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Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Director of Government Relations, the Grassroots Coordinator is responsible for helping to educate activists and elected officials on Amputee Coalition issues and helps to achieve the policy goals of the Amputee Coalition. Working with the Director of Government Relations, the Grass Roots Coordinator will help to design and implement strategies to help further advance grassroots awareness and participation within the limb loss community.

This position is responsible organizing and building an effective grass roots network to champion public policy for the limb loss community. The coordinator will assist advocates in various states as they work to implement our policy goals at a state level and help those advocates to understand and affect legislative change and influence state and federal rules and regulations affecting the limb loss community. The position is also responsible for helping to educate elected officials on issues affecting people with limb loss and the Amputee Coalition’s legislative agenda.

This position is funded in part by an award from the Administration for Community Living, for which funding is committed through March 31, 2019.


  • Provides administrative support to the Government Relations Committee and state advocates. Providing updates to the committee on grassroots engagement and policy issues to help make policy decisions.
  • Helps develop and coordinate grassroots activities around “Limb Loss Awareness Month” to raise awareness of the limb loss community, develop and explain policy positions on various issues affecting people with limb loss and the Amputee Coalition for advocates, agencies, decision makers, and elected officials, and maintain active engagement with the community.
  • Implement communications strategies that best serve the needs of the limb loss community and the Amputee Coalition in policy discussions, and activates advocates on important issues.
  • With the Director of Government Relations, represents the Amputee Coalition in meetings with government agencies and policy makers to maintain working relationships and appropriate lines of communication as needed.
  • Maintains an active presence with advocacy partners, like minded organizations, and agencies, and represent the needs of the limb loss community and the Amputee Coalition in grassroots engagement.
  • May represent the Amputee Coalition in meetings with partner organizations as necessary to build relationships, coordinate activities and communicate relevant activities of the Amputee Coalition’s grassroots initiatives.
  • Represents the Amputee Coalition and limb loss community on key committees with partners to ensure a voice from the limb loss community on key issues.
  • Develop, draft, and edit materials and fact sheets as needed, including web content, articles, and print publications.
  • Provides regular updates to be included in the Grass roots advocacy pages on the web site.
  • With the Director of Government Relations, design and implement outreach strategies to build and enhance grassroots engagement.
  • Works with Director of Government Relations to plan and implement a federal hill day.
  • Works with state advocates planning and implementing state hill days.
  • Sets up meetings with federal offices for meetings with the Director of Government Relations, the CEO, board members, and volunteers.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required
  • 1-3 years of experience in a Government Relations, experience in a non-profit health related organization, hill staff with experience in healthcare, and/or campaign experience with grassroots engagement.
  • Excellent administrative, oral, written, teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Clear understanding of federal and state legislative processes.
  • Computer skills and knowledge of software needed to compile needed information for policy analysis and communications.
  • Experience utilizing online tools for databases and online meetings;
  • Strong work ethic and strong desire to work with volunteers and grassroots;
  • Ability to build relationships with legislative offices and engage volunteers;
  • Ability to effectively present policy issues to groups of consumers, professionals, policy/decision makers, and board members as needed
  • Ability to problem solve, exercise judgment, and work with minimal 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.
  • Preference will be given to persons with limb loss or limb difference.
  • Overnight, out of state and weekend travel up to 25% may be required.

Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

Position Description
The Peer Support Coordinator III is able to coordinate multiple high-priority projects while maintaining day-to-day activities. This person is a problem-solver, highly motivated, detail oriented, able to multi-task and meet multiple project deadlines while producing excellent, professional results.

Reporting to the Director of Peer Support, the Peer Support Coordinator III is responsible for supporting the activities and functions of the Amputee Coalition’s national peer support programs. A major goal of this position is maximizing the reach of the peer support programs through existing certified peer visitors and support groups and by strategically growing these networks.


  • Support ongoing certification and recertification, including training programs, certification process, ongoing education and communications.
  • Support the national certified peer visitor program by matching peer visit requests to the appropriate peer visitor.
  • Input data from peer visit reports and requests into the data management system on a daily basis.
  • Support programmatic changes that improve the peer visitor program.
  • Serve as staff support for the Peer support Advisory Committee as well as the Support Group Network as needed.
  • Support content creation for grant proposals and other cases for support to build sustainable resources for programmatic maintenance and growth, including use of social media tools.
  • Submit timely internal reports related to the peer support programs.
  • Participate in developing long-range strategies and near term tactical plans with the Coalition’s executive, communications/ marketing, fulfillment and administrative staff that are consistent with the organizations overall mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • Support Youth Camp program, to include mailings and communication. Attend Youth Camp to serve as staff support, if necessary.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related discipline from an accredited college or university is required, or a combination of relevant experience and education.

Preferred Experience

  • 3 – 5 years experience working with people with physical disabilities.
  • 1 – 2 years experience with database management (e.g., Salesforce, Access or SQL).
  • 3 – 5 years experience in non-profit setting with increasing level of responsibility.
  • Minimum 2 years experience with implementation of training programs.


  • Possess an understanding of the psycho-social process of recovery and readjustment.
  • Proficient in software applications such as MS Office, Excel & database management that are required in the performance of job duties.
  • Communicate effectively with client personnel and employees at all organizational levels and develop effective working relationships with staff and a network of external resources. This includes making presentations, serving as an instructor, and presenting timely reports to management.
  • Excellent customer service skills especially as it relates to persons under stress and in crisis.
  • Team player with the ability to exercise independent, sound judgment and discretion; ability to solve problems, be able to plan; be well organized with the ability to multi-task; work well under pressure; take initiative, and be flexible and cooperative.
  • Knowledge of the hospital and rehabilitation sectors of healthcare is a plus.
  • Desirable personal attributes- Friendly, team player, customer-centric attitude, sense of humor, resilient, loyal.

Preference will be given to a person with limb loss/limb difference with equivalent qualifications and experience.

Salary and Employment Terms

  • Salary: Dependent on experience.
  • Work must be done from the Knoxville, Tennessee office of the Amputee Coalition.
  • Must be available to travel, as needed including weekends, to conduct trainings or to attend Amputee Coalition events.
  • Benefits includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, ST and LT disability, 13 annual paid holidays, paid time off, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401K retirement plan.
  • Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

This position is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, through March of 2019.

How to Apply

Download and complete the Amputee Coalition Application for Employment in PDF format and submit your completed application along with your Resume/CV to:

Amputee Coalition
ATTN: Human Resources
900 East Hill Avenue, Suite 390,
Knoxville, Tennessee 37915-2566
Fax: 865/525-7917

You may also email your application (as a scanned PDF), along with your resume/CV, to Carole Folta at cfolta@amputee-coalition.org.

Core Benefits

  • Basic Life: Life Insurance is an important part of your financial security, especially if others depend on you for support. Basic Life Insurance is provided to all eligible employees at no cost.
  • Disability Insurance:  Chances are you do not see yourself as becoming disabled when you think about your life five or ten years from now. Surprisingly, a number of people across the country find themselves hurt or sick and unable to work each year due to a non-work related illness or injury. That is why the Amputee Coalition provides core Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term (LTD) Disability Insurance benefits to all eligible employees at no cost.
  • Retirement Plans: The Amputee Coalition supports your retirement through our 401(k) Retirement Plan.
  • Health& Dental Insurance: The Amputee Coalition offers both health and dental insurances and aggressively negotiates each year for the best and most cost-efficient benefits packages for employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Amputee Coalition, a nonprofit organization, values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We look for commitment to our mission and the community we serve, a positive attitude, and willingness to learn and grow. We offer a work environment that lets you make a difference, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative environment.

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