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Martha O'Bryan Center

AMERICORPS – Explore! Education Assistant

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 

Location: Explore! Community School 

At Explore! Community School we always begin with our mission: to foster the independence, critical thinking, and creativity of a diverse community of learners so they are fully prepared to become confident, conscientious leaders who change the world.

In accordance with the Explore! Community School mission and values, the AmeriCorps Education Assistant will model our core values by monitoring students and supporting systems implementation during non-instructional times of the day (such as lunch/recess/arrival/dismissal).  S/he will also provide administrative support to staff and families.  

We are excited to offer the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps member in our cutting edge, project-based learning community. The Education Assistant has four primary responsibilities: 

  1. Provide proactive and responsive support for students during academic time(70%).
  2. Collaborate to plan and execute opportunities to support experiential learning for students in the library, garden, or social and emotional setting (15%).
  3. Joyful, responsive engagement with students, families, and community members through the support of community events (5%).
  4. Provide operational and logistical support to the Explore! Community School staff (10%).

Job Responsibilities


  • Commitment to Explore! Community School’s mission, values, educational model, and celebration of the strengths of diversity.
  • Provide for the care, safety and security of students through the support of daily academic and social and emotional lessons.
  • Support the development of curiosity in students through the planning and implementation of library, garden, or social and emotional lessons.
  • Maintain close relationships and interactions with students, parents and families, through direct one-on-one, email, and telephone communications.
  • Assist students and faculty with recreational and classroom activities.



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.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, with competing priorities.

 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.
  • Self-starter interested in working in a fast-paced, start-up environment that requires flexible role.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, 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 stakeholders 
  • 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-Thursday 9 hours including 30min lunch and Fridays 4 hours 
  • 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