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Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Rural Outreach Paralegal

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition


Job Summary

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration. Our mission is to build power, amplify our voices, and organize communities to advocate for our rights. Our vision is a stronger, more inclusive Tennessee where people of all nationalities, immigration statuses, and racial identities can belong and thrive. TIRRC’s growing legal team engages in community legal education, direct representation, and advocacy to protect the rights of immigrant community members and support the power-building mission of the organization.    

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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.

Position Description

TIRRC seeks an outreach paralegal to help reach and support community members in rural Tennessee with legal education, resources, and services. The responsibilities will include conducting intakes and community legal education sessions, providing support to attorneys and licensed representatives in immigration cases (mostly naturalization and deferred action), and planning legal clinics and workshops. The outreach paralegal may also participate in and provide legal support to TIRRC’s organizing, policy advocacy, and power-building activities as needed. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct intakes for prospective legal services clients;
  • Provide support to attorneys and licensed representatives in immigration cases, including managing client communications, collecting evidence, and preparing draft applications; 
  • Help to plan and carry out intake, limited-scope, and pro se legal clinics outside the Metro Nashville area in accordance with grant obligations and TIRRC’s strategic objectives;
  • Plan and carry out community legal education sessions on immigration law topics, particularly naturalization and labor-based deferred action, in accordance with grant obligations and TIRRC’s strategic objectives;
  • Create educational flyers and other written outreach materials; 
  • Maintain complete and accurate case files in the case management system;
  • Maintain client confidentiality at all times;
  • Oversee tracking and gathering data and records for funders as needed;
  • Other legal services support as needed; 
  • All TIRRC staff are expected to participate in and help support certain organization-wide trainings and events, such as Day on the Hill, staff retreat, the Membership Convention, and other trainings as necessary.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed above. As with every position at TIRRC, every person in the organization will assist their colleagues to ensure a cooperative environment and respond to the needs of the moment. This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


  • Belief in TIRRC’s mission and experience with social justice;
  • Experience with immigration law and practice; previous immigration paralegal experience strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant communities;
  • Experience with immigration software preferred;
  • Ability to be very organized, work on deadlines, and juggle multiple priorities;
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients who have diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends;
  • Willingness to travel outside of the metropolitan Nashville area, including day and overnight trips;
  • Fluency in English is required and fluency or working proficiency in another language spoken by TIRRC’s constituencies is preferred;
  • Must have reliable transportation.

Additional Information


Salary Range: $45,800-$50,000

Benefits: Full-time TIRRC employees are eligible to receive medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% of the medical employee premium covered by TIRRC, participate in a 401K retirement plan, and receive 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Program. In addition, TIRRC provides paid leave including up to 15 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of paid sick leave in an employee’s first year and 6 weeks of paid parental leave.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@tnimmigrant.org.  


  • Date Posted: April 3, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Legal
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: $45,800-$50,000