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The Safe Tennessee Project

Community Organizer

The Safe Tennessee Project


Job Summary

Company Description

The Safe Tennessee Project develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun violence in all its forms.  We are currently developing our Engaging Impacted Communities program which will engage impacted communities – specifically communities of color – in our effort to reduce death or injury by firearms in Nashville, eventually expanding the program to other cities across the state. The organizations and individuals in these communities will become the Tennessee Action Network, a statewide coalition of community partners who work to tackle the structural barriers at the root of violence and the unregulated access to firearms that facilitates lethal violence.

The community organizer will assist in the development of the Engaging Impacted Communities program by cultivating relationships and assisting community-based organizations and individuals build or strengthen their capacity to reduce gun violence in communities of color. The community organizer will first work to identify and engage these organizations and individuals, and will then assist with the development and facilitation of Engaging Impacted Communities workshops for community partners and organizations in Nashville. The community organizer will then assist in building the infrastructure of the Tennessee Action Network, including expanding the workshops to other cities across the state.

This role will also serve as a liaison between the Safe Tennessee Executive Director and community members to ensure that communities of color are part of the policymaking process in Tennessee.


Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development of the Engaging Impacted Communities program and workshop curriculum, including identifying trainers;
  • Seek, build, and cultivate relationships with partners that serve communities of color impacted by gun violence;
  • In coordination with the Safe Tennessee Executive Director, work to ensure engagement of community partners in the policymaking process and legislative advocacy efforts;
  • Assist with the transition of organizations and individuals involved with the Engaging Impacted Communities program to the Tennessee Action Network;
  • Build relationships and partnerships with organizations and state agencies involved in violence prevention and facilitate coordination between these stakeholders and the community members in our network;
  • In conjunction with the Safe Tennessee Executive Director, plan and assist with the logistics related to community meetings, summits, conferences, and other special events, such as an Advocacy Day of the Hill; 
  • Draft external and internal communication for the Engaging Impacted Communities program and the Tennessee Action Network;
  • Partner with Engaging Impacted Communities, policy, communications and development teams as needed to ensure most impacted communities are centered and highlighted when possible; Represent the Tennessee Action Network at conferences, meetings, and events as needed.


Candidates should be self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, reliable, and be able to engage with diverse stakeholders. Also, candidates should have policy, organizing, and advocacy experience and preferably experience working with Nashville communities and government stakeholders. Lastly, this candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills and must be open to diverse perspectives present within the gun violence prevention movement.

The community organizer will be expected to participate in a weekly check-in call with the Safe Tennessee Executive Director and a monthly goal setting and review meeting (virtual or in person).

Additional Information


Flexible hours schedule with hourly compensation

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter or introductory email and a resume to


The Safe Tennessee Project Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employers.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor. 


  • Date Posted: August 21, 2020
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Community Development