Job Opening: Executive Director

Empower Tennessee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Executive Director.

For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, professional resume, and online application form via the button link below by June 23, 2023. (If there is no button, applications are closed.)

TITLE: Executive Director

POSITION: Regular, Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt

SUPERVISOR: Board of Directors

SUMMARY

The Executive Director is responsible for developing the organization, the programs, the marketing, and the day-to-day operations of the agency. The Executive Director may delegate tasks to one or more staff, but retains responsibility for sound financial and program management. It is assumed, with the outlined exceptions below, that the Executive Director has the delegated authority to operate the agency and is accountable to the Board of Directors for the quality of services and the productivity of all programs and activities. The Executive Director is expected to represent and advocate for Empower Tennessee in relevant community settings and to foster meaningful relationships and/or partnerships with organizations and individuals in the achievement of strategic goals. The Executive Director exhibits, models, and expects the values of empowerment, partnership, fairness, accountability, intersectionality, sustainability, and knowledge in all areas of the position. 

DUTIES:

Specific: 

  1. General Management and Planning: responsible for the day-to-day operations and decision making; reports to the Board on a monthly basis; prepares annual and long-range strategic plans with the Board; represents the staff and serves as Secretary at all Board and Committee meetings; recommends policy consistent with the mission of the agency and develops procedures to implement those policies; manages the facilities of the agency;
  2. Funding: actively researches and develops proposals for city, county, state, and federal funding sources; also solicits funds from private sources; monitors fees, contracts, and grants; completes all necessary reports in a timely manner; supervises activities for funding development; develops and assists with fundraising events; 
  3. Financial Management: develops financial statements and operating budget for Board approval; makes necessary adjustments to the budget; projects financial needs according to various budget formats; monitors expenses monthly to clarify projections; manages accounts with assistance of accountant and/or Treasurer; approves expenses for payment submitted by staff; ensures payment of agency general expenses; 
  4. Community Relations: actively represents and promotes the agency in appropriate meetings, hearings, and public relations activities; develops and maintains inter-agency relationships, both formal and informal; represents agency in response to media requests for information or position statements; network and collaborate with other disability-related organizations at the local, state, and national level; 
  5. Marketing: promotes the agency by generating and approving public service announcements, press releases, and contacts with the media; supervises development and distribution of agency literature, presentations, and media; supervises and/or develops marketing materials on behalf of the agency; 
  6. Personnel: Supervises all staff and volunteers; hires and trains all personnel; performs periodic evaluations and administers disciplinary actions, as necessary; reviews personnel policies and salary administration on a periodic basis; drafts policy for submission to Board of Directors for approval; 
  7. Program Management: ensures that agency programs and services are delivered in a timely and professional manner; monitors and evaluates programs regularly.

General:

  1. Adheres to agency policy and procedures; 
  2. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or agency; 
  3. Demonstrate flexibility and initiative as agency priorities change and/or environmental circumstances warrant;
  4. Demonstrate professionalism and initiative in performing all duties.  

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Education or experience equivalent to a graduate degree in social services or related field, required; 
  2. Demonstrated, well-regulated passion for the principles of Independent Living for people with disabilities, required;
  3. Demonstrated ability to respect and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds/experiences, required; 
  4. Demonstrated ability to effectively coach/mentor staff to achieve program goals, required; 
  5. Demonstrated ability to translate/communicate/operationalize strategic goals, objectives, and actions, required; 
  6. Experience as a program and staff manager, required; 
  7. Experience working with the disability community, required; 
  8. Experience in grant writing/management and other fundraising activities, required; 
  9. Strong sense of personal integrity, required; 
  10. Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, required;
  11. Organized, disciplined, self-motivated, and cooperative work ethic, required;
  12. Working knowledge of, and skill with, computer systems/applications, required; 
  13. Flexibility regarding work schedule to accommodate agency needs, required; 
  14. Availability for business travel to accomplish agency objectives, required; 
  15. Regular access to reliable transportation, required; 
  16. Regular access to reliable telecommunication connections, required;
  17. Ability to obtain Level 5 Federal Suitability via an extensive background check, required;
  18. System knowledge of disability-specific resources, strongly preferred;
  19. Personal experience with disability, strongly preferred.

Posted qualifications serve as a guide for candidate review and are not fixed in stone. Empower Tennessee reserves the right to deviate from posted credentials in determining what combination of candidate education, experience and skills are best suited to a position.

 Empower Tennessee is an equal provider of services and an equal opportunity employer—Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Job Opening: Independent Living Assistant

Empower Tennessee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Independent Living Assistant.

For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, professional resume, and online application form via the button link below by April 30, 2024.

TITLE: Independent Living Assistant

POSITION: Regular, Part-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

LOCATION: Nashville, TN

SUPERVISOR: Executive Director

SUMMARY

The Independent Living Assistant (ILA) assists in providing direct services to individuals as well as works with other agency staff to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently through services such as information and referral, peer support, skills training, advocacy, and support for transitions to community settings. The Assistant incorporates the Independent Living Philosophy (i.e. client-directed goal setting, dignity of risk, peer mentorship, etc.) in interaction with clients and the community at-large. In all circumstances, the Assistant represents and advocates for Empower Tennessee and its mission and fosters meaningful collaborations with clients and like-minded community partners to achieve strategic goals. The Assistant exhibits the values of empowerment, partnership, fairness, accountability, intersectionality, sustainability, and knowledge in completing job duties.   

DUTIES:

Specific: 

  1. Assist in developing, coordinating, and/or facilitating Peer Support activities to empower clients with learning and social interaction opportunities;
  2. Assist in creating outreach materials and other communications to reach our audiences;
  3. Assist in developing, coordinating, and/or facilitating social media engagements on agency-approved platforms;
  4. Participate in and/or assist with agency programs, meetings, events, and/or initiatives, as assigned;
  5. Document all program activities and client interactions per established timelines and standards.

General:

  1. Adhere to agency policy and procedures; 
  2. Participate in agency meetings and events; 
  3. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or agency; 
  4. Demonstrate flexibility and initiative as agency priorities change and/or environmental circumstances warrant;
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and initiative in performing all duties.  

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Education or experience equivalent to a high school diploma, required; 
  2. Understanding of and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and disability rights movement, required;
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to link clients with, community resources, required; 
  4. Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as customer service acumen, required; 
  5. Organized, disciplined, self-motivated, flexible, and cooperative work ethic, required; 
  6. Working knowledge of, and skill with, computer systems/applications, required; 
  7. Demonstrated ability to respect and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds/experiences, required; 
  8. Ability to obtain Level 5 Federal Suitability via an extensive background check, required;
  9. Regular access to reliable telecommunication connections, required;
  10. System knowledge of disability-specific resources, including, but not limited to: TennCare and related waivers, DIDD, Special Education, post-secondary training, assistive technology, accessible housing, accessible transportation, community living, preferred;
  11. Personal experience with disability, preferred; 
  12. Fluency in language(s) beyond English (including ASL), preferred. 

COMPENSATION:

  • $15-$20 per hour, depending on experience

Posted qualifications serve as a guide for candidate review and are not fixed in stone. Empower Tennessee reserves the right to deviate from posted credentials in determining what combination of candidate education, experience and skills are best suited to a position.

 Empower Tennessee is an equal provider of services and an equal opportunity employer—Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Application for Employment

Use Your Empowered Voice to Inform Our Future Plans

At the top is a wide, curved, light blue border; on the left orange letters read: “Use your empowered voice to inform our future plans” on a dark blue background; The Empower Tennessee logo is below; image of a laptop with a survey, a person’s hand working on the laptop, coffee, and a calculator are on the right; a light blue star with the text “complete the survey at bit.ly/etcns23 by 1.9.23" is in the center; at the bottom is a wide, curved, yellow border

Empower Tennessee’s mission is to empower people with disabilities with opportunities for inclusion, choice, and independence. We do this because our vision is a community where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully. 

Our mission and vision guide our work throughout Middle Tennessee every day. We also regularly seek input to ensure that our goals, strategies, and activities meet the needs of our organization and the community we serve. Most of all, we believe that an empowered voice is a heard voice. 

As Katy Perry asked, “Do you ever feel like you’re buried deep, … but no one seems to hear a thing?”

Well, we’re listening!

As Empower Tennessee expands its services to include mental health and emotional supports, we want to hear from you about how we can best empower you when you feel like a, “plastic bag.”

The survey is meant for everyone: people with disabilities, family members, community partners, and Empower Tennessee staff and Board members. All voices are welcomed! 

The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, January 9, 2023. 

Please contact us at info@empowertn.org or 615-200-6028 if you require any accommodations.

C’mon! Show us what you’re worth and be a “Firework” for your own well-being.

Job Opening: Independent Living Specialist

Empower Tennessee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Independent Living Specialist.

For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, professional resume, and online application form via the button link below by April 30, 2024.

TITLE: Independent Living Specialist

POSITION: Regular, Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

SUPERVISOR: Executive Director

SUMMARY:

The Independent Living Specialist (ILS) provides direct services to individuals as well as implements and manages programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently through services such as information and referral, peer support, skills training, advocacy, and support for transitions to community settings. Likewise, the ILS is involved with the agency’s efforts to make Nashville and surrounding communities more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities through outreach, education, and advocacy. The ILS incorporates the Independent Living Philosophy (i.e. client-directed goal setting, dignity of risk, peer mentorship, etc.) in all aspects of interaction with clients and the community at-large. The ILS represents and advocates for Empower Tennessee in relevant community settings and fosters meaningful partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals in the achievement of strategic goals. The ILS exhibits the values of empowerment, partnership, fairness, accountability, sustainability, and knowledge in all areas of the position.

DUTIES:

Specific:

  • Provide Information and Referral services to clients and community members;
  • Coordinate and conduct Person-Centered Independent Living assessments and planning with people with disabilities;
  • Provide Social Support services that inform individuals about the various programs that are available to them and assist them in securing and/or maintaining benefits such as employment, housing, social services, healthcare, public and private benefits, etc.;
  • Provide Resource Navigation services in identifying and accessing supports needed to increase or maintain community independence in areas such as; housing, transportation, assistive technology, healthcare, and other supports needed by people with disabilities;
  • Coordinate and/or perform Independent Living skills training in a variety of areas;
  • Coordinate and/or facilitate Peer Support activities to empower clients with learning and social interaction opportunities;
  • Provide Transition assistance to youth with disabilities entering adulthood, as well as adults with disabilities who are moving from an institution to the community or to divert those at risk of institutionalization;
  • Advocate with and for clients regarding specific individual issues as well as systemically to bring awareness and positive change to the community at-large;  
  • Lead specific agency programs and/or initiatives, as assigned;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and initiative as agency priorities change and/or environmental circumstances warrant;
  • Coordinate with program volunteers/interns, as needed, to effectively integrate program goals with an engaged and meaningful experience; 
  • Document all program activities and client interactions per established timelines and standards.

General:

  • Adhere to agency policy and procedures; 
  • Participate in agency meetings and events;
  • Represent agency in inter-organizational or community meetings;  
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or agency; 
  • Demonstrate professionalism and initiative in performing all duties.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education or experience equivalent to a four-year degree, required; 
  • Understanding and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and disability rights movement, required;
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, required; 
  • Organized, disciplined, self-motivated, and cooperative work ethic, required; 
  • Demonstrated ability to respect and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds/experiences, required; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to link clients with, community resources, required; 
  • Flexibility regarding work schedule to accommodate program needs, required; 
  • Ability and willingness to travel to meet with clients in their homes and/or attend relevant meetings, required;
  • Regular access to reliable transportation, required; 
  • Working knowledge of, and skill with, computer systems/applications, required; 
  • Ability to obtain Level 5 Federal Suitability via an extensive background check, required;
  • Personal experience with disability, strongly preferred:
  • Experience and/or certification as a group facilitator and/or individual counselor, strongly preferred; 
  • Experience as a volunteer organizer, preferred; 
  • Fluency in language(s) beyond English (including ASL), preferred.
COMPENSATION:
 
  • $40,000 – $45,000 per year, depending on experience
  • Generous benefits and leave package

Posted qualifications serve as a guide for candidate review and are not fixed in stone. Empower Tennessee reserves the right to deviate from posted credentials in determining what combination of candidate education, experience and skills are best suited to a position.

 Empower Tennessee is an equal provider of services and an equal opportunity employer—Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Application for Employment

Use Your Empowered Voice to Inform Our Future Plans

At the top is a wide, curved, light blue border; on the left orange letters read: “Use your empowered voice to inform our future plans” on a dark blue background; The Empower Tennessee logo is below; image of a laptop with a survey, a person’s hand working on the laptop, coffee, and a calculator are on the right; a light blue star with the text “complete the survey at bit.ly/ETSPS22 is in the center; at the bottom is a wide, curved, yellow border

Empower Tennessee’s mission is to empower people with disabilities with opportunities for inclusion, choice, and independence. We do this because our vision is a community where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully. 

Our mission and vision guide our work throughout Middle Tennessee every day. We also regularly seek input to ensure that our goals, strategies, and activities meet the needs of our organization and the community we serve. Most of all, we believe that an empowered voice is a heard voice. 

As Empower Tennessee begins planning our future goals and activities, we want to hear your voice. Tell us what you think is important.Inform us on how services can be strengthened or what gaps we can fill. Let us know your ideas to make what we do more meaningful. Share your stories of empowerment that give us a perspective we may not have. 

The survey is meant for everyone: people with disabilities, family members, community partners, and Empower Tennessee staff and Board members. All voices are welcomed! 

The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, February 28, 2022. 

Please contact us at info@empowertn.org or 615-200-6028 if you require any accommodations.