Job Opportunities

Current Openings

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions detailed below:

Operations & Engagement Coordinator

The Sycamore Institute seeks to grow its bipartisan team with a full-time Operations and Engagement Coordinator. The position will support all aspects of Sycamore’s daily operations and add capacity to the team’s statewide communications and engagement work.

The person in this role will support the work of managing an efficient and impactful nonprofit organization, engaging diverse stakeholders, and facilitating meaningful discussion on issues that affect and connect Tennesseans’ health and prosperity.

This new role in the organization will report to the Executive Director. The position is based in our downtown Nashville office and will require some travel around Tennessee.

As Sycamore grows, we anticipate opportunities for advancement within the organization for the right candidate.

Essential Duties

  • Provide general nonprofit management support to the Executive Director – assist in wrangling meeting preparation and follow-up, calendar and meeting requests, office files, purchasing, fundraising and other data entry, general accounting support, and general office duties.
  • Prepare high-level correspondence with the Board of Directors, donors, government officials, and other external parties.
  • Provide support to the Communications Director – assist with social media management, website management, media relations, writing, editing, and video production.
  • Plan community engagement activities and manage all aspects of the logistics – assist with strategy and execution of events and meetings, including content, travel arrangements, and onsite logistics and support.
  • Complete nonprofit operations and communications-related research projects, e.g. organize and report satisfaction survey responses, evaluate and recommend vendors, review and report changes in media outlets.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience (preferred), Associate’s degree with 4 years of experience, or equivalent education and experience.
  • Interest and/or work experience in public policy at the state, federal, or local level
  • Proficiency in MS Office – Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Organized with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communicator – both oral and written
  • Capacity to work well both independently and collaboratively
  • Appetite for learning and professional growth
  • Confident and approachable in social situations
  • Capacity to engage respectfully in conversations about sensitive and divisive issues
  • Ability to manage a complex workload and balance projects to achieve quality results in a timely manner required
  • Ability to build and sustain positive working relationships with diverse audiences
  • Ability to maintain performance and self-control under pressure or adversity


This is a full-time exempt position.

  • Salary range dependent on level of experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including medical and life insurance with dental and disability options.
  • 401(k) matching option

To Apply

Email a cover letter and resumé to

No calls or in-person application submissions please.


The Sycamore Institute is accepting applications for our internship program. These intern positions are unpaid and based in our downtown Nashville office.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m Central on the dates listed below. We encourage you to apply early.

  • Summer 2019: Apply by March 30, 2019
  • Fall 2019: Apply by August 31, 2019
  • Spring 2020: Apply by November 15, 2019

Positions Available

Please apply for one of the following positions:

  • Policy Intern — The Policy Intern works primarily with the Policy Director and Policy Analyst. Duties may include conducting state policy-related research and analysis and writing blog posts, policy briefs and reports. Undergraduate and graduate students (or recent grads) with an interest in health policy and state budget issues are encouraged to apply.
  • Administration & Communications Intern — The Administration & Communications Intern works primarily with the Executive Director and Communications Director. Duties may include assisting with operations, scheduling, and public relations. Undergraduate and graduate students (or recent grads) with strong writing skills and an interest in nonprofit management and communications are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to Courtnee Melton at In your email, please specify the semester and position for which you are applying, and include “Internship Application” in the subject line.