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Martha O'Bryan Center

AmeriCorps VISTA – Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer Recruitment 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 VISTA at the Martha O’Bryan Center
Since 2008, Martha O’Bryan Center has operated an AmeriCorps program, empowering members to serve alongside community residents to alleviate poverty in Nashville’s most distressed community.  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.  Martha O’Bryan Center’s AmeriCorps VISTA team will help build the organizational capacity of the Martha O’Bryan Center to develop sustainable solutions to poverty in East Nashville.

Job Responsibilities


The VISTA Outreach Coordination and Volunteer Recruitment Specialist will support the Martha O’Bryan Center Development Team in the areas of outreach coordination, volunteer recruitment, and organization fundraising. The VISTA will work with the MOBC Development  Team to build a more robust and comprehensive outreach strategy, and will spearhead the design and implementation of a Community Outreach Program that significantly expands the organization’s network of volunteer recruitment and improves the organization’s internal processes for volunteer coordination. Key activities include establishing and developing working relationships with churches and other faith-based organizations, colleges and universities, and organizations of young professionals, for the purpose of expanding the organization’s recruitment network; developing program brochures, frequently asked questions documents, social media resources, and best practices for volunteer recruitment; initiating, facilitating, and attending meetings with relevant organizations to promote the work of the center and to recruit volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and potential donors; providing organization and support for fundraising events, including facilitating meetings with donors and coordinating the logistics of fundraising events; data entry and analysis with respect to volunteer recruitment and coordination, as well as outreach to donor and fundraising activities.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.



  • College degree, or currently in a degree program
  • Leadership experience

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.



  • Passion for articulating and communicating the mission and work of the Martha O’Bryan Center to potential volunteers and donors, with the goal of recruiting organizational volunteers and expanding organizational capacity.
  • Enjoys working with people and developing meaningful relationships with team members.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal 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 and social service and community organization.



  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.



  • Computer literate including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and desk top publishing software, clerical skills, and written and oral communications skills.
  • Proactive, independent problem-solving 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, clients, and consitutuents.



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.

  • Office setting with emphasis on research, needs assessment, and effective communication.
  • Requires collaboration with team members in data analysis and programming strategy.
  • Willingness to travel locally (occasionally on weekends) to attend meetings with community partners and potential donors.

Additional Information


Program Benefits 
For full-time members, a living allowance of $14960 for 52 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: Other
  • Service Area: Community Development