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 Katie Binning at 952-345-8555 or email

Career Opportunities


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.

Assistant Program Managers

Cedarwood Assistant Program Manager (APM)
Cedarwood is home to four men ranging in age from their 40s – 60s. The men enjoy sports, movies, going to the lake and to church, playing a game of Uno, visiting the Humane Society and utilizing their art skills. All four men at Cedarwood are non-ambulatory, and require the use of wheelchairs to mobilize. All four men need some level of assistance with ADLs; this varies from total care to assistance with dressing, and transferring. We use a Sit-to-Stand lift for three of the individuals and a Hoyer lift for one individual who can NOT bear weight. One individual is non-verbal and uses a communication board to communicate. One person has a seizure disorder and may require the use of a PRN per his seizure protocol. One individual also has a special diet which consists of pureed foods/thickened liquids.  During peak hours there are two staff on with one awake and one asleep staff Sunday -Thursday and one awake staff Friday/Saturday.

The schedule for this position is:
Monday 3p-9p, Tuesday 10a-6p, Wednesday 10a-9p, Thursday 10a-6p
Friday OFF except staff meetings held the last Friday of the month from noon-2p
Saturday OFF
Sunday 9a-4p
Total 40 hours

Duties: ordering medications, scheduling appointments, balancing the individuals cash-on-hand books, shopping for groceries and household supplies, and other duties as assigned.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in leadership at Hammer. An ideal candidate is a self-starter, enjoys working both independently and with a team, is organized, and a great communicator. Must be able to do the lifting/transferring required with the use of equipment at the house, and must be comfortable driving the lift van. 

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Emery Assistant Program Manager Opening
Emery house is seeking an Assistant Program Manager to work full-time doing direct care and administrative duties such as shopping for groceries/house supplies, meal planning, and activity planning. 

Emery is an active home with 3 men and 1 woman, age range from late teens to early twenties. Everyone enjoys getting out in the community and taking part in activities such as going to the park and zoo, seeing movies, swimming, shopping, going to dances, and dining out. All individuals require significant support and independence encouragement in their daily skill development and planning. The communication ability is varied with two individuals who are non-verbal though most partial needs are able to be expressed. Everyone in the house needs behavioral supports with protocols to follow when they are in need of that support. Emery is not a high medical need house, though one person receives some nutritional supplement through g-tube feedings. One of the individuals loves going to the Mall of America to go on rides, so staff who love amusement rides are a great fit! There are 3 staff on during regular shifts with one awake and one asleep overnight staff.

The schedule is:
Sunday through Thursday 2p-10p each day
A total of 40 hours per week.

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CADI Case Manager

Provide vital support for people with disabilities and their families, helping them to find their way through the maze of the social service system while promoting consumer choice and self-determination. Case Managers strive to work with individuals and their families to develop creative strategies that would meet each person’s continuing needs and desires.

Hammer’s Case Managers:

  • Develop a comprehensive person-centered plan for each individual.
  • Determines individual’s requirements by having regular contact; with other team members determining need for therapeutic medical, psycho-social, and psychiatric evaluations; reviewing therapist evaluations, objectives, and plans.
  • Ensure safety with risk management and assessment.
  • Maintains individual records by reviewing progress and documenting status updates.
  • Help individuals understand available service options.
  • Identify potential providers.
  • Provide support in accessing and coordinating services.
  • Evaluate and monitor services: monitors cases by verifying individual’s attendance; observing and evaluating treatments and responses; advocating for needed services and entitlements; obtaining additional resources; intervening in crises; providing support.

Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology; LSW preferred. Previous case management experience preferred; Must have expertise in working within the Waiver systems, particularly DD and CADI waivers; and an understanding of Medical Assistance. Must have a valid driver’s license and a driving record that meets the requirements of our insurance carrier.

Please submit your application by Friday February 24th.

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Children's Home Positions

Hammer Residences is seeking high-quality direct care staff for a 4-person children’s home. Lisbeth Place is a home to four teenage boys. The guys love to eat food, make food and buy food! They enjoy sports, card games, board games, electronic games, and community activities. The young men need support from staff in regards to mental health, challenges with transitions, and some sensory processing but they also have a lot of fun!  

Qualifications: Staff must have excellent written and oral communication skills, be a team player, have excellent relationship building skills, must be at least 21 years old, must be physically able to use proper lifting/transferring techniques for individual who is in a wheelchair, and must be able to pass a foster child level background check. Those who have experience with children who have disabilities preferred.

Schedules available: Awake overnights, asleep overnights, afternoons/evenings, and weekends. Part-time and full-time options.

Positions available: Most positions are for Direct Support Professionals.
We are also seeking one Assistant Program Manager (APM) who would do mostly direct care and some administrative tasks to assist the Program Managers (PM).

Wages: Staff who work at the children’s home are paid a differential due to the extra qualification and training requirements. Opportunities for milestone increases tied to experience, training and performance. Benefits available for part-time staff include 401k and paid time off.

Benefits available for full-time staff include medical, dental 401k, short term disability, life insurance, and paid time off. All Hammer employees are able to take advantage of employee perks such as a car repair assistance program and continuing education grants.

To apply: Please submit an application, resume, and cover letter through the link below.

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Program Manager

The Program Manager is responsible for supervising the daily operation of the house in which he/she works.  He/she will develop/utilize systems to ensure the household operations are smooth and efficient.

The Program Manager will do the following:

Develop positive relationships with the people being served, their family members, support staff, management team, consultants, and other service providers.

Facilitate the Interdisciplinary Team in developing individualized program services and will insure that these services are provided as designed. Complete necessary paperwork related to the services being provided.

Ensure that the household operates within the budget assigned.

Follow all pertinent policies, regulations, and procedures, relating to the delivery of services and the general management of the organization.

Welcome Place Program Manager Opening
There are two men and two women in their 40s and 50s who live at Welcome Place. All four are non-ambulatory and use wheelchairs. All need staff assistance with most of their personal cares and we use a Hoyer Lift for transfers. They all have good expressive communication and can relay their wants and needs. The individuals enjoy going shopping, out to eat, watching movies, music and concerts, sporting events and spending time with friends and family. During peak hours there are two staff with one awake and one asleep overnight staff.

The schedule includes one approximately 7-hour direct care shift per week and administrative hours totaling 40 hours per week. Must be able to do physical cares, transfers, and lifts using the appropriate equipment. 

Zealand Program Manager
We are seeking a Program Manager for the Zealand apartment program. The schedule for this position includes one evening direct care shift per week and administrative hours totaling 40 hours/week. The wage for this position is equivalent to that of managing 2 waivered sites as Zealand supports 8 people. An ideal candidate would have a 4-year degree in a Human Services related field, but applicants with experience will also be considered. The Zealand apartment program is located in New Hope.

Zealand is a dynamic apartment program serving eight individuals with diverse interests, needs, activities and supports.  Zealand focuses on providing a family-style environment with an emphasis on healthy living.  On any given day, staff may be exercising with residents at the YMCA, visiting the Humane Society, shopping, walking in a park, going to a dance or Special Olympics, attending church or visiting a community event. When at the apartments, we assist individuals with activities and needs such as cleaning and laundry chores, cooking and nutrition guidance, playing board games and cards, welcoming volunteers, helping with technology and processing emotions to name a few.  There are generally have 2 staff on during weekday afternoons, evenings and weekends with one overnight staff asleep. 

Please submit your application by Monday February 20th.

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Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Hammer current has openings for Direct Support Professionals in the west metro. We have openings in the following programs: group homes, apartment style programs, 1:1 with people in their private homes in the community, and taking groups of people on vacations through our Hammer Travel division. Check out Hammer Travel!





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 36 houses and 10 apartment programs in Hennepin County. We also provide services for people who live in their own homes. We are proud to be a Star Tribune Top Workplace for seven years in a row!

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 • have experience as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), Human Services Technician, or an Advocate for people with disabilities or the elderly

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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