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Martha O'Bryan Center

TAEM Assistant Director

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary

Do you believe that all Tennessee families deserve to thrive? Do you want to be a part of a team that works collaboratively to make that vision a reality? As the backbone agency for the Tennessee Alliance for Economic Mobility (TAEM), a new public-private partnership compromised of 32 organizations, the Martha O’Bryan Center is now hiring positions that will be critical to the collaborative’s success. Through a three-year $25 million investment from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, TAEM will reimagine how to support families in moving out of poverty and into opportunity. Across 7 counties, TAEM will support 900 families in moving beyond the benefits cliff—the point when families abruptly lose their benefits due to often nominal increases in income (think: just a few dollars more per hour), which leaves families worse off financially when they increase their income. In making the most fiscally responsible decision for their families, many limit their potential by not pursuing increased earnings or education in response. Through an innovative transitional benefit, financial counseling, family-centered coaching, wrap-around supports, and equitable access to employment and education pathways, TAEM will demonstrate a new way forward for the Tennessee safety net, thus creating a scalable statewide solution that incentivizes employment and increases family self-sufficiency.


About The Martha O’Bryan Center

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.


Position Summary

The TAEM Assistant Director supports the overall strategy and implementation of TAEM’s pilot, supporting the backbone organization, collaborative partners, working groups, and advisory committees in completing activities as outlined in the strategic plan, logic model, and timeline. This is a full time, regular position, located at the Martha O’Bryan Center. This position reports to the TAEM Director.

Job Responsibilities

Critical features of this job are described under the headings below. They may be subject to change due to changes in our business processes or other business-related reasons.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Maintains and monitors status of project activities and outcomes on an ongoing basis.
  • Supports TAEM’s compliance with TDHS requirements, fulfillment of the implementation grant as outlined, and accountability of the system, its vendors, and partners.
  • Co-creates a culture that centers people within the system and fosters their learning and growth.
  • Serves as lead contact for TAEM partners related to issues that are not addressed by or through other TAEM teams or positions; helps address challenges and opportunities that are surfaced.
  • Supports success of Data and Evaluation Senior Manager, Capacity Building Senior Manager, and Communications Senior Manager, and Senior Finance Manager.
  • Supports the success of county working groups in building county-level capacity, specialty working groups in effecting systems-level change, and infrastructure support groups in building TAEM’s internal capacity to execute its Social Marketing and Strategic Communications Plan, Data and Performance Management Plan, and other defined needs.
  • Addresses challenges and opportunities surfaced by staff that represent each role (e.g., Family-Centered Coaches, Benefits Specialists, Employment and Education Specialists, lead navigators and specialists, County Resource Navigators) to support their success; asks for help as needed.
  • Develops and send communication as requested by the TAEM Director.
  • Supports communication with TDHS and execute requests.


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

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development or related field.
  • 3 or more years of experience working in project management and people management.


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 lead people and teams.
  • Capacity to focus on details and the big picture and sustain motivation toward goals.
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Maintains credibility through sincerity, honesty, and discretion
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas.
  • Strong time management skills; uses time effectively; consistently meets deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational 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.


Special Demands:

The special demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Regular regional travel within Middle Tennessee (up to 40%).

Additional Information


The position is benefits eligible.



How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: June 24, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: $45,000 - $55,000