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Martha O'Bryan Center

Vice President of Families and Community Engagement

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.


Beginning in 2017, MOBC conducted a Human-Centered Design Process with Cayce residents to incorporate lessons learned from its Academic Student Unions and recast its early childhood education programming as two-generational, whole-family programming. Our goal was to create an accessible and inclusive third space where community members would belong, to develop a two-gen framework that provides families with the tools, opportunities, and networks necessary for educational success, economic security, and holistic wellbeing, and to surround families with a team of support that would empower and uplift families to their individual goals.  The resulting Family Success Network combines MOBC and partner services in a single setting, serving the child and parent together with coordinated hours. Offerings include early learning interventions, parent education, high school equivalency prep, college/career coaching, health and wellness supports (developmental screenings, nutrition workshops, health advocacy), family and couples counseling, crisis supports, and recreation and fellowship opportunities. Together, these services address key indicators surrounding education, employment, health/wellbeing, and social capital. Family-Centered Coaching lies at the heart of this new framework, with families served as an interconnected unit with coexistent goals. Based on assessment of strengths, needs, and wellness, families will be assigned a Family Success Coach and a tiered level of support. This includes regular one-on-one coaching and trauma-informed care coordination.

Mission Statement:  On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship.

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 Martha O’Bryan Center’s Vice President of Families and Community Engagement provides strategic guidance and oversight to MOBC’s two generational Family Success Network (FSN), and leads MOBC’s College and Career, Community Engagement, and Clinical and Family Support teams. 

In partnership, with the Chief Program Officer, MOBC’s VP of Families and Community Engagement works to develop the strategies, systems, and programs necessary to empower families toward educational success, economic security, and holistic stability and wellbeing. Key areas of responsibility include program planning, implementation, data evaluation and analysis; grant and contract compliance; and leadership coaching and professional development.

Job Responsibilities


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

  • Leads MOBC family programs and services, grants & contracts, and data & evaluation.
  • Designs creative and innovative strategies and solutions that lead to improved family systems, impact, and networks.
  • Develops multi-faceted adult, child, and whole family programs across Nashville. 
  • Leads the development, implementation and administration of MOBC’s Family Success Network, including daily programming in education, early learning, health and wellness, recreation and fellowship, college and career, and crisis supports.  Ensures the FSN’s environment is warm and inviting, content is relevant, clients are cared for, and that residents are empowered and have opportunities for meaningful relationships and participation.
  • Provides direct supervision, includes hiring, setting goals, managing performance and overseeing professional development to MOBC’s Family Team, which includes MOBC’s Senior Director of College and Career, Senior Director of Community Engagement, and Senior Director of Clinical and Family Supports, along with their associated teams.  Oversees MOBC’s food security, crisis supports, Family-Centered Coaching, and Trauma Informed Care Coordination.
  • Prepares and disseminates all grant and contract reports.  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.
  • Designs, tracks, and analyzes all MOBC Family data.  Builds and maintains KPI dashboard to demonstrate agency impact and increase transparency.
  • Manages monitoring expenditures to ensure the operations of the Family Success Network are within the approved programmatic budget; makes recommendations to CPO and CFO for approval of expenditures or reductions in order to comply with budgetary requirements.  Projects agency revenues and makes recommendations as to of program service fees in various areas. 
  • 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.
  • Works closely with the Human Resources department on personnel management issues relating to assigned departments.
  • Actively makes effort to seek out and to maintain meaningful relationships with partnering agencies and community partners.
  • Actively makes efforts to seek out and meet with other local community resources partners that could informally collaborate with the FSN to provide additional services and supports to those in the FSN.



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

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Grant and budget management, including reporting and compliance for government grants.
  • Minimum of three years of leadership experience strongly preferred.
  • Training in Trauma-Informed Care training, family-centered coaching, conscious discipline, and ACES 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.
  • Ability to work in a chaotic, sometimes noisy environment.
  • Ability to occasionally work non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to travel as required.
  • 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 is a benefits eligible position

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: March 12, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Children / Youth