Staff Attorney

TSEA is hiring for a full-time Staff Attorney.
Work schedule: 5 days per week – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Work Location: Nashville, TN
Compensation: Salaried position w/benefits


  • At the Administrative Law Level of the Appeal Procedure, Step III/Board of Appeals,
    provides legal representation for disciplined state employee members under the provision of the TN TEAM Act (as codified in Tennessee Code Annotated, § 8-30-101).
  • 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.
  • Recommends representation to Executive Director and President based on merits of case.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, be organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]