Tennessee Justice Center

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.

Health Action Associate

The Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm, is seeking a Health Action Associate. This position will be a part of a team that focuses on maintaining and increasing access to health care coverage for all Tennesseans. This requires the ability to work well as a team member, to quickly adapt to fast-changing environments, and to have a positive energy and strong organizational skills and focus.

Since opportunities and challenges will arise unexpectedly due to the changing health policy landscape, the individual must be a flexible utility player who is willing to take on new projects. The job may include: educating communities about health needs and policies affecting particular demographics (including children); updating and engaging volunteers and community partners; assisting with messaging and media engagement to educate Tennesseans about health access and policy issues; building a strong coalition of partners across the state; gathering and sharing stories of Tennesseans who need access to health care or whose health care is at risk.

Because of budget and time restrictions, most of the work will be done from our Nashville office, so the use of phones, email, Skype, and webinars will be crucial; ideal candidates will be very comfortable with making cold calls and having conversations over the phone. There will be some travel required.

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
  • Passion for social justice and health care
  • Strong social, communication, and writing skills
  • Comfort with making cold calls and spending time on the phone
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Comfort taking direction from supervisor
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
  • Team player
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities within the overall goal
  • Positive attitude to flourish in a small (and open space!) office
  • Ability to work full time, with overtime
  • Ability to prioritize work load and manage multiple deadlines
  • Ability to tend to multiple details simultaneously
  • A warm and engaging personality who can connect to people at all income and educational levels
  • Ability to use the team approach and to be solutions focused

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 Julia Osgood, Tennessee Justice Center, 211 7th Ave. N, Ste. 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37219, Fax: 615-255-0354, e-mail josgood@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.

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

Applicants should send a resume, writing sample and letter of interest to John Orzechowski, Tennessee Justice Center, 301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37201-1568, 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.