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We have been blessed by an amazing staff 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, please contact intern@tnjustice.org. For inquiries about career opportunities or to apply to any open positions, please email jobs@tnjustice.org.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Client Advocate – CHOICES

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 parental leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume via email to jobs@tnjustice.org.  Application materials should be submitted as a single PDF attachment. Please include “CHOICES Client Advocate” in the subject line of the email. The application deadline is March 6, 2020.

Tennessee Justice Fellowship

The Justice Fellowship program gives recent college graduates a unique opportunity to help low-income Tennessee families access health care coverage and food security by interviewing and supporting clients, conferring with attorneys on cases, identifying systemic issues in need of change, building relationships with community organizations, and providing technical assistance to partners.  The fellowship is a full-time position for two years.  Fellows work closely with TJC attorneys and advocates.

The program includes significant professional development opportunities and is designed to train future leaders in law, public policy, health care, and health and nutrition advocacy. Fellows will be a part of the client advocacy team.  This team helps individuals trying to access necessary food and health support and aims to identify and address systemic issues facing Tennesseans in accessing the basic necessities of life.

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.  Past TJC staff and fellows have gone on to attend top law schools, become partners at the nation’s most prestigious firms, and work at the highest levels of government and nonprofits.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree completed by June 2020 or within the last 2 years;
  • Demonstrated interest in health, nutrition, law, or other social service/justice work;
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills;
  • Organized and detail-oriented;
  • Flexible team player;
  • 2020 Fellows should be available to start between July 15 and August 1 of 2020, and should be available through June/July of 2022.

Details:

  • The fellowship offers salary, health insurance benefits, accrued sick leave and vacation, and paid holidays.
  • TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions:

  • Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2-4 page writing sample to jobs@tnjustice.org with “Tennessee Justice Fellowship” in the subject line. These application materials must be submitted in asingle PDF file.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be emailed directly by the recommender to the same email address.
  • Applications for the 2020-2022 Fellowships are due by Friday, March 13, 2020.

Part Time Bookkeeper 

TJC has an immediate opening for part-time bookkeeper, 8-10 hours per week.  Bookkeeper must be organized,enthusiastic, and unflappable.

Responsibilities

  • Performs all day-to-day bookkeeping – checks, invoices, deposits, etc.
  • Prepares reconciliation and financial statements for review
  • Prepares financial reports for funders such as statement of grant funds expended on a project
  • Tracks funds temporarily restricted to particular purposes by donor
  • Maintains historical records by filing documents

Requirements

  • Quickbooks proficiency
  • Strong accounting skills including financial statement preparation, maintaining cash basis general ledgers
  • Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and multitasking abilities highly desired
  • Self-motivated, driven individual that can work independently but is also a team player

Compensation

Flexible schedule with hourly compensation, depends on experience.

Job Type: Part-time

Job Categories:

  • Accounting/Financial Management

Contact Information and Procedure:

Send résumé to John Orzechowski at jorzechowski@tnjustice.org. Because we receive a high volume of applications, we are regrettably not able to respond to inquiries about individual applications unless you are chosen for an interview.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

King Child Health Fellow

Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) is offering a King Child Health fellowship to a recent Princeton graduate. This is a one-year, paid fellowship that may include the ability to extend the fellowship an additional year.

The King Child Health Fellowship gives recent Princeton graduates a unique opportunity to help low-income Tennessee families access health care coverage and food security by interviewing and supporting clients, conferring with attorneys on cases, identifying systemic issues in need of change, building relationships with community organizations, researching and writing about policy solutions and providing technical assistance to partners.

The nature of the position will be shaped by the interests and talents of the fellow as well as the needs of the organization. The fellowship will focus on children’s health and will likely involve the following:

  • Working with clients to determine the nature of their legal issues and gathering demographic information and documents so the case can be reviewed by a TJC attorney.
  • Maintaining a caseload of 25-30 active cases at a time and working under the guidance of an attorney to help these clients to resolve their healthcare-related legal issues.
  • Collecting stories of individual clients and community members. TJC expands the impact of its legal advocacy by using the stories of individual clients to illustrate and address systemic issues. Poignant stories, whether disseminated to the news media, posted on social media, shared with elected officials, or provided as court testimony, possess a compelling authority that gives immediacy and force to TJC’s policy advocacy.
  • Researching and writing about health issues. TJC educates the public and policymakers about problems facing our state and policy solutions to address those problems through issue briefs, blogs, and other written materials.
  • Other projects that align with TJC’s needs as well as the fellow’s interests and skills.

Requirements

The fellow should have strong analytical, communication, writing, and critical thinking skills. The person must be empathetic, with a good sense of humor. Flexibility, patience, dedication to getting the job done, creativity, and willingness to work as part of a team are also important qualities. Prior experience working with people from different backgrounds, especially rural and low-income backgrounds, is desirable, but not essential. Fluency in a foreign language, especially Spanish, is prized, but not a prerequisite. Prior experience in a legal environment is welcomed, but not required. The fellow should be available to start between July 1 and August 1, 2020.

The fellowship offers health insurance benefits, accrued sick leave and vacation, and paid holidays.

Contact Information and Procedure:

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to Ms. Dranda Whaley via email at dwhaley@tnjustice.org. Applications are due by April 1, 2020.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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.

For more information or to apply, contact Staff Attorney Cady Kaiman at ckaiman@tnjustice.org.

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