Based in Washington, DC (with team members in Knoxville, Tennessee) and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Government Relations will be a passionate, innovative leader with extensive experience in a Government Relations position in a non-profit health-related position. The Director of Government Relations is responsible for leading the organization’s policy, lobbying, and advocacy strategy to improve care for people living with limb loss and limb difference. This position leads the organization’s engagment with policymakers in Congress and federal agencies, coalitions, and advocates on issues facing the limb loss and limb difference community. The Director will also leverage officers, staff, and community experts with Government Relations stakeholders.
Under the supervision of the President & CEO, the Director of Government Relations will develop the Amputee Coalition’s positions on limb loss care and innovation policy as well as other relevant public policy issues, design and implement Congressional and Administration strategy, and lead the development of grassroots training, outreach, and engagement. The Director will drive effective stakeholder engagement and will contribute and lead collaborations with partner organizations.
The Director is responsible for department strategy and goals, advocacy-related organizational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), program development, project management, and departmental cross-collaboration to support Government Relations priorities.
Leads Amputee Coalition public policy and advocacy efforts; and builds working relationships with policymakers in Congress, federal agencies, and stakeholders to improve care and hasten innovation for the limb loss and limb difference community.
Collaborates with partner organizations, coalitions, and stakeholder groups to advance policies that improve access to care, outcomes, and quality of life for people living with limb loss and limb difference.
Develops biannual policy agenda, including organizational and coalition priorities, strategies for implementing policy change, engagement with consultants, internal and external advocacy communications, and supporting documents and materials.
Oversees and grows grassroots recruitment, training, and engagement.
Leads and implements the Amputee Coalition’s annual Advocacy Forum and year-round efforts to engage grassroots advocates with policy makers.
Collaborates internally across departments to coordinate projects, information, and best practices.
Manages Government Relations staff, including the Government Relations Manager, Government Relations Specialist, and any consultant contracts related to advocacy efforts.
Leads department strategy, project management, budgeting, performance goals, and KPIs.
Informs, Leverages and engages all officers, the leadership team, and advisory committees as internal experts and collaborators.
Leads internal communications regarding challenges, needs, and progress on policy, legislative, grassroots, and advocacy activities.
Keeps up to date on the latest research, policy developments, and information about relevant to the limb loss and limb difference community.
Core Competencies and Qualifications
10+ years of experience in a Government Relations position in a non-profit health-related organization, with at least 3 years of successful leadership experience.
Capitol Hill or Administration experience preferred, or substantial relevant experience in health care policy, grassroots organizing, policy development, government relations, and federal policy making.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or law degree preferred.
Clear understanding of federal legislative process and state legislative processes.
Experience using online database and virtual meeting tools.
Excellent oral, written, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
Strong work ethic and strong desire to produce an exceptional product.
Have existing or ability to build relationships with legislative offices and relevant Federal Agencies.
Ability to effectively present policy issues to groups of patients, professionals, policy/decision makers, and board members.
Ability to problem solve, exercise judgment, and work with minimum direction.
Ability to prioritize, contribute to organization and department planning activities, manage budgets,
Effectively manage time, and use business, administrative and highly effective organizational skills to lead a team and make progress against goals.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the Amputee Coalition.
Leadership?Competencies: Including problem solving, relationship management and development, negotiation and research skills, open-mindedness, and agility?
Communications Competencies: Including the ability to engage, persuade, inform, and educate internal and external audiences verbally and in writing
Organization? Competencies: Including project, stakeholder, process, and workflow development and management?
Technical?Competencies: Including experience using appropriate software platforms to support department, Microsoft 365, and other relevant software.?
Amputee Coalition is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
If you are interested in applying for this incredible opportunity, please send a resume and a letter outlining your interest in the role, with salary requirements.
About Amputee Coalition
Whether it’s reaching new amputees with critical recovery information, fighting for fair insurance laws or providing daily tips to make living with limb loss easier, the work of the Amputee Coalition is impacting lives every day.
MISSION AND KEY TENETS:
To reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.
Our Key Tenets:
Limb Loss Is Not Uncommon, and Becoming Less Uncommon Every Day.
The Amputee Coalition works to raise awareness about and increase practices to prevent limb loss.
No Amputee Alone
The Amputee Coalition works to ensure that no amputee feels alone through pre- and post-amputation and recovery.
Living Well with Limb Loss
The Amputee Coalition works to help amputees and their family live life to the fullest after amputation.