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Hands On Nashville

AmeriCorps Member – Disaster Response Leader

Hands On Nashville


Job Summary

The Disaster Response Leader (Leader) partners with the Disaster Program Manager to guide disaster response planning, build Hands On Nashville’s capacity to manage volunteers during disaster relief efforts, and lead response to disasters affecting the Nashville community.

The Disaster Response Leader serves with a 30-member cohort of community-focused individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through Hands On Nashville, Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center.

The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps program is made possible through the support of the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, Volunteer Tennessee, and participating AmeriCorps host organizations. 

Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service by becoming a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program member.

Job Responsibilities

Hands On Nashville is looking for a resilient leader who is energized by preparing individuals, organizations, and communities to withstand disasters. The ideal candidate in interested in both theory and practice, melding research with boots-on-the-ground response and recovery efforts.   

The ideal candidate is a strong problem solver is always looking to learn, and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. Volunteer engagement experience, project management experience and/or disaster management skills are required. Experience researching and distilling complex information is a plus.  

  • Partners with Disaster Program Manager to maintain and evolve a comprehensive organizational disaster preparedness plan, including staff training  
  • Researches and makes recommendations based on disaster preparedness best practices 
  • Supports coordination of HON’s response activities in the event of a disaster (both immediate response and long-term recovery efforts) 
  • Finds and recommends resources that support effective management of volunteers during disaster response  
  • Develop training materials and conduct training of volunteers and volunteer leaders as needed 
  • Provide on-site expertise and leadership for HON-lead disaster response projects AND community-lead projects, as needed. 
  • Connects proactively with relevant stakeholders to enhance potential for collaboration and coordination of disaster relief efforts 
  • Identifies and joins community conversations related to disaster relief, ensuring HON’s consistent engagement 
  • Participates in the Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) 


The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program is designed for entry-level or experienced professionals interested in a career in nonprofit management. You have amazing skills. We will teach you how to put them to work for the greater good. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Interests

  • Communications
  • Community Organizing
  • Leadership
  • Trade/Construction
  • Disaster Services
  • Teamwork

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 16, 2021 – July 29, 2022)
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)
  • U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance 

Physical Requirements

Lift and carry up to 20-30lbs; Responsibilities in the position may entail sitting for extended periods of time; Responsibilities in this position may entail standing for extended periods of time.; Responsibilities in the position may entail serving in the outdoors and potentially in inclement weather; Office or service environment may include noisy environments.; Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.;

Additional Information


  • $6,345 education award, upon completion of service contract
  • Federal student loan forbearance and accrued interest payment
  • Bronze-level health coverage through Healthcare.gov
  • Training and professional development in nonprofit management

How to Apply

Please complete the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Application Form. We will contact you within two weeks to let you know if you have been selected for an interview.

Accepting candidates on a rolling basis through August 1, 2021


  • Date Posted: March 26, 2021
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 08/16/2021
  • Salary Range: $17,500 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments
  • Working Hours: 35 – 40 hours per week