The most important factor in creating a life of independence is work.

List of Employers.pdf

WorkLife Awards

(Awarded every 2 years)
2013 Employee of the Year: Rhandy Palacio, AMC Metreon 16 Theatres
Shining Star: Nana Jackson, Stepping Stone Mabini Day Health
Steady Eddy: Ed Cai, ABM Janitorial Services
Rising Star: Eric Lin, Zendesk

2013 Employer of the Year: Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Leadership Award: Ammunition Group
Partnership Award: TriMark ERF Restaurant Fixtures
Small Business Leadership Award: Ted’s Market & Deli

Distinguished Supporters of The Arc’s Employment Services
San Francisco Foundation
Wells Fargo


The Arc and Project Search bring
training, education and employment
to individuals with developmental
disabilities through an innovative
internship program.
Project Search is an internationally
recognized model that is
based on complete immersion in
a large business environment
where interns are mentored and
supported by an on-site liaison
from The Arc.
The goal is to ultimately place
interns in paid positions that use
their skills and abilities to the
best advantage.
Now in its third year at PG&E,
16 Project Search interns have
graduated from the program with
9 placements into the paid workforce.
Info: Kristen Hickey Pederson,
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Employment Services

Employment provides not only financial security, but also purpose, pride and dignity. The Arc currently has more than 195 clients employed in part-time and full-time jobs individually and in small groups integrated in the community—all of whom are supported by a dedicated staff of employment professionals who help with job placement, career certification, training and ongoing support.

The Arc San Francisco’s “I’m Ready!” transit ad campaign highlights the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities.

Click Here for our List of Employers.pdf which includes almost every business category, with particular success in retail, office services, data entry, hotels and hospitality, janitorial, and production services.

Hiring from The Arc has distinct advantages:

  • No placement fees for our services
  • Pre-screened applicants matched to a business’s particular job specifications
  • Dependable, reliable, highly-motivated candidates
  • On-site job support and coaching for new employees provided by The Arc for free
  • Greater stability in high-turnover positions; lower rates of absenteeism
  • Full, part-time and temporary employees available
  • Improved employee morale, more inclusive workplace, positive business image
  • Assistance with Federal tax credits, as allowable

Assessment and Placement

Our vocational assessment tools help us evaluate the strengths and abilities of individual clients to ensure a good match with the right employer. Through extensive interviews, testing and skill appraisals we are able to spotlight individual talents and find a fit with the specific needs of employers.

Qualified, Pre-selected Referrals

Based on our detailed employment assessments, we refer only carefully screened applicants for a new job, and work side-by-side with employers so they are comfortable with their new employee. Our followup and ongoing monitoring ensure that the transition of a new hire is smooth and successful.

Ongoing Training and Support

Our experienced job coaches support clients and their employers by assisting with job training and workplace integration, and continue to provide ongoing support as needed to ensure our placements meet their employer’s expectations in all of their job responsibilities.

Help us put our clients to work

Our Job Developers are always looking for new work opportunities for The Arc’s clients, and encourage employers to consider this rich resource of workers whether filling a full-time need or carving out a special job of only 5 hours a week. We encourage employers to think creatively about their staffing needs and consider the benefits of adding an especially grateful, dedicated person with a disability to their team.

If you or someone you know is interested in hiring a client of The Arc, or you would like to learn more, email Kristen Hickey Pedersen, Employment Services Director, or call Kristen at (415) 255-7200 x103.