Careers

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!

Director of Corporate Relations & Distinguished Events

About the Role

The Director of Corporate Relations & Distinguished Events (DCRDE) will report to and work in close collaboration with the Chief Development Officer to design and execute a comprehensive development strategy for BBBSMT. This person will oversee and execute our corporate partnerships strategy, which includes comprehensive campaigns, employee engagement, sponsorship, and stewardship. Within the scope of corporate relations, the DCRDE will work with the Director of Recruitment & Community Engagement to solidify volunteer information sessions for corporate employees. The DCRDE will work with the Development Coordinator to create and implement a comprehensive annual giving and stewardship plan for BBBSMT, which includes corporate and individual donors. The fundraising plan will include goals, strategies, and programming (i.e. Annual Breakfast, Golfing for Kids’ Sake, Big For A Day, etc.) that build and engage the BBBSMT donor base in each of the following campaign areas: quarterly appeals, monthly giving, a stewardship plan, and an event plan. This person will also work with the Development Coordinator (direct report) and Operations Team to ensure the effective administration of annual gifts through acknowledgment letters, recognition of donors, and the delivery of any necessary reports and communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents.

The DCRDE will work closely with the Director of Marketing & Communications to help set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee’s (BBBSMT) mission.

Additionally, we are planning to hire a Senior Manager or Associate Director of Major Gifts at the start of our 2023-2024 fiscal year. This person will lead our affluent Individual Donor portfolio and lean in heavily with our Annual Breakfast. The DCRDE will directly manage this person.

Day to day: 

  • Create and manage a comprehensive annual giving plan for new and current corporate partners and top individual donors
    • Craft and implement in partnership with our marketing & communications team each of our quarterly appeal campaigns.
    • Create and implement strategies to maximize monthly giving from our existing and new donors.
    • Create and ensure that the Development Coordinator manages a calendar of BBBSMT events, ensuring all deadlines and expenses are met for each of our annual events.
  • Supervise the organization’s use of Salesforce, including data entry, redundancy reduction, and technical support to other staff.
  • Responsible for preparing weekly, monthly, and other relevant giving reports.
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Development Officer and Development Team to set and reach fundraising goals.
  • Prepare and provide regular annual giving program updates for the Executive Leadership Team, Board of Directors, Advisory Committees, and staff.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward assigned pool of managed prospects.
  • Work with the Chief Development Officer to coordinate and lead prospect meetings.
  • Utilize Salesforce to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct appropriate constituent follow-up.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the Development Team and Marketing & Communications Team to coordinate appropriate annual solicitations, including strategy and stewardship of donors and prospects.
  • Work to create appeals and marketing materials in partnership with the Marketing & Communications Team.
  • Attend on-site and off-site events as necessary.
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action—decide who, where, and when to disseminate.
  • Work with Marketing & Communications Team on webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information is posted regularly concerning corporate partners, etc.

 

About You

This Job May Be For You…

  • A minimum of five years of experience in a nonprofit or for-profit environment with a track record of proven success in development or corporate sales. Experience running campaigns and successful fundraising from multiple donor channels.
  • Demonstrable and successful experience performing personal solicitations of gifts.
  • Experience in planning, leading, and managing projects, as well as tracking and reporting on progress to senior management.
  • A strong sense of fundraising/sales ethics and practices and respect for the confidentiality of donor information.
  • Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to decision makers.
  • The ability to develop and execute long-term plans (12 to 24 months).
  • A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and passion for working across multiple teams.
  • The willingness and ability to represent BBBSMT professionally and with integrity.
  • Database experience preferred (i.e. Salesforce).
  • The ability to travel to meet with donors and prospects across Middle TN.

MNPS RITES OF PASSAGE MENTOR CORPS FELLOW

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. 

To this end, we are excited to partner with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to support mentoring in schools through the TN Safe Schools Mentoring initiative. This MNPS Rites of Passage MentorCorps Fellow will promote the success of youth in Metro Nashville Public Schools through a combination of one-to-one and group mentoring.

Through meaningful, engaging, and culturally competent interactions, a MentorCorps Fellow will: 

• Build healthy relationships with youth in 1:1 matches to promote positive development, 

• Facilitate trauma-informed groups of “tier two” students following the Rites of Passage curriculum. 

Program specialist, Sports Buddies

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. This position will connect children with positive adult mentors that can help empower and inspire youth to reach their full, inherent potential, especially youth of color who are disproportionately impacted by systemic barriers. This staff member will be primarily responsible for enrolling, introducing, and supporting a caseload of matches in our Sports Buddies program. This person will also assist with facilitating weekly match activities for these matches. Position oversight will include quality program delivery October 2022 as defined by BBBSA national standards, maintaining and enhancing relationships, and a focus on ensuring that families and volunteers matched in the program have a safe, beneficial and positive experience.

The 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.

This position will begin in January 2023 and follows a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, with some evening hours required. People from the communities we serve are especially encouraged to apply.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Assess volunteers, parents, and children for appropriate program participation by conducting initial and updated interviews of children and volunteers. Obtain collateral material needed for assessment purposes, including criminal background checks, references, and school, and counseling information.

• Provide timely and comprehensive assessments and recommendations for participation in the program based upon assessments of each individual.

• Make matching decisions that have the potential to result in strong mentor/mentee relationships. Create match proposals and introductions based on assessment information obtained in the intake and assessment processes.

• Maintain an active match support caseload proportionate to enrollment duties, continually assess match relationships focusing on child safety, match relationship development, positive youth development, and volunteer satisfaction. Real and/or potential problems and barriers are identified, addressed, and resolved as early as possible. Provide match support on a frequency according to BBBS Standards, at a minimum.

• Assist with the facilitation of Parent and Volunteer Orientations as needed. • Assess and provide for individual training needs, information, and support needs for each match participant to ensure a positive youth development experience for the child and a successful and satisfying experience for the volunteer

• Ensure high-level proficiency in applying child safety and risk management knowledge, policies, and procedures throughout all aspects of job function. Identify child safety issues for volunteers, children, and their families.

• Attend and assist with the facilitation of weekly Saturday activities for matches hosted by BBBS. Engage with mentors and mentees to establish rapport and encourage relationship-building.

• Regularly collaborate with other service delivery staff to ensure smooth transition among functions.

• Maintain documentation to assure accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency.

• Apply the practices and principles attained in your BBBSMT trainings/on-going professional development/coaching to all mentors, mentees, and families.

• Regularly available two evenings per week to support program activities and events, as well as to meet the needs of our families and volunteers.

• Participate in required trainings/on-going professional development in the areas of:

• Race and Equity

• LGBTQ Competency and Support Strategies

• Youth Development Best Practice

• Trauma Informed Practices 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

Program Specialist

About the Role

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 support and strengthen mentoring relationships between youth and positive adult mentors. 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.

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. Evening and some weekend hours are required. People from the communities we serve are especially encouraged to apply.

Day to day:

1. Assess all volunteers, parents and children for appropriate program participation by conducting initial and update interviews of parents, children and volunteers. Obtain collateral material needed for the assessment purposes including criminal background checks, references, school and counseling information.

2. Provide timely and comprehensive assessments and recommendations for participation in the program based upon assessments of each individual.

3. Make matching decisions that have the potential to result in strong mentor/mentee relationships. Create match proposals and introductions based on assessment information obtained in the intake and assessment processes.

4. Screen eligibility and conduct intake calls for incoming, prospective families.

5. Maintain up-to-date, accurate and detailed documentation and database records according to Big Brothers Big Sisters standards.

6. Work schedule includes regular evenings and one Saturday a month to best meet the needs of our families and volunteers.

7. Provide program participants with solution focused strategies, resources and training that will help to further support match participants.

8. Participate in professional training as provided by the agency and the National office to achieve maximum development of professional skills when required.

9. Learn and perform other program functions dependent on departmental needs including, but not limited to: conduct parent/volunteer orientations, conduct community-based match presentations, support a small caseload of community-based matches.

About You

This Job May Be For You…..

• Youth-serving experience, especially working with youth of color and/or from marginalized communities 2022

• 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 inperson 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