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Disability Rights Tennessee

Community Relations and Development Director

Disability Rights Tennessee


Job Summary

Disability Rights Tennessee seeks a Community Relations and Development Director. This position oversees the work of the Communications Coordinator and the Diversity & Outreach Coordinator, as well as collaborates with the Executive Director to identify, organize, coordinate, and implement fund development strategies including grant writing, individual giving, sponsorships, events, and campaigns. This position can be based out of one of our three regional offices – Nashville, Knoxville, or Memphis.

NOTE: Vaccination for COVID-19 is required.

NOTE: Only resumes with a cover letter will be considered.

Who We Are
Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of protecting the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities. For over 43 years, our agency has served more than 55,000 Tennesseans. DRT has eleven programs which provide services across the state. Services include:
• Referral and resource connection for all Tennesseans with disabilities who contact DRT
• Review of financial benefits and representative payee services
• Legal representation for specific issues of abuse, neglect, or rights violation
• Information and assistance for beneficiaries of long-term services and supports (LTSS)
• Investigate instances of abuse or neglect in facilities and community locations
• Identify resources and provide support to Tennesseans with Traumatic Brain Injury
• Monitor facilities to ensure appropriate services and resident well-being
• Educate about decision making supports
• Community outreach and education about disability rights and DRT services
• Advocate for access to vocational rehabilitation and centers for independent living services
• Advocate for access to assistive technology
• Advocate and collaborate for access to the voting process
• Advocate and assist beneficiaries of Social Security to address barriers to work

Job Responsibilities

What You’ll Do
•    Participate in overall agency leadership as a member of the Core Leadership Team
•    Foster relationships with corporate, nonprofit, foundation, and community partners to generate new strategic opportunities and new funding streams
•    Collaborate with Executive Director to organize, coordinate, and implement fundraising strategies
•    Oversee one major annual fundraising event (with a support team) and other digital media fund development efforts
•    Coordinate efforts to diversify funding through grant and foundation requests
•    Cultivate and build relationships with members of the media and serve as primary point of contact for all media requests
•    Manage creation of DRT Annual Report, as well as any public reports related to DRT work
•    Serve on councils, boards, committees and similar at the local, state and national level in order to address the rights and issues relevant to a designated grant or specified area of work.


Keys to Success: Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•    Commitment to increasing knowledge of the disability community
•    Dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion
•    Master’s Degree in Communications, Social Work, Sociology, Counseling, or related degree preferred.  Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years or more experience in a related field will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
•    Existing knowledge of disability rights issues preferred.
•    Sound professional judgment.
•    Strong organizational and time management skills.
•    Proficient use of computers and word processing software.  Ability to learn to use the Disability Advocacy Database or other case database used by DRT.
•    Strong oral and written communication skills.
•    Ability to engage in logical analysis.
•    Skillful questioning and attentive listening skills.
•    Ability to work well in teams.
•    Ability to professionally represent DRT.
•    Dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
•    Creativity and innovation

What Else You Should Know
Equity, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of DRT’s mission, values, and daily practice. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds to join our team including but not limited to candidates with disabilities, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, professionals from various generations, and veterans.

Additional Information


The position is full-time. In-office work will be required at times. Remote work will be allowed for portions of this position. The role may require travel. The salary for this position ranges from $55,000 to $65,000. Exact salary depends on experience. We offer excellent benefits such as flexible schedule, remote work, maternity/paternity leave, paid federal and state holidays, and insurance options including medical, vision, dental, life, and disability.

How to Apply

What Now?
If this seems like you, please send a resume and cover letter to


  • Date Posted: March 30, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Start Date: 05/02/2022
  • Salary Range: $55,000 to $65,000
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm