Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Program Director, CAC AmeriCorps


Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee


Find opportunities to not only advance yourself and your cause but figure out ways how your vision can interact with other systems for mutual improvement of the systems and those impacted by them.

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
2005 Graduated College (BFA) Studio Art
2006 Served with AmeriCorps*NCCC
2007 Served with AmeriCorps Florida State Parks
Late 2007 - Early 2008 Internship - St Johns River Water Management District
2007 - Early 2008 - Attended Grad School Part-Time for (MS) Environmental Policy and Management
Mid 2008 - Post AmeriCorps / Grad School - Trying to find job while relocating from FL to TN. 2008 was a rough time to job search.
Fall 2008 - Summer 2015 worked as Stormwater Coordinator for Town of Farragut, TN and was also a site supervisor for CAC AmeriCorps. Grad School Part-Time MBA.
Summer 2015 - Present - Work as Program Director of CAC AmeriCorps
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Northeast High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Austin Peay State University
graduate
Graduate
Natural Resources Management and Policy
American Public University System
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Carson-Newman University
doctorate
Doctorate
certification
Certification/License
vocational
Vocational
Career

Career

Program Director, CAC AmeriCorps

Design and manage systems to optimize national service opportunities in East Tennessee.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Business
Business
Building Things
Building Things

Day to Day

A "day-in-the-life" varies significantly by season, but my role can be broken down into several major focuses. Orientation/Acclimation of Corps (August - September), Program Design and Grant Writing (October-January), All the while recruitment is happening, site visits are happening, and partnerships are being developed and maintained for the purposes of sustaining and expanding opportunity. Service events are being planned. Fires are being put out.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

All those soft skills that people talk about that you can't buy, those are important. Being able to shift focus between vision and specifics, thinking creatively and challenging existing constructs, not to mention being timely, gracious, kind, patient, and forgiving. Find opportunities to not only advance yourself and your cause but figure out ways how your vision can interact with other systems for mutual improvement of the systems and those impacted by them.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

To break into the national service sector as program or CNCS staff, the best advice I can give you is start by serving as a member. In addition, the vast majority of positions will require a Bachelors Degree, a Masters Degree won't hurt. Focus of Bachelors is less important than Masters, would recommend business or public administration if looking to serve as executive management within the national service sector. In some cases masters can be different if it supports a program focus.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Fine/Studio Arts, General
graduate
Graduate
Natural Resources Management and Policy
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
doctorate
Doctorate
certification
Certification/License
certification
Vocational
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"What could you ever do with an art degree? How does this all come together? "