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Tennessee State Employees Association

Staff Attorney

Tennessee State Employees Association


Job Summary

Staff Attorney needed for state-wide nonprofit.

Work Location: Nashville, TN

Schedule: Full-time

Compensation: Negotiable, salaried position w/benefits


The Tennessee State Employees Association (TSEA) has an immediate need in Nashville for a Staff Attorney to join our team.

Job Responsibilities


  • Responsible for the Employee Rights program and staff supervision.
  • Coordinates responsibilities with the division and with other appropriate staff as needed to provide continuity and efficiency in the service delivery.
  • Counsels members regarding job-related complaints and grievances.
  • Provides suggestions for solutions and alternatives on job-related complaints.
  • Investigates inequities, grievances and completes analysis of facts for legal representation.
  • Evaluates the merit of cases for litigation.
  • Recommends representation to Executive Director and President based on merits of case.
  • Provides legal representation at the administrative law level of the appeal procedure, Step III and Board of Appeals.
  • Timely and appropriately responds to requests for legal services according to adopted policies
  • Keeps Executive Director and client members informed regarding TSEA representation, tracks status of Step III Appeal and legal pursuits of the Association.
  • Reviews the administrative register for rule changes, attorney general opinions, executive orders and any proposals that may impact member rights or association rights and advises the executive director of such.
  • Provides members with up-to-date state policies, rules, regulations and statutes upon request.
  • Develops and delivers training programs.
  • Assists in compilation and analysis of data for Legal Services Division and makes recommendations to the Executive Director.
  • Advises staff on member rights statutes, rules and policies.
  • Responsible to advise, facilitate and provide support for assigned committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited university/college.
  • 3+ years in employment law experience, licensed to practice law in Tennessee
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Experience with litigation and legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy.
  • Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Additional Information


Health, Dental, Vision, 401K and Pension.

How to Apply

Please send a resume to


  • Date Posted: April 11, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Legal
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: Negotiable.
  • Working Hours: 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (may occasionally require some work outside of these hours).