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Safe Haven Family Shelter

AmeriCorps Member – Homeless Children and Youth Community Coordinator

Safe Haven Family Shelter


Job Summary

The Homeless Children and Youth Community Coordinator (Coordinator) jumps into service by organizing long-term, skilled volunteer opportunities to support the increased number of homeless children and youth served each year by Safe Haven Family Shelter, which leads community efforts to house, support, empower, and advocate for families experiencing homelessness.
The Homeless Children and Youth Community Coordinator serves with a 30-member cohort of community-focused individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between Safe Haven Family Shelter and 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

Safe Haven Family Shelter is looking for a compassionate, enthusiastic Homeless Children and Youth Coordinator with an interest in education, volunteer engagement, and creating more equitable opportunities for homeless children and youth to succeed, using a scattered sites housing-first model. The Coordinator works with department staff to develop and manage targeted volunteer recruitment, build relationships with colleges and universities, facilitate training, and provide ongoing support for housing-unstable children and youth.

Safe Haven seeks an individual who has a passion for underserved children and youth, can inspire volunteers, and can work collaboratively with staff in multiple departments. The ideal candidate is organized, detail oriented, proactive, and able to work independently to accomplish goals. Over the course of the term, the Coordinator will manage all aspects of the children and youth volunteer program, complete a program evaluation, and strategize ways to enhance the experiences of volunteers, partners, and those served by Safe Haven. The Coordinator will gain experience with volunteer management, vulnerable populations (including ACES), business development, community outreach, program development (planning and execution), and public speaking.

  • Develop recruitment strategies to target skilled volunteers.
  • Build partnerships with colleges and universities to recruit education and psychology (and related fields) students to volunteer.
  • Create volunteer training specific to serving homeless children and youth that includes knowledge of ACES, trauma-informed care, and youth development.
  • Coordinate and develop powerful training modules to be used in classroom settings or online.
  • Increase capacity to solicit needed supplies to provide for learning materials for homeless/housing-unstable children and youth such as computers, school supplies, food/snacks, and activities.
  • Work with staff to create new portable learning and enrichment opportunities for homeless/housing-unstable children and youth.


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
  • Education
  • Recruitment
  • Teaching/Tutoring
  • Youth Development
  • Social Services

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 16, 2021 – July 29, 2022)
  • Associate’s Degree or some college
  • 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

Responsibilities in the position may entail sitting for extended periods of time; Office or service environment may include noisy environments.; Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.; Lift and carry up to 15lbs;

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: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 08/16/2021
  • Salary Range: $17,500 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments
  • Working Hours: 35 – 40 hours per week