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Supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and life barriers.

Call Us! 509-582-4142

Supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and life barriers.

Call Us! 509-582-4142

Job Opportunities


Client Jobs

Job Opportunities for Clients

Our Clients—Columbia Industries is committed to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges, in order to help them achieve personal success and community engagement.

A client is a person with “unique abilities” learning valuable work skills.

Client Positions

On-Site Positions

Columbia Industries receives referrals from the Division of Development Disabilities (DDD) for our on-site client positions. Clients at Columbia Industries receive training in various industry sectors. Examples of training includes small assembly/production work, janitorial and grounds maintenance, and retail sales/stocking. Client applications are available at our Administration office for temporary, short-term positions that may come about due to a special project.  An applicant pool is kept for people not eligible for DDD services.

Off-Site, Positions in the Community

The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) refers individuals for our job placement and community based assessment services. For information regarding DVR services please click on the DVR link above.

DVR wishes to thank Columbia Industries for their high quality and innovative services.  We value their partnership as we continue to work together to help people with disabilities enrich their lives through employment.  You can find more about DVR at

Student Positions

Teachers wanting to refer students for program services, please click here for the SPI Referral Form.

Staff Jobs

Job Opportunities for Staff

If you are interested in joining our staff, please review our current openings below. Please download our employment application here and accompanying forms here. Email completed applications to

Employment Specialist



Under the direction of the CIES Community Employment Manager, develops worksites, pursues job leads with employers, and provides training and job coaching to persons with disabilities. Must be willing to approach employers on our client’s behalf. Works with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities Administration. Maintains ongoing documentation to include program notes, data and report writing. Creates and maintains schedules and coordinates meetings with clients, employers, funding sources and families.


Needs to communicate effectively, utilize interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work as a team member with staff. It is imperative that good relations and a positive image be portrayed to the business community. Must be aware of the client’s needs and capabilities, be alert to their aspirations and be willing to help plan accordingly in strengthening these capabilities. Must be self-motivated, take initiative and be an effective team member. Must be able to break down a job into teachable work tasks. Must have the ability to research subjects, jobs, employers, etc. Ability to build professional relationships with employers and funding sources.


High School Diploma or GED required. BA or BS preferred. Three years of work experience working within the field of developmental disabilities (residential, educational, and/or vocational) required. Must be willing to be flexible with occasional odd work hours. Must be proficient in basic computer use and Word; familiar with Excel and /Android/iPad/smart phone operations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must pass a criminal background check, drug screen, and hold a valid Washington State Driver’s License.

WORK SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (but could vary)


Please click here to read the full job description.

Delivery Drivers Lewiston, ID / Clarkston, WA


Are you looking to be part of a fast paced, growing business with opportunities for advancement? Do you enjoy keeping busy? If so, this driver position could be for you!

CI Express is seeking, reliable full-time delivery drivers (4 positions available with full-time, part-time and temporary opportunities available) for our FedEx delivery routes in Whitman County and rural Idaho. Routes start and end in Lewiston, Idaho each day (Monday-Friday, Saturdays during the holidays.) You will be home every night, and a vehicle and fuel are provided.

Pay starts at $675 per week with initial training and after 90 days, may increase according to performance. Must have a minimum of 1-year driving experience, within the past 3 years (driving personal vehicle does not qualify.) Must be able to lift heavy items.  Must be at least 21 years of age to meet corporate regulations. Must be able to pass a background check and drug/alcohol testing. These positions are for those that want to work and be dependable and reliable. The ideal candidate will show up daily, ready to go and be a team player with a positive attitude!

If this sounds like the job for you, we want to hear from you! Send resume to EEO/AA Employer.

Executive Chef / Training Chef

REPORTS TO: Director of Mission Services

SCOPE: Oversees the management of all food service operations, which includes: business development; food and labor cost management; vendor relationship cultivation and management; inventory management; menu planning; food quality control; and safety and sanitation management. Actively participates in daily production tasks.

Ensures effective integration of trainees into the production environment for the purposes of impactful hands-on job training. S/he is responsible for creating a positive learning environment both in the kitchen and classroom. The Chef is responsible for tracking trainees’ skill progression. The Chef is a working member of the food service team who actively participates in food production.

Teaches all food service classes and administers all assessments; works with relevant Kitchen staff to ensure concepts are reinforced on the job; works with Program Manager to adhere to program schedule that is conducive to integrating trainees into production; assigns tasks to trainees; provides hands-on teaching while working with students to accomplish production tasks; maintains student “academic” records (i.e. tracking trainees’ meeting of established competency goals); maintains open channels of communication with social service staff to identify trainee needs and abilities.


Foodservice Operations: Sets and costs menus; develops recipes; develops, implements and enforces all kitchen standard operating procedures; oversees production consistency and quality; places all orders and manages inventory; works with the Outreach Coordinator on new market outreach; ensures that kitchen conform to legal safety and health specifications.

Supervise day-to-day operation of the kitchen, coordinate food production schedules, and ensure highest level of food quality, taste, and presentation

Participate in actual food preparation, produce food consistently high quality, taste and presentation, and expedite during peak meal periods as needed

Control food cost by utilizing the proper methods of food preparation, handling, and storage

Ensure all kitchen employees, students, and volunteers consistently adhere to uniform, grooming, and appearance standards

Maintain goals for the kitchen, anticipate and resolve problems concerning all facets of the kitchen, anticipate trends, and enact approved profit-oriented and cost saving ideas/activities

Establish and require strict adherence to health department and sanitation and food handling guidelines

Ensure adherence to recipes and product specifications and train students on all new menus

Maintain effective communication and working relationship with the kitchen and program staff, be responsive to staff suggestions and concerns, and work to resolve problems

Assist with completion of daily food orders based upon projected levels of business

Ensure adherence to all food and kitchen safety standards in production, storage, and dishwashing areas

Provide hands-on, direct training with students on core kitchen competencies

Training: Admission criteria, curriculum, etc.; oversees classroom schedule for both food service and soft skills training; works closely with food service staff to implement and maintain training standards throughout production environments; maintains open channels of communication with food service operations staff.

Leadership: Sets food service business budget; hires, trains and supervises all kitchen staff; actively participates as member of management team.

WORK SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (but could vary)


OTHER: Benefited position.

To read the full list of desired qualifications and the rest of the job description, click here. 








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