Tennessee Justice Center

Development Director

The Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm, is seeking an experienced Development Director. The Development Director position is a significant leadership position for TJC will work alongside the Executive Director, Fundraising Committee, and Board of Directors to meet organizational goals. This requires the ability to think broadly and strategically, as well as to be detail oriented and organized about the implementation and structures necessary to move the Center’s vision into reality. This position is responsible for managing and significantly growing a robust fundraising program that raises over $500,000 annually through a combination of direct response, major gifts, corporate, and planned gifts.

Job Responsibilities

    • Manage TJC’s business development and communications functions under the Executive Director’s and Board’s general supervision.
    • Work with Executive Director, Deputy Director, Fundraising Committee, and Board of Directors to research, develop, implement and expand traditional and creative fundraising strategies and programs to meet or exceed the organization’s fundraising and strategic plan goals.
    • Manage and coordinate individual and event fundraising including institutional proposal development.
    • Partner with program staff to develop and implement social and new media strategies.
    • Oversee execution of all fundraising events to raise community awareness and meet or exceed event budget goals.
    • Develop and implement a robust major gift program including corporate contacts and support in conjunction with Executive Director.
    • Develop donor recognition plan in consultation with leadership and committee members.
    • Oversee annual fund activities including events, direct mail campaigns, web giving, newsletters, social networking, and staff.
    • Create and manage portfolio of major donors.
    • Oversee development and implementation of annual comprehensive communications plan involving traditional and new media, marketing, publications, and outreach in order to increase engagement from donors, volunteers, and community members.
    • Represent TJC in the community through speaking opportunities and events. Oversee volunteer speakers.
    • Ensure development and maintenance of appropriate systems and reporting to facilitate donor engagement, research and cultivation, gift processing, recognition and event evaluation. Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
    • Participate as member of the management team in leading the organization and participating in overall strategic planning and budgeting.
    • Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
    • Supervise staff as determined.
    • Other duties as determined.

Requirements

    • Minimum of 5-years fund development leadership experience.
    • Fundraising achievements in major gifts cultivation and solicitation, corporate and foundation grants, direct mail, planned giving, corporate sponsorships and special events.
    • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
    • Dogged problem solver
    • Team player with willingness to share projects and work cooperatively
    • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities (within the organization’s overall mission) as our work is shaped by the dynamic needs of our clients
    • Attitude to flourish in a small office

Compensation:

    • Salary depends on experience
    • Health insurance
    • Retirement plan
    • Long and short-term disability insurance (fully paid for by employer)

Applicants should send a resume, writing sample and letter of interest to John Orzechowski, Tennessee Justice Center, 211 7th Ave N, Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37219, Fax: 615-255-0354, e-mail jorzechowski@tnjustice.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, TJC cannot return phone calls about the position and, regrettably, cannot notify applicants of the status of applications unless an interview is requested.

Administrative Assistant

This position is suited for a dynamic “utility player” who will assist several staff members with projects and administrative tasks to make the office more efficient. The individual will assist in areas including office administration, fundraising, technology, and others. The ideal applicant is detail-oriented and willing to do work that is sometimes mundane but essential to the functioning of this small non-profit law office. The job requires working with several technology platforms and databases, including a donor database CRM, client database etc.

Because the job will require working in various areas, the ideal individual will be flexible and a quick learner. Selected tasks an administrative assistant will be expected to perform include:

* Answering phones, taking messages and directing callers to the appropriate staff members, receiving visitors;
* Maintaining office equipment and IT infrastructure, and working with IT vendor to resolve issues;
* Helping to maintain accurate files and records;
* Managing, collecting, and organizing data for grants and board reporting requirements;
* Identifying and implementing ways to improve office efficiency.

Minimum Qualifications

* Proficiency in software including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook; familiarity with or ability to learn donor database (Salsa), client database (Pika), and others as needed
* Keyboard skills;
* Proficiency at email and voice mail communication;
* Ability to work independently;
* Ability to prioritize work load;
* Ability to meet deadlines;
* Ability to tend to multiple details simultaneously;
* Ability to use the team approach and to be solutions focused.

Applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to John Orzechowski, Tennessee Justice Center, 211 7th Ave N, Ste. 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37219, Fax: 615-255-0354, e-mail jorzechowski@tnjustice.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, TJC cannot return phone calls about the position and, regrettably, cannot notify applicants of the status of applications unless an interview is requested.

Part Time Bookeeper

The Tennessee Justice Center, a small, friendly non-profit law office has immediate opening for part-time bookkeeper, starting 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.

Contact Information and Procedure

Send résumé, cover letter, and references to John Orzechowski at jorzechowski@tnjustice.org or fax to 255-0354.  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. 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.

SNAP Access Coordinator

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC), a non-profit, public interest law firm, is seeking a SNAP Access Coordinator.  The position is funded through Hunger Free America’s Anti-Hunger Opportunity Corps, an AmeriCorps VISTA program supported by the Walmart Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  VISTA Members commit themselves full-time for 365 days with nonprofit organizations to empower communities with new capacity and sustainable solutions for overcoming the causes and conditions of poverty.

The Coordinator will be part of TJC’s new Nourish team, that is working to toward a hunger-free Tennessee, and will focus on expanding awareness of and access to SNAP through a network of statewide partners.  Duties will include:

    • Identifying and contacting potential partners;
    • Researching best practices in SNAP access;
    • Assessing current and potential partners’ knowledge of SNAP and capacity to help those they serve access SNAP;
    • Collecting stories of people who have benefited from SNAP;
    • Creating targeted SNAP access materials and trainings with direction and support from TJC staff and other subject matter experts;
    • Piloting and revising SNAP access materials and trainings; and
    • Other duties as needed for successful completion of the SNAP Access VISTA project.

The Coordinator will receive regular support and oversight from the Nutrition Advocate.

Required Qualifications:

    • Commitment to fight hunger and poverty
    • A warm and engaging personality who can connect to people at all income and educational levels
    • Strong social, communication, and writing skills
    • Comfort with making cold calls and spending time on the phone
    • Ability to explain complex policies in simple and engaging terms (with help from TJC staff)
    • Well-organized and detail-oriented
    • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
    • Comfort taking direction from supervisor
    • Team player
    • Positive attitude to flourish in a small (and open space!) office
    • Out-of-state travel to training event(s)
    • Combination of four years of post-secondary education or relevant work experience
    • Basic computer literacy including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

Desirable (But Not Required) Qualifications:

    • Spanish
    • Graphic design skills
    • Qualitative (e.g. interviews) and/or quantitative (e.g. surveys) data collection skills
    • Experience with PhotoVoice or other social action storytelling methods

Compensation and Benefits:

    • $455.70 biweekly living allowance
    • Healthcare benefit
    • Life insurance
    • Potential rental assistance
    • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
    • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
    • Travel reimbursement
    • Personal and sick leave and holidays
    • Loan forbearance or deferment during service
    • $5,815 educational award for future education expenses or student loans OR $1,500 cash stipend upon successful term completion
    • One-year non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs upon successful term completion
    • Network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

Applicants should send a resume, writing sample and letter of interest to Keith Barnes, Tennessee Justice Center, kbarnes@tnjustice.org, Fax: 615-255-0354. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, TJC cannot return phone calls about the position and, regrettably, cannot notify applicants of the status of applications unless an interview is requested.

Client Advocate

The Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm, is seeking a Client Advocate. As a client advocate, this individual will help vulnerable Tennessee families access health care coverage and services by: interviewing and advising clients, conferring with attorneys on cases, building relationships with community organizations, and providing technical assistance to partners.

Required:

    • Bachelor’s degree and solid GPA from 4-year accredited college or university
    • Two years relevant work experience in non-profit/ human service sector or comparable educational experience (masters level)
    • Passion for social justice, health care, and serving vulnerable families
    • Strong social, communication, and writing skills as evidenced in in-person interview and writing samples
    • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Organized and detail-oriented
    • Comfortable taking direction from supervisor
    • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
    • Dogged problem solver
    • Team player with willingness to share projects and work cooperatively
    • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities (within the organization’s overall mission) as our work is shaped by the dynamic needs of our clients
    • Attitude to flourish in a small office
    • Ability to work full time, with overtime during busy periods (overtime is compensated)

Preferred (but not required):

    • Spanish language proficiency
    • Familiarity with public benefits programs such as Medicaid (TennCare) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CoverKids)
    • Experience and/or relationships within Tennessee nonprofit / human services community
    • Experience working with vulnerable individuals and families

Compensation:

    • Salary depends on experience
    • Health insurance (fully paid for by employer for employee; employer contributes toward dependent coverage)
    • Retirement plan
    • Long and short-term disability insurance (fully paid for by employer)

Applicants should send a resume, writing sample and letter of interest to John Orzechowski, Tennessee Justice Center, jorzechowski@tnjustice.org, Fax: 615-255-0354. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, TJC cannot return phone calls about the position and, regrettably, cannot notify applicants of the status of applications unless an interview is requested.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Elder Justice Internship

The Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm located in Nashville, Tennessee, is hosting two summer interns sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on assisting elderly victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Over its 20-year history, TJC has focused on ensuring access to basic needs for low-income Tennesseans through legal advocacy. TJC has recently expanded the scope of its senior-serving advocacy through the creation of its Independence Team.

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JDs will work with TJC, the Independence team, and TJC’s Elder Justice Fellow to address the systemic issues facing elderly victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation within the Medicaid long term services and supports programs. The student will develop a comprehensive strategy to address systemic issues, support victims, and prevent elder abuse and neglect including:

    •   Providing high-quality legal representation in administrative and judicial settings to older adults who have been the victims of elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation;
    •   Presenting community education sessions to seniors, family members, and advocates at outreach events in senior centers, nursing facilities, and other community settings;
    •   Collecting data on the nature of the abuse and the services provided, including the indicia of abuse, the legal issue for which the client is receiving services, and the identity of the alleged perpetrators of abuse.Qualifications:
    • J.D candidate at an ABA-accredited program;
    •  A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigentclients;
    • Excellent speaking and writing skills; the ability to talk about legal and other complexissues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences;
    • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, creativity, organization, anda willingness to work with others;
    • The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks;
    • Those with experience with or interest in elder law issues strongly encouraged to apply.Compensation:Upon completion of 300 hours of service, the AmeriCorps JDs will be eligible for a $1,222.22 Segal Education Award. The member can apply the Education Award toward student loans or current educational expenses.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, (brief) writing sample, and letter of interest to Jake Lorber at jlorber@tnjustice.org. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible. The suggested start date is May 22, 2017, but the start date is flexible.

The Tennessee Justice Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.