The Arc is the world’s largest nonprofit, community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 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

Daycare & Summer Program Staff

We have open positions for our Before and After School Daycare Program and Summer Program. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to play a key role in fulfilling our mission of making a difference in the lives of those with intellectual and related disabilities. The desired candidate has experience working with people with intellectual and related disabilities. 

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • providing direct supervision
  • adherence to clients care plan including personal needs
  • ongoing communication with clients, caregivers, and service team
  • timely and accurate documentation of services provided.

Must be at least 18 years of age. Candidates should possess effective problem solving skills, leadership and strong written/verbal communication skills.

Hours: Before/After School Mon – Fri 6 AM – 8:30 AM and 2 PM – 6 PM and Summer Mon – Fri 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM.

Pay is $10.50 – $12.25 per hour.

Apply online.

Employment Specialist

We are seeking an Employment Specialist to develop and implement individualized employment plans for people with disabilities through The Arc’s Supported Employment Program. Activities include Discovery, Assessment, and Job Training to prepare and support individuals to be competitively employed. The Employment Specialist will work closely with the individual and community partners to ensure appropriate and successful job opportunities and placements. Employment Specialist will attend team meetings and submit reports on assessed progress, barriers, and needs, as required by funders.

High school diploma or GED required, Associate’s degree preferred. Experience providing employment services preferred. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Valid Driver License required.

This is a full-time, benefit eligible position including PTO, health, vision, and dental insurance.

Apply online.

Site-Based Program Coordinator

We are seeking a Site-Based Program Coordinator to be responsible for the oversight of our DHS licensed before/after school/work program for individuals aged kindergarten to adult with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. An emphasis is placed on social skills, recreational activities, and safety skills with a commitment to community inclusion. This position combines professional and direct-care duties. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring DHS regulatory compliances, supervising and mentoring part time employees, activity planning with an emphasis on community based experiences, volunteer opportunities, and quality assurance oversight of services documentation. Candidates should have a minimum one year experience in education, day care, or direct services with individuals affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proficiency using MS Office, Internet and Windows, and the ability to work flexible hours between 6:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills, be effective problem solvers, possess strong leadership skills, have the ability to work independently, and prioritize tasks. Ability to build relationships with families, agency professionals, volunteers, interns, direct service providers, program evaluators, and industry professionals is key to this position. At minimum, an Associate’s Degree is required. Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or Education with Special Education endorsement, or other relevant field of study is preferred. Must be able to pass DHS physical examination and have vehicle insurance and a valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain a chauffeurs license.

This is a full-time, benefit eligible position including PTO, health, vision, and dental insurance.

Apply online.

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 and interpersonal skills. Must be able to represent The Arc of East Central Iowa in a professional manner at all times while developing and maintaining relationships with businesses in the community.

Desired candidate will have experience; working with individuals with intellectual and related disabilities, person centered planning, and can bring advocacy and teaching skills to support the individuals’ needs in community employment settings. Successfully mentoring individuals in the workplace, or customer service desired. Prior experience job coaching is a plus. 

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

Apply online.


Community Integration Program Specialist

We are seeking a Community Integration Program Specialist to be responsible for the coordination and delivery of 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. Finally, this position will serve as a role model for participants in a variety of community settings.

Applicants should possess a High School Diploma and one year experience working with persons with disabilities. AA or BA in Human Services or related field a plus. Candidates should have effective problem solving skills, leadership qualities and strong written/verbal communication skills and the ability to teach program participants daily living skills and competencies.

This is a full-time, benefit eligible position offering PTO, health, vision, and dental insurance.

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.

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”.