Supported Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working for the City of Spokane. The City of Spokane offers a variety of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Supported Employment Program is a special hiring authority that allows for a waiver of the competitive examination process for eligible individuals with disabilities to obtain full-time employment in a classified job. The City of Spokane has a wide variety of career opportunities with different job classifications that offer 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 any part of the application process please call the Applicant Support Line at 1.855.524.5627. 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.

    Please contact the Placement Coordinator: supportedemployment@spokanecity.org if you need more information or have questions about these opportunities!

  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.

    Please contact the Placement Coordinator: supportedemployment@spokanecity.org if you need more information or have questions about these opportunities!

  3. Full-time Classified (Civil Service) Opportunities and Supported Employment
    All full-time employees 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.

    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 for certain full-time positions 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.

    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 the Placement Coordinator: supportedemployment@spokanecity.org for more information about these hiring paths and current eligibility requirements!

Supported Employment Opportunity 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.

I Am Eligible – How Do I Use The Program?

  1. Submit your application for the Supported Employment Program through the City's website. You may also request a hard copy application if needed.
  2. Once you apply, you will be screened to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and have provided the proof of disability and certification of job readiness documentation.
  3. You will then be placed in a candidate pool until a vacancy opens in an eligible classification.
  4. Once a vacancy occurs, you will be screened against the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet those, your name will be placed on the Supported Employment Eligibility list and forwarded to the Human Resources department for possible consideration.

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
509.625.6160
supportedemployment@spokanecity.org