The Arc of Rensselaer County is probably the best Arc in the state for serving the population it does, and treating them with dignity and respect. They were ahead of the curve with community integration and focusing on employment. The culture is generally open and accepting, and the staff lean politically liberal. The work is incredibly fulfilling.
However, it's also human services, which adds an element of chaos. Work schedules are unpredictable, and a day you set aside to do paperwork may end up with your juggling crises all day. Taking vacation time is a risky proposition, as you may return to find months of work demolished in your absence.
The pay is standard for non-profit, meaning, abysmal. The benefits are good for non-profit, though lacking compared to the for-profit sector.
Welcoming and open, attracts empathic people, ahead of the curve in respecting the people they serve
no room for advancement, residential staffing shortage, chaotic hours