Assistant Program Manager Openings

Wayzata, MN 55391
Oct 10, 2017
Nov 09, 2017
Social Services
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Headquartered in Wayzata, we have 37 homes 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 and 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.

We offer benefits to both our part-time and full-time employees. Benefits offered includes medical and 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.

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. 

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.

For any Direct Support Professional, 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.

Ridgeview Assistant 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.

APM duties: activities planning and coordination

Schedule: Monday 2p-10p, Tuesday 2p-10p, Wednesday 2p-10p, Thursday Week 2 only 2p-10:30p, Friday/Saturday OFF, Sunday 10a-9p = 39.25 hours/week.

Merrimac Assistant Program Manager Opening

Merrimac is home to four women ranging in age from their 30s to 70s. Three of the women use a wheelchair for mobility and one is ambulatory. Two of the ladies require use of a Hoyer or Sit-to-stand lift and the third is able to pivot transfer with physical assistance. Two of the women are somewhat verbal, but may be difficult to understand, the other two women have limited verbal communication but utilize some sign language. One of the ladies has a g-tube, blood sugar checks, and insulin injections. Due to the higher medical needs at this house, staff are very hands on in assisting with activities of daily living, such as bathing. These women enjoy activities. They love BINGO, plays, going out for coffee, going to church, going bowling, casino trips, movies, and getting outside. During peak hours, there are 2-3 staff on with two asleep overnight staff. *Good experience for nursing students

Schedule: Monday 7a-4p, Tuesday 7a-4p Wednesday 7a-1p, Sunday 9a-9p with an additional 4 hours for administrative duties for a total of 40 hours/week.

Duties: assisting in the coordination of the medical needs of the individuals served at the program. Ordering medical supplies, ordering medications, taking individuals to their medical appointments, and communication with program manager, nurse, and others.

Vicksburg Village Apartments Assistant Program Manager Opening

Vicksburg is a fun, fast paced apartment program which is home to about a dozen men and women who live independently in their own apartments. The individuals range in age from the 20s to 60s. All of the people we support love to be on the go and have a variety of interests. A typical shift may consist of medical appointments, running errands, helping with daily living skills, going on outings, exercising, or just hanging out playing the Wii or board games. The community apartment serves as the hub where people come to eat community dinner, check in, get meds, meet staff to go out, or hang out. Vicksburg utilizes AbleLink, Sengistix, and iPad software with the individuals. The staff also use the online calendar and tasks for scheduling of activities each night. During peak hours, there are three staff with one overnight staff asleep.

Duties: medical.

Schedule: Tuesday through Saturday 12p-8p each day for a total of 40 hours per week.

Sumac Assistant Program Manager Opening


There are four women aged 28 - 58 living at Sumac who function in the moderate to mild range. They are mostly independent in their personal cares and are involved in household management, though one individual has some troubles with mobility and balance. The women have varying levels of independence when accessing the community. They enjoy shopping, going to movies or plays, going to museums or the arboretum, swimming, water aerobics, going for walks, and spending time together. The house cat named Glory is very friendly. Staff will gain experience providing emotional support to the women served regarding personal relationships and other issues. During peak hours, the staff to resident ratio varies between 1:4 and 2:4, with one staff overnight asleep.

The APM at Sumac spends a majority of their time working 1:1 direct care with a woman who has significant mental health needs and no cognitive disability. This also creates a unique opportunity for their APM to work closely with the Program Manager and gain experience/insight into a Program Manager position at Hammer. Many past APMs at Sumac have gone on to work as Program Managers.

Schedule: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm each day, plus 5 administrative hours per week for a total of 40 hours per week.

Duties: Activities/shopping.


Stone Creek Apartments Assistant Program Manager Opening

Stone Creek is an apartment program located in Plymouth and is home to about a dozen individuals--women and men. All residents at Stone Creek are very active and enjoy a variety of activities. Evening routines include outings, a community dinner and medication administration. The individuals here enjoy spending time in the community apartment and helping prepare the community dinner. The individuals have different needs with daily living skills but mostly consist of hygiene, medication administration, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and activity planning. This is a fun, fast, paced program.

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday 1pm-9pm each day and Saturday 10a-6pm for a total of 40 hours per week.

Duties: financial.

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.

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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