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Martha O'Bryan Center

Senior Director of Upward Economic Mobility

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary


The Senior Director of Adult Employment, Education, and Upward Economic Mobility provides leadership, oversight, and capacity building supports to MOBC’s Employment and Career Pathways, Re-Engagement Hub, and Adult Learning teams.

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 Senior Director of Adult Employment, Education, and Upward Economic Mobility 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


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

  • Leads the development, implementation and administration of Employment, Re-Engagement Hub, and Adult Learning programs that focus on meeting the needs of participants at point of entry and offering a range of pre-employment, employment, and education supports.
  • Oversees the development of Career Pathways and helps build strategic relations with employers. 
  • Provides direct supervision, including hiring, setting goals, managing performance and overseeing professional development to MOBC’s Adult Employment, Education, and Upward Economic Mobility Team, which includes MOBC’s Director of Employment and Career Pathways, Director of Re-Engagement Hub, and the Director of Adult Learning.
  • Develops strong networking ties to other social services and employment agencies in the Nashville area by collaborating on topics of mutual interest, advocating in the interest of clients, and making client referrals both internally and externally to other agencies.
  • Oversees Employment, Re-Engagement Hub, and Adult Learning 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.
  • Designs, tracks, and analyzes all department data.  Examines research & program evaluation, to develop evidence-based supports and interventions and ensure data driven programming.
  • Prepares and disseminates annual progress reports; communicates status on team participation, outputs, and outcomes. 
  • Regularly audits team files to ensure grant and contract compliance.
  • 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.
  • 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 in order to comply with budgetary requirements. 
  • Works closely with the Human Resources department on personnel management issues relating to department.
  • 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.
  • Assist with creating, organizing, and facilitating interconnected projects of MOBC’s Family Success Network.



Minimum Qualifications

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

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relate field (Education, Counseling or Social Work, Human and Organizational Development, Sociology, etc.)
  • 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 position is benefits eligible.

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: February 10, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services