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In a world that strives for inclusivity and equal opportunities, the role of individuals who champion the cause of people with disabilities is of paramount importance. Every step towards making the world more accessible and supportive contributes to a more equitable society. If you’re someone who’s passionate about creating positive change and improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, then you might find your calling in a job that centers around this noble cause.

More Than a Job: The Power of Empathy – A job dedicated to making a difference for people with disabilities requires a deep sense of empathy. Being able to understand and resonate with the challenges and triumphs of individuals with disabilities is crucial. This empathy forms the foundation of creating solutions that truly meet their needs and enhance their quality of life.

Choosing a career that revolves around making a difference for people with disabilities is an endeavor that has far-reaching impact. It’s not just a job; it’s a commitment to improving the lives of individuals who deserve equal opportunities and support. Your contributions become part of a collective effort to create a world where everyone can thrive, regardless of their abilities. So, if you’re passionate about making a positive change, consider a career dedicated to empowering the lives of people with disabilities then keep reading.

More About the Position: Director of Community Employment

At Challenge Unlimited, our vision is to become a national leader in providing employment services to people with disabilities that empower them to reach their full potential. We intentionally provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities which will assist them to live, work, and participate in the community.

Our mission is to provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities and we are intentional about hiring candidates with disabilities.

Position Summary

  • Full-time Director of Employment Services in Alton, Illinois
  • Schedule Monday – Friday, 8a – 4:30p + flexible to job demands.
  • Travel Required 10-25%, primarily between work sites.

This role reports to the VP of Programs and is responsible for community-based employment services programs which provide people who have different abilities with opportunities to work with integrated teams and receive work support as needed.

The Director oversees the employment services which include job placement, coaching, assessment, and case management for individuals with disabilities at community customer sites.  The Director will manage contract billing and compliance with agency contracts and government reporting regulations.  This position is responsible for evaluating client services, ensuring accurate documentation, and adhering to regulatory compliance.  The Director provides administrative support and services for the budget, building and equipment needs and oversees employment services’ new business and grant opportunities while effectively leading the team.

Additionally, this position promotes the agency to the public, interviews applicants for program services, ensures the collection of proper documentation and reporting duties for policy and regulatory compliance. The Director supervises Placement Services and Supported Employment coordinators, along with supervising and managing activities of Coordinator – Intake and Recruitment.

The company offers a full continuum of services for persons with disabilities, including residential, community day programs and employment services. The Director of Employment Services will drive the overall delivery of client services for the Department, including recruiting, assessment, and assistance in entry into a service of choice.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in human service-related field.
  • Experience: 5+ years’ experience with people with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness, 3+ years of which were at a management level.
  • Certifications/Licenses: CPR, 1st Aid, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) training provided by the company must be successfully completed within the first 4 months to be certified and annually thereafter for CPR, 1st Aid and CPI to maintain the position.
  • Computer Skills: Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with payroll and case management software is preferred.
  • Background Checks: Must pass criminal background check, various State and Federal registry checks, DCFS Abuse and Neglect Tracking System, driving history check and company policy criteria, maintain valid driver’s license and be 21 or older to drive.
  • Driving: Company travel using a personal insured vehicle is required.

Physical Demands

  • Sitting in the in the normal course of office-sedentary type work.
  • Standing, walking, bending, squatting, reaching, and twisting in the normal course of office-sedentary type work and for training workers.
  • Hearing, speaking frequently, listening to, and speaking with managers, staff, and clients to communicate about requests, training needs and other concerns.
  • Continually visually alert to monitor, to read and write or type documents, observe employee and client interactions, and communicate with all.
  • Frequent use of hands in writing and typing, and general office work.
  • Kneeling is required to perform CPR practice sessions; complete skills testing and use as required. Occasionally bending, reaching, and twisting; occasionally climbing stairs and/or ladders squatting.
  • May need to lift or carry up to 50 lbs. to assist a client to their feet from a lying or sitting position, to help with walking or for the Client to change positions.


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D
  • 401K plus company match
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
  • Training & Development

Read the full job description and apply through this link.

EOE Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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