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Tennessee Office for Refugees

English Language Instruction Tutor Program Coordinator VISTA

Tennessee Office for Refugees


Job Summary

Help create an English Language Instruction program! The Tennessee Office for Refugees is seeking a VISTA member to increase the availability of English language Instruction (ELI) options for refugees in Tennessee.

Located in Nashville, the Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) is a department of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville and is responsible for the coordination and administration of the statewide refugee program. TOR partners with organizations that provide direct services to refugees and other eligible populations in and near Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. This position is a unique opportunity for an individual to develop leadership, program development and management, and community relations skills within the context of state-level refugee program administration.

Job Responsibilities

The VISTA member will develop a state-wide in-home tutoring program that can be duplicated for partnering organization across Tennessee. The project will include curriculum development, establishing training processes, and program implementation. The VISTA member will increase ELI program capacity state-wide by researching and evaluating existing curricula; designing and conducting community assessments of existing resources; and collecting and analyzing data to make program improvements.

The VISTA member will expand the ability of state and local level organizations to respond to the ELI needs of their clients by developing an outreach plan – building new and strengthen existing relationships with key stakeholders and providers, potential volunteers, and refugee communities. Additionally, the VISTA member will evaluate the sustainability of the program and develop additional resources as needed.


VISTA service is a full-time, one-year commitment. VISTA members must be at least 18 years old; United States citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and successfully complete a criminal background check. VISTA members must hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Political advocacy, organizing or demonstration while on VISTA duty, or while perceived to be on duty, is prohibited. Telework in line with VISTA guidance is an option. While public transportation is available, a car is recommended.

TOR is looking for a self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team. The ideal VISTA candidate can facilitate intercultural communication; exercise good judgment, courtesy, and thoughtfulness when dealing with the public and staff; handle confidential information with professionalism; pay attention to detail and adhere to deadlines; set priorities in a dynamic work environment; follow tasks through to completion; clearly communicate written and verbally; and has basic computer proficiency. Eagerness to learn about refugees and all aspects of nonprofit program management and development are a must. English language teaching experience, foreign language proficiency in a refugee language, and significant intercultural experience is a plus.

Additional Information


VISTA service includes health coverage, a relocation allowance (if moving 50+ miles from your home), childcare subsidy, professional development opportunities, registration for the National Mentoring Summit, and a bi-weekly living allowance of $675. At the completion of VISTA service, members can choose between a Segal Education Award (approximately $6,495) or cash stipend (approximately $1,800), will receive one year of non-competitive eligibility for federal positions, and will receive lifetime eligibility for graduate-level scholarships and fellowships at schools across the country.

How to Apply

This position is open until filled. You may apply for this position through Indeed or through the AmeriCorps portal. If you choose to apply for the position via the AmeriCorps portal, please reach out to our office and notify us once you have applied.

For more information, please email Alina Holmstrom at


  • Date Posted: August 30, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 10/24/2022
  • Salary Range: 16,200
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk; M-F