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Martha O'Bryan Center

AMERICORPS – K-8 Youth Education Specialist

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary


Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) is an anti-poverty non-profit organization with longstanding history and deep community roots, grounded in tradition and strengthened by innovation.  Founded in 1894 when Miss O’Bryan organized the Gleaners Society at First Presbyterian Church to support impoverished North Nashville residents, Martha O’Bryan Center has operated from the heart of Cayce Place – Nashville’s most distressed community – since 1948.  This is where we continue in service, partnering with Cayce Place families to open doors of hope and possibility, create a culture of attainment, and positively shape future generations.  Martha O’Bryan Center serves 12,000 people annually with its programs in early learning, parent empowerment, youth development, adult education, food security, crisis counseling and public charter schools East End Prep and Explore! Community School.


Mission Statement:  On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship.

AmeriCorps at the Martha O’Bryan Center
When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, ideals, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll earn money for education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills.  AmeriCorps is a national volunteer program that supports hundreds of service members across the country every year, providing a living allowance and other benefits while you give back to the community. 


Position Summary

The Martha O’Bryan Center youth development program for elementary and middle school students is designed to support the whole child –academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to this support, students develop their interests and passions through the arts, recreation, and experiential learning opportunities in Nashville and beyond.


Duties and responsibilities include: support the Site Coordinator in curriculum development, preparation for guided reading lessons and planning for afterschool activities such as tutoring, homework help enrichment and service learning projects; review and reflect on anecdotal observations of students’ key experiences and design academic interventions to address individual student needs; assist Site Coordinator in entering pertinent data in tracking system; receive professional development; attend staff and partner meetings; conduct academic assessments 2-3 times per year, prepare parent activities designed to help them be more active and engaged in the afterschool program; assist K-8 Youth Development with on-going projects.


Throughout the year, AmeriCorps Members will learn the inner workings of running a successful academic intervention program and be presented with the opportunity to take ownership and leadership in various roles according to their interests.  Specific opportunities for leadership have included technology assistance, media & marketing, community outreach and social-emotional curriculum design.  K-8 Youth Development is proud to present each AmeriCorps Member with the opportunity to enhance programming with the unique interests, skills and experiences that he/she brings to the department. In addition, AmeriCorps members who demonstrate strong growth in the first half of their year of service may in the second half of the year be called to serve as Site Lead for their site, providing situational leadership as the point person for the site when the Site Coordinator is not available, with the support and guidance of the Site Coordinator, K-8 regular staff, and the AmeriCorps Director

Job Responsibilities


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.

  • Assist K-8 Leadership Team in curriculum creation, organization, and implementation.
  • Coordinate with Site Coordinator on student recruitment and engagement strategies.
  • Builds relationships with a small cohort of students.
  • Provides hands-on academic assistance to students daily.
  • Provides complementary homework help and foundational support daily.
  • Helps each student achieve success by encouraging students to reach individual goals.
  • Provides enrichment activities for students based on member’s individual gifts and talents.
  • Plan and execute quarterly parent meetings.
  • Sustain effective partnerships with community organizations.
  • Assist Site Coordinators in preparation for upcoming week’s programming.
  • Create enrichment lesson plans for activities.
  • Utilize programming information to check attendance and communicate with parents.
  • Inventory and organize program materials.
  • Assist with childcare during parent events.
  • Employ databases to assist programming and grant reporting (NAZA, LEAPS, SWORPS, ETO)
  • Collect and utilize data to inform programming.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Education and Experience:

  • College degree or currently enrolled in a degree program; degree in Education a plus.
  • Experience with youth population, teaching or tutoring children.
  • Leadership experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated success with participant recruitment & small event planning.

The above qualifications express the minimum standards of education and/or experience for this position. Other combinations of education and experience, if evaluated as equivalent, may be taken into consideration.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Passion for working with young people.
  • Passion for working with and leading students.
  • Ability to manage a classroom and set behavioral expectations.
  • Ability to work in a chaotic, sometimes noisy environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Maintains credibility through sincerity, honesty, and discretion.
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong time management skills; uses time effectively; consistently meets deadlines.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality regarding sensitive information.
  • Documents regularly, thoroughly, accurately, and completely.
  • High level of detail, accuracy, and attention to grammar.
  • Exercises good and consistently fair judgment, courtesy, and tact in dealing with the staff and public in giving and obtaining information.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer literate including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and desk top publishing software, clerical skills, and written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate and diagnose standard office equipment; thorough knowledge of voice mail, e-mail, and Internet use.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • 40 hour work week
  • Monday-Friday; 9 hours each day, including 1 hour lunch
  • On feet for 3 – 4 hours at a time
  • Working with high energy youth

Additional Information


This opportunity is for an 11-month AmeriCorps term beginning August 15, 2022.

For full-time members, a living allowance of $17,500 for 48 weeks, and education award of $6,345 upon successful completion of service.  Health insurance, cell phone reimbursement, and a Staff Assistance Program are also available to members, in addition to program training, professional development and recreational opportunities alongside a diverse and exceptional staff across the programs and schools at the Martha O’Bryan Center.


How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: May 13, 2022
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Community Development