Communications Director

Izaak Walton League of America

Gaithersburg, MD, US


The Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), founded in 1922, protects and conserves our shared heritage of wildlife, clean air and water, forests and soils. Our members and staff combine hands-on conservation action, policy work with legislatures and resource agencies, and public education to pursue our conservation goals at the local, state, and national levels. As a strong, responsible voice representing hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists, we occupy a special niche in the conservation community.


The Communications Director is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for internal and external communications, including media campaigns, and overseeing production of electronic communications (including website, social media, email campaigns) and print publications (including quarterly Outdoor America magazine).  As a member of the senior management team, the Communications Director assists in the overall operation of the League, including strategic planning, financial management, and chapter and member relations. This is a full-time position based in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


  • Develop and implement an annual communications strategy to further the League’s mission.
  • Serve as managing editor of Outdoor America magazine, which includes (but is not limited to) writing and editing content, working with staff to develop story ideas, managing freelance writers and designers, developing and maintaining production schedules, and communicating with the printer.
  • Write original content and edit content produced by League staff, volunteers/members, and contractors.
  • Supervise communications staff, contractors, and vendors.
  • Serve as a member of the senior management team to determine ongoing League priorities, allocate resources, and work with the Executive Director to develop organizational strategies.
  • Assist League chapters, whenever possible, with communications and media relations efforts.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media contacts. Write, edit, and distribute press releases, editorial board memos, and other materials.
  • Fulfill management responsibilities, including, but not limited to, developing and monitoring budgets, hiring and supervising staff, providing staff development and related consultative skills, and managing staff performance.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, marketing, public affairs, or related field of study. Master’s degree in similar field desirable. Communications experience with conservation, natural resource, or environmental issues highly beneficial.


  • Seven to ten years of experience planning and implementing successful communications strategies.
  • Demonstrated writing, editing, and message development skills.
  • Experience managing production of recurring print publications, particularly magazines.
  • Experience using content management systems to manage a website.
  • Experience managing social media channels (especially Facebook and Instagram).
  • Detailed knowledge of and experience in all aspects of media relations.
  • Demonstrable management experience, including supervising staff, budgeting, and strategic planning.
  • Knowledge of brand strategy and development.
  • Ability to balance multiple demands and deadlines with composure.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the League to the public, media, and partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and familiarity with Adobe suite of programs.
  • Familiarity with AP Manual of Style.
  • Ability to travel to two League meetings per year with the potential of additional event travel.


Compensation for the Communications Director includes a competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience and a package of employee and health benefits.


Please email cover letter, resume, writing samples (including examples of social media posts, press releases, and in-depth articles) and salary history to the attention of the Executive Director: [email protected]Please submit all materials no later than July 31, 2020. No phone calls please.