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. 

“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 kbinning@hammer.org

Career Opportunities

Overview

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 kbinning@hammer.org or 952-345-8555.

 

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Program Managers (PM)

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.

Duties includes:

  • Support individuals who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live life to the fullest.
  • Manage a staff team of Direct Support Professionals and Assistant Program Manager(s) to effectively care for the people you support.
  • Administrative duties include scheduling, payroll, and 245D documentation.
  • Maintain excellent relationships and communication with individuals’ families, volunteers, day programs/jobs, and social networks.
  • Developing programming to support person-centered practices and encouraging the independence of the people you support.
  • An ideal candidate would have experience as a Program Manager, Program Coordinator, and/or QDDP/QIDP. Seeking someone who is confident in their leadership and decision making skills.
  • Applicants who have 4-year degrees related to the human services field preferred, however 2-year degrees + experience, or years of experience may be substituted in some cases.

 

Plymouth Colony Program Manager Opening

Plymouth Colony is an apartment program which supports 12 individuals; eleven highly independent adults and one teenager. Plymouth Colony has an outdoor pool and is within walking distance to many local businesses. Individuals are encouraged to plan activities in their apartments or out in the community on a daily basis. The individuals love to watch movies, play games, put puzzles together and walk around the community. A few individuals have pets (3 cats, 1 dog) and staff do have some interaction with those animals while supporting them in their apartments or helping to take them to the vet. Staff provide a nightly community dinner. Three individuals do have special dietary needs that need to be followed. During peak hours there are 3-4 staff on with 1 overnight asleep. A typical shift consists of driving individuals to their scheduled activities/errands, working on daily livings skills (cooking, cleaning, etc) and medication administration.

Duties: Managers are expected to see the people they serve and their staff on a regular basis, so hours are generally 10a-6p daily. Managers complete 245D paperwork for the individuals they serve, conduct meetings with IDTs, supervise and train employees, manage the schedule, complete payroll for their team, and other duties as assigned. Plymouth Colony has a few Assistant Program Managers who assist with individual’s finances, shopping for program supplies/groceries, managing the medical needs of individual’s served, and organizing activities for the people served.

Schedule: 40 hours per week.

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Ridgeview Co-Program Manager Opening

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.

The schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, and the specific hours are negotiable. It will be a mix of administrative hours and direct care hours, including two evening direct care shifts. This person must have a 4-year degree in a Human Services related field. We are seeking someone with strong administrative skills, knowledge of ICF/DD programs, and confident in their ability to complete the required paperwork per regulations. The other Co-Program Manager has already been in this position for about 5 months.

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Ives Program Manager Opening

Ives has three ambulatory women upstairs staffed by female employees.  There are normally two staff scheduled at a time as the individuals who live here like to go out on a one on one basis. All individuals need help with personal cares and independent life skills.  One individual communicates with sign language.  The fourth person resides in her own apartment with her own entrance located in the lower section of the house. She does not interact with the other women in the house.  She needs little help with cares and living skills but needs staff to be present 24/7.  She is on a sensory diet and needs cues and some interaction behavioral supports.  Ives indiviuals enjoy walking, rides in the car, movies and music.  There are three staff on during peak hours, with one overnight sleep staff. 

Schedule: 32 hours/week for administrative duties and one 8 hour direct care shift to total 40 hours/week.

Please submit your application by Friday June 2nd.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Individualized Community Supports (ICS) Specialist

Hammer Residences Customized Support Services Department is hiring one full time (40 hours per week) Individualized Community Service (ICS) Specialist. 

This ICS Specialists will work four shifts per week, these vary in hours (averaging 15-18 per week of direct care). The other hours are administrative tasks (Periodic Reviews, Outcomes, Annual paperwork etc.). This position also has a portion of hours dedicated to coordinating staff scheduling and processing payroll. 

We are looking for a candidate who is comfortable with and enjoys flexibility in their schedule and job responsibilities. 

Other requirements for the all of the Customized Support Services Positions include:
An ideal candidate for these positions will be detail oriented and organized. They will have strong verbal communication and written communication. They will be adept at analyzing information, have strong research, and decision making skills. Candidates will have effective people skills, be comfortable addressing and resolving conflict. Candidates will conduct themselves with integrity and adhere to ethical standards.

Candidates must be experienced in and enjoy working with individuals with disabilities.
Candidates will be willing to update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
Candidates will enhance department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, as some limited travel through the State may be necessary. Ability to pass a criminal background check.

If you are interested in this position, please apply by 6/2/17.

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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.

Knollway Assistant Program Manager opening

Knollway is a home with four young men, ranging in ages from 24-35.  All are verbal, and very active.  These guys enjoy watching TV, playing video games, going to the YMCA or the library, playing sports, being outside, going to movies, and playing games with staff.  This house is designed to be very structured with adherence to schedules a must. Some physical assistance, including hygiene/bath, is needed with one individual; the other guys are more self-sufficient requiring verbal prompts to complete tasks.  Almost all individuals like to help with meal prep, where we are introducing healthier options, and household tasks are done as a team with some staff prompting and assistance. There are two staff during peak hours with one overnight sleep staff.

Schedule:
Wednesday 230p-9p
Thursday 4p-9A sleep
Friday 4p-9p
Saturday 9a-8p
39.5hrs

Duties: activity planning and assisting with individuals’ finances.

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Queensland Assistant Program Manager opening

Queensland is home to three women in their 50s to 70s and one man in his 50s. All individuals enjoy watching television and movies, going out for dinner, latch hooking, reading, playing Wii, doing puzzle books, socializing with staff and going out in the community. The man we support loves playing Play Station 3, playing Wii, watching the Twins and attending sporting events–he enjoys talking about sports! All individuals require some verbal assistance with ADLs and all require staff support with interpersonal relationships. One individual needs physical assistance when walking with her walker.  All individuals are on a low fat, low cholesterol diet with one woman on a low sugar diet as well.  All house members have chores they complete with staff assistance. During peak hours there are two staff, with one asleep overnight staff.

Schedule:
Monday 7a-5p
Tuesday ON 3p-9a asleep (5 sleep hours)
Sunday 9a-2p
Total 33 hrs/wk

Duties: The APM at Queensland has medical duties, such as ordering medications and scheduling/assisting with medical appointments. They also take care of shopping for household supplies and groceries.

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Ives Assistant Program Manager Opening

Ives has three ambulatory women upstairs staffed by female employees.  There are normally two staff scheduled at a time as the individuals who live here like to go out on a one on one basis. All individuals need help with personal cares and independent life skills.  One individual communicates with sign language.  The fourth person resides in her own apartment with her own entrance located in the lower section of the house. She does not interact with the other women in the house.  She needs little help with cares and living skills but needs staff to be present 24/7.  She is on a sensory diet and needs cues and some interaction behavioral supports.  Ives individuals enjoy walking, rides in the car, movies and music.  There are three staff on during peak hours, with one overnight sleep staff. 

Duties: to be determined based on a qualified candidate’s skills and interests. Generally focused on medical duties, financial duties, and/or activities/shopping duties.

Schedule:
Week 1: Monday 3p-11p, Tuesday 3p-11p, Wednesday off, Thursday 3p-11p, Friday 3p-11p, Saturday 9a-3:30p totaling 38.5 hours.
Week 2: Monday-Friday 3p-11p totaling 40 hours.

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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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Teen's Home Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Teen’s Home Positions

Hammer Residences is seeking high-quality direct care staff for a 4-person teen’s home. 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: we are seeking part-time and full-time Direct Support Professionals.

Wages: staff who work at the teen’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.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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.