Careers, Internships, and Fellowships 2019-08-19T15:19:14-05:00

INTERNSHIPS,

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES,

AND CAREERS

JOIN OUR TEAM

We have been blessed by an amazing staff, volunteers, and interns at TJC.  We have attracted driven and compassionate individuals who bring great ideas, hard work, and a willingness to dive right in! For all interested in internships, careers, and volunteer opportunities, please contact Thomas Bynum at tbynum@tnjustice.org.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Assist the advocacy team in its efforts to improve access to healthcare coverage for all Tennesseans. The intern will engage with organizations and individuals both at the grassroots and grasstops levels to educate and reach relevant stakeholders in the health policy landscape.

  • Assisting in the preparation of community training and events (press conferences, public forums, etc.);
  • Participating in grassroots organizing and lobbying (promoting sign-on letters, asking community members to write letters, etc.);
  • Managing TJC’s social media platforms (posting facts on Facebook, and re-tweeting content from our national partners, etc.).

For any student who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable and learn more about healthcare policy, this is the internship of a lifetime.

The Development Intern will work under TJC’s Executive Director and will assist with the various development and fundraising projects.  In particular, the intern will play a key role in TJC’s two largest fundraising initiatives, The Mother of the Year Campaign and the Year End Mailing.

Other responsibilities will include corresponding with donors, managing TJC’s donor database, grant research, coordinated campaign management, event planning, and creating fundraising materials. This is a terrific opportunity for an undergraduate student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in non-profit management, communications, or organizational development.

Casework interns provide direct assistance to TJC’s Casework Team as they respond to the needs of individual clients.  Responsibilities include fielding calls from clients, drafting documents, performing intake interviews, and learning a ton about health and nutrition policy.

This is an ideal position for an undergraduate student or recent graduate who is interested in law school and wanting to gain experience in a non-profit setting.  Depending on the availability, the intern may also have the opportunity to work their own case under the supervision of one of TJC’s advocates or attorneys.

A significant part of our work involves outreach to community members, health care advocates, and TJC supporters. We are looking for someone to help make our outreach, web, and fundraising materials more attractive and easier to read.

The Graphic Design and Social Media Intern with work directly with TJC’s Creative Director.  Duties could include designing and developing graphics and multimedia material for TJC online and printed media, creating infographics and illustrations to be included in web and printed material distributions, assisting and advising TJC staff on creating graphics for individual projects, designing and editing marketing material such as brochures, flyers, advertisements, and posters.  The intern with be responsible for various aspects of TJC’s social media presence.  This could include drafting posts, coordinating social media outreach schedules with staff members, and responding to a variety of inquiries about TJC’s mission and work receiving via social media.

The position requires a weekly commitment of at least 30 hours/ week for 10-12 weeks. Internship projects may include the review of the electronic documentary evidence, internet research projects with a legal or public policy focus, and client intake.

The goal of the Legal Internship is that the student will eventually have the opportunity to work with clients on individual cases and appeals under the supervision of TJC’s staff attorneys.  The internship is unpaid, but, TJC will happily work with your institution to award you credit for your internship hours, if applicable.

TJC attorneys are rarely actually in the courtroom, and the opportunity to observe court proceedings is likely but not guaranteed.  What is guaranteed is the opportunity to work alongside nationally-recognized non-profit attorneys and a dedicated staff to help bring about positive change for low-income Tennesseans.

The successful candidate will be a “self starter,” with little need for supervision, interested in experiencing non-profit legal/ advocacy work from the inside.  Ideally, the candidate would be motivated by a commitment to “equal justice for all,” understanding that getting there entails its fair share of tedious, yet vitally important, work.

Help us connect with donors, clients, volunteers, and supporters through Twitter and other social media platforms. This is a great opportunity for people who are naturals at social media but want to learn about how to use it in a business setting. Just a small amount of time each week could make a huge difference.

Are you fluent in Spanish and English? Help us better serve the Spanish-speaking population in Tennessee. Tasks may include translation of documents and materials, intake interviews with potential clients, and outreach.

We are looking for passionate and capable volunteers to join our Development Committee. The Development Committee meets on the first Thursday of every other month. The Committee helps engage our board and the community around fundraising tasks and events such as our Raising the Bar firm pledge program, Mother’s Day campaign, and year-end giving.

This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute your ideas to TJC, and meet our board members. Many previous Development Committee board members have moved onto our Board of Directors as well. If you have experience in Fundraising, Marketing, Event Planning, Corporate Giving, Graphic Design, or related areas it is a plus.

We host several exciting fundraising campaigns during the year. During fundraising campaigns, we often need help with short-term tasks such as helping address envelopes, sorting data, and calling donors.

If you are interested in helping on a short-term project, please let us know your availability and any tasks that might interest you. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to help, but can only commit a few days out of the year.

Position Summary: The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide individual legal services and to develop and execute legal and policy solutions to advocate for access to quality and affordable health care, nutrition, and access to justice. The person who takes this job will have an outsized impact on the lives of low-income Tennessee families and will practice law at the top level of the profession with co-counsel and against adversaries who are among the very best lawyers in the country. At the same time, there will be ample direct client contact and the emotional rewards that accompany those relationships.

This is a full-time position based in our office in Nashville, Tennessee.

Organization Profile: TJC is a nonprofit organization that works for justice and opportunity for all Tennesseans. TJC takes a systemic approach to complex issues, including affordable health care, medical and consumer debt, long term care, nutrition, and access to justice. For more information, visit tnjustice.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the case management team on cases relating to health care access, nutrition access, and access to justice.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis focused on key issues affecting Tennesseans’ access to quality and affordable health care, especially issues related to Medicaid (TennCare), long term care, and access to justice.
  • Work with TJC leadership and other staff attorneys to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.
  • Develop educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.

Requirements:

  • Licensed to practice law in Tennessee or willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.
  • Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Creative and strategic thinking. The ability to develop novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems and keep the big picture in mind.
  • Ability to work independently and be organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Experience with litigation and legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To Apply: The application deadline is September 15, 2019. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, your bar number, and a list of three references via email to sdrury@tnjustice.org. Please include “staff attorney” in the subject line of the email.

Client Advocate

Position Description:

The Tennessee Justice Center, founded in 1995, is a nonprofit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. TJC uses the law and advocacy to ensure that Tennesseans can meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity. Client advocates help Tennesseans access health care coverage, long-term services and supports and nutrition support.

Among other things, the position requires: interviewing and advising clients, conferring with attorneys on cases, and building relationships with community organizations.

Required:

· Bachelor’s degree

· Two years relevant work experience.

· Strong social, communication, and writing skills

· Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

· Organized and detail-oriented; comfortable taking direction

· Self-motivated with a strong work ethic; dogged problem solver

· Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities (within the organization’s overall mission) as our work is shaped by the needs of our clients

· Attitude to flourish in a small office

Preferred but not required

· Experience and/or relationships within Tennessee nonprofit / human services community

· Experience working with vulnerable individuals and families

Compensation:

· Salary depends on experience

· Health insurance

· Retirement plan

· Long and short-term disability insurance (fully paid for by employer)

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To Apply: The application deadline is July 26th, 2019. Please send a cover letter and resume via email to jobs@tnjustice.org. Please include “client advocate” in the subject line of the email.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, TJC cannot return phone calls about the position.

Client Advocate—Long Term Care

Position Description:   TJC is searching for a client advocate to assist Tennesseans in their efforts to access CHOICES, Tennessee’s Medicaid-funded long-term care program.  Among other things, this position requires interviewing and advising clients, conferring with attorneys on cases, and building relationships with community organizations.

About TJC:  TJC is a nonprofit organization that works for justice and opportunity for all Tennesseans. TJC takes a systemic approach to complex issues, including affordable health care, medical and consumer debt, long term care, nutrition, and access to justice. For more information, visit tnjustice.org.

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years relevant work experience
  • Strong social, communication, and writing skills; critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented; comfortable taking direction
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic; dogged problem solver
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities (within the organization’s overall mission) as our work is shaped by the needs of our clients
  • Attitude to flourish in a small office

Preferred but not required

  • Experience with and knowledge of the CHOICES long term care program

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To Apply:  The application deadline is September 6th, 2019.  Please send a cover letter and resume via email to jobs@tnjustice.org.  Please include “CHOICES client advocate” in the subject line of the email.

Communications Associate  

TJC is searching for a utility player on our communications team.  This work will include website management, social media content development and scheduling, media relations, and creation and maintenance of digital and print communications materials.  

About TJC:  TJC is a nonprofit organization that works for justice and opportunity for all Tennesseans. TJC takes a systemic approach to complex issues, including affordable health care, medical and consumer debt, long term care, nutrition, and access to justice. For more information, visit tnjustice.org. 

Tasks and Responsibilities  

  • Maintain TJCs website, developing and posting original content and regularly updating website to make sure pages are up-to-date, accurate, and accessible.  
  • Maintain and update TJC’s communications materials, including fact sheets, one-pagers, reports, and event flyers, to ensure brand consistency and accessibility.  
  • Create original, engaging digital content for social media and email newsletters.  
  • Assist with media relations and media tracking, including maintaining press database to ensure that contacts are up-to-date and accurate, monitoring and tracking media coverage and reporting regularly to stakeholders.  
  • Assist Communications Director with external communications needs, including:  
    • Managing the social media accounts, creating a consistent voice, and creating compelling content 
    • Vetting and responding to incoming media requests, including drafting timely responses, statements and talking points, researching background information, prepping staff for interviews, and coordinating messaging. 
    • Drafting, editing and finalizing press materials (media advisories, press releases, op-eds, statements, letters to the editor, newsletters, and other external communications). 
    • Working across teams to identify and develop proactive press pitches and news hooks to promote TJC’s work. 
    • Coordinating and attending community and press events. 
    • Assist in developing style guide, messaging documents, and other internal communications resources to ensure brand consistency across materials.  

Requirements:  

  • Excellent writing skills; attention to detail 
  • Familiarity with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness; creative and strategic thinking.  
  • Graphic design, experience with NGP VAN or other CRMs or databases, and WordPress skills are a plus.  

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage. 

To Apply: The application deadline is September 8, 2019. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references via email to jobs@tnjustice.org. Please include “communications associate” in the subject line of the email. 

Position Summary: The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) is seeking a Director of Operations to provide management, HR, and operations oversight to multiple TJC teams. The Director of Operations will support creative and exciting work across TJC’s teams, including children’s and health care advocacy, legal services, nutrition advocacy, and trainings and medical provider partnerships. The person who takes this job will have an outsized impact on the lives of low-income Tennessee families. This is a full-time position based in our office in Nashville, Tennessee.

Organization Profile: TJC is a nonprofit organization that works for justice and opportunity for all Tennesseans. TJC takes a systemic approach to complex issues, including affordable health care, medical and consumer debt, long term care, nutrition, and access to justice. For more information, visit tnjustice.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services, developing a broad and deep knowledge of all TJC programs; provide input for strategic planning and implementation processes with the ED and staff.
  • With team leads, oversee the creation, tracking, and reporting of goals, outcomes, and benchmarks for each internal team; ensure team priorities and work plans are aligned with TJC’s long-term goals and mission.
  • Identify opportunities for TJC to leverage cross-program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and/or to address organizational challenges
  • Effectively manage and coach senior team members to help them achieve their goals. Hold staff accountable to TJC’s values and policies.
  • Support a strong organizational culture and implement policies to create a positive work environment.
  • Coordinate the recruitment and hiring for all staff positions.
  • Participate on the organizational leadership team; assist in the organizational/team budgeting processes and in building and maintaining relationships to fund the work.
  • Oversee data tracking and reporting, including creatively telling the story of TJC’s impact to funders, partners, board, etc.

Requirements:

  • Creativity and strategic thinking skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain relationships.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in management, HR, and/or operations.
  • Experience with systemic advocacy (litigation, legislative, administrative, communications campaigns, etc.).
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To Apply: The application deadline is September 15, 2019. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references via email to jorzechowski@tnjustice.org. Please include “director of operations” in the subject line of the email.

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