Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Court Improvement Program Attorney

The Administrative Office of the Courts is seeking a Court Improvement Program Attorney.  This position works under the direction of the Coordinator of the Court Improvement Program (CIP), which operates under and reports to the Director and Counsel of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the AOC.  The goal of the position is to improve, innovate, and enhance court procedures and child welfare policy to improve outcomes in safety, permanency, and the well-being of children under the auspices of federal and state laws, including the Family First Prevention Services Act.  The position develops and manages special projects required for receipt of CIP grants; creates and implements educational seminars for judges, juvenile court staff, attorneys, and foster care review boards in the areas of child dependency; writes training manuals; provides technical assistance to judges attorneys, court staff, and foster care review boards; conducts legal research; and performs other tasks as assigned. The position may serve on various stakeholder groups and coordinatewith other areas of the AOC.


  1. Responsible for coordination, implementation, execution, and completion of special projects, including the joint project with the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and hearing quality project required by the Children’s Bureau.
  2. Identify and assess statewide training needs.
  3. Develop, implement, and monitor training curriculum for judges, attorneys, DCS, FCRB, CASA and other child welfare stakeholders.
  4. Create training materials; develop multimedia visual aids and presentations.
  5. Provide technical assistance technical assistance to judges, attorneys, court staff, and foster care review boards
  6. Perform legal research in child dependency law.
  7. Collaborate with other agencies.
  8. Serve on statewide committees.
  9. Participate in the development of CIP strategic plans and annual reports.
  10. Coordinate with other AOC programs and initiatives, including Access to Justice.
  11. Complete other duties as assigned or requirements as described in the CIP grant.


Education and/or Experience:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) degree. Applicant must be a licensed attorney in Tennessee in good standing with three or more years of experience in juvenile court litigation and child welfare law. Preference will also be given to candidates with teaching or training experience and strong legal research and writing skills.

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license is required. Monthly in-state travel is required and some out-of-state travel may be required.

NOTICE: This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you will be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Location: Nashville
Department: Inter-governmental Affairs
Position Available: July 6, 2020
Position Closing: This position will remain open until filled

To Apply

Submit a current resume, completed Application for Employment (PDF), a writing sample (unedited by others) and three
para professional references by email to human.resources@tncourts.gov.

Thank you for taking time to submit your information for consideration. Applicants will not receive communication regarding your submission unless you are called to clarify or to schedule an interview.

For more information: please email: human.resources@tncourts.gov