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Martha O'Bryan Center

Middle School Transition Coach

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.


The Middle School Transition Coach advises, coaches, and mentors middle school students to succeed in school and prepare for high school, college, and future careers and professions. The Middle School Transition Coach provides hands on experiences to help students develop decision making skills, and exposes students to the variety of educational and enrichment experiences they might consider in high school and beyond, including job skills preparation.

Job Responsibilities


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Conduct student action plans and family needs assessments identifying student and family goals, dreams, strengths, weaknesses, and potential risk factors.
  • Meet with eighth grade students during the spring semester through small groups, activities and check-ins. Communicate with parents, teachers, and partners to ensure students are preparing for a successful transition to high school.
  • Case manage ninth grade students in the fall semester, by regularly meeting with students and teachers, parents, and partners to ensure students successfully enter and assimilate to high school.
  • Lead workshops in 8th/9th grade classrooms during the school day. 
  • Partner in planning, implementing, monitoring, and overseeing summer programming ensuring students have the skills necessary to be successful at the high school level.
  • Work with Middle School ASU Coordinator, to help plan, implement, monitor, and oversee daily, year-round OST programming focuses on academic supports, college and career readiness, leadership development, community involvement, and social, emotional and physical health.
  • Track, analyze, and monitor program participants’ grades, attendance, behavior, milestones, and social and emotional well- being through ETO.
  • Ensure all program milestones are met.
  • Attend professional meetings, write reports, and maintain records.
  • Keep Senior Director informed of problems/concerns/needs regarding children, parents, and general operations.
  • Identify, implement, and monitor health, safety, and emergency standards and procedures of the Middle School ASU.
  • Participate in professional development activities as appropriate.
  • Uphold Martha O’Bryan’s mission statement and general expectations for all employees.



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

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Bachelor of Social Work or Education preferred.
  • Minimum one year of experience in youth development programming.

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:

  • Understanding of youth development and programming.
  • 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.
  • Computer literate including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, desk top publishing software, email and the internet.

Additional Information


This position is benefits eligible.


How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: July 20, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: 42,000-45,000
  • Working Hours: 40hrs/wk