Director of Development


The Izaak Walton League of America, a $2.4 million organization founded in 1922, works to conserve fish and wildlife, protect clean air and water, and promote sustainable outdoor recreation.  Our 42,000 members and staff combine hands-on conservation action, policy work with legislatures and resource agencies, and public education to pursue our conservation and outdoor recreation goals at the local, state, and national levels.  As a strong and common-sense voice representing hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists, we occupy a special niche in the conservation community.


The Director of Development has overall responsibility for developing, coordinating, and implementing a strategic and comprehensive fundraising program for the Izaak Walton League (the League).  This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced development professional to provide leadership and directly contribute to conserving natural resources.

This position has a particular focus on fundraising from individual donors, foundations, and corporations. The Director of Development is a member of the senior management team, which assists the Executive Director in managing the organization and implementing policies adopted by the Board of Directors.  This position is based in the League’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


  • Lead development and implementation of the League’s fundraising program to establish and achieve annual revenue goals from individual donors, foundations, and government and corporate sources.
  • In close cooperation with the Director of Member Programs, develop and implement an organization-wide strategic fundraising plan to significantly increase and diversify annual operating revenue.
  • Actively support conservation program staff with fundraising focused on foundations, individual donors, and government and corporate sources, including by conducting research about prospective funders, drafting and reviewing proposals, maintaining a system for tracking grant applications and decisions, and assisting program staff in complying with reporting requirements.
  • Personally cultivate and solicit major gifts (restricted and unrestricted) from current and potential donors through personal visits, telephone calls, letters, and other methods.
  • Provide direct assistance to the Executive Director in arranging current and potential donor cultivation/solicitation opportunities.
  • Develop and implement a research program that identifies potential individual, corporate, and foundation donors for a diverse array of contributions.
  • Manage comprehensive, accurate, and timely donor tracking and acknowledgement systems.
  • Prepare periodic fundraising status reports for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Develop and implement an annual budget for the Development department.
  • Assist the Executive Director and other senior staff in overall organizational planning and setting budgetary and revenue goals.
  • Supervise professional and administrative staff and consultants as appropriate.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8 years of increasingly responsible development experience in a nonprofit environment.
  • Proven track record in fundraising with individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience using the Internet, social media, and emerging technologies to identify, engage, and solicit individual and institutional donors.
  • Strategic thinker, self-starter, and collaborative team player.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Willingness to innovate.
  • Demonstrated experience using donor databases.
  • Ability to organize and manage heavy information flow and set priorities.
  • Experience managing and evaluating staff is beneficial but not required.
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of people, including individual donors, Board members, volunteers, and League staff.
  • Familiarity with conservation issues relevant to the League’s mission.


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


Email cover letter, resume, two fundraising-related writing samples (a “pitch” piece targeted toward individuals and a foundation proposal), and salary history to the attention of the Executive Director at:   Please submit all materials no later than October 20, 2017.

The Izaak Walton League of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer