For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee has served the youth in our community. Our team is made up of highly passionate and talented individuals who are driven by our mission to ignite the power and promise of youth in everything they do.
EVERY VOICE IS HEARD
We want people of all backgrounds to be represented and included in our work, so we actively seek to diversify our team. We are committed to building a culture where every voice is heard, differences are celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to do meaningful work.
We make it a priority to invest in our staff by offering a competitive benefits package including:
- Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)- generous portion is paid by BBBSMT
- Domestic Partner Benefits
- Company Paid Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability
- Immediate enrollment in our 403B — We match 50% of what you contribute up to 6% of pay. Staff are vested after 12 months of employment
- Training & Development Programs
- Opportunities for advancement- we promote from within!
- 20 days of paid time off
- 16 paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Years
- Flexible work schedule
Become a defender of potential and join our team!
Urban League/My Brother’s Keeper Nashville Mentor Corps Fellow
About the Role
Day to Day:
As a youth serving agency, we work at the request of the young people enrolled in our programs to find them the mentors that they want and need – mentors that can ignite their potential and have lived experience that youth can identify with. In order to meet the needs of our clients – the youth we serve, we have launched a new initiative: The MentorCorps Fellowship. The MentorCorps Fellowship is a paid fellowship that seeks to expand the impact of mentorship by matching highly-sought-after mentors with multiple youth and embedding these mentors with partner organizations to support mentoring initiatives.
We are excited to partner with Urban League’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Nashville Alliance to support mentoring through their Leadership Academy. This Urban league/MBK Nashville MentorCorps Fellow will support high-school age youth in Metro Nashville Public Schools through a combination of one-to-one mentoring and group facilitation. This MentorCorps Fellow will facilitate groups that promote college and career readiness for boys and young men of color.
Through meaningful, engaging, and culturally competent interactions, a MentorCorps Fellow will:
Build healthy relationships with youth in 1:1 matches to promote positive development,
Co-facilitate a group once a month with mentees using the MBK Nashville #GOALS curriculum that supports ethnic identity, relationship building, leadership and skills training, and self- advocacy.
Agency Support Responsibilities:
- Utilize educational opportunities, including required First Aid and CPR Certification, and related resources to improve agency service
- Promote and maintain cooperative working relationships with partner organizations
Participate in agency events to assist with annual fundraising goals
Assume other responsibilities as they arise
Serve as a 1:1 mentor to up to 20 youth (“Littles”)
Co-facilitate a monthly group for Littles in the MBK Nashville Leadership Academy through the Urban League of Middle TN.
Utilizing both 1:1 and group mentoring, support youth’s ethnic identity, relationship building, leadership and skills training, and self-advocacy.
Engage with each Little in a 1:1 match biweekly in person or via virtual mentoring platforms.
Find ways to cultivate and amplify youth voice within your group and mentoring.
Facilitate safe and engaging groups following the #GOALS curriculum.
Engage in professional development according to development needs identified by BBBSMT staff
and MBK Nashville staff.
Participate in monthly professional mentoring with BBBSMT staff
Attend weekly coaching sessions with Urban League VP
Be a supportive, positive role model.
Exhibit open and affirming behavior and active listening.
Apply best practices for child safety, interaction, and engagement with Littles
Acknowledge Littles strengths, talents, and gifts and encourage them to find ways to use them.
Display enthusiasm, patience, and understanding of Littles
Participate in monthly match support with BBBS staff and accept coaching, feedback and training as needed
This Job May Be For You…
Candidate with experience working with high school students, particularly boys of color.
Previous experience mentoring in some capacity, e.g. school setting, neighborhood, sports team, younger family member
Willingness to provide emotional, social, and practical support within limits
Experience working with youth who may have behavior challenges inside and/or outside of school
Are familiar with principals of trauma-informed care and strengths-based youth work
Comfortable with or experience with facilitating or speaking in front of groups
Must be able to collaborate with building administration and teachers
Knowledge of one’s boundaries and ability to set limits with others
Ambitious and goal driven
A commitment to the BBBS mission and core values
A commitment to creating a supportive environment, promoting a positive identity, and supporting
academic performance for identified youth.
Work schedule includes typical school hours and one Saturday a month for community field trips.
People who are familiar with working with boys of color are encouraged to apply
Completed background check and training provided by both BBBSMT (criminal background will be
assessed on a case-by-case basis. Criminal record will not automatically disqualify applicants.)
Ambitious and goal driven
Commitment to serve for 12 months after date of hire
Ability to allocate 20 hours to program requirements
Availability during school hours
Program Specialist, School-Based Programs Robertson County
About the Role
Each employee at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee helps extend the agency’s mission in particular ways, as outlined in the position description. The essential functions of the position include but are not limited to the following:
Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks a Program Specialist who will thrive in a growing organization that is dedicated to positively impacting more youth through high quality, 1-to-1 mentoring. In this role, you will provide support and strengthen mentoring relationships between youth and positive mentors matched in our school-based programs. Your coaching and guidance will help empower and inspire youth to reach their full, inherent potential, especially youth of color who are disproportionately impacted by systemic barriers. Primary responsibilities will include providing support to new and existing BBBS matches to ensure child safety, positive outcomes for youth, healthy and satisfying relationships between children and volunteers, and a strong sense of affiliation with BBBS. Other responsibilities will include the interviewing and assessment of volunteers and youth, facilitating the introduction of new mentoring relationships, and conducting orientation for new volunteers interested in the site-based program.
Our ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment, be organized, be able to provide a positive customer experience, be able to multi-task, and have a passion for improving the lives of young people and our underrepresented youth. This team member will be passionate about and able to engage mentors and community partners from diverse communities, especially within communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Evening and some weekend hours are required. People from the communities we serve are especially encouraged to apply.
Day to day:
- Manage a caseload of volunteers (Bigs) and youth (Littles) who have been paired in a mentoring relationship. Through regular support calls, continually assess the match relationship focusing on: child safety, match relationship development, positive youth development and volunteer and family satisfaction.
- Conduct in-person match introductions at program sites between the Little and Big in order to help facilitate early relationship development.
- Supervise weekly match meetings between Bigs and Littles in the High School Bigs program.
- Work with school staff to identify and recruit youth who would benefit from a Big
- Identify, address and resolve existing and/or potential match challenges through regular coaching conversations and in-person meetings.
- Provide on-going coaching, support and training to help develop and sustain lasting match relationships that have a positive impact on the youth served.
- Assess volunteers and children for appropriate program participation by conducting initial and update interviews, orientations, and training. Obtain collateral material needed for assessment purposes, including criminal background checks and references.
- Complete timely and comprehensive written assessments and recommendations for participation in the program based upon assessments of each individual.
- Maintain up-to-date, accurate and detailed documentation and database records according to Big Brothers Big Sisters standards.
- Work schedule includes regular evening and some weekend hours to best meet the needs of our families and volunteers.
- Provide program participants with solution focused strategies, resources and training that will help to further support match participants.
- Participate in professional training as provided by the agency and the National office to achieve maximum development of professional skills when required.
- Perform other duties dependent on departmental needs throughout the year.
This Job May Be For You…..
- Youth-serving experience, especially working with youth of color and/or from marginalized communities
- Passion for supporting youth through strengths based strategies
- Understanding of issues/barriers that impact children and families from underserved populations
- Belief in the power of mentoring relationships
- Celebrates diversity
- Ability to work remotely and comfortable utilizing latest technologies
- Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to work independently, as well as with a team
- Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment and effectively manage shifting priorities and responsibilities
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills reflecting outstanding customer service, both in- person and by telephone
- Ability to think critically, effectively provide responsive coaching, and draw solid conclusions based on information provided
- Comfortable engaging in challenging conversations
Additionally, we’d love…
- Effective group presentation skills
- Driven to help youth reach their full potential
- Consistent desire to seek out new and more effective methods to support programming
- Understanding of/experience with youth mentoring
- Familiarity with Positive Youth Development strategies
- Spanish fluency
Relevant youth-serving experience or a Bachelor’s degree/college coursework in Social Work or a related field. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, and Excel. Must have a reliable car, valid driver’s license and meet state required automobile insurance minimum.