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Tennessee Disability Coalition

Family Voices of Tennessee Director

Tennessee Disability Coalition


Job Summary

About us: Family Voices of Tennessee is a program staffed by families to support families raising children with disabilities, special health care needs and chronic illnesses. We connect families with each other, community resources and tools to navigate the health care system. We educate and train families to help them become effective advocates for their children and professionals on how to partner in family-centered care. We strive to improve public policy for children with special health care needs, chronic illnesses and disabilities, their families and caregivers. Family Voices of Tennessee started in 1993 as a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition and became the first state chapter formally sanctioned by the national Family Voices organization.

The Family Voices of Tennessee Director is a full-time salaried position that leads the program and staff, supports the board of directors, manages grant implementation and strives to fulfill the mission of the organization.
Office & scheduling: Family Voices of Tennessee has a main office and meeting space located in Nashville, TN. Hybrid and flexible scheduling are allowable. Some in-person work will be required in order to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

Job Responsibilities

Key Duties:

  • Promote and advocate for the vision of family-centered health care, health equity and the inherent value of all children and youth with special health care needs, chronic illnesses and disabilities.
  • Support a healthy, engaged FVTN Board of Directors and work in partnership with the Board to achieve FVTN goals.
  • Provide vision and leadership to FVTN programs and initiatives, communicate programmatic goals with staff and ensure quality service delivery.
  • Drive grant acquisition and implementation in partnership with the Tennessee Disability Coalition.
  • Grants management and reporting
  • Build and maintain partnerships at state, regional, and national levels with public and private organizations and individuals in order to further the FVTN mission.
  • Oversee and support FVTN:
    • Staff management, team and professional development and positive workplace culture.
    • Outreach to families, including BIPOC and other underserved communities, and professionals to serve as partners in care.
    • Peer support programming and community networking.
    • Education and training of families to understand and navigate the health care system, build advocacy skills and prepare to serve in leadership roles.
    • Education and training of professionals; primarily to partner with families in family-centered care.
    • Volunteer management.
    • Public relations, marketing of services and brand management.
    • Documentation of activities and contacts in the database.
    • Program evaluation activities and reporting.
  • Participate with the Tennessee Disability Coalition public policy team to stay up to date with policy, develop educational and advocacy resources and to achieve policy goals supporting children with special health care needs, chronic illnesses and disabilities, their families and caregivers.
  • Represent FVTN including through participation on advisory or governing bodies related to furthering the mission of FVTN.
  • Respond to requests for information about FVTN and make appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be the parent or family member of an individual with special health care needs, chronic illness or disability.
  • Must have working knowledge through training and/or experience of health care and related service systems for children with special health care needs, chronic illnesses or disabilities.
  • Must have supervisory and management experience.
  • Must have grant management experience.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership and communication skills and be able to speak effectively in public.
  • Must have strong relationship management skills and be able to work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions.
  • Must be competent and effective using computer, database and work-related technologies.
  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Must be able to travel, as needed.

Additional Information


The TN Disability Coalition covers 100% of the premiums for full-time employees to enroll in one of two employer-sponsored health plans, a dental plan, basic life policy and short-term disability policy.

Mutual of America provides the Coalition’s employer sponsored 403(b) Retirement Plan.
The Coalition matches the amount our employees contribute to the plan dollar for dollar up to 6% of employee salary after the employee has been with the Coalition for one year.

The Coalition observes 10 designated holidays each year. Paid time off (PTO) accrues per pay period (semi-monthly). Annual PTO earning for full time employees who have been employed 0-5 years is 18 days and increases with tenure to a maximum of 32 days per year. Flexible scheduling is permitted.

How to Apply

A cover letter, resume, and sample of your work must be submitted via email to:

The Tennessee Disability Coalition is committed to providing equal opportunities to volunteers, employees, applicants for employment and those seeking our services, consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  No person will be discriminated against because of race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or Limited English Proficiency (LEP). The Coalition requires that each employee adhere to the same standard of non-discrimination. Each employee is required to have a signed Non-Discrimination Policy statement on file.

In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, the Tennessee Disability Coalition will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. We encourage both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations.


  • Date Posted: April 10, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth