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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

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
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 for a seasoned marketing and communications professional to plan and lead our efforts to build and engage a network of supporters, advocates and media partners through various channels. If you’re highly organized, experienced in leading marketing campaigns and super creative, then this could be the job for you. This management position reports directly to our Chief Operating Officer and interacts regularly with all of our teams. 

A typical day might look like: 

  • Planning, leading and tracking communication strategies, campaigns and goals 
  • Copywriting and editing content for outreach campaigns, including website, emails, print materials and social media posts 
  • Managing all media relations, including pitching to media, press events, and developing spokespeople 
  • Supporting annual fundraising activities and campaigns through direct mail campaigns, social media and online giving efforts    
  • Managing a team of event, digital media and development coordinators who support communication projects and campaigns 
  • Ensuring messaging and brand consistency across all our distribution channels 

This opportunity might be for you if: 

  • You are highly knowledgeable about marketing and communication best practices 
  • You are a creative writer and have an eye for great design 
  • You are super organized and have a strong background in project management 
  • You value the role of healthy datasets and have processes to maintain data integrity 
  • You flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm 

This opportunity is even a better fit if: 

  • You have graduated from a college or university 
  • You have at least seven years of professional work experience  
  • You enjoy managing teams to produce their best work 

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 “Director of Communications” in the subject line of the email.  

For more information about Tennessee Justice Center, visit tnjustice.org.  




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.




HEALTH ADVOCACY, PROJECT 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 a project coordinator to support the outreach and communications work we do to ensure all Tennesseans have access to affordable health care coverage. If you’re highly organized, pride yourself in communicating well with others and enjoy taking on a challenge, then this could be the job for you. This position reports directly to our Health Advocacy, Program Manager and interacts regularly with our creative communications team. 

A typical day might look like: 

  • Drafting educational and action-oriented content around health issues and policies to support multiple outreach campaigns 
  • Communicating via email, phone or video calls with community partners, government officials and local agencies about the work we are doing and how they can support it 
  • Sourcing and maintaining contact information on community partners across the state 
  • Finding new volunteers and coordinating projects for them to do that support our work  
  • Gathering and crafting client stories to support outreach efforts and media engagement 
  • Researching data and reading up on the latest policy updates  
  • Keeping an organized record of volunteers, storytellers and actions taken by activists in our network 

This job might be for you if: 

  • You are super organized and obsessively take detailed notes on everything 
  • You excel at communicating through the written word, on the phone, and in person (when it’s safe to do so) 
  • You can manage multiple projects at once and thrive in a fast-paced environment 
  • You flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm 
  • You have never met a stranger and enjoy interacting with people daily 

This job is even a better fit if: 

  • You have graduated from a college or university 
  • You have at least two years of experience working within a small non-profit environment 
  • You have worked with low-income individuals and families 

Why you would want to join us: 

The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and opportunities for professional growth. 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 “health advocacy” in the subject line of the email.  

For more information about Tennessee Justice Center, visit tnjustice.org.   



DIRECTOR OF FINANCE  
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 a Director of Finance to manage the financial and accounting systems of our $2.5M annual operating budget with funding sources from multiple grantors, individual donations and earned income. This position is core to the leadership team and works hand-in-hand with the Executive Director to oversee our growing fiscal capacity. If you’re a strategic thinker, enjoy working with numbers, and are experienced in the end-to-end accounting cycle, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you.  

Your primary responsibilities would be: 

  • Managing the application process and financials for all grants; includes identifying the source and use of all contracts, grant funds and restricted contributions 
  • Preparing financial budgets, reports, and invoices to grantors  
  • Processing accounts payable and receivables; includes writing and distributing checks, preparing and making bank deposits, executing wire transfers, and managing bank and investment accounts 
  • Reconciling all banking and credit statements, petty cash, and balance sheet accounts monthly 
  • Preparing biweekly payroll information and reporting; includes managing all employee benefits, making benefits payments, and reconciling accounts monthly 
  • Preparing annual independent financial audit and IRS 990s  
  • Preparing the annual budget and monthly financial reports for the Executive Director, board, and finance committees 
  • Helping the team and board understand their role in supporting the organization’s financial outlook  
  • Presenting, participating in, and taking minutes during board and committee meetings

We would like to hear from you if: 

  • You have at least five years of professional accounting experience 
  • You are proficient and comfortable working in Quickbooks or an equivalent accounting system  
  • You have experience working with external payroll and HR benefits service providers 
  • You have dogged determination and amazing problem-solving skills 
  • You can work independently while managing multiple projects and deadlines  

We would love to hear from you if: 

  • You have a Master’s degree in Finance or are a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 
  • You have experience working with a small, growing non-profit organization 

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 “Director of Finance” in the subject line of the email.  

For more information about Tennessee Justice Center, visit tnjustice.org.  

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 Fall Internships for the below opportunities. 


Fall Internships for Undergrad and Recent Graduates (Mid Aug – Early Dec) 
Now Accepting Applications Through June 15, 2022 


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.

Health Equity (minimum 5 hours per week): 

We are currently seeking interns to assist with health equity work across various teams at TJC. Our health equity work focuses on educating community members, advocates, service providers, and policymakers about the importance of health equity – ensuring that every Tennessean has access to the resources they need to be healthy – and promoting health policy opportunities to advance the goal.  

As a health equity intern, you will help develop creative ways to engage the public, promote our programs and trainings, conduct research, produce written content such as factsheets, blogs, social media posts, and policy briefs on a variety of topics related to health equity. This is an ideal position for early career professionals, graduate school students, or undergraduate students who want to learn about the role of policies in addressing health disparities and hold their government accountable to advance health equity.  

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to intern@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.