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The Greater Memphis area has more than 45,000 young adults, aged 16-24, who are out of school and out of work. Nearly half of these young adults are in poverty, and only 1% will be on the path to a living wage by the time they are 28.

The young adult population represents the next generation of community, business, and political leaders. It is imperative that they are equipped with the skills and supports they need today in order to guide Memphis forward tomorrow. The Collective Blueprint advances a community framework that reflects the personal and economic aspirations of the city’s young populace.

The Collective Blueprint was started in 2016 and is the only local organization specifically tailored to the needs of young adults. We provide relationships, resources, and a network of support to help young adults discover and develop their unique talents in order to advance their personal and professional objectives. Our Vision is that all young adults have the power to live their best lives and the tools to make that a reality. 

The Collective Blueprint Model 

The Collective Blueprint is building the framework to reach economic equity for all young adults in the following ways: 

  1. Programs: Establish career pathways for young adults that will put them on track toward a living wage
  2. Advocacy: Advocate for equitable policies and programs that meet the unique needs of young adults
  3. Systemic Change: Bring about systemic change that will enable young adults to identify, pursue and achieve their life goals 

Overview of Collective Blueprint Programs  

The mission of The Collective Blueprint is to increase socio-economic mobility for young adults by building pathways to thriving careers. To that end, the Program division at The Collective Blueprint (TCB) designs and  provides robust support, tools, and learning opportunities for young adults ages 18-30 as they enter in-demand career pathways. The Program team at TCB works with young adults on a holistic level; we seek to understand a person’s strengths, areas of growth, hopes, wishes, desires, and potential barriers in order to fully understand and support the young adult as an individual.

The program team at The Collective Blueprint provides these services in the following ways: 

  1. School and Career Sessions: These training sessions are designed to provide information, skills, and tools for navigating either the school process (choosing, applying, and paying for school), or identifying in demand careers and how to navigate the ‘working world.’ Young adults not only receive information, but are provided with opportunities to connect with industry professionals, set goals, and opt in to receiving additional intensive support related to schools and careers. Where possible, the program team will strive to be of service to the greater Memphis community, and provide our workshops in other capacities such as other community organizations, schools, etc.
  2. Intensive School and Career Coaching: Our team of Persistence and Employment coaches are charged with providing deeper and more robust support for young adults looking to take information and put it into action. Coaches work with young adults to build soft skills (professional communication, interviewing skills, elevator pitch, etc) and hard skills (resume and cover letter), as well as life skills (life mapping, goal setting, time management, etc). Laying this foundation is essential, as the goal of the intensive support is to help young adults either get to and through school (short-term certification programs) or help young adults obtain employment and retain it. The Persistence coaches work closely with schools and the Employment coaches work closely with our job partners to find the right fit for the needs of the young adults. 
  3. Work Exposure and Job Placement Opportunities: Young adults who are looking to obtain full-time employment and are undergoing intensive employment coaching will have the opportunity to gain work experience either by stepping into our paid work experience opportunities (internships), or interviewing with our employer partners for potential job placement.  
  4. Additional Alumni Supports: All former participants in any of our above programming are eligible for Alumni supports, such as opportunities to connect with each other and network with industry professionals, specialized and ongoing employment/retention workshops, access to mental health supports, connections with our employer partners, etc.

The Collective Blueprint has ambitious goals to scale its programs to reach thousands of  young adults. We are looking for staff who enjoy being in a start-up environment, and are excited about the prospect of building and growing dynamic programs. 

Position Responsibilities 

The Instructor develops and facilitates core lessons and workshops for The Collective Blueprint. As a young adult facing staff member, the Instructor also serves as a primary example of professionalism for all young adults that enter our programs. Responsibilities include: 

Support the Manager of Curriculum, Training, and Innovation with creating and updating lesson plans (40%):

  • Create lesson plans on a myriad of topics related to going back to school (adult education) and getting into a career
  • Topics may include choosing, applying, and paying for school, completing the FAFSA, career exploration, etc.
  • Plan relevant interactive sessions like panels, speaking events, etc. 

Plan for and facilitate workshops/sessions/lessons for young adults, which includes (45%):

  • Virtual and (eventually) in-person workshops
  • Conducting large group school and career sessions
  • One on one and small group mock interviews
  • One on one and small group tutoring and connecting young adults to additional academic resources and supports 

Complete program administrative duties (15%), including:

  • Track young adult attendance 
  • Track Leader progress and success
  • Refer young adults to the correct department (school/admissions or employment) 
  • Work alongside the Employment team to track and update young adult resumes and cover letters

Other duties, as assigned 


The successful candidate should meet the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
  • At Least 4 years of experience in the education and/or nonprofit sectors
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching/facilitating in small and large groups, and in tracking participant progress over time
  • Strong, intuitive communicator who is comfortable presenting to, and engaging with, young adults
  • Experience building, establishing, and maintaining effective instructor/learner relationships with young adults
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a small team setting
  • Excellent organizational and data collection skills
  • Ability to execute on multiple projects with variable deadlines requiring high levels of coordination

Candidates will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Our priority application deadline is August 1, 2021, with an intended start date by or before August 20, 20201. 

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About Us 

The Greater Memphis area has more than 45,000 young adults, aged 16-24, who are out of school and out of work. Nearly half of these young adults are in poverty, and only 1% will be on the path to a living wage by the time they are 28.

The young…

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Memphis, TN 38112, US

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