CCAR Industries is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1969 by a small group of parents who wanted to make a positive impact on their children’s generation and beyond. Over the past 52 years, CCAR Industries has expanded its array of year-round services to assist over 300 adults and children across several counties. We are primarily funded by the State of Illinois.

We have been a stable source of employment for many local residents over the years. We typically employ between 135 – 150 staff. During the COVID stay-at-home order, we were very fortunate to have a fantastic group of staff members who volunteered for extra hours and duties to help their co-workers and our residents. Many staff say that our agency feels like an extended family. In fact, our Eastern Illinois University students sometimes refer to us as their “Charleston family”.

If you are looking for the potential to grow your career, form lasting relationships, and work as part of a team, CCAR Industries is the place for you! Feel free to text us at (401) 203-5862 if you have any questions.


Click on the positions below to view the job descriptions.

Please note: While COVID-19 vaccinations for staff are encouraged, they are not required.

This is the perfect opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of one exceptional individual! One-on-one aides provide support to one individual within the structure of the day program setting and during fun recreational/leisure activities of the individual’s choice! The ideal candidate would be empathetic to the individual’s unique needs, willing to learn new approaches, and able to work as part of a team. This is a permanent, weekday, daytime position with major holidays off and a routine weekly work schedule.

Job Coach/ Direct Support Person (Manufacturing Plant)

The Job Coach/ Direct Support Person is responsible for training, transporting, and supervising consumers at their work training sites and at the Community Day Services Program. In addition, they will be responsible for supervising individuals during periods of downtime from work and for documenting activities. This is a 40 hour per week, daytime, weekday, permanent, benefitted position.

Registered Nurse (Residential Program)

This is a wonderful opportunity to develop long-term relationships with individuals while providing for their health and well-being. We are searching for a permanent, full-time registered nurse to provide medical services to individuals in our day and residential programs and to serve as part of a 3-person, on-call rotation team. The RN will supervise the medical needs of residents in three homes that have two to eight individuals residing in each.  This is primarily a daytime, Monday through Friday position with a pager team rotation.

This is the perfect opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of exceptional individuals! Direct support personnel (DSPs) help individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their personal goals at the program and in the community. They provide structured support and engage in fun recreational/leisure activities! This is a permanent, full-time, weekday position with major holidays off.  This position starts at $13.25 per hour and $13.50 after DSP training is completed.

Full-Time & Part-Time Direct Support Positions (Residential Programs)

Are you looking for a job that provides flexible scheduling and paid training in a team-oriented environment? If so, CCAR Industries is hiring part-time Direct Support Personnel in our Residential Program. This position starts at $13.50 per hour as staff members receive paid training. Once training is complete, Direct Support Personnel earn $13.75 per hour with the potential to earn up to $14.00 per hour. Currently, we are seeking candidates for weekend overnight shifts. Opportunities for weekday and other weekend hours are based on first come, first serve opportunities. All part-time staff members may work toward full-time status, based on the availability of those positions.

Substitute Developmental Trainers (Community Day Services)

Are you looking for a flexible daytime schedule where you can pick your hours and days? Look no further because this is the job for you. It’s perfect for retirees and students. This position pays $13.00 per hour. To learn more, click on the job title link above for the full job description. 

Substitute Group Leaders (Manufacturing Plant)

Substitute group leaders work at our air conditioned manufacturing plant day program, assisting individuals with disabilities in completing work tasks and occasionally helping with recreational activities. This is a daytime, weekday,  “as needed” position. Substitute group leaders earn $13 per hour.  


ALL FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES are eligible for our generous benefit package:  

  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Health, disability, and life insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance options
  • Flexible spending account option
  • Profit-sharing
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 403 (b) investment plan option
  • Direct deposit 

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition or handicap (not job related), or any other legally protected status. Applicants are not obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest.


Feel free to email or phone us at 217-348-0127 or text Donna at (401) 203-5862.  Our staff would be happy to assist you!

This is why Ben works at CCAR!