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Energy Program Director – Gaithersburg, MD

Organization: Izaak Walton League of America

Job Title: Program Director

Location: Gaithersburg, MD

Hours and Compensation: salary commensurate with experience

Benefits: health care package

Application Deadline: May 18



Organization Overview

The Izaak Walton League of America, 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 League’s Energy Program advances clean energy solutions to reduce the impacts of air pollution on people and natural resources.  The Director of the Energy Program, located in the League’s St. Paul, Minnesota office and reporting to the Conservation Director, is responsible for strategic leadership and day-to-day management of the Energy Program.  This includes direction and oversight of energy policy and education initiatives at the state, regional, and national levels, supervision of program staff, and fundraising.


  • Develop and implement the strategic agenda for the Energy Program to advance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other League energy policies.
  • Supervise professional and administrative staff as well as various consultants; develop and administer program budget.
  • Conduct fundraising with foundations, corporations and major donors to secure ongoing financial support for the Energy Program; work with Director of Development to identify new funders, cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with foundations, and prepare grant proposals and reports.
  • Represent the League on energy issues before legislatures, state and federal agencies, utility commissions, other regulatory bodies, and the media.
  • Work with League members, colleague organizations, coalitions, utilities, business allies, and other stakeholders to inform, educate and build support for League positions.
  • Develop energy-related content for League publications, social media, and Web site.
  • Serve as the lead staff person on specific energy issues based on program needs and areas of policy expertise.
  • Prepare comments, statements, testimony, and reports on energy policies and legislation, utility regulatory filings, and utility commission and agency proposals.


  • Master’s degree in environmental science, applied economics, public policy, or related field.
  • Ten years of senior program and management experience working on a wide-range of energy issues in collaboration with diverse stakeholders to advance conservation agenda before legislatures, state and federal agencies, utility commissions, and other regulatory bodies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on energy issues, including ability to analyze and prepare relevant technical and economic information, communicate complex issues to lay audiences and the media, formulate and build broad-based support for new and innovative approaches, and secure and implement policy reforms.
  • Experience managing professional and administrative staff and preparing and implementing annual budgets.
  • Successful track record in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with a diverse array of staff, volunteers, colleague organizations, government agencies, legislatures, stakeholders, and donors.

How to Apply

Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and salary history to the attention of the Conservation Director at  Please submit materials no later than May 18, 2012.

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