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Autism Tennessee

Group Facilitator

Autism Tennessee


Job Summary

Part-Time: maximum of 5 hours per week

Flexible Hours: Flextime Program with evenings and weekends for in-person group meetings and special events

Hybrid work location: work from home or in the office and some travel within Middle Tennessee

Reports to: AutismTN Executive Director

Job Responsibilities

The Group Facilitator is responsible for overseeing and coordinating AutismTN Connect: a social networking group for neurodivergent adults. Connect meets both in person, via closed meetings and community outings, and online via Zoom.  

Responsibilities of the Connect Facilitator include collaborating with Connect group members and program volunteers to create, plan, and implement program events based on available grant funds. In addition, they will be responsible for ensuring the program is impactful by monitoring and reporting monthly on program progress, outcomes, and budgeting; making adjustments as needed. 

The Connect Facilitator will also assist the AutismTN team in the planning and execution of Spectrum Chats and Catch a Match. Spectrum Chats are panel discussions about topics of interest to neurodivergent adults and are held twice a year. Catch a Match is AutismTN’s annual speed dating event for romance and friendship.

The ideal candidate has significant experience communicating/interacting directly with individuals on the autism spectrum, strong leadership skills, and the ability to multitask and manage multiple program tasks simultaneously.  They should also have a passion for AutismTN’s mission and a commitment to achieving its goals.

Program Responsibilities

  • Oversee all aspects of Connect including meeting/event planning and program delivery, standard operating procedures, and coordination of volunteers.
  • Maintain active AutismTN presence in online groups and messaging platforms.
  • Monitor online interactions and make referrals to relevant resources as needed, both internal and external to AutismTN.
  • Review and improve programming through data collection and assessment.
  • Maintain a program budget and report on outcomes monthly.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with and speak fluently about all AutismTN programs.
  • Maintain a pulse on the topics and issues that are impacting the neurodivergent community.
  • Work closely with AutismTN staff to maximize workflow, operations, and outcomes.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Read more about Connect HERE.


Essential Experience

  • Significant experience communicating/interacting directly with individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the community.
  • Managing programs, supervising and supporting people, volunteers, and/or staff.
  • Maintaining data.
  • Event planning and coordination.

Essential Skills

  • Outstanding communication skills including verbal de-escalation, compassion, and validation.
  • Ability to network effectively and to make successful links and partnerships.
  • Excellent IT skills (including Google Workspace) including the ability to produce high-quality work.
  • Ability to prioritize work in a demanding environment, including excellent time management.
  • Eager self-interest in ongoing professional development and learning related to important perspectives, conversations, and research about neurodiversity, autism, disability justice, and related topics. 

Additional Information


  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Flexible work schedule with a hybrid (remote work/in-office work) work environment
  • Flextime Program with evenings and weekends for in-person group meetings and special events
  • Paid holidays
  • Complimentary membership to AutismTN

How to Apply

Apply for Autism Tennessee’s Connect Facilitator position HERE.


  • Date Posted: August 19, 2023
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Start Date: 09/01/2023
  • Working Hours: 5 hours/week, some evenings and weekends required