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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

Career Opportunities

ATTORNEY

Full-Time Position | Based in Nashville TN


For over 25 years, we at the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) have been standing with Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. We believe that all our neighbors have value and dignity, that all deserve the opportunity to thrive, and that our laws and public policy should reflect these shared values. Every day our courageous team works hard on behalf of and in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities.

Do you want to join our fight?

We are looking to hire an experienced attorney to provide individual legal services and policy solutions to advocate for access to quality and affordable health care, nutrition, and access to justice. If you are a creative thinker, enjoy using the law to solve problems and have experience with litigation and administrative advocacy, then this could be the opportunity for you. This position reports directly to our Supervising Attorney and interacts regularly with our team of client advocates.

A typical day might look like:

  • Collaborating with our case management team on cases relating to health care access, nutrition access, and access to justice
  • Conducting 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
  • Developing and conducting class action or impact litigation to remedy problems
  • Creating educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders

This opportunity might be for you if:

  • You are licensed or willing to become licensed to practice law in Tennessee
  • You have 5-10 years of litigation and administrative advocacy experience
  • You enjoy developing novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems
  • You are able to work independently while managing multiple projects and deadlines
  • You understand how and when to use litigation as an important tool in the advocate’s toolkit and have strong analytical and writing skills.

This opportunity is even a better fit if:

  • You have experience in public interest law and advocacy
  • You have litigated complex cases, including trial experience
  • You have knowledge of health care laws including the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid

Why you would want to join us:

The Tennessee Justice Center offers fulfilling, important work, professional development, 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. TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To Apply: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to jobs@tnjustice.org. Please include “Attorney” in the subject line of the email.



DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Full-Time Position | Based in Nashville TN


For over 25 years, we at the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) have been standing with Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. We believe that all our neighbors have value and dignity, that all deserve the opportunity to thrive, and that our laws and public policy should reflect these shared values. Every day our courageous team works hard on behalf of and in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities.

Do you want to join our mission?

We are looking to hire a Development Manager to manage our growing donor base and coordinate fundraising campaigns and activities to meet our annual financial goals. If you’re a creative thinker, highly organized and are motivated by reaching goals, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

A typical day might look like:

  • Researching prospects, tracking donor information and processing gifts
  • Evaluating and reporting individual giving outreach and campaign performance
  • Coordinating annual fundraising activities and campaigns through direct mail campaigns, social media and online giving efforts
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of fundraising events to raise community awareness and meet fundraising goals
  • Managing individual donors who give up to $1,000 annually by maintaining contact and getting them involved in fundraising activities

This position might be for you if:

  • You are super organized and obsessively take detailed notes on everything
  • You have dogged determination and have superb time management skills
  • You are self-motivated but enjoy working collaboratively in a team environment
  • You are skilled at herding cats and inspiring others to take action

This position is even a better fit if:

  • You have graduated from a college or university
  • You have at least two years of professional work experience in a non-profit or small business
  • You have a strong working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or an equivalent donor management platform

Why you would want to join us:

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. TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To Apply: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to jobs@tnjustice.org. Please include “Development Manager” in the subject line of the email.


EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Full-Time Position | Based in Nashville TN


For over 25 years, we at the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) have been standing with Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. We believe that all our neighbors have value and dignity, that all deserve the opportunity to thrive, and that our laws and public policy should reflect these shared values. Every day our courageous team works hard on behalf of and in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities.

Do you want to join our fight?

We are looking to hire an Events & Communications Coordinator to support the work we do by planning and driving attendance to our training programs. If you’re ambitious, enjoy writing marketing copy and are over the top organized, then this could be the job for you. This position reports directly to our Director of Communications and interacts regularly with our team of presenters.

A typical day might look like:

  • Planning the logistics of virtual and in-person (post-Covid) training events
  • Writing marketing copy that drives attendance to training events
  • Creating and distributing eye-catching email newsletter campaigns for various teams
  • Researching and updating our contact database
  • Supporting various outreach campaigns for our communications and development teams

This job might be for you if:

  • You are a creative writer and have an eye for great design
  • You excel at planning events and remembering all the details that make them magical
  • You enjoy creating email campaigns and staying on top of the latest best practices
  • You are super organized and obsessively take detailed notes on everything
  • You flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm

This job is even a better fit if:

  • You have graduated from a college or university
  • You have knowledge about marketing and communication best practices
  • You have examples of email marketing campaigns you’ve designed and distributed
  • You have at least two years’ experience working in a non-profit or business environment
  • Why you would want to join us:

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. TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To Apply: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to jobs@tnjustice.org. Please include “Events & Comm Coordinator” in the subject line of the email.

Internship Opportunities

TJC’s internship program offers several opportunities throughout the year for law students, recent graduates and undergrad students to obtain real-life experience working in the field of social justice and public health law. We are currently accepting applications for Winter and Summer Law Internships for the below opportunities.


Winter/Spring Internships – January 11 – April 29, 2022

Now Accepting Applications Through October 15, 2021

Summer Law Internships 2022 – May 9 – August 5, 2022

Now Accepting Applications Through October 30, 2021


Casework (minimum 20 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to 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 about health and nutrition policy. This internship provides you valuable practice experience interacting with clients and governmental agencies. In addition, you will gain extensive knowledge about Tennessee’s Medicaid law.

As a casework intern you will have the opportunity to work your own case under the supervision of TJC’s advocates and/or attorneys. This is an ideal position for law students, recent graduates or undergraduate students that are interested in law and/or public health.

Health Advocacy (minimum 20 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our health policy and advocacy team in its efforts to improve access to healthcare coverage for all Tennesseans. As a health advocacy intern, you will engage with partner organizations and individuals to help educate and reach relevant stakeholders in the health policy landscape. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with community trainings and events (press conferences, public forums, etc.);
  • Participating in organizing and lobbying (promoting sign-on letters, asking community members to write letters, etc.);
  • Supporting TJC’s social media efforts by posting and sharing content on various platforms

This is an ideal position for undergraduate students who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable and learn more about healthcare policy.

Nutrition Advocacy (minimum 20 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our nutrition advocacy work on a wide range of projects focused on increasing access to food in Tennessee. Our advocacy efforts include organizing and outreach to increase engagement around TJC’s nutrition initiatives. As a nutrition advocacy intern, you will work to help monitor state and federal legislation with the intent to create policy briefs and conduct research on the best ways to respond to policy proposals.

In addition, you will participate in supporting our SNAP access work by helping individual clients navigate the SNAP program in Tennessee. You will field calls from clients, work with staff attorneys and TJC advocates to determine the best strategy for resolving a client’s challenges. This is an ideal position for recent graduates or undergraduate students who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable and learn more about nutrition policy.

Children’s Health Advocacy (minimum 5 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our children’s health policy team in their efforts to improve the health of all Tennessee children through education, advocacy and public policy. We educate community partners and advocates through in-person and virtual trainings, education materials, and our monthly newsletter. We represent individual clients, including children and families, who need assistance to appeal a denial of medical services or enrollment under TennCare (Medicaid), CoverKids (CHIP), CHOICES, or ECF CHOICES.

As a children’s health policy intern, you will help develop creative ways to engage the public, promote our programs and trainings, produce written content such as handouts, blogs, and social media posts, research issues impacting children’s health, or assist individual clients. This is an ideal position for recent graduates or undergraduate students who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable while learning about children’s health policy.

Development (minimum 5 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our with TJC’s annual fundraising projects. Our development team is responsible for raising 40% of our fiscal budget through gifts from individual donors. As a development intern, your responsibilities include:

  • Donor stewardship and surveying
  • Performing prospect research
  • Brainstorming creative ways to engage new supporters
  • Chipping in on data cleanup
  • Event coordination
  • Creating fundraising materials

This is an ideal opportunity for an undergraduate student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in non-profit management, marketing, or organizational development.

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to interns@tnjustice.org. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

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