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Martha O'Bryan Center

Adult Education Instructor

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

Our Adult Education program prepares adult students for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) through classroom teaching, one-on-one tutoring, and online self-study support. The Adult Education Instructor provides contextualized education to adult students including instruction in literacy, numeracy, adult basic education, and HiSET preparation (Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing).  The primary student population are individuals who are attempting to earn and complete a High School Equivalency Diploma. The AmeriCorps Instructor is responsible for assisting Adult Education Instructors with teaching and communicating with students. This AmeriCorps member will also communicate with students working remotely online on their HiSET preparation with the goal to motivate, re-engage, and offer academic support through video-conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Meets.

Other program and classroom responsibilities will include: formally and informally assessing and monitoring learning; classroom management; student recruitment, retention, and record-keeping; assessment, and data entry procedures; promoting the use of agency and community resources; fulfilling professional development requirements; and demonstrated experience with online learning tools and video-conferencing platforms.

This opportunity is for an 11-month AmeriCorps term starting August 23, 2021. Service times are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri, with occasional weekend events.

Job Responsibilities


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Curriculum implementation.
  • Builds relationships with students.
  • Provides virtual and in-person academic assistance to students daily.
  • Helps each student achieve success by encouraging students to reach individual goals.
  • 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.

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 people.
  • Ability to work in a chaotic 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.

 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 desktop 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.

  • On feet for 3 – 4 hours at a time

Additional Information



For full-time members, a living allowance of $15,100 for 48 weeks, and education award of $6,195 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