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Start the New Year Off With a New Career in Senior Living

As we enter 2024, consider the possibility of a fresh, meaningful shift in your career at The Kensington Sierra Madre.

Every role—from our overnight supervisor to the memory care life enrichment assistant—plays an important role in providing exceptional care and creating a positive impact in our assisted living and memory care community.

From greeting people with a friendly smile as a concierge to other opportunities such as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), cooks, or traveling registered nurses (RNs), we have a job opportunity for everyone.

The team at The Kensington Sierra Madre is a family that’s united in Our Promise to “love and care for our residents as we do our own family.”

We invite you to be part of our family by exploring the diverse senior healthcare opportunities on our careers page.

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

Job opportunities and roles in senior and assisted living

Senior living communities, such as our assisted living and memory care communities, require a diverse team of professionals, each contributing their unique skills to create a nurturing and supportive environment for each of our residents.

It’s a community effort, extending far beyond the vital roles of nurses and CNAs, though these positions are fundamental and almost always in demand.

Care teams and nursing

The nursing field in the United States is currently experiencing a significant shortage, which is expected to grow in years. Despite the growth, there’s an expected annual need for 203,200 RNs each year because of retirements and the workforce exits.

Nurses, such as registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and care partners/certified nurses assistants (CNAs), are at the top of the list for most senior living communities’ job boards. 

Nurses and care partners are key to maintaining the health and well-being of residents, especially in specialized areas such as memory care.

Nursing training requirements, certifications, and experience levels vary depending on nursing roles:

  • Healthcare-related skills and certifications.
  • Experience in nursing, caregiving, or related medical fields.

Leadership and management

Leadership and management are responsible for running the administrative side of a senior living community. Their role is to provide smooth operations, compliance, and high standards of care. 

They oversee the daily functions of the community, manage staff, and ensure compliance with the healthcare regulations.

Requirements for these roles include:

  • Experience in administrative roles
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to handle complex projects and operational challenges
  • Background in healthcare management

Sales and marketing

The sales and marketing teams draw in potential residents by connecting families with educational resources, such as: 

  • Blog posts
  • Educational webinars
  • Events
  • Social media content
  • Public relations

Their role is to showcase the community’s offerings and ensure that our services meet the needs and expectations of those we serve.

Skills necessary for these jobs include:

  • Networking, relationship-building, and promotional strategies
  • Hospitality, customer service, and event planning
  • Professional writing and social media experience are a plus.

Dining services

Providing nutritious and enjoyable meals is another important aspect of senior living, especially because of each resident’s varied nutritional needs.

The dining team, which includes cooks, chefs, dishwashers, and servers, plays a significant role in the daily life and health of our residents.

Requirements for these roles include:

  • Skills in food service, such as waiting, dishwasher, being a host, etc.
  • Experience in hospitality or culinary arts

Maintenance

Regular upkeep and prompt repairs are essential in a senior living community. 

The maintenance team is responsive to ensuring all the facilities are functioning smoothly and safely.

Requirements for maintenance roles include:

  • Experience in property management
  • Experience in maintenance and repairs
  • Vocational or technical training such as electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, and more hands-on skills

Environmental services, custodians, and grounds

A clean, well-maintained, and beautiful landscape and environment is essential for the comfort and safety of our residents.

Our environmental services and grounds team ensures that living spaces, common areas, and outdoor spaces are inviting and well-cared for.

Requirements for these roles include:

  • Must be physically able to stand and walk for extended periods
  • Must be able to lift/carry objects over 25 pounds
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings

Concierge and transportation

These roles make the residents feel welcome and connected. 

Concierges often serve as the first point of contact for residents and their visiting families, while transportation services make sure residents can safely travel to doctors’ appointments and social outings.

Requirements for these roles include:

  • Strong customer service skills and organizational abilities
  • A demonstrated safe driving record

Want to Join The Kensington Sierra Madre Team? Follow Our Step-By-Step Guide Here.

Life enrichment roles in senior living

In addition to nursing positions, life enrichment roles offer an opportunity to focus on enhancing residents’ social, mental, and emotional well-being through activities.

Using art, music, and recreational therapy, life enrichment, and activities assistants are responsible for:

  • Curating engaging and meaningful activities
  • Using artistic talent and knowledge of therapeutic methods
  • Suited for individuals with experience in art therapy, music therapy, or recreational therapy

Advice for recent graduates, current students, and professionals seeking a career in senior living

This section will address the opportunities in senior living for recent college graduates, current college students, and those looking to change careers into senior living.

Recent college graduates and current students

Many senior living communities offer entry-level roles for recent graduates and current students that are flexible to accommodate their schedules.

Benefits include gaining hands-on experience in a supportive environment with many opportunities for professional development.

These roles are ideal for students and graduates who are passionate about making a difference in their local community.

Professionals seeking industry transitions

For experienced professionals seeking a shift into senior living, transferable skills can be leveraged, such as previous experience in management, customer service, healthcare, or hospitality.

The transition offers a chance to apply existing expertise in a meaningful way, contributing to the lives of seniors.

This path is suited for those seeking a fulfilling career change that makes a tangible impact on the lives of others.

Now hiring at The Kensington Sierra Madre!

The Kensington Sierra Madre, a premier assisted living and memory care community in Los Angeles County, California, is actively seeking passionate individuals to join our team.

We have a variety of roles open, including:

  • Overnight supervisor
  • Licensed vocational nurse
  • Care partner (CNA, PCA, or HHA)
  • Custodian
  • Traveling registered nurse
  • Life enrichment assistant
  • Cooks, dishwashers, and more

If you’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s, explore these opportunities on our careers page or contact us directly to start your fulfilling career with The Kensington Sierra Madre.

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