, curriculum sales, events and revenue from fundraisers. Funds are distributed as scholarships, to execute on education programming and currently to support independent restaurants impacted by COVID-19.
The successful candidate will be a proven strategic leader with a track record of innovation, systems change, and a learning orientation that fosters impact and effectiveness in the art of grantmaking and philanthropic investment. The new Director will possess an inclusive leadership style, outstanding management skills, and experience building and working within a high-functioning and effective association executive leadership team. This individual will be an adaptive, collaborative leader who engenders trust and respect with the aim of developing philanthropic strategies grounded in the awareness and improvement of effective foodservice education and training and reflective of all involved stakeholders.
The role requires limited travel around the state and is based in either Austin or Dallas, Texas. Due to the nature of the work, evening and weekend events will often be required for the role.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Lead the overall operation of the TRAEF and work to engage and empower board of trustees to deliver on approved goals and outcomes
Leadership over fundraising, grants and contracts and creating and executing strategy to achieve assigned goals
Provide appropriate and timely information to the Board of Trustees to make informed and effective decisions; serve as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and staff; partner with CEO for the recruitment and identification of new and diverse board members
Fundraise at the individual and corporate level. Create fundraising plan, execute, and achieve annual fundraising goals
Provide oversight and management of the organization’s resources (human, material, financial) in accordance with the organization’s mission, values, and consistency with board policy
Partner with board of trustees to develop and achieve organization’s strategic plan, goals, objectives, and related policies. Lead the development and execution of highly effective marketing and communications strategies that resonate with the Texas restaurant industry and potential workforce demographic
Travel throughout the state to expand and drive program offerings such as Prostart, to execute fundraising plan and to build overall brand awareness through planned and focused efforts
Participate in key roles outside of the organization to gain further influence for TRAEF
Demonstrate a sense of priority in defining, undertaking, and completing projects; assuming responsibility and purpose, leading annual budgeting process and owning financial and programmatic outcome and results
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include PTO, Medical and Dental, 401k matched savings plan
About Texas Restaurant Association
About the Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association is a non-profit trade association which exists to protect, advance, and educate the restaurant and foodservice industry in Texas. The TRA has 1,700 members, representing more than 5,800 locations in the state. TRA produces the second largest foodservice trade show and educational conference in the country, TRA Marketplace, with more than 500 exhibitors and 6,000 attendees. TRA’s nonprofit arm, the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, exists to develop and promote the future of our industry through workforce programs and educational opportunities. www.TXRestaurant.org