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Martha O'Bryan Center

AMERICORPS – Food Security & Nutrition 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.  

Job Responsibilities

Position Summary
The Food Security and Nutrition Specialist (FSNS) is a new, innovative position at the Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) created with the intention of expanding the breadth and depth of services offered by MOBC’s Food Security program. The goal of the Food Security program is to empower healthy families and individuals, many of whom live in “food deserts,” by providing healthy food, nutrition education, and emergency assistance as an integrated part of family resources provided by the center. The Martha O’Bryan Center is seeking a passionate food & nutrition advocate to lead the following projects in the food bank: 

  • Assisting the Food Security Coordinator with operating the Food Bank, which includes stocking, building relationships with Food Bank patrons, and volunteer engagement. 
  • Working with the Food Security Coordinator to create and implement a sustainable system of supply chain management for more efficient ordering and distribution of food in the food bank. 
  • Working to improve marketing of programs & services offered by the center via strategic outreach in the food bank. 
  • Offering pop-up nutrition classes to help families using the foodbank to utilize regular donations of fresh produce delivered to the center. 
  • Developing new partnerships with local farmers, CSA’s, farmer’s markets and other food justice organizations to increase the capacity of the Food Security program to serve the community.  
  • Cayce Place homes is in the process of a groundbreaking mixed-income redevelopment and the center is in the process of re-envisioning the service delivery model of the Food Security program. The Food Security and Nutrition Education Specialist will conduct a research project on Food Security efforts in other mixed-income developments to help develop a strategic plan for the Food Security program moving forward. 



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 Social Work a plus. 
  • Leadership experience is 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 empowering families. 
  • 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. 

  • 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend events 
  • On feet for 3 – 4 hours at a time

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: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Community Development