Job Description: Communications Director (Click here for a pdf version)

Hours: 40 hours per week
Location: Boise, ID
Status: Exempt
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.

Primary Duties:

  • 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 Deadline:

Applications should include a resume, professional references, writing sample and cover letter addressed to: Kevin Lewis, Executive Director via e-mail at Please include “Communications Director” as the subject line in your communication. Open until filled.