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. 

“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


Headquartered in Wayzata, we have 37 houses and 10 apartment programs in western Hennepin County. We also provide services for people who live in their own homes, case management, care coordination, and support planning services. We have a travel division called Hammer Travel where we take groups of people on vacations.

We offer benefits to both our part-time and full-time employees. Benefits offered includes medical insurance, dental insurance, 401k, short-term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off. We offer other employee perks such as education grants, a car repair assistance program, discounts with local businesses and more. Check out our exciting career opportunities below.

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Hammer Residences is seeking high-quality direct care staff for 4-person group homes, 6-person group homes, apartment style programs, and 1:1 in-home care. 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 on-going assistance, teach independent living skills, support health and personal cares, help with household tasks, and offer social and emotional support.

Qualifications: Staff must have good written and oral communication skills, be comfortable using a computer, must be at least 18 years old, must be documented to work in the U.S., and must be able to pass a background check. Experience not necessary—training will be provided. Those with experience as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), Human Services Technician, Direct Care Worker, paraprofessional or an Advocate for people with disabilities or the elderly tend to have similar experience to that of a DSP.

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

Locations: we have 47 different programs scattered throughout the west metro. We have locations in St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, and Plymouth.

Wages: Staff are paid an hourly wage comparable to similar companies in the metro area. There is opportunity for overtime. Our benefits package is worth roughly an additional $5/hour to our employees’ hourly wage.

Benefits: We offer competitive benefits packages for our part-time and full-time employees. Benefits available include medical insurance, dental insurance, 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. Our recruiter will contact you once your application has been received. If you are experiencing difficulty with the application process/site, please contact Katie Binning at or 952-345-8555.


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Assistant Program Managers (APM)

Assistant Program Managers do mostly direct care duties (see job description for Direct Support Professional), and assist their Program Manager with a few administrative tasks. The administrative tasks are generally one or two of the following:

Medical: keeping track of individual’s medical needs and appointment calendars, scheduling appointments, accompanying individuals to their appointments, ordering medications, ordering medical supplies, etc.

Financial: keeping track of individual’s petty cash, bank runs, assisting folks with paying bills, etc.

Activities: signing individuals up for activities that they are interested in, keeping the program calendar up to date, communicating with team re: plans, etc.

Shopping: purchasing groceries and supplies for the program.

For any DSP, this would be a promotion in wages and responsibilities. It’s a great position for anyone who is interested in “leadership light”—you do not have to supervise/manage employees, but you get the chance to start learning the “behind the scenes” operation of Hammer programs. Experience is not required, but it is preferred. Please see below for our current list of openings.

14th Avenue Assistant Program Manager
14th Avenue is home to four men. 14th Avenue is a 4 bedroom, split level home (two men live upstairs and two men live downstairs). The families of the 14th Ave guys are very supportive and involved. All of the men are ambulatory but one individual needs staff assistance as he is blind. All individuals need staff assistance with most of their ADLs as well as preparing dinner and lunches. All individuals are verbal except for one though he can express his wants and needs through a picture book/board. They all enjoy going out to eat and listening to Classic Country Jams, and they all like the outdoors/nature life. Staff should be comfortable practicing de-escalation techniques and supporting individuals to improve their coping skills.

Schedule: Tuesday 2p-10p, Thursday 2p-10p, Friday 3p-11p, and Sunday 3p-11p with 8 flex hours to complete administrative and/or additional direct care hours as needed.

Duties: direct care and administrative duties assisting with the medical needs of the home, shopping for house supplies/groceries, organizing activities, and assisting with the individual’s finances.

Arkansas Assistant Program Manager
Arkansas is the home of 4 gentlemen ranging in age from 68 to 79. They enjoy going out to eat, out for coffee, shopping, sporting events especially to see the Twins and Wild and so on. Two men are ambulatory and two are non-ambulatory but are able to walk short distances with the assistance of staff. There is some lifting involved with two of the men and staff assistance is needed with all individuals for the majority of their ADLs. Two of the men are quite shy around new people but will warm up over time. One of the individuals is very talkative and enjoys looking at photographs as well as pictures he has colored. One individual is non-verbal and does not sign though he does SIB at times and is able to understand everything that is said to him.  There are two staff on during peak hours and the one overnight staff is awake.

Schedule: Tuesday staff mtgs 1st wk 5p-7p, Wednesday  7a-8p, Thursday  7a-2p, Friday  7a-3:30p and Saturday  10:30a-8:00p for a total of 38 hours.

Duties: organizing and keeping the financial books updated, scheduling and helping with medical appointments and ordering medications when needed. Duties are up for negotiation based on a qualified candidate’s skills and interests.

Cedarwood Assistant Program Manager
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.

Schedule:  Monday 3p-9p, Tuesday 10a-6p, Wednesday 10a-6p, Thursday 10a-6p, Friday OFF except staff meetings held the last Friday of the month from noon-2p, Saturday OFF, Sunday 9a-4p. Total 37 hours.

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

Kentucky Assistant Program Manager
Kentucky is a very active house with four men and two women.  They function in the moderate to severe range.  Staff are responsible for helping individuals with their daily cares; four of the individuals that live at Kentucky can brush their teeth on their own with supervision, do laundry, help with making their lunch for work and will help with dinner as well. Three staff are on each day, with one asleep and one awake staff overnight.

Schedule: Tuesday 3p-10p, Wednesday 3p-10p, Thursday 3p-10p, Friday 3p-9:30p and Saturday 9a-4p for a total of 35.5 direct care hours plus administrative hours to total roughly 40 hours/wk.

Duties: direct care and administrative duties related to the medical needs of the individuals, such as accompanying people to their appointments, checking in medications, ordering medications, etc.

Ridgeview Assistant Program Manager
Ridgeview is seeking an Assistant Program Manager to join their team full-time. Ridgeview is a large house where 6 men live. This is a very busy house and each of the individuals have a daily schedule of activities. Staff working here must be prepared to drive and accompany the men on their outings.  The house has two Hammer vehicles and generally four staff on during the day to accommodate the high level of activity. The guys need prompting to do their hygiene and other ADLs and occasional physical assistance is required.  The men living here have behavioral support needs, so staff will gain experience encouraging coping skills and de-escalation techniques. During peak hours there are four staff with one asleep and one awake overnight staff.

Week 1:
Monday: OFF, Tuesday: 2pm to 10pm, Wednesday: 2pm to 10pm, Thursday: OFF, Friday: OFF, Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 10am to 7pm

Week 2:
Monday thru Friday: 2pm to 10pm. Admin hours from 5-6 hours per week

Duties: Menu and grocery shopping, medication checks on Wednesday and medical appointments as needed, planning and taking individuals to activities, and helping oversee the petty cash and cash on hand books.

Unity Assistant Program Manager
Unity is home to four women living in a duplex setting.  One individual uses a manual wheelchair at all times, and another one uses her manual wheelchair for community outings only. We do have a Hoyer Lift that is used multiple times per day. Health issues with one person include monitoring a pacemaker and TBI from an accident in her teen years. One person requires additional emotional support regarding her relationships and personal mental issues. The women have a  great sense of humor and get along well with each other and the staff. All of the women can express their needs and desires, though one  may be hard to understand when first meeting her.

Schedule: Monday 9a-9p, Wednesday 9a-9p, and Sunday 9a-9p with 4 administrative hours for a total of 40 hours per week.

Duties: direct care and administrative duties including documentation to assist the Program Manager, assisting with the medical needs of the people who live at Unity such as ordering medications and scheduling appointments, organizing community activities for the people who live at Unity, and balancing petty cash with the individuals served.

WAGES: Assistant Program Managers (APMs) are paid a higher wage than our Direct Support Professional position. Overtime is time and a half for any hours worked over 40 per week. Benefits include medical insurance, dental insurance, 401k, life insurance, short term disability, and paid time off. Any paid time off is paid out at the higher APM wage.

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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.

Qualifications: 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.

To apply: Please submit an application, resume, and cover letter through the link below. Please submit your application by April 5.

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Children's Home Direct Support Professional (DSP)

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: 1 awake overnight position, 1 part-time position, and a few full-time positions which are generally a combination of an asleep overnight, afternoons/evening shifts, and at least 1 weekend shift.

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: Hammer offers a competitive benefits package to their part-time and full-time employees. 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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Hammer Travel Trip Leader

If you love to travel and would like to help others experience the joys of travel, then please join our team! Hammer Travel is a division of Hammer Residences. Check out Hammer Travel.

Trip Leader: The Trip Leader is responsible for supervising the daily operation of the trip which he/she is assigned. He/she will ensure the trip itinerary runs smooth and efficiently and oversees the medical, financial and personal needs of travelers, with the assistance of other travel team members.

Travel Staff (1:1 Specialist): The 1:1 specialist is responsible for supporting an individual in need of extra assistance while on a trip. 1:1 specialists are part of the travel team while on a trip, and follow direction from the Trip Leader for all trip related details, plans, etc. 

This is a part-time position, to be combined with part-time or full-time hours at a Hammer group home or apartment program. Submit your application today!


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

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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.