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Martha O'Bryan Center

TAEM Therapist and Wellness Navigation Specialist

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.


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.


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.



The TAEM Therapist and Wellness Navigation Specialist provides therapy to TAEM participants, updates and communicates available and affordable county-level wellness resources to county-based navigators, and works closely with county-based navigators to ensure best practices in administration of physical and mental health and wellness supports.  This is a full time, regular position, located at the Martha O’Bryan Center. This position reports to the TAEM Capacity Building Senior Manager.

Job Responsibilities


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


  • Provides therapy directly to TAEM participants and works closely with county-based navigators to ensure best practices in administration of physical and mental health and wellness supports. 
  • Serves as navigator’s primary health and wellness contact and informational resource. 
  • Advises County-Level Navigators in best practices related to:
    • Linking TAEM families with health and wellness services, through referrals to other medical clinics, facilities, and community agencies.
    • Facilitating referrals between primary care and subspecialists; advocating for needed services.
  • Establishes positive, trusting rapport with clients and meets with them regularly to provide counseling, treatment and adjust treatment plans as necessary
  • Diagnoses and treats mental health disorders and create individualized treatment plans according to patient needs and circumstances.
  • Engages in Care Coordination sessions, helping provide content level expertise. 
  • Creates, updates, and communicates a list of available and affordable county-level wellbeing activities at least once per week. 
  • Provides small group, virtual, and one-on-one programming to educate county-based navigators and families on best practices with caregiver and children, nutrition, wellness, and mental health. 
  • Prepares marketing materials, conducts presentations, and actively makes effort to seek out and to maintain meaningful relationships with health and wellness providers.
  • Collaborates with health/wellness providers to educate and promote family nutrition & wellbeing.
  • Works at county-level to participate in preexisting or create new collaborative efforts to build awareness, increase funding and capacity, and leverage greater resources toward health and wellness.
  • Chairs/co-chairs the Health and Wellness Working Group



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


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field.
  • Clinical license in TN (LCSW, LPE, LMFT, etc.) preferred
  • Three or more years of experience working with young children and families, particularly those living in poverty.
  • Experience and training in trauma-informed care, family-centered coaching, conscious discipline, and ACES.
  • Training in trauma-cognitive behavioral therapy and child-centered play therapy.
  • Non-profit experience 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:

  • Knowledge of inner-city human services needs and methods of delivery.
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality regarding sensitive information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent customer service skills.
  • 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 organizational skills.
  • 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 60%).

Additional Information


This position is benefits eligible.



How to Apply


1. Please use the following link to access our career page:

2. Choose “Martha O’Bryan” from the Categories drop down box.

3. Click on the Job Title to be directed to the position description, and to apply.


  • Date Posted: September 21, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: $55,000 - $65,000
  • Working Hours: 40hrs/wk