Director of Government Relations
Director of Government Relations
The Amputee Coalition is a mission-driven, non-profit organization serving those who have experienced limb loss or limb difference (LL/LD) and the community that supports them. We are the national leader in empowering the LL/LD community through support, information and advocacy.
Salary Category: Exempt
Supervisor: This position reports to the Chief Policy & Programs Officer
Employment status: Full-time
Date/Revision: April 15, 2020
The Director of Government Relations is responsible for educating elected officials and advocates on issues affecting people with limb loss or limb difference (LL/LD) and the Amputee Coalition, as well as leading efforts in advancing state and federal initiatives with advocates to implement legislative and rulemaking campaigns affecting the LL/LD community. This position develops and oversees the organization’s strategy to implement initiatives and elevates grassroots engagement by providing training for advocates to be better positioned to advocate for themselves and on issues impacting the community.
Under the supervision of the Chief Policy & Programs Officer, the Director of Government Relations is responsible for developing the positions of the Amputee Coalition on public policy issues, integrating public policy development with grassroots organization and implementing policy decisions. This position is also responsible for assuring that the organization maintains and increases advocacy efforts to serve the LL/LD community and provides accurate information, best communications practices, project management, and program development to support advocacy priorities.
Develops and provides guidance and recommendations on Amputee Coalition policy priorities and legislation and works with appropriate internal and external stakeholders to implement strategy.
Oversees grassroots strategy and implementation.
Provides expert direction and leadership to the Government Relations Advisory Committee and grassroots advocacy programs, including the Amputee Coalition Lead Advocate Program. Provides the committee with updates and engaging feedback on policy issues to help make policy decisions.
Reviews current literature on public policy related to LL/LD and maintains relevant data elements for dissemination to the Amputee Coalition staff for use in communications, grant writing, updating the website, public policy position statements and other Amputee Coalition projects.
Ensures accurate position statements are developed to support white papers on LL/LD and health care policies and other relevant topics for dissemination regarding the LL/LD community and for policy makers and the general public.
Oversees strategy and implements programs related to the Amputee Coalition’s Advocacy Forum and efforts to engage grassroots advocates with policy makers.
Develops and coordinates cross departmental activities around “Limb Loss Awareness Month” to raise awareness of the LL/LD community, develop and explain policy positions on various issues affecting people with LL/LD and the Amputee Coalition for advocates, agencies, decision makers, and elected officials, maintain a presence on the Amputee Coalition’s Government Relations Committee, and maintain active engagement with the community through the Amputee Coalition’s Communications Department with website and social media interactions.
Designs and implements outreach strategies that best serve the needs of the LL/LD community and the Amputee Coalition in policy discussions; activates advocates on important issues; and works with the Communications Director on media inquiries on policy issues.
Works with cross-departmental support to facilitate and oversee Amputee Coalition’s Advocacy Forum.
Develops and keeps accurate data for metrics and monitoring tools for reporting to the Board of Directors and to the public.
Meets with the leadership team to keep the team informed of progress in public policy issues, lead advocate trainings, and other projects as needed.
Leads efforts to implement a grassroots strategy that incorporates the Amputee Coalition’s Lead Advocates and elevates others interested in advocacy efforts.
Develops strategies for, and represents the Amputee Coalition with, government agencies, policy makers to maintains working relationships, and appropriate lines of communication as needed.
Leads efforts with advocacy partners, like-minded organizations, and agencies, and represent the needs of the LL/LD community and the Amputee Coalition in policy discussions.
Represents the Amputee Coalition in coordination with other leadership in meetings with partner organizations as necessary to build relationships, coordinate activities, and communicate relevant activities of the Amputee Coalition.
Represents the Amputee Coalition and LL/LD community on key committees with partners to ensure a voice from the LL/LD community on key issues.
Manages Grassroots Manager, Government Relations Specialist, and any consultant contracts related to government relations and advocacy efforts.
Work with the Chief Policy & Programs Officer to develop and monitor the budget of assigned grant deliverables and other projects and tasks.
7+ years of experience in a Government Relations position in a non-profit health-related organization.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy preferred.
Capitol Hill experience preferred, or substantial relevant experience in health care policy, grassroots organizing, government relations, and federal policy making.
Computer skills and knowledge of software needed to compile information for limb loss policy analysis.
Clear understanding of federal legislative process and state legislative processes.
Experience using online database and meeting tools.
Excellent administrative, 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.
Ability to effectively present policy issues to groups of patients, professionals, policy/decision makers, and board members as needed.
Ability to problem solve, exercise judgment, and work with minimum direction.
Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and displaying information.
Time management skills and very effective organization skills.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the Amputee Coalition.
Position is expected to travel up to 20% of the time.
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Job posted: 2020-04-22