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!

Working at The Arc

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Current Openings

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 and a benefit allowance.

Apply online.


Development & Communications Director

We are seeking a Development and Communications Director to develop and implement a comprehensive fund development program which will allow The Arc to fulfill its mission. The qualified candidate will be responsible for growing individual and corporate gifts/sponsors, planning and implementing fundraising and “friend” raising campaigns and activities, identifying and stewarding prospective donors, implementing major giving and planned giving strategies, and designing effective marketing and communications campaigns to educate and cultivate community support.

Bachelor’s degree in related field required, Master’s preferred. 5+ years’ experience in professional fundraising and development required. Marketing experience preferred. Must have strong written and oral communication with ability to effectively communicate The Arc’s vision at all levels. AFP membership desired.

This is a full-time, benefit eligible position including PTO and a benefit allowance.

Apply online.


Full-Time Direct Service Provider (DSP)

We are looking for a full-time DSP that 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 consumers training plan.

The minimum requirements for this position include high school diploma and one year experience working with persons with disabilities. Associates degree in human services or other 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 PTO and benefit allowance.

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, 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”.