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Explore a New Career in 2024 with Kensington Place Redwood City

Have you considered seeking a fresh start and meaningful change to your career in 2024? The healthcare industry—particularly in senior living—is rapidly growing for those who are passionate about caring for others. 

That’s where Kensington Place Redwood City steps in—a place where compassion meets career, and every day is an opportunity to impact lives in our memory care and assisted living communities.

Picture starting your mornings by bringing comfort and smiles to our residents, or perhaps as a concierge, being the friendly face that greets families and visitors. 

At Kensington Place Redwood City, we’re more than a team—we’re a family. And our family is looking to grow with people who share a passion for caring and excellence.

Your new career in senior living awaits. Keep reading to discover more about the diverse work of senior living careers.

Check out senior living career opportunities at Kensington Place Redwood City.

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

The many roles and opportunities in senior living 

At Kensington Place Redwood City, we offer a range of senior living jobs, each essential to our mission of providing quality care.

Our care partners are at the heart of daily life, offering hands-on support to our residents.

Many nurses start their careers as CNAs, a testament to the importance of this role, especially as the growing baby boomer population ages and the demand for skilled healthcare workers grows.

As always, there’s a need for registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), and licensed vocational nurses (LVN)

Beyond caregiving roles, we have opportunities in leadership, sales and marketing, environmental services, maintenance, concierge, dining, and transportation.

Exploring specific departments and transferable skills in a senior living community

There are more than just nursing positions available at Kensington Place Redwood City. 

Each department plays an important role in creating a supportive and welcoming community for our seniors.

Leadership and management

The backbone of our community, leadership, and management roles ensure smooth office operations and the highest standards of care and service.

Ideal candidates for leadership and management roles should possess: 

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage budgets and staff
  • Effective communication skills

Previous experience in project management or team leadership is also a great asset.

Sales and marketing

The sales and marketing department is responsible for bringing in new residents and overseeing sales and marketing campaigns. 

Applicants should have experience in: 

  • Customer service 
  • Marketing
  • Social media 
  • Sales experience

Care teams and nursing

Dedicated to compassion and quality nursing care, our care teams and nurses provide essential support and medical attention to our residents on a round-the-clock basis.

For care teams and nursing positions, the required skills include: 

  • The proper education and required certifications
  • Patient care experience
  • Emergency response capabilities

Certifications such as CPR, First Aid, or a nursing license are typically necessary. Empathy and patience are also important qualities for job applicants in these roles.

In California, COVID has caused a nursing shortage of about 36,000 licensed nurses, which means nursing roles will be highly in demand for decades to come.

Dining, environmental, and maintenance

These teams ensure residents enjoy delicious meals, a clean environment, and well-maintained buildings, contributing to a comfortable and home-like setting.

Candidates for dining services should have a background in food preparation or service.

Environmental and maintenance roles require skills in community upkeep, basic repair tasks, and adherence to safety protocols.

Experience in housekeeping or building maintenance can be advantageous for any of these positions.

Concierge and transportation

The friendly faces of our concierge and transportation services make everyone feel welcome while ensuring seamless connectivity and access for our residents.

For concierge and transportation services, we seek individuals with:

  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to handle logistical tasks
  • Hospitality experience

Drivers must be in good health and have had no moving violations in the past three years.

For concierges, experience in front desk operations and customer service is valuable.

Life enrichment jobs in senior living

Life enrichment programs are fun activities aimed at engaging and boosting the overall well-being of residents in a senior living community.

Life enrichment roles such as activities assistants create stimulating and enjoyable activities and programs that cater to the diverse interests and needs of our senior community.

Program development and creative planning

These types of roles involve crafting and organizing activities and events based on the residents’ interests. 

Key skills and experiences for these positions include:

  • Creativity in designing fun programs
  • Strong organization and planning abilities
  • Experience in event management or community programming
  • Ability to gauge resident interests and feedback
  • Background in education or recreating planning can be a plus

Art, music, and recreation therapy

In these roles, the focus is on arts and music as therapeutic tools to enhance residents’ quality of life. 

Essential skills and qualifications for these roles are:

  • Training or degree in art, music, or recreational therapy
  • Experience in conducting therapeutic sessions
  • Ability to design activities for various skill and mobility levels
  • Knowledge of therapeutic benefits of creative and recreational activities
  • Passion for engaging seniors in enriching, creative experiences

New to healthcare? Advice for recent grads and students

Kensington Place Redwood City offers diverse opportunities for both recent college graduates and seasoned professionals looking for a new career in senior living.

Recent graduates and students

For recent graduates or current college students, our community offers a springboard to a fulfilling career with a variety of entry-level positions. 

Key considerations for recent or current college students:

  • Entry-level roles in various departments
  • Opportunities for career advancement within the organization
  • On-the-job training and mentorship programs
  • Flexible roles that can accommodate ongoing education
  • A supportive environment for developing professional skills 

Professionals seeking industry transitions

For experienced professionals eyeing a career change, Kensington Place Redwood City values your transferable skills and experiences.

Here are points to consider:

  • Application of skills from previous industries in senior living roles
  • Opportunities for leadership and specialized positions
  • Training programs to bridge skill gaps
  • Emphasis on soft skills like communication and empathy
  • Supportive transition into a new and rewarding career path

Read: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Join Our Team at Kensington Place Redwood City

Start your senior living career at Kensington Place Redwood City

Kensington Place Redwood City is a leading name in memory care in the San Francisco Bay Area—and we’re hiring!

Specializing in dementia and Alzheimer’s care, we’re at the forefront of providing compassionate and expert memory care services.

We’re currently expanding our team and hiring in several departments, including:

  • Nursing 
  • Transportation
  • Dining
  • Activities assistants and much more.

Explore our career opportunities page or contact us directly to take the first step in joining a community where you’re treated like family.

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