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Non-profit Not for Profit - Charitable 501 - 1000 Employees Headquartered in Arlington Heights, IL 5 Active Jobs

During the Fall of 1955, a small group of parents began meeting with hopes to establish a school for their special needs children. Soon after, on April 16, 1956, Clearbrook was born when the doors of our first classroom opened. Designated as the "Rolling Meadows Community School for Retarded Children Council," we were originally housed in a barn before our first permanent building was acquired in 1961.

From these humble beginnings, Clearbrook has continued to grow and provide services to more than 3,300 children and adults with developmental disabilities

Today, Clearbrook:

  • Serves nearly 80 communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
  • Provides services at more than 40 locations.
  • Employs nearly 900 full- and part-time staff.
  • Has just under 500 people on our waiting list for residential services.
  • Spends more than 85% of our total expenses on programs and services.
  • Is licensed, certified and/or accredited by the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Office of
  • Rehabilitation Services, NISH and the Department of Labor.
  • Receives only 70% of our funding from the government.

Our Mission

Clearbrook is committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services and supports to people with disabilities.

Clearbrook has been providing the best for people with developmental disabilities for more than 55 years. A leader in the field, Clearbrook works with more than 3,300 children and adults clients each year, and their families, in more than 80 communities throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Clearbrook’s unique approach offers a customized goal plan for each client, based on the desires and wishes of both client and family. With a staff of nearly 900, our direct care personnel ensure the needs of the client are met daily and on a long-term care basis.


Health Insurance
Clearbrook offers employee coverage for all full-time employees upon the payment of a modest contribution based upon salary level; family coverage is available at the current premium rate in effect for such coverage. Employees are eligible for health insurance on the first day of the month following a 90 day waiting period. We offer three plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield: Blue Advantage HMO, HMO Illinois and a PPO plan. All plans include prescription drug coverage. Informational materials containing specific information on the plans is available from the Human Resources Department.

Dental Insurance
Clearbrook offers dental insurance through First Commonwealth/Guardian for all full and part time employees. Employees are eligible for dental insurance coverage on the first day of the month following a 90 day waiting period. Employees can choose an HMO plan or a PPO plan.

Life Insurance
Clearbrook provides all full-time employees a life insurance policy. This policy provides coverage equal to 1.5 times the amount of your annual base salary. This benefit is paid for by Clearbrook and begins on the first day of the month following a 90 day waiting period.

Long-Term Disability
For full-time employees, Clearbrook provides a long term disability plan which will cover 60% of your salary in the event that you become disabled on a long-term basis. This benefit is paid for by Clearbrook and begins on the first day of the month following a 90 day waiting period.

Tuition Reimbursement
Clearbrook offers tuition reimbursement to its full time employees. Eligibility includes one year of service, a pre-approved course in a related field and a “C” or better in the course.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
This program offers confidential and professional help for employees and members of their families who need assistance and personal consultation. This program is available to all Clearbrook employees (full and part time). The program offers numerous services and includes toll-free telephone assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This benefit is offered at no cost to the employee. Additional information is available from the Human Resources Department.

Credit Union
All employees have the option of enrolling in a credit union. We currently offer two choices: Meadows Credit Union and Corporate America Family Credit Union. Services available include checking accounts, savings accounts, ATM cards, loans, free financial planning consultation and a variety of other options.
Additional information including enrollment packets is available from the Human Resources Department.

Tax-Deferred Annuity (Retirement) Plan
Clearbrook offers a tax-deferred annuity plan option for all full and part time employees. Clearbrook will contribute 3% of the employee’s annual base salary after two years of FULL TIME service. To enroll in the plan, employees meet on an individual basis with our VALIC representative. Memos are posted on the Intra-News with information on the quarterly visit.

Staff Development
Clearbrook is committed to providing opportunities for our employees’ continued personal and professional development. We aggressively promote from within, recognize excellence through our “Above and Beyond” employee recognition program, encourage attendance at off-site seminars and offer a wide variety of training classes including topics such as wellness, a film discussion group, a leadership book/discussion group and many others. Program staff that complete forty (40) hours of training by their training date, including the mandatory training for their department receive a 1% salary increase on their annual training date. This is in addition to any other merit increase that may be given. Some restrictions apply. Details regarding your specific training requirements can be found on the Intra-News.

Employee Referral Bonus Program
We encourage our employees to refer others who they feel would make good employees of Clearbrook. In an effort to reward their recruitment efforts, staff may receive a bonus up to $500. Please see the HR Dept. for details of this plan and restrictions that apply.

Time-Off Benefit: Union Employees
Clearbrook provides paid time off for all full time union employees who meet the eligibility requirements. Time off is earned on a semi-monthly basis and can be taken during the year after completion of the first 90 days of employment. Full-time union employees earn PTO (Paid Time Off) and sick time. The amount of paid time you receive at Clearbrook depends on your position and / or length of your service. The yearly accruals for new employees are as follows:

Sick time 12 days per year

PTO (Paid Time Off) 12 days per year

Specific information regarding the accrual of time-off benefits is available from the Human Resources Department.

Full-time union employees receive 11 paid holidays per year. A detailed listing of these holidays is available from the HR Department.

Additional Benefits Include:
Several additional benefits are available to Clearbrook employees and you can receive additional information about all of these options from the Human Resources Department:

Optional Short Term Disability Plan

Direct Deposit

Education Service Agreement with Harper College allows in-district tuition to all full time Clearbrook employees regardless of home address.

Periodic savings and discount opportunities at various locations

Annual activities include a Recognition Dinner, Holiday Dinner and Volunteer opportunities


Clearbrook began in the mid-fifties as the vision of a group of northwest suburban Chicagoland parents in response to the unmet educational needs of their children with special needs. What started as a small school in the barn of a Rolling Meadows church grew initially in response to the needs of the children first served by Clearbrook as they aged: vocational services, employment services and residential services were developed. Eventually, the educational pendulum swung back and, once again children, though now the very young, were identified as a priority population, and Clearbrook's early intervention program was opened. Today, Children’s Services include an array of early intervention services, a unique volunteer respite program, an autism resource room, an equipment lending library, and the opportunity to borrow developmentally appropriate and adapted toys. Adult Services include an array of community based residential options, day program services that include options for individuals with autism, aging adults with developmental disabilities, employment training and placement services and a full complement of clinical services. The LIFE Program provides home-based services for families who prefer their child or adult family member remain in the home environment, Today, Clearbrook serves more than 3,300 infants and toddlers with developmental delays and their families and adults with developmental disabilities from more 40 northwest suburban Chicagoland communities and Chicago.