Residential Career Paths at Hammer

If you are in search of a career with purpose, you are at the right place. Opportunities to learn and grow is the way that we believe you will find purpose in your career. Whether it is Direct Care or an Administrative position, we provide ways for you to find your path to your next position and will work with you to set and achieve your goals along the way.

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Residential Career Path Overview

See an overview of the career progression in Residential Programs at Hammer.

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Standard DSP

Brief Description of Role:

  • Personal cares
  • Household tasks
  • Life coaching
  • Positive engagement
  • Socialization

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Careerist DSP

Brief Description of Role:

  • Similar qualifications as DSP requirements
  • Leadership qualities
  • Motivate individuals and other staff
  • Take initiative
  • Interested in advancement

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Lead DSP (APM)

Brief Description of Roles

  • Similar qualifications as DSP 
  • Some supervisory responsibilities
  • House finances and billing
  • Medical appointments
  • Planning activities
  • Training staff
  • Paperwork support

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Program Manager

Brief Description of Role:

  • Train, mentor,and supervise DSPs, Careerist DSPs, Lead DSP positions
  • Build relationships with individuals, family members, and staff
  • Develop and implement person-centered programs


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Program Director

Brief Description of Role:

  • Supervise, train, and mentor Program Managers
  • Cultivate relationships with guardians, family members and interdisciplinary team
  • Develop and implement budget plans for the program


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Chief Program Officer

Brief Description of Role:

  • Support and inform Program staff of significant updates and changes
  • Advocate for Hammer individuals/staff
  • Oversee and inform the Directors team



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Job Title: Standard DSP

Supervisor: Program Manager

Job Summary:

  • The Direct Support Professional (DSP) position directly supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The people we serve live in Hammer’s group homes or apartment programs with the support of care 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.

Essential Functions:

  • Communication: Reads email and communication book every scheduled shift. Demonstrates effective communication with co-workers and families.
  • Training: Completes and passes required training on-time.
  • Schedule: Is on-time for every scheduled shift, meeting attendance policy standards.
  • Daily Documentation: Regular logging in Direct Service Record (DSR), incident reporting and communication book.
  • Essential Core Functions: Personal cares, household tasks, medication administration, providing on-going social and emotional support for individuals including community participation.
  • Adherence to Hammer Residences Policies, including, but, not limited to: limited cell-phone usage on-site while providing care to Hammers individuals.

Job Specifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Valid Driver’s License, current vehicle insurance and a good driving record
  • Pass a background check through the Department of Human Services
  • Technical skills. Must be comfortable and proficient in using computers and/or smart technology.
  • Flexible schedule availability
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Life coaching, mentoring skills
  • Perform within a team framework
  • Working knowledge implements positive engagement techniques
  • Work within a defined set of policies, procedures or guidelines

*This job description assigns essential functions.  It does not restrict the tasks an individual in this position might be asked to perform or all qualifications that may be required now or in the future.