Explore employment opportunities at Abilities First

Abilities First is always looking for caring and compassionate team members to join our organization. Through our supportive atmosphere, our employees have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities in our community. Click below to browse our current job openings.

Open Jobs

Positions available at this time.
To apply directly to the Abilities First position that your are interested in, go to the JOB DESCRIPTION for that position and click on the link at the bottom of the description. If you elect to apply for more than (1) position, once you have entered your information on one of the jobs, you can easily go back to the other position(s) and follow the same procedure. Your information will populate the other position without having to re-enter it.
Below is the link to a Summary of Benefits. Most benefits are for full-time staff and those available to part-time staff are noted on the document. If you have any questions regarding benefits, please contact Kim Ward, Human Resources Manager, at: 417-886-0404

Benefit Summary

Employment Services Manager

This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Abilities First Employment Services (AFES). This includes the supervision of all AFES staff and the provision of services through the Missouri Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) or other funders. Responsible for cultivating and maintaining excellent relationships with local and statewide VR staff and other stakeholders. This position is responsible for ensuring that AFES educates potential employers on the benefits of inclusive employment and provides training to ensure positive work experiences for both employees and employers. This position requires experience in customer service, as well as the ability to meet contractual timelines and develop new employers.


Job Developer

The Job Developer is a professional position responsible for working with community and local employers to secure meaningful and appropriate employment opportunities for individuals served by Abilities First. Position will also maintain a caseload of individuals who are receiving supports from AFES.


Job Coach – Springfield

The Job Coach supports successful relationships between individuals with disabilities and their employers. Individuals work at various employment sites within the community. This support is individual-based and centered around work-related goals that focus on helping the individual obtain the maximum level of independence within their job and by developing natural supports. Services are provided at the individual’s place of employment. Flexibility of hours is required – working from 10 – 40 hours per week.


Support Coordinator (The Next Step)

This is a professional case management work in a comprehensive purchase-of-service and community placement program for persons with developmental disabilities.


Production Associate (Artisan Elements)

Production Associates will perform duties requested by the Artisan Elements Manager that include, but are not limited to, manufacturing products, packaging products, and customer service activities. Job activities are subject to change per business needs. Manufacturing of products includes casting and de-molding items and packaging for sale or shipment.


Retail Associate – Inspired Boutique

Retail Associate – Inspired Boutique Associates are encouraged to be active and contributing employees of Inspired Boutique. Associates will work hours agreed upon by the store manager and arrive to work on time. Team members will perform duties requested by managers that include, but are not limited to sorting donations, preparing items for resale, and customer service activities. Job activities are subject to change per business needs. Potential candidates will have the opportunity to be a part of this incredible social enterprise start-up here in the Springfield community.


Ready For Your New Job?

Due to the significant number of inquiries, not all applications will receive a response.  Abilities First appreciates the interest in our agency, and will contact the applicants selected for telephone and in-person interviews.

Abilities First is an Equal Opportunity Employer.