Supported Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working for the City of Spokane. There are many employment options available for individuals with disabilities. We offer a wide variety of careers that have competitive salaries and benefits, as well as the rewarding opportunity to work in public service.

Note to Applicants: If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the online application process please call the Applicant Support Line at 1.855.524.5627. If you are seeking to apply for the full-time Supported Employment Opportunities mentioned in #4 below, please be aware that our next application window is expected to be in the fall of 2019. Thank You.

There are currently four hiring paths to choose from depending on your individual needs and preferences.

  1. Part-time Temporary and Seasonal Opportunities
    All part-time temporary, and seasonal employees are hired directly through the Human Resources department. No special documentation is required to apply for these positions.

    Part-time Temporary and Seasonal job opportunities can be found on the City Jobs webpage under the Temp/Seasonal section. A job listing on this page indicates a vacancy, and that the position is being actively filled.

  2. Full-time Appointed (Exempt) Opportunities
    The City employs approximately 110 at-will employees that are placed through political appointment. These positions are filled directly by the Human Resources department. No special documentation is required to apply for these positions.

    Exempt (At-will) job opportunities can be found on the City Jobs webpage under the Exempt section. A job listing on this page indicates a vacancy, and that the position is being actively filled.

  3. Full-time Classified (Civil Service) Opportunities
    All full-time employees, which equals approximately 90 percent of our positions, are hired through the Civil Service department. You can request a reasonable accommodation to apply and compete for any job opportunity offered by the City. Reasonable accommodation could include things such as allowing an applicant more time to take an exam, having an exam read out loud to an applicant, etc. Request for reasonable accommodation must be made at the time of application.

  4. Full-time Supported Employment Opportunities
    If participation in an examination is considered impracticable based on the type and severity of the applicant's disability, then you may be eligible for a Supported Employment opportunity.

    If eligible, applicants may apply during the application window for full-time opportunities through the Supported Employment program, which is a special hiring authority that allows for a waiver of the competitive examination process. Eligibility and documentation requirements, as well as the process for applying are outlined below. The application window for this program happens approximately every six months.

    All classified job opportunities, to include Supported Employment, can be found on the City Jobs webpage under the Classified section. A job listing on this page does not indicate a vacancy, but rather that the City is actively working to develop a list of qualified candidates for potential future vacancies.

Please contact us at for more information about these hiring paths and current eligibility requirements!

Supported Employment Eligibility and Documentation Requirements

The Supported Employment Excepted Schedule is for individuals with disabilities seeking full-time work, who:

  1. have a physical or intellectual impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, and which would cause participating in a civil service examination impracticable and
  2. have a record of such impairment. The impairments must be material rather than slight; static and permanent in that they are seldom fully corrected by medical replacement, therapy, medication, or surgical means.

Persons who meet the above definition must provide the following required documents in order to apply through this hiring path:

Please note: Both documents must be issued from a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any agency that issues or provides disability benefits. We highly recommend that these documents be completed ahead of time to avoid delays during the application window.

I Am Eligible – How Do I Use The Program?

  1. Submit your application during the application period for Supported Employment Opportunities through the City's website. We anticipate the next application period to start in the fall of 2019. Make sure to attach the required documentation mentioned above or your application will not be accepted.
  2. Once we receive your application we will review your information to ensure you: have provided a completed Proof of Eligibility Letter, Certification of Job Readiness Form, and meet the minimum qualifications for the selected jobs.
  3. You will then be placed in a candidate pool to be used when a vacancy opens in a job you are eligible for.
  4. Once a vacancy occurs, Human Resources will work with the hiring manager from the department to screen, interview, and select the candidate who will best meet the needs of the department.

I Am Interested – But What About My Disability Benefits?

Navigating employment benefits can be overwhelming at times for any employee. Questions arise such as "What types of benefits do I qualify for?", "Which insurance policy is going to be the best for me?", and most importantly "How will full-time work with the City of Spokane impact my Disability Benefits?". These questions and more could come up regarding the impacts of full-time employment with the City of Spokane. We have added the following links as a resource in navigating Disability Benefits.

Contact Information

Civil Service Commission
4th Floor, City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Other Resources

Civil Service Rule Book (PDF 593 KB)