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Martha O'Bryan Center

AmeriCorps VISTA Human Resources Specialist

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary

About Martha O’Bryan Center 

Martha O’Bryan Center is an anti-poverty non-profit organization located in the heart of East Nashville. With longstanding history and deep community roots, Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) operates programs supporting education goals for learners of all ages, empowers youth and adults in their careers, and provides stability and support services for individual families. You can learn more about MOBC here.  


AmeriCorps is a federal year-of-service program. AmeriCorps VISTA builds capacity in the organizations they serve by researching, implementing, and overseeing sustainable projects. Members will serve at MOBC’s main site. Members receive a living allowance and, upon successful completion of hours, an education award of $7,395. Martha O’Bryan Center has had a cohort of AmeriCorps members since 2011. Check out Martha O’Bryan Center’s AmeriCorps website here!  

Job Description 

The VISTA HR Specialist will focus on new and innovative ways for MOBC to address three areas of strategic growth: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); Safety; and Employee Policies. This VISTA will assess needs and develop projects/policies to update our organization’s response to each of these three areas.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Review current training offered by Martha O’Bryan around DEI, researching ways to improve programs and education regarding organizational values.  
  • Complete a staff survey to collect data to assist in determining what an effective DEI plan would look like for the organization. 
  • Create a database of relevant training information (starting with ADP), including in-person webinars, online classes, and relevant professional development (PD) training and resources. 
  • Research, create, and pilot DEI—PD project plan. 
  • Review current employee training material regarding safety protocols and expectations.  
  • Collect data to research current laws, both state and federal, and the Center’s policies to assist in updating the Center’s policies for the Safety Manual and Employee Handbook.



  • Over 18 years of age 
  • College degree or working towards the completion of a degree 
  • Leadership and communications experience 
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S. (you can see the requirements here) 
  • Pass a background check to work with vulnerable populations 


Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Passion for working with people and developing meaningful relationships with team members and program participants. 
  • Strong leadership skills. 
  • Strong people skills; excellent teamwork skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Maintains credibility through sincerity, honesty, and discretion. 
  • 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 writing and communication. 
  • Exercises good and consistently fair judgment, courtesy, and tact in dealing with the staff and public in giving and obtaining information. 
  • Passion for non-profit management social service and community organization. 

Other Skills and Abilities:  

  • Computer literate including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and desktop publishing software, clerical skills, and written and oral communications skills. 
  • Initiative-taking, independent critical thinking skills as it relates to the function, maintenance, and use of computers and computer programs. 
  • Ability to set healthy social-emotional boundaries with supervisors, colleagues, and clients.  

Physical Demands & Accessibility: 

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 the ability to adjust focus. 

Additional Information


AmeriCorps VISTA members receive… 

  • $22,880 living allowance (paid out twice monthly over the course of 12 months) 
  • $7,395 in education award upon successful completion of service 
  • $500/month in housing allowance (paid directly to utility companies, landlords, or mortgage lenders) 
  • Unlimited access to MOBC’s food pantry 
  • Monthly professional development and/or networking opportunities 
  • One year toward MOBC seniority (upon successful completion of service) 

How to Apply

Apply online HERE 


  • Date Posted: June 3, 2024
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Human Resources
  • Service Area: Community Development