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Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Policy Coordinator

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition


Job Summary

TIRRC is hiring for a Policy Coordinator. This position is based in Nashville with statewide and national travel required.

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, military or veteran status, marital status,or parental status. Immigrants, refugees, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Responsibilities

Policy & Advocacy 

  • Support development of TIRRC policy priorities and decisions based on research and consultation with stakeholders
  • Monitor the legislative process for potential impact on the immigrant and refugee community; support development of organizational analysis of legislation; participate in national policy campaigns
  • Build, maintain, and strengthen relationships with elected officials and government agencies and develop issue briefs, talking points, and other resources to communicate TIRRC’s analysis and position on policy with decision-makers
  • Work with TIRRC education and organizing staff to build community-based curriculum and outreach materials and strategies that engage directly affected community members in developing policy agendas and encourage civic participation
  • Communicate with membership, supporters, media, and general public about TIRRC issue campaigns, including periodic e-newsletters, oral presentations, direct interaction with media outlets, and maintenance of materials on the organizational website 
  • Coordinate messaging, ally-building, and media objectives for TIRRC’s statewide and local campaigns


  • Ensure coverage of significant issues and events by building relationships with key media outlets across the state, maintaining media contact lists in the organizational database, coordinating press conferences and other media events, and writing and distributing press releases and statements
  • Monitor daily press coverage of TIRRC and relevant issues and maintain a media archive of any TIRRC-related media coverage
  • Identify and train spokespeople; conduct media trainings to build the communications capacity of member organizations

Organizational Support 

  • Maintain organizational database with information from campaigns and events 
  • Represent TIRRC at community events
  • Assist in grant writing and reporting and other fundraising duties as necessary


  • Belief in TIRRC’s mission and experience with social justice movements
  • Ability to work on deadline, be very organized, and work with little supervision; proven ability to work and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills 
  • Availability to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends
  • Basic literacy with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and data management systems
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in an additional language preferred

Additional Information


  • Salary: $40,000-44,000 depending on experience
  • Health Insurance with 100% of employee premium covered, plus a Health Reimbursement Account with $1,000 contributed by TIRRC each year
  • Paid Leave including up to 15 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, and 3 weeks paid sick leave in your first year, plus paid parental leave
  • Employee Assistance Program with free counseling and life management sessions

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to


  • Date Posted: July 13, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: $40,000-44,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hours/week