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.

Community Life Coordinator/Hammer Travel Assistant

The Community Life Coordinator is responsible for promoting health and wellness by leading the healthy living initiative and planning and implementing Hammer’s recreation program for the people Hammer supports–roughly 30 hours per week. This person will also act as an Assistant for Hammer Travel, assisting with various administrative duties as needed roughly 10 hours/week.

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, with an hourly wage.
• Generate ideas for recreation and community engagement.
• Gather information and resources for Hammer sponsored and community-based activities.
• Coordinate communication of this information and resources through SharePoint and email.
• Provide advocacy and support as needed.
• Evaluate and monitor recreation program.
• Work within specified budget.
• Work effectively as a team member.

Qualifications: Two or four-year college degree in a related field preferred, but not required. Must have excellent communication and organizational skills. Must have at least one year of experience in this field or a related field within the last three years. Valid driver’s license, and a vehicle and driving record that meets the requirements of Hammer Residences insurance carrier.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday August 22nd, 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.

Document Imaging Specialist

Hammer is looking for a Document Imaging Specialist to join our Finance Team! If you are a reliable, self-starter with excellent attention to detail, this may be the job for you!  The position is full-time, 32 hours per week, during regular business hours.

Here’s what you get to do:
• Scan Finance and HR paperwork to the document imaging system
• Data entry to label documents as needed
• Send out both monthly and quarterly statements
• Balance cash weekly
• Other duties as assigned to support the Finance Department

• High school diploma
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, SharePoint)
• Proficiency in Fortis or DocuWare software preferred, but will train the right person

Wages: please call to inquire.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday August 16th, 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.

Case Manager

The Customized Support Services team at Hammer seeking to add one new Case Manager to their team. 

Case Managers 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.

This is a full-time position scheduled for 40 hours per week and eligible for benefits including medical insurance, dental insurance, 401k, short term disability insurance, life insurance, and paid time off. Contact Katie Binning if you have questions.

Please submit your application by Friday August 18th.

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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.

14th Avenue Program Manager Opening

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.  On weekdays there are generally two or three staff working during peak hours. There is an overnight asleep and an overnight awake Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays there is only an overnight awake staff.

Schedule: direct care hours are Monday 2p-7p, Tuesday 2p-7p, and Wednesday 9a-2p totaling 15 hours/week. Administrative hours 25 per week, for a total of 40 hours/week.

Wages: call or email to inquire.

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 18th.

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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 over 6 months.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Avana Assistant Program Manager Opening

Avana is home to about a dozen individuals ranging in age from their early 20s to mid 50s. The individuals enjoy numerous activities such as cooking, sports, bowling, going out to eat, attending movies and plays, crafts, emailing, Special Olympics and various types of exercise. Avana is a very busy place with lots of activity most nights.  Avana focuses on healthy living and healthy eating and community meals are offered each evening which all residents are encouraged to attend. Many individuals help prepare the meals as well. There are 4 staff working every weekday evening and 2-3 staff working on weekends with one asleep staff every night. Duties: financial and grocery shopping.

Schedule: Monday 2p-8p, Tuesday 7a-4p, Wednesday 7a-4p, and Sunday 10a-8p. Total 34 hours/week.

Eden Place Apartments Assistant Program Manager Opening

Eden Place is an apartment program in Eden Prairie where about a dozen people live.  There are 3 women and 11 men who enjoy a wide range of activities but enjoy being busy which includes swimming or playing tennis at the complex or just playing games in the community apartment. Most of the individuals are rather independent but still need staff to help with cleaning, cooking and med administration.   Staff often provide emotional support–listening while the people we support talk 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.

Schedule: Monday 2p-10p, Tuesday 2p-10p, Wednesday 2p-10p, Thursday 2p-10p, and Sunday 10a-6p for a total of 40 hours per week.

Duties: Activities APM. Will include helping individuals find and attend fun activities and events, managing the healthy living initiative and encouraging healthy lifestyles, and grocery shopping/menu planning for the community apartment. There is a cat in the community apartment, so applicants must be okay with cats.

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Southcrest Assistant Program Manager Opening

Southcrest is home to two men and two women. The home is owned by two sets of the parents.  All four individuals are very active in Special Olympics, bowling, church, walks and community activities.  They are all ambulatory but one does use a chair/jogger for longer walks/outings.  One individual’s evening routine requires assistance in bathing and bedtime routine. There are three staff on during peak hours, and one awake overnight staff. Duties: TBD with candidates.

Schedule: Monday 5p-9p, Tuesday 5p-11p, Wednesday 5p-9p, Thursday 4p-9p, and Sunday 8a-8p. 5 hours of administrative time per week. Total 36 hours/week.

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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.