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Martha O'Bryan Center

AMERICORPS – High School Success Coach

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary


Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) is an anti-poverty non-profit organization with a 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, ideas, 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
We are looking for full time service members with education backgrounds to serve high school students at our innovative high school enrichment programs located at Stratford, Maplewood, and Hunters Lane High Schools.  Successful candidates will be self-starters who work well in an innovative, fast-paced environment where change is constant. AmeriCorps members will provide students with academic and/or senior case management that helps provide students with the skills and habits necessary to graduate from high school and persist onto post-secondary education.  Members will provide individualized tutoring and social support for youth, and work to strengthen the relationship between school, child, and parent.  Members will engage in parent outreach as well as planning and implementing community service activities with teens and families.

This opportunity is for an 11-month AmeriCorps term. Service times are 10 a.m.—7 p.m. Mon-Fri, with occasional weekend events. 

Location: Stratford/Maplewood/Hunters Lane High Schools

Job Responsibilities


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

  • Assist Leadership Team in curriculum 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 monthly parent meetings.
  • Sustain effective partnerships with community organizations.
  • Collect and utilize data to inform programming, employing ETO database.



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 middle/high school youth populations.
  • Leadership experience is 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.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus, but not required for the position.

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 voicemail, 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
  • 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

Click HERE to apply.


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