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Tennessee Bar Foundation

Executive Director

Tennessee Bar Foundation


Job Summary

The Tennessee Bar Foundation is a legal, philanthropic organization that honors attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession by electing them as “Fellows,” uses the contributions of those Fellows to support law-related public projects and administers, on behalf of the Tennessee Supreme Court, the “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program, which makes significant grant awards for similar law-related projects throughout the state.  The Foundation has awarded over $27,000,000 to those projects since 1988.   

A twelve-member Board of Trustees governs the Foundation.  The Board seeks a professional to lead this multi-faceted organization as its Executive Director.  The Executive Director will work within the legal community, the banking community, and the community of nonprofit organizations.  This is a highly visible position within Tennessee, and he/she will also represent Tennessee among other executives of similar organizations across the country.

Job Responsibilities

  • Understand the workings of an IOLTA program (which must/can be learned – there is only one IOLTA program per state!)
  • Familiarity with philanthropy and the process of grantmaking
  • Cultivation and maintenance of relationships with bar (legal) leaders and community partners
  • Serve as the face of the organization, participate in external events
  • Remain current on the issues affecting the legal community and the provision of legal assistance to those who can’t afford it
  • Lead the board in finding paths for the Foundation to be a valued partner in the legal and nonprofit communities 
  • See additional information on the website:  https://www.tnbarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/TBF-Executive-Director-Position_.pdf


Law degree and/or nonprofit management experience

Additional Information


  • Paid Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Health Savings Account
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Account with Employer Match
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • Paid Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Vacation 
  • Paid Membership Dues for Appropriate Organizations
  • Paid parking

How to Apply

Send a cover letter expressing interest in the position, a resume, and three references to Jdixon@lewisthomason.com  (subject line:  “TBF Executive Director“)


  • Date Posted: March 14, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
  • Working Hours: Full time