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Safe Haven Family Shelter

Youth Resource and Engagement Leader – AmeriCorps Member

Safe Haven Family Shelter


Job Summary

Summary Statement 

No child should be unseen or unserved. If this idea resonates with you, consider serving children experiencing homelessness as an AmeriCorps member with Safe Haven Family Shelter.

Term Commitment  

Full Time, August 15,2022 – July 28, 2023

Position Description 

This service role might be up your alley if you value family empowerment with an emphasis on children and teenagers. This AmeriCorps member should be excited about problem solving, teamwork, and creativity when it comes to leveraging resources for families experiencing homelessness.

The AmeriCorps member serving with the Youth Program at Safe Haven Family Shelter, will be part of a small and mighty team within the agency serving families experiencing homelessness. The member will coordinate efforts to increase purposeful engagement within the family using a trauma-informed lens. The number of children and teenagers Safe Haven serves has been growing steadily during the pandemic. The Youth Program needs a member to focus on enhancing services and building capacity by developing resources like in-kind support, volunteers, and partnerships.

This AmeriCorps member will gain knowledge and experience in rapid rehousing and housing first approaches to ending homelessness. Other areas of growth will include project management, trauma-informed care, adverse childhood experience (ACEs), volunteer recruitment and leadership, in-kind donation drives and distribution, Salesforce data management, community collaboration, and family dynamics.

Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service by becoming a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program member.

The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee, The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, and AmeriCorps, the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges.

Job Responsibilities


  • Participate in orientation and trainings such as Trauma-Informed Care, ACEs, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Critical Time Intervention
  • Utilize Salesforce to maintain data regarding events, resources, and family engagement
  • Make an action plan for each family engagement event including elements like recruitment/utilization of volunteers and donors, in-kind support, publicity, and distribution
  • Lead volunteer projects related to the youth program and family engagement events

Typical Day In This Position 

All staff meeting via Teams at 9:00 a.m., followed by a youth program huddle where goals and schedules are shared. Program team members work both individually and collaboratively throughout the day depending on the circumstances and the needs of our families.

Service Schedule 

Typically, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with an occasional weekend and evening communicated in advance



Members should have experience with or the willingness to develop competencies in these areas:

(1) Engaging with youth ages 0-18 and their parents.
(2) Engaging with families from diverse backgrounds in the midst of trauma.
(3) Readiness to engage with Salesforce for data collection, entry and reporting.
(4) Ability or willingness to learn how to drive a large cargo van.
(5) Flexibility to navigate change in work routines, daily tasks, and organizational structures

Key abilities include:

(1) Willingness to deliver goods and services to families throughout Nashville. (Mileage reimbursement provided)
(2) Commitment to staying organized–there are lots of moving parts.
(3) Good attendance, time management, and enthusiasm for your work.
(4) Willingness to lead and communicate well with community partners.
Other Skills 

First/Aid and Safety skills are necessary (can be taught)

Previous work/experience with children is necessary

Second language skills a plus


Bachelor’s Degree

Can professional experience be substituted for formal education: No

Physical Requirements 

Lift and carry up to 20-30lbs; Office or service environment may include noisy environments. Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.; Service responsibilities require member to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; Service responsibilities require the member to communicate verbally via the telephone and/or computer.;

Required Driver’s License: Yes

Additional Information


  • $6,495 education award, upon completion of service contract
  • Federal student loan forbearance and accrued interest payment
  • Bronze-level health coverage through
  • Training and professional development in nonprofit management
  • $20,000 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments

How to Apply

Please apply using the link:


  • Date Posted: April 7, 2022
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 08/15/2022
  • Salary Range: 20000
  • Working Hours: 15-20