Welcome to the Bittersweet Farms employment area. Our organization values development, partnership, respect, safety, and reliability. If these values are similar to your own, we may have the right job opportunity for you! We are looking for motivated, mature individuals who are interested in working in a uniquely challenging--yet extremely rewarding--position. While it may be advantageous, it is not necessary to have direct experience serving individuals with autism. Interested candidates should, however, already possess the work ethic and compassion required for this type of environment. Year-round outdoor and physical activity is an important part of our philosophy. Applicants should be able to lift 50 lbs. and hike up to five miles.  We invite you to check our website frequently, as job openings are posted as they become available. To apply for a position, please complete our application for employment.


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Current Openings

Direct Support Professionals (All Locations)

Bittersweet is seeking employees to work as Direct Support Professionals to help enrich lives and make a difference while providing you with a valuable work experience. Direct Support Professionals teach, mentor and positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities through skills development in horticulture, culinary activities, janitorial work, our creative art department, and much more!

Come join our participants in their daily activities ranging from vocational and educational training, home care, community activities, recreation, and a wide range of other activities and adventures.

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Recruiting Specialist 

We are seeking candidates for a part time Recruiting Specialist, working 24-28 hours per week Monday-Friday. The Recruiting Specialist will coordinate the internal job posting process, conduct outside recruitment of qualified candidates to fill all non-exempt positions, place recruitment ads, conduct phone interviews, and coordinate interviews with hiring managers. The Recruiting Specialist will also conduct background, MVR, and reference checks, lead bi-weekly staffing meetings, assist in new hire orientation, and analyze recruitment data to present at each meeting. They will assist in tracking and monitoring performance metrics such as Time to Post, Time to Fill, Hiring Manager satisfaction, etc. and create action plans if needed.

The right person will possess high energy with a sense of urgency in responding to organizational needs. Also, this position requires exceptional interpersonal and phone skills. Qualified candidates must have excellent computer skills, including the use of Word, Excel, Outlook, and prior HRIS experience. A Bachelor's Degree preferably in Human Resources is desired but extensive recruitment experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

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Day Program Manager

Bittersweet Farms is a world renowned leader in serving adults and adolescents with autism. We are seeking a full-time Day Program Manager in our Lima, Ohio location. Responsibilities for the position include: Ensure all practices within the Lima Day Program area are operationally efficient and effective. Development and management of Direct Support Professionals (DSP) optimizing performance through effective mentoring, leadership and training. Budget/fiscal management and oversight. Regulatory policy and, advocacy, training, and compliance to ensure compliance across the program. Assume direct support responsibilities as needed.

The right person will need strong organizational, analytical, communication and problem solving skills to succeed. Qualified candidates will possess the understanding of applicable DODD and Medicaid regulations and an understanding of Individual Options Waivers and Level One Waivers. Three to five years of experience working with individuals with autism and/or developmental disabilities required. A minimum of three years’ supervisory experience required. Bachelor’s Degree required.

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Director of Development 

We are seeking a full time Director of Development; with the appropriate experience and performance record, part time approaches will be considered. This position is responsible for managing the Bittersweet, Inc. /Bittersweet Autism Foundation, Inc. fundraising programs including the planning, developing, and oversight of the development office.

Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree a plus.  The right person will need excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, grant writing experience, initiative, flexibility, public speaking and supervisory skills to succeed. 

This position is part of the management team, reporting directly to the Executive Director. 

• Create annual development goals
• Initiate, cultivate, and nurture donors and prospects 
• Build and expand individual donors
• Create new opportunities for donors to support Bittersweet, Inc.
• Organize the annual fund campaign
• Increase the corporate donor program 
• Have the ability to solicit major gifts
• Have strong writing skills and be able to prepare grant packages
• Work with Bittersweet Autism Foundation board members 
• Oversee marketing, including social media, public relations and volunteer program

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