Director of Communications

22 Apr, 2020


Director of Communications

Amputee Coalition
Washington, DC

The Amputee Coalition is a national nonprofit organization serving those who have experienced limb loss or have a limb difference and the community that supports them. We are the only national organization that empowers the limb loss and limb difference community through support, information, and advocacy.

Salary Category: Exempt
Supervisor: This position reports to President and CEO
Employment status: This is a full-time position

Position Description:
The Director of Communications is an integral member of the Amputee Coalition’s Leadership Team and is responsible for developing and executing the strategy of all organizational communications including thought leadership and positioning, media relations, social media/website/blog, and collateral pieces to communicate our mission and programs.

The Director of Communications will ensure that the Amputee Coalition is seen as a thought leader, as well as the primary source and conduit of information for people in the limb loss and limb difference community.

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Director of Communications will work closely with the Leadership Team and build upon the Amputee Coalition’s leadership position to develop and execute communication strategies that will enable the organization to reach its goals and further the mission of the organization. The Director of Communications will create deeper awareness and familiarity in the community as well as with key opinion leaders, advocates, volunteers, and donors about the Amputee Coalition and its National Limb Loss Resource Center.


  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic communications plan. The plan will include media relations, social media/website, planned and supplemental publications, events, marketing, communication priorities and growth strategies to enhance the awareness of our programs and impact our mission in new ways each year.
  • Grow current communication platforms of print, website, social media, webinars and outreach presentations to positively impact the lives of those we serve and advocate for and to promote the National Limb Loss Resource CenterÒ.
  • Create newsworthy initiatives and opportunities, as well as guide the team on what is interesting to journalists about the organization and its programs.
  • Understand the organization’s different audiences and segment messaging and outreach accordingly.
  • Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all print and electronic communications including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, webinars, and the website.
  • Lead and direct the responsibilities of the communications staff to execute strategies, objectives, and tactics of the communications plan.
  • Establish and monitor communications’ staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct regular performance appraisals.
  • Lead and coordinate the generation and execution of meaningful action-driven online content that will engage those impacted by limb loss or limb difference and those who care for them.
  • Track and measure engagement with communication activities over time.
  • Bring attention to and suggest solutions for institutional priorities.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.



  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing and executing a comprehensive strategic communications plan for an organization that advances mission and meets or exceeds goals.
  • 10+ years of communications management experience
  • Collaborative, cooperative work style; organized, with a track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously; experience managing people and projects.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to set and manage cross-department deadlines well, providing enough lead time to collaborate with others, and is a thoughtful internal and external communicator at all levels of the organization and with external stakeholders.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications and media relations program to advance an organization’s mission and goals.
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
  • Planning and budgeting experience.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field is required.

Professional Qualities:

  • Organized, self-starter with a strong work ethic
  • Quality driven
  • Integrity, confidentiality, and professionalism
  • Credibility, accountability, and mission dedication


As part of your application packet, please provide a portfolio summary document (specific company information can be excluded) that includes some of the following:

  • High-quality writing samples or online links that demonstrates your capabilities.
  • Examples of previous communications plans you have developed and executed for nonprofits.
  • Examples of proactive pitches and other media relations initiatives.
  • Examples of online content or campaigns you developed or oversaw.
  • At least 3 reference names and contact information of people from different stages of your career who can discuss your work.


Location for this position will be Washington, D.C.

Physical requirements: a person must be able to be mobile within a typical indoor office environment, which may include a home office.

Prefer candidates who have familiarity or experience with limb loss/limb difference.

May require overnight travel of up to 10 trips per year.

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Job posted: 2020-04-22