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Education Specialist

Are you a compassionate professional excited about supporting and advocating for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

Your future starts here!

About the Job: Area Residential Care supports individuals with intellectual disabilities in residential and day services settings. The Education Specialist provides training to employees to prepare them to successfully support our consumers in their daily living and enable them to achieve their highest quality of life. Due to career advancement, we are currently seeking a 2nd full-time Education Specialist.


Responsibilities include:

  • Develop pre-service training schedules for new employees;

  • Provide update and enrichment training to all staff;

  • Provide on-the-job feedback to new and veteran staff;

  • Track and maintain training records; and

  • Assist in the development and teaching of adaptive intervention techniques.

Schedule: First Shift, Monday - Friday (Flexible Times)

Wage: $18.56 – $22.27 / Hour dependent on schooling and prior experience


  • Retirement savings plan (401k Match up to 5%)

  • Dental, vision & health Insurance

  • Health savings account

  • Life insurance (Paid by employer)

  • Disability leave

  • 7.4 hours of accrued PTO every 2 weeks in first 5 years of employment

  • Free employee assistance programs (stress, financial, legal, caregiving, substance abuse, professional development)

  • Referral Program

Qualified applicants will have:

  • An Associate degree in education, social work, psychology, or a related human services field is preferred; equivalent education and experience may be considered;

  • Demonstrated ability to train others

  • Experience providing direct support, prompts, etc..

  • Professional communication skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office/Office 365

  • Familiarity with learning management systems, i.e. Relias

  • A valid driver's license and driving record that meets agency authorized driver criteria.

Highly qualified candidates will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, social work, psychology, or a related human services field

  • Previous experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • Current certification as a CPR/First Aid and/or Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trainer is highly desirable

    • Trainer certification in these topics will be provided if needed

  • Evidence of success in working with adult learners

The successful candidate is required to successfully pass a background check and complete a pre-employment physical and drug screen as a condition of employment. In accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mandate, candidates for employment must provide evidence of their first COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of employment, or successfully request a medical or religious exemption to this requirement. The second vaccine is required within 30 days unless exempted.

Why Area Residential Care? We are a private non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to live, work, and participate in a supportive and accessible community. Join a team of employees that are passionate about the work we do and the individuals we support! We offer a range of benefits including health and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement savings plans, vision coverage, and paid time off.

Area Residential Care provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, familial status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

COVID-19 considerations: We require masks for anyone not vaccinated.

Location: 3355 Kennedy Circle, Dubuque, IA 52002.

To apply please email resume (cover letter optional) to

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