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Careers, Internships, and Fellowships 2019-11-22T12:15:35-05:00

INTERNSHIPS,

FELLOWSHIPS,

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, please contact Thomas Bynum at tbynum@tnjustice.org. For inquiries about career opportunities or to apply to any open positions, please email jobs@tnjustice.org.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Staff Attorneys

The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking two Staff Attorneys 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 individuals who take these positions 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.

These are full-time positions 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:

  • We are looking for two attorneys, one early-career (2+ years), and one experienced (5-10+ years).
  • 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: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, your bar number, and a list of three references via email to crossini@tnjustice.org. Please include “staff attorney” in the subject line of the email.

Read more about TJC’s legal work and impact. 

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.

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.

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