The James L. Maher Center is now hiring for the positions of job coach and HR Assistant.

The James L. Maher Center, Newport, RI, is devoted to providing a broad range of services that advance independence and create opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community at large.

Job Coach

The James L. Maher Center located in Newport, RI is seeking a Full-Time professional individual to join our team as a JOB COACH, the schedule varies based on needs of participants.

• Provide clients with direct on the job and in the community assistance in the mastery of required skills.
• Submit accurate and timely documentation of all services provided, and maintain an up-to-date filing system.
• Assist referred clients through the career planning process, developing a resume of work experience and skills mastered, and conducting vocational profiles of skills and interests.
• With assistance of others, match referred clients with available jobs.
• Serve as contact person for clients, employers, and families.
• Promote and assist client self-advocacy throughout the employment process.
• Assist client with developing a network of natural supports at work.
• Collect data related to client productivity.
• Perform other work related tasks as requested by the immediate supervisor.
• Achieve a CESP certification in the position

• One year of experience working with people with disabilities and relevant experience in the field of vocational training.
• Individual must possess qualities of independence, reliability, and initiative.
• A willingness to work a flexible schedule is required.
• An Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree is preferred however a combination of education and experience may be accepted.
• Valid driver’s license
• A favorable National Background check.

Contact Barbara Barron for more information or to apply.

HR Assistant

The James L. Maher Center located in Newport, RI is seeking a Full-Time professional individual to join our Human Resources team. The Human Resources Assistant will work closely with the Human Resources Administrator assisting with the day-to-day operations of the human resources department. Duties will include: recruitment, compliance, employee relations, benefits, training and development.

Candidate should possess 2-3 years of experience in a Human Resources environment.


• Communicate effectively and clearly with all applicants, employees, managers, corporate staff and co-workers.
• Assist with the recruitment and interview process.
• Conduct phone screenings and schedule interviews.
• Conduct reference checks.
• Handling all sourcing of candidates, including job posting, job fairs, newspaper ads, DOL postings, etc.
• Have a working knowledge of Social Media platforms as it relates to recruiting.
• Updating of employee personnel files.
• Work with Payroll Coordinator to process bi-weekly payroll
• Manage LOAs and associated paperwork.
• Handle employee reference request and non-wage related DLT paperwork/hearings.
• Prepare correspondence and reports.
• Administration of and communication regarding company-wide human resources policies, procedures, and practices in accordance with stated corporate objectives and federal and state requirements.
• Must be able to prioritize and manage multiple projects as they evolve.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Experience in HR preferred
• Intermediate level proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
• Must possess organizational skills.
• Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
• Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
• Ability to manage, maintain and protect confidential data.
• Valid driver’s license.
• A favorable National Background check.
• Associates degree preferred.

Salary: To be discussed at interview

Contact Barbara Barron for more information or to apply.

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