The Arc is the world’s largest nonprofit, community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). At The Arc of East Central Iowa, we’re driven by the mission to create a more inclusive world for everyone.

Fulfilling this vision requires passion and a diversity of skills and background. Want to be part of something big? Help us make a difference and join us in the fight for inclusion!

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Current Openings


Community Integration Program Coordinator

We are a seeking a Community Integration Program Coordinator to assist in the day to day coordination of services for participants in The Arc’s Day Habilitation Program with an emphasis on individuals choosing their activities and assisting in the planning process. This position will collaborate with internal and external resources to ensure timely and accurate service delivered in accordance with regulatory guidelines. The Program Coordinator will provide guidance and supervision to agency staff and partner with families to assure client satisfaction.

The Program Coordinator will assist in the oversight of all program functions including, but not limited to, assisting with referrals and admissions for the program, monitoring the needs of program participants and support participants to develop goals and work towards achievement. In addition, this position will have a caseload of program participants and will coordinate annual meetings, service plans, etc. This position will have additional responsibilities to facilitate Citizen Advocacy program goals, develop communications for events, and engage the community to support Citizen Advocacy.

A degree in Human Services or other relevant field of study is preferred. Applicants should possess 2-3 years of direct work related experience in serving people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. Effective problem solving skills, ability to partner with staff and families and able to work in a fast-paced, multi-priority environment are preferred. Knowledge of compliance with regulatory agencies preferred.

This position is full time and benefit eligible with a monthly benefit allowance.

Apply online. Resume required.


Full-Time Direct Service Provider (DSP)

We are seeking a full-time DSP who would be responsible for providing Supported Community Living and Habilitation services to consumers throughout The Arc’s service area. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join a fast-paced service-oriented team in the disability field. Candidates must have reliable transportation and be able to work a variable schedule.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing direct supervision and care
  • Maintaining communication and documentation with consumers and their service team
  • Providing skilled training to consumers in numerous areas, including socialization, self-help, communication, self-care, self-advocacy, leisure, and other areas defined in the consumer’s training plan

Minimum requirements for this position include a high school diploma and one year experience working with persons with disabilities. Associate’s degree in human services or another relevant field of study a plus. Candidates should possess effective problem-solving skills, leadership, and strong written/verbal communication skills. This is a benefits-eligible position including paid time off (PTO) and benefit allowance.

Apply online. Resume required.


Community Integration Program Specialist

Join The Arc of East Central Iowa as a Community Integration Program Specialist. You’ll be responsible for the coordination and delivery of The Arc services to participants in the Day Habilitation Program.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordination of group activities
  • Ongoing communication and documentation with participants and their service team
  • Providing skilled training to participants in numerous areas, including socialization and community involvement
  • Serving as a role model for participants in a variety of community settings

Applicants should have a high school diploma and one year experience working with persons with disabilities. An associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in human services or a related field a plus. Candidates should have effective problem-solving skills, leadership qualities, and strong written/verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to teach program participants daily living skills and competencies. This is a benefits-eligible position including paid time off (PTO) and benefit allowance.

Apply online. Resume required.


Part-time Job Coach

We are seeking a part-time Job Coach to support individuals with barriers to employment. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who wants to play a key role in fulfilling our mission of making a difference in the lives of those with intellectual and related disabilities. The qualified candidate must possess strong communication, interpersonal skills, and professionalism. You must be able to maintain professional relationships with various businesses in the community and represent The Arc in a professional manner at all times.

The desired candidate has experience working with people with intellectual and related disabilities. The candidate has a background in person-centered planning, and can bring advocacy and teaching skills to support each individuals needs in various employment settings in the community. Experience working in leadership, supervisory roles, or in customer service desired. Experience job coaching preferred.

This position is part-time. Hours vary to meet the needs of the individual’s work schedule.

Apply online.


Part-Time Direct Service Provider (DSP) Positions

Do you have the experience or do you have a desire to work with people with intellectual or related disabilities? Want to work flexible hours providing a variety of services?

Download a DSP job description [PDF] to learn if you qualify, and apply online.


Referral Bonus for Current Employees

We know our best source of referrals come from the staff who understand what it means to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. If you’re a current employee, you can receive a $250 referral bonus when you refer friends, family members, or other people in your network to work as a Direct Service Provider — and the person you referred receives a $250 retention bonus, as well.

To receive the bonus:

  • Your name must be listed on the application as the person who referred the applicant
  • You must be the first person to refer the applicant
  • You must be an active employee (excluding senior and leadership staff)
  • You must be in good standing with no active disciplinary warnings

The referred employee must:

  • Get hired after 11/1/18
  • Work for The Arc for 6 months
  • Be in good standing
  • Work an average of 15 hours per week during their 4th, 5th, and 6th month of employment

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Arc of East Central Iowa is an equal opportunity. The Arc considers applicants for employment without regard to age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or pregnancy, and to provide equal opportunities to disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, other veterans, and individuals with a disability, and any other characteristics protected by federal, state and local law. All employees of The Arc of East Central Iowa are considered “at will”.