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Martha O'Bryan Center

Director of Child Development and Parenting

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.



Beginning in 2017, MOBC conducted a Human-Centered Design Process with Cayce residents to incorporate lessons learned from its Academic Student Unions and recast its early childhood education programming as two-generational, whole-family programming. Our goal was to create an accessible and inclusive third space where community members would belong, to develop a two-gen framework that provides families with the tools, opportunities, and networks necessary for educational success, economic security, and holistic wellbeing, and to surround families with a team of support that would empower and uplift families to their individual goals.  The resulting Family Success Network combines MOBC and partner services in a single setting, serving the child and parent together with coordinated hours. Offerings include early learning interventions, parent education, high school equivalency prep, college/career coaching, health and wellness supports (developmental screenings, nutrition workshops, health advocacy), family and couples counseling, crisis supports, and recreation and fellowship opportunities. Together, these services address key indicators surrounding education, employment, health/wellbeing, and social capital. Family-Centered Coaching lies at the heart of this new framework, with families served as an interconnected unit with coexistent goals. Based on assessment of strengths, needs, and wellness, families will be assigned a Family Success Coach and a tiered level of support. This includes regular one-on-one coaching and trauma-informed care coordination.


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.


Critical features of this job are described under the headings below. They may be subject to change due to changes in our business processes or other business-related reasons.



The Director of Child Development & Parenting provides leadership, oversite, and capacity building supports to MOBC’s two-generational Early Learning and Parenting teams.   Through daily classes, childcare, workshops, and coaching, this role guides MOBC’s Child Development & Parenting team to work in a collaborative process with children, caregivers, and family to help them identify and achieve education and parenting goals.  This individual will ensure that programming and supports is developmentally appropriate and differentiated to meet the unique needs and goals of each child and family, and that caregivers have the tools, knowledge, and support necessary to promote the development of children from pregnancy to kindergarten.


In partnership with MOBC leadership, this role works to develop the strategies, systems, and programs necessary to empower individuals and families toward educational success, economic security, and opportunities for future success. Key areas of responsibility include program planning, implementation, data evaluation and analysis; grant and contract compliance; and leadership coaching and professional development.


In collaboration with the other department leadership, The Director of Child Development and Parenting is an active participant of the Family Success Network leadership team, supporting its efforts through community outreach, data collection and analysis, contract compliance, and insurance of two-generational Key Performance Indicators where all children are kindergarten ready, all caregivers have living wage paying jobs with ladder up opportunities, and all families are stable and thriving.  

Job Responsibilities

Starting salary: $62,000 annually


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


  • Leads the development, implementation, and administration of MOBC’s early learning and parenting education, ensuring children and caregivers feel connected and empowered through daily child development, parenting education, and whole-family programming and supports. Ensures the environment is warm and inviting, content is relevant, clients are cared for, and that residents are empowered and have opportunities for meaningful relationships and participation.
  • Provides direct supervision, including hiring, setting goals, managing performance, and overseeing professional development, to MOBC’s Child Development and Parenting teams, which includes Early Learning Manager, Parent Specialist, and Family Support Specialist (AmeriCorps).
  • Establishes expectations for program outcomes, staff performance expectations and communication across the Family Success Network teams.
  • Oversees the development of strategies for use of child development and parenting education, that result in high quality learning experiences, evidence-based and outcome-focused services for clients’ success.
  • Oversees young child (ASQ3) School aged child (K-12 grade readiness) and Parent (AAPI-2), assessments and screenings.
  • Oversees Early Learning and Parenting communication; monitors client-facing communication strategies across programs and across communications channels (signage, collateral, large scale mailings, canvassing, phone and e-blasts, etc.)
  • Supervises and supports volunteers.
  • Prepares and disseminates annual progress reports, communications status on team participation, outputs, and outcomes.
  • Prepares team grant and contract reports. Manages team’s contract compliance. Ensures all guidelines are followed, and milestones are met and properly documented. Assumes responsibility for oversight of all contract compliance, both internal and external, and the management of audits. 
  • Designs, tracks, and analyzes all department data. Examines research & program evaluation, to develop evidence-based supports and interventions and ensure data driven programming. 
  • Regularly audits team files to ensure grant and contract compliance. 
  • Oversees department monitoring expenditures to ensure the operations are within the approved programmatic budget; makes recommendations to organization leadership for approval of expenditures or reductions to comply with budgetary requirements. 
  • Facilitates flow of information and integration by attending and/or conducting meetings with other Martha O’Bryan Center staff members, community partners, and others. 
  • Promotes MOBC activities and represents MOBC at various meetings and community functions by developing and maintaining relationships with neighborhood residents, community representatives, grant partners, and other public officials. 
  • Seeks out and maintains meaningful relationships with partnering agencies and community partners. 
  • Seeks out and meets with other local community resources partners that could informally collaborate with the Adult Employment, Education, Health and Wellness, and Upward Economic Mobility Team to provide additional services and supports to those served. 
  • Assists with creating, organizing, and facilitating interconnected projects of MOBC’s Family Success Network.



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


Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, Child and Family Development or related field.
  • Master’s Degree Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, Child and Family Development preferred.
  • Grant and budget management, including reporting and compliance for government grants. 
  • Three or more years of leadership experience strongly preferred. 


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: 

  • Ability to cultivate, build, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with a diverse group of people, including low-income, urban residents and partners. 
  • 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. 
  • Strong project management skills. 
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality regarding sensitive information. 
  • Documents regularly, thoroughly, accurately, and completely. 
  • High level of detail and accuracy. 
  • Exercises good and consistently fair judgment, courtesy, and tact in dealing with the staff and public in giving and obtaining information. 
  • Ability to look at numbers, trends, and data, and come to conclusions based on findings. 
  • Ability to find, manipulate, and interpret data effectively to inform programming decisions. 
  • Ability to translate data into understandable documents/presentations. 
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas. 
  • Computer literate including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, desk top publishing software, email, and the internet. 



Additional Information


This is a benefits elegible position.

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: July 16, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth