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Tennessee Innocence Project

Operations Coordinator

Tennessee Innocence Project


Job Summary

The Tennessee Innocence Project investigates and litigates claims of actual innocence on behalf of the incarcerated in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Innocence Project is seeking an Operations Coordinator who will serve as the principal administrative support person for the organization. 

Job Responsibilities

The primary role of this position is to support the organization by performing a variety of tasks ranging from routine to complex—administrative, clerical, and office duties including oral and written communications, business contacts, meetings, and special projects, while maintaining a high level of personal initiative and confidentiality.  This individual will also assist with development and event planning.


We are looking for someone that:

Is extremely well-organized and detail-oriented.

Working alongside the organization’s Executive Director, you will be handling day-to-day operations for the organization. These tasks include: communications with potential clients, donors, and collaborative partners; documenting day-to-day financial information; proofreading and assisting with grant proposals; providing administrative support wherever the organization needs it; assisting with event planning; and facilitating relationships with organizational leadership.  All these tasks require attention to detail to ensure the organization operates effectively and grows in the future.

Motivated by a desire to move a new organization into its next phase of growth.

As the second employee in our organization, you have the opportunity to make a profound impact on innocence work being performed in Tennessee.  You will be at the center of the organization and with satisfactory performance have the opportunity to grow in your role as the organization grows. An ideal candidate will tackle day-to-day operations efficiently and use any remaining time to assist with development of future financial support. 

Efficient, resourceful, and a problem-solver.

An ideal employee will be efficient and resourceful regarding routine matters, thereby allowing additional time to creatively envision where the Tennessee Innocence Project can go in future years.  Articulate communications skills are a must.

Creative and enjoys envisioning and executing new projects.

Another critical skill is the development of new ideas within the organization.  Candidates should possess a desire to envision, collaborate, and execute projects that: enhance the organization’s visibility, develop robust support from a wide variety of supporters, and promote effective services to clients.

Believes in the organization’s work.

While there have been innocence organizations across the United States over the past three decades, the Tennessee Innocence Project is the first full-time organization in Tennessee dedicated to this work.  The work is challenging, but extraordinarily important. Candidates must possess all the requirements listed below and have a genuine interest in seeing the organization grow and flourish. 

Additional Information


Long-term/short-term disability insurance; flexible work environment

How to Apply

Please attach your resume to a brief cover letter and direct to Jessica Van Dyke, with the subject “Operations Coordinator application.”  Please include three references in your resume or cover letter, and highlight any experiences you’ve had with operations or development.


  • Date Posted: May 18, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Start Date: 06/08/2020
  • Salary Range: 37,000-44,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk