Job Description: Communications Director (Click here for a pdf version)
Hours: 40 hours per week
Location: Boise, ID
Supervisor: Executive Director
Idaho Rivers United is a result-driven, campaign-oriented conservation organization formed in 1990 to help citizens protect and restore the rivers of Idaho. We achieve our goals through a mix of direct advocacy, education, citizen involvement, collaboration and, when necessary, litigation. Today, Idaho Rivers United has approximately 3,500 members, an active volunteer board of directors and a professional staff of organizers, advocates, activists and technical experts.
About the Position:
The Communications Director is the senior staff position responsible for directing and implementing IRU’s communications program. This position requires intensive journalistic style writing, a deep commitment to the mission of IRU, and a strong passion for protecting rivers and the species that depend on rivers for their survival. Also required is a broad skillset that includes strong experience in natural resource, public land, legal, political, collaborative, communication, public speaking and social skills.
More specifically, the essential skills required of this position include:
Strategic thinking skills.
Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
An understanding of the threats and challenges to Idaho’s rivers and streams and the ability to develop creative solutions.
Grassroots organizing skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers.
Develop and implement IRU’s strategic communications plan to advance brand identity, assist in fundraising activities, and increase visibility of programs across key stakeholder audiences.
Create marketing and public relations strategies that enhance organization relationships with key audiences including media and political targets.
Identify challenges and emerging issues and work with the executive director and staff to identify internal and external communications opportunities and execute strategies to support them.
Assist executive director and development staff with publication of annual reports, grant proposals, marketing materials, appeals, renewals and electronic communications to members
Represent IRU in a positive light in the press, and with members, volunteers and allied organizations.
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Demonstrated passion for rivers and watershed conservation. Two to three years of conservation work experience desired. Nonprofit work experience preferable.
Collaborative team player with excellent written and oral communications skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe applications.
Experience with nonprofit fundraising and donor management helpful.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple, diverse tasks.
Ability to travel and work after normal business hours and on weekends.
Benefits and Compensation:
Annual salary is competitive and benefits include employer-provided health and dental insurance and generous leave. IRU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, equity and inclusion.
Applications should include a resume, professional references, writing sample and cover letter addressed to: Kevin Lewis, Executive Director via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Communications Director” as the subject line in your communication. Open until filled.