Careers

 

We invite you to help us make a difference by joining our team!

At Hammer, we are proud to offer you a career with purpose. We value diversity, life-long learning, and person-centered collaboration within a caring and professional workplace environment.

As a result of our workplace culture, for seven years in a row, we have been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in the Twin Cities, by the Star Tribune.

Hammer is one of only 13 organizations statewide to receive the honor of this award for seven consecutive years. The award recognizes us for the culture we have created for our Hammer family.

“We are honored and humbled as an organization to know that our staff members feel a deep sense of purpose and direction in their work, and it is with their support that we have become a top workplace. One of our core values as an organization is to provide a workplace where people are appreciated and recognized for their good work,” said Hammer CEO John Estrem.

Providing adults and children with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience life to its fullest is rewarding and life-changing work. Would you like to join our team?

If you would like more information about Hammer or a position contact Wendy Paulson at 952-277-2459 or wpaulson@hammer.org

Career Opportunities

Overview

Do you want to go to work knowing that you’ll make a real difference in someone’s life? Do you want to advocate for human rights and motivate individuals to fulfill their dreams? At Hammer, you can do just that! Hammer Residences’ mission is to provide adults and children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience life to its fullest. Since 1923, Hammer has provided innovative services for people with disabilities to live meaningful, self-directed lives. Headquartered in Wayzata, we have 37 houses and 10 apartment programs in Hennepin County. We also provide services for people who live in their own homes, case management, care coordination, and support planning services.

We are proud to be a Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace for seven years in a row!

Check out our exciting career opportunities below.

Direct Support Professional - Youth Group Home

Lisbeth Place is home to four teenage young men. One of the individuals uses a wheelchair. People who would like to gain experience supporting youth, working with people with Autism, teaching independence skills, and encouraging the use of coping skills should consider picking up shifts at Lisbeth Place. This team works closely together to maintain consistent care for the young men, so valuing teamwork is a must! Employees who work at Lisbeth Place make $1 more per hour than Direct Support Professionals who work in the rest of our programs. Please indicate that you would prefer to interview for Lisbeth Place in your application.

The Direct Support Professional is the most important role in our organization!
As a DSP, you will directly support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The people we serve live in Hammer’s group homes or apartment programs with the support of caring teams who provide supervision and teach skills, support health, and personal cares, help with household tasks and offer social and emotional support.

A typical day in the life of a DSP looks like:
• supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible while working towards their dreams and goals
• assisting with household duties such as cooking, laundry, shopping and cleaning
• reliably following all procedures to care for each person’s health and safety, including medical or behavioral emergencies
• using a computer for daily documenting, on-line training and recording medication administration
• driving a company car to appointments and activities like the Y, dances, bowling, church, Twins games, movies and more
• working cooperatively with teams, families and other professionals

You might be an ideal candidate if you:
• enjoy encouraging and motivating others, like singing along with the radio and laughing at silly jokes
• enjoy finding creative solutions
• get a kick out of teaching someone something new
• pay attention to the details
• think on your feet
• step up to contribute without being asked
• have a valid driver’s license and reliable car with proof of auto insurance
• successfully pass background check/driving record check.
• Are documented to work in the U.S.
• Have strong English skills

You might be extra awesome if you:
• are comfortable using the computer to type notes, complete on-line trainings and document medication administration
• are able to lift and transfer adults
• are over the age of 21* This is a requirement for the youth home.

This job might not be the right fit if you are:
• Uncomfortable making independent decisions
• Easily overwhelmed by fast-paced environments

Hammer is awesome because we:
• Provide you with one week of paid orientation which includes medication certification training, CPR, First Aid and other training as assigned
• Offer excellent paid time off—28 days a year for your first two years of employment!
• Give you a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, short term disability, 401k and life insurance.
• Encourage you to take advantage of additional benefits such as education grants and discounts at many local businesses
• Offer a variety of schedules including part time, full time, afternoons, evenings, weekends and overnights.
• Provide free meals while you work!
• Opportunities for advancement and leadership training

Compensation: Call or e-mail to inquire. Full-time benefits start at 32 hrs/wk. Ability to sign up for extra shifts up to 30 hrs overtime per week.

Referral request: Maybe this job isn’t your cup of tea, but perhaps you know someone who would be a perfect fit! Send them this link. Thank you!

Hammer Residences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Direct Support Professional - Awake Overnights

After you apply, you will receive a phone call from our recruiter once your application is reviewed. Full time positions available in the following cities: Edina, Wayzata, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park. Schedules are approximately 9p-9a 3 days per week; Mon-Wed, Thu-Sat, Fri-Sun, and Sat-Mon.

The Direct Support Professional is the most important role in our organization. As a DSP, you will directly support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The people we serve live in Hammer’s group homes or apartment programs with the support of caring teams who provide supervision and teach skills, support health and personal cares, help with household tasks, and offer social and emotional support.

A typical day in the life of a DSP looks like:

  • supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible while working towards their dreams and goals
  • assisting with household duties such as cooking, laundry, shopping and cleaning
  • reliably following all procedures to care for each person’s health and safety, including medical or behavioral emergencies
  • using a computer for daily documenting, on-line training and recording medication administration
  • driving a company car to appointments and activities like the Y, dances, bowling, church, Twins games, movies and more
  • working cooperatively with teams, families and other professionals

You might be an ideal candidate if you:

  • enjoy encouraging and motivating others, like singing along with the radio and laughing at silly jokes
  • enjoy finding creative solutions
  • get a kick out of teaching someone something new
  • pay attention to the details
  • think on your feet
  • step up to contribute without being asked
  • have a valid driver’s license and reliable car with proof of auto insurance
  • successfully pass background check/driving record check.
  • are documented to work in the U.S.
  • have strong English skills

You might be extra awesome if:

  • are comfortable using the computer to type notes, complete on-line trainings and document medication administration
  • are able to lift and transfer adults
  • are over the age of 21

This job might not be the right fit if you are:

  • uncomfortable making independent decisions
  • easily overwhelmed by fast paced environments

Hammer is awesome because we:

  • provide you with one week of paid orientation which includes medication certification training, CPR, First Aid and other training as assigned
  • offer excellent paid time off—28 days a year for your first two years of employment!
  • give you a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, short term disability, 401k and life insurance.
  • encourage you to take advantage of additional benefits such as education grants and discounts at many local businesses
  • offer a variety of schedules including part time, full time, afternoons, evenings, weekends and overnights.
  • provide free meals while you work!
  • opportunities for advancement and leadership training

Compensation: Call or e-mail to inquire. Full-time benefits start at 32 hrs/wk. Ability to sign up for extra shifts up to 30 hrs overtime per week.

Referral request: Maybe this job isn’t your cup of tea, but perhaps you know someone who would be a perfect fit! Send them this link. Thank you!

Hammer Residences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Apply Now

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

The Direct Support Professional is the most important role in our organization. As a DSP, you will directly support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The people we serve live in Hammer’s group homes or apartment programs with the support of caring teams who provide supervision and teach skills, support health, and personal cares, help with household tasks, and offer social and emotional support.

A typical day in the life of a DSP looks like:

• supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible while working towards their dreams and goals
• assisting with household duties such as cooking, laundry, shopping and cleaning
• reliably following all procedures to care for each person’s health and safety, including medical or behavioral emergencies
• using a computer for daily documenting, on-line training and recording medication administration
• driving a company car to appointments and activities like the Y, dances, bowling, church, Twins games, movies and more
• working cooperatively with teams, families and other professionals

You might be an ideal candidate if you:

• enjoy encouraging and motivating others, like singing along with the radio and laughing at silly jokes
• enjoy finding creative solutions
• get a kick out of teaching someone something new
• pay attention to the details
• think on your feet
• step up to contribute without being asked
• have a valid driver’s license and reliable car with proof of auto insurance
• successfully pass background check/driving record check.
• Are documented to work in the U.S.
• Have strong English skills

You might be extra awesome if you:

• are comfortable using the computer to type notes, complete on-line trainings and document medication administration
• are able to lift and transfer adults
• are over the age of 21

This job might not be the right fit if you are:

• Uncomfortable making independent decisions
• Easily overwhelmed by fast-paced environments

Hammer is awesome because we:

• Provide you with one week of paid orientation which includes medication certification training, CPR, First Aid and other training as assigned
• Offer excellent paid time off—28 days a year for your first two years of employment!
• Give you a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, short term disability, 401k and life insurance.
• Encourage you to take advantage of additional benefits such as education grants and discounts at many local businesses
• Offer a variety of schedules including part time, full time, afternoons, evenings, weekends and overnights.
• Provide free meals while you work!
• Opportunities for advancement and leadership training

Compensation: Call or e-mail to inquire. Full-time benefits start at 32 hrs/wk. Ability to sign up for extra shifts up to 30 hrs overtime per week.

Referral request: Maybe this job isn’t your cup of tea, but perhaps you know someone who would be a perfect fit! Send them this link. Thank you!

Hammer Residences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Apply Now

Support Specialist/Hammer Travel Trip Leader

Hammer is seeking two people to become dedicated Hammer Travel Trip Leaders/Full-time Support Specialist.

• The function of a Support Specialist is to provide supervision, training, and assistance to people who live in homes provided by Hammer Residences, Inc.

• The Support Specialist will float between different Hammer Homes where needed.  The Support Specialist uses Hammer scheduling program to pick up hours based on their availability.

• The Trip Leader is responsible for supervising the daily operation of the Hammer Travel trip which he/she is on.  He/she will develop/utilize systems to ensure the trip itinerary runs smooth and efficiently.

• The Support Specialist will be required to work at least 32 hours per week and go on a trip with Hammer Travel every other month.

• Must be able to do lifts/transfers.

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Direct Response Specialist (DRS)

Direct Response Specialists staff are Direct Support Professionals who fill critical openings/shifts on an on-going basis.

• This is a promotion opportunity for our current staff and does not require/include management duties.
• DRS staff can expect approximate start and end times for the schedule options below. DRS staff would need to be flexible with their start and end times, but can expect to work 32-40 hrs/week.
• DRSs would receive their schedule 2 weeks at a time, 2 weeks in advance. DRS staff are hired to fill in critical shifts at another program, just as all Hammer staff may be called to fill a critical need at any time during their shift. DRS staff would be the “first choice” staff to fill last minute, critical shifts.
• Must be fingerprinted to work at Lisbeth Place.
• Must be able to do safe lifts/transfers and trained to use all medical equipment (CPAP, g-tube, hoyer, etc).

Due to the changing and fast paced nature of this position, DRS staff will be paid the same rate as an Assistant Program Manager–please contact the recruiter for more information. Ideal candidates are “glass half full” folks! They are high energy, positive, and happy to take initiative. They collaborate well with others, take direction easily, and enjoy working with many different people in many different places.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 1-year direct care experience preferred
• Must be med certified (new staff will be trained)
• Must have a valid driver’s license, personal vehicle, and current car insurance

Schedule openings are as follows: *REMINDER these are approximately the schedule a DRS would work. DRS would need to be comfortable with flexible start/end times to shifts. DRS staff get every other weekend OFF.

DRS 1–weekend 1: Tuesday-Friday 2p-10p, e/o Sat & Sun 9a-5p

DRS 2–weekend 2: Monday-Thursday 2p-10p, e/o Sat & Sun 9a-5p

DRS 3–weekend 1: Tuesday-Friday 2p-10p, e/o Sat & Sun 2p-10p

DRS 4–weekend 2: Monday-Thursday 2p-10p, e/o Sat & Sun 2p-10p

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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Individualized Community Services, DSP

Job duties include:
Full-time or part-time days, afternoons, evenings or weekend hours are available. Primary Duties: Work one-on-one with a child or adult with a disability in their own home or their families’ home. Provide supervision, training, and assistance in activities of daily living to individuals with disabilities in their home and the community. It is expected that the ideal candidate would interact with individuals we support in a supportive, caring manner, work cooperatively with teams, families and other professionals. Assist individuals with activities such as exercise, cooking, shopping, and leisure activities. Provide transportation, companionship, and advocacy for any work toward personal goals. Effectively implement programs according to individual needs including planning and thorough documentation of progress on outcomes Follow all procedures to care for each person’s health and safety, including medical or behavioral emergencies.

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Eden Place Assistant Program Manager (APM)

Eden Place is an apartment program in Eden Prairie where 13 individuals live.  There are 3 women and 10 men who enjoy a wide range of activities but enjoy being busy that include swimming or playing tennis at the complex or just playing games in the community apartment. Most of the individuals are higher functioning but still need staff to help with cleaning, cooking, and med administration.   Staff often play the role of the therapist — listening while residents vent about their day or wanting changes in their lives.

We are currently staffed at a 1:4 ratio so staff are consistently busy and oftentimes are working with several individuals at one time. APMs are Direct Support Professionals (DSP) with some assigned administrative duties. APMs work closely with their Program Managers to ensure the needs of the men and women are met. APMs administrative duties may relate to nutrition (grocery shopping, menu planning), finance management assistance for the individuals at the program, activity planning, and other duties as assigned.

Schedule TBD–please inquire for more information.

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Program Manager Positions

Please indicate if you are interested in a specific program in your application.

The Program Manager position is a critical role in our organization. As a PM, you will directly support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and manage the on-going operations of the home. Program Manager positions are typically a mix of some direct care hours and administrative duties. Learn more.

Zachary Program Manager Opening

Zachary is a low key house with four women aged 44 – 70. Female staff only is requested by the individuals who live here. The women enjoy going out to eat, socializing with staff and spending time relaxing.  At times, all of the women need encouragement to plan events to get out the house. The women do enjoy going to the zoo, movies, and shopping.  They are all semi-independent in their personal care skills and a majority of their household management skills.  The women have varying degrees of independence in accessing the community.  The women need extensive emotional support from staff.  During peak hours, there are two staff with one overnight staff asleep. The manager would be expected to work roughly 20 hours direct care and 20 hours of administrative time. This posting will close Thursday September 1st. 

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