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Our Place Nashville

Social Worker

Our Place Nashville


Job Summary

Make a transformative difference in the daily lives of individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities who are living in affordable housing provided in an integrated, supportive environment.  Our Place Nashville is seeking candidates for the position of the social worker to join our management team as we and the resident directors of our Friendship Houses help our residents – individuals with IDD and their neurotypical housemates –live independently with success.  The position reports to the Executive Director (or if licensed or seeking licensure, to a Clinical Supervisor).

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides behavioral and/or mental health assessments to determine safety risks, existing supports, and needed supports.
  • Communicate with OPN’s inter-professional team to gather history and develop plans.
  • Implements person-centered practices and utilizes strengths-based perspective.
    • Demonstrates understanding of the possible meaning of behaviors.
    • Facilitates discussion in order to identify an individual’s motivations and goals.
  • Utilizes family systems theory and understanding of cultural implications for planning best communication with individuals and families.
  • Identifies community resources to meet an individual’s needs.
  • Communicates effectively with individuals, families, and OPN staff to help them access and navigate services.
  • Keeps and stores records according to OPN protocols.
  • Works with local social work bachelor’s programs to recruit social work trainees and provide social work trainee supervision.
  • Works with Associate Director to identify topics and possible instructors for Monday night life skills classes and help facilitate/teach life skills class on occasion.
  • Provides some evening hours for meetings and consultations.  This will vary from month to month.
  • It is sometimes necessary to schedule an annual meeting with a family and their son/daughter with IDD in the evening or on a weekend.  This scheduling flexibility will afford the social worker time for personal daytime errands as needed and late start times on days that end at 7:00 or 7:30 p.m.
  • Occasionally, crises occur outside of regular daytime working hours that require attention.  This rarely happens, maybe 3-4x per year. 
    • There is an on-site resident director for each of the Friendship Houses who serves as the “first responder.”
    • If the resident director needs assistance, they will contact the Associate Director, the social worker, or the Executive Director for phone or in-person consultation/assistance.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work with at least two years of experience in the field or Master’s degree.
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their families, and other professionals who work with people with disabilities, is preferred.
  • Experience working with adults of all ages with physical disabilities is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly to varied communication methods and levels of understanding.

Additional Information


Two weeks paid vacation and paid holidays after 60 days of employment.  Also, two weeks of family leave, with an additional four weeks unpaid leave if needed.  Up to $500/month health insurance reimbursement.  If the job candidate is seeking licensure, the cost of clinical supervision will be shared by Our Place Nashville.

How to Apply

Email your cover letter and resume in one PDF file with your name as the file name to admin@ourplacenashville.org with “Social Worker” in the email’s subject line. No phone calls, please.

  • A substantive cover letter
  • A resume no longer than 2 pages
  • 2 professional references
  • Writing samples may be requested


  • Date Posted: August 24, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 10/02/2023
  • Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000, depending on experience
  • Working Hours: Usual work hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm with some flexibility.  Candidates must be able to work rare weekends and some evenings.