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 eight 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 eight 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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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.


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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Rockford Program Manager Opening

Rockford is home to four energetic women ranging in age between 40 and 53. It is a unique house as the ladies have lived together for 15 years! All of the women are ambulatory and communicate well. They love to do activities in the community almost daily. They have an active schedule with volunteers, Special Olympics, family events, and Hammer events. The women enjoy exercising their independence and continually work on improving those skills. All of the women can be left alone for short periods of time. All of the women are independent with their grooming and daily personal hygiene, but do benefit from a check in on their progress with verbal prompting as needed. The Rockford women assist with household duties and are able to help with meal prep. During peak hours there are one to two staff with one overnight staff asleep.

Schedule: Mondays 3p-8p, Tuesday 3p-6p, Thursdays 3p-8:30p=13.5 hours of direct care/week, plus 26.5 hours of administrative time per week for a total of 40 hours/week.

Deadline: Wednesday July 5, 2017.

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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.

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.

Nelson Assistant Program Manager Opening

Nelson Place has four active men ranging in age from 22-36. They are all involved in many sporting activities and they all enjoy bowling. They do help with household chores with some staff assistance.  Two of the men help with meal preparation, and they all enjoy going out to eat.  One of the men is allergic to peanuts, and two residents are lactose sensitive.  They are all mostly independent in their personal cares, needing assistance sometimes with shaving.  One of the men needs assistance with bathing and brushing his teeth as well. During peak hours, there are generally two staff on duty, with one overnight asleep.

Schedule: Monday through Friday 2p-9p each day. Total of 35 hours/week.

Duties: Purchasing house supplies & grocery shopping, activity planning/scheduling and family communication.

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Royal Oaks Apartment Program–Assistant Program Manager Opening

There are about a dozen very independent and active individuals at Royal Oaks; three men and nine women. They all like to go out in the community and enjoy shopping, dances and going out to eat. All individuals need support in daily living skills (ie: cooking, cleaning, budgeting) but do assist with household chores and meal preparation. Staff who are able to multi-task and problem solve are successful at Royal Oaks. During peak hours there are three staff with one overnight staff asleep.

APM duties: financial.Schedule: Monday 5p-9p, Tuesday 1p-9p, Thursday 5p-9p, Sunday ON 1p-11a=30 hours/wk (6 sleep 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.

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.