Careers

Japanese caregivers and senior in the field caregiverWho we are?

Founded in 1966, Self-Help for the Elderly is a community-based organization committed to promoting the independence, dignity, and self-worth of seniors. Each year the agency serves over 40,000 seniors in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties by providing a comprehensive range of multicultural and multilingual services to empower seniors to help themselves and others. Our vision is to be the premier provider of senior services in the San Francisco Bay Area with a commitment to excellence and achievement. Over 90% of our clients come from low-income minority community.

What we do?

We currently have nine service departments specializing in Adult Day Services, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, licensed HomeCare & Hospice, Nutrition & Senior Centers, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, Senior Employment & Training, Senior Housing, Social Services and Technology Information & Empowerment.

Why Self-Help?

At Self-Help, we are firmly committed to the senior’s security, freedom, and peace of mind. If you enjoy working with seniors… if you believe in giving back to the community… if helping others makes you happy… come join us in making a difference together!

Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer

Self-Help for the Elderly is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmation Action Employer and we welcome diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law. We participate in E-Verify.

San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance

Qualified applicants with criminal history will be considered for employment in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Americans with Disabilities Act

We may provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please email us at hr@selfhelpelderly.org or call (415) 677-7600 for special assistance.

Benefits Package:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including a multiple range of medical and dental plans, commuter benefits, flexible benefits plan, retirement plan, paid time off, paid holiday, and etc.

We are seeking the following positions:
  • Administration-IT

    Computer Instructor - Russian
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Computer Instructor responsible for teaching seniors to use computers and the Internet at SF Connected Technology Labs throughout San Francisco.
    • Qualifications: Must have high school diploma; teaching and/or training experience preferred. Current working knowledge of PC computer technology/equipment, smartphones, tablet computers, MS Office software applications, internet, online communication and social media platforms. Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with older adults as well as individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Ability to effectively instruct senior learners on basic computer use and online programs using PC platforms. Must be bilingual in English and Russian. Must be available to work at least three days a week. Must be self-motivated, patient, detail-oriented and able to follow through. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help’s policy.
    Chinese Computer Instructor - Regular, Part-time
    • Responsible for conducting trainings and workshops for seniors to learn to use computers and the Internet, and answers computer and technology related questions. Prepares and maintains lab area, equipment, and materials for trainings and workshops; operates and maintains audiovisual equipment; and maintains computers in the lab. Assists students with the use of hardware and software, and maintains training and workshop schedules and attendance records.
    • Minimum Requirements: High school diploma; teaching and/or training experience preferred, current working knowledge of PC computer technology/equipment, smartphones, tablet computers, MS Office software applications, internet, online communication and social media platforms, excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with older adults as well as individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, ability to effectively instruct senior learners on basic computer use and online programs using PC platforms. Must be bilingual in English and Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin); biliterateracy in Chinese is a plus.
  • Adult Day Services - ADS

    Nursing Supervisor
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Nursing Supervisor to oversee the Adult Day Services’ operation of the nursing discipline and ensure compliance with the program’s policies and procedures.
    • Qualifications: Current California Licensed Registered Nurse with at least two years of management and supervisory experience in nursing or in a health care setting. Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team. Familiar with different patient transferring techniques. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: able to lift up to 40 lbs from floor to waist level. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Cantonese. Must have TB clearance within 12 months prior to employment and maintain clearance annually thereafter. Must acquire CPR and First Aid certificates within 6 months of employment and maintain current certificates thereafter. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy. Previous professional nursing experience working with the elderly or the chronically ill, or experience in home health, public health, or acute care preferred.
    Physical Therapist
    • Instructs participants in a therapeutic regime to maximize function of body parts and muscles and to maximize endurance.
    • Qualifications: Licensed by the California Board of Physical Therapist. One year of experience working with the frail elderly or the chronically ill. Experience in home health, public health, or acute care and/or experience in working as a member of a multidisciplinary team highly preferred. Bilingual in English and Chinese preferred.
    • Familiar with different patient transferring techniques. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: able to lift up to 401bs from floor to waist level. Must have TB clearance within 12 months prior to employment and maintain clearance annually thereafter. Must acquire CPR and First Aid certificates within 6 months of employment and maintain current certificates thereafter.
    • Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Psychiatric Consultant- On Call
    • Responsible for providing counseling, consultation and training to staff and participants.
    • Minimum qualifications: Must be a licensed psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, psychiatric licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), or psychiatric nurse (i.e., a registered nurse with a graduate degree in psychiatric nursing and one year of psychiatric nursing experience within the past five years, or a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and three years of psychiatric nursing experience in an acute psychiatric setting or a psychiatric health facility, one year of which should have been within the past five years).
    Rehabilitation Aide
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Rehabilitation Aide to perform physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) maintenance programs specified in participants' Individualized Plan of Care (IPC) under the supervision of a nursing supervisor and therapists.
    • Qualifications: Previous experience in a day care program, sensitive to the needs of the elderly and disabled adults from diverse ethnic and minority cultures, ability to communicate with therapists effectively and follow written treatment plans, bilingual in English and Cantonese, California Home Health Aide certificate or Certified Nursing Assistant certificate strongly preferred.
  • Employment Training & Economic Development

    Career Advisor
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Career Advisor to provide employment counseling, case management, WIOA eligibility determination, certification and assessment, training, placement, and retention services to program participants.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, education or a related field or high school graduate with at least two years of relevant work experience. Must be self-motivated, organized and able to multitask under minimal supervision. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual and bi-literate in English and Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Russian is preferred. Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, and ability to work with diverse populations and low-income older adults. Previous work experience in a Neighborhood Access Point or Career Center, community services, career counseling and development, vocational training, human resources, WIOA funded program, and local and federal vocational training programs strongly preferred. Must be proficient in MS Office and the internet. Must pass a background check. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Project Assistant
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Project Assistant responsible for recruitment, assessment, case management, vocational training, on-the-job training, job coaching, job placement and retention of older workers in the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, education or a related field or high school graduate with at least two years of relevant work experience. Previous work experience in business, employment training, government-funded workforce development programs, customer service, or education preferred; previous work experience in hospitality and/or health care industry a plus. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work with diverse populations and low-income older adults. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be self-motivated, organized and able to multitask under minimal supervision. Proficient in MS Office and the Internet. Must pass a background check. Bilingual in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, or other languages a plus.
    Community Outreach Specialist
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Community Outreach Specialist responsible for overall development, implementation, and administration of Greater Chinatown Corridor Manager Project. Act as a liaison between the City and the Chinatown community representatives
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, marketing, public relations, social work, urban planning, human resources or a related field. Previous work experience in community development, workforce development, housing development, social work, human resources, children/ youth work strongly preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be bilingual and bi-literate in English and Chinese. Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, and ability to work with diverse populations. Must be self-motivated, organized and able to multitask under minimal supervision. Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays when needed. Proficient in MS Office and the internet. Must pass a background check. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Registered Nurse
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Registered Nurse to provide skilled nursing assessment, planning and care in order to maximize the comfort and health of Home Care patients and families.
    • Qualifications: Current California Licensed Registered Nurse. Minimum one year professional nursing experience in home health, hospice, acute or sub-acute required. Ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Current CPR certification. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination, and background check. Knowledgeable of OASIS. Bilingual in English and Cantonese. Mandarin & Toishanese a plus. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Caregiver - Full Time/Part Time
    • Performs non-medical Caregiver duties including companionship, housekeeping and personal care assistance to maximize the comfort of Self-Help for the Elderly clients.
    • Qualifications: Minimum one year of experience as a Caregiver or related field, or completion of a Caregiver training program. English preferred. Cantonese, Mandarin & Toishanese a plus.
    • Must pass a health screening for TB clearance. Must pass a background check. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: must be able to lift items up to 30 lbs; able to move heavy and bulky items up to 50 lbs during the course of cleaning.
    • Must be able to travel within San Francisco via public transportation or personal automobile for the performance of his/her job duties. If using personal automobile, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license and automobile insurance as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Home Health Aide - Full Time/Part Time
    • Monitors patient condition by observing physical and mental condition, intake and output, and exercise. Supports patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services; shopping for food and other household requirements; preparing and serving meals and snacks; running errands.
    • Qualifications: Must be a graduate of Self-Help for the Elderly’s Home Health Aide Training Class. Must have a Home Health Aide Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health. Ability to communicate in English preferred.
    • Must have current CPR & First Aid certifications. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: must be able to lift items up to 30 lbs; able to move heavy and bulky items up to 50 lbs during the course of cleaning. Must be able to walk, sit and stand for 8 hours when required. Must pass health screening for TB clearance and background check.
    • Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
  • Finance

    Accountant I – TEAM & CHANGES & EVE
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking an Accountant responsible for billing & reconciling TEAM & CHANGES and EVE Programs, assisting in the monthly program billing, counting cash collections, making deposits and posting transactions accurately and completely.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field with at least two years of experience in accounting and financial statement preparation. Must be self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task. Must have excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, be proficient in MS Office with emphasis on Excel and the Internet. Experience in using Great Plains Dynamics preferred. Experience in government contracting and funder accounting processes, and knowledge of non-profit GAAP and government funder regulations preferred.
  • HICAP San Mateo

  • Nutrition San Mateo

  • HomeCare and Hospice

    Medical Social Worker
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Medical Social Worker to assess social and psychological needs of patients/families, and develops plan of care to assist patients and families/caregivers to cope with the social and emotional issues and practical arrangements related to the patient’s illness. It is currently anticipated that approximately 75% of time will be spent in Home Care and 25% in Hospice.
    • Qualifications: Master of Social Work degree from a school of social work accredited or approved by the Council on Social Work Education. Coursework in oncology, death and dying, and grief counseling preferred. Has a baccalaureate degree in social work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; or
      • baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology, or other field related to social work and is supervised by an MSW; and
      • Has 1 year of social work experience in a healthcare setting;
      • Has a baccalaureate degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, is employed by the agency before December 2, 2008, and is not required to be supervised by an MSW.
    • Minimum one year of social work experience in a health care setting. Home Health or Hospice experience a plus. Knowledge of chronic and acute disease and how it affects patient and family functioning. Knowledge of community resources and understanding of the influence of culture on health care. Comfortable in working with families in crisis, the frail elderly, the disabled and the terminally ill. Excellent oral and phone skills, and written documentation skills. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team. Ability to engage and work collaboratively and harmoniously with others, including patients, patients’ families clinical team members, and community resources/partners. Knowledge of MS Office and internet, and knowledge of/able to learn and proficiently use electronic health records software.
    • Currently CPR certified.Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination, and background check. Bilingual in English and Cantonese. Mandarin & Toishanese a plus. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Physical Therapist
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Physical Therapist to provides physical therapy services to patients according to a written individualized plan of care. The physical therapist contracted or employed through the organization is responsible for providing physical therapy services and for adherence to all conditions outlined in the Service Employment Agreement.
    • Qualifications: Possesses a degree from a baccalaureate or Masters program in physical therapy approved by an accredited organization. Meets personnel qualification stated in §418.114(b)(7). Licensed to practice as physical therapist within the state. At least two years of appropriate experience as a physical therapist. Home health/ hospice experience is preferred. Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills. Possesses and maintains current CPR certification. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination and background check. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: able to lift up to 40 lbs from floor to waist level. Bilingual in English and Chinese is a plus. Must be able to travel via personal vehicle for performance of job duties. Must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Occupational Therapist
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking an Occupational Therapist that will provide occupational therapy services to maximize the patient’s independence in activities of daily living by training them in motor, perceptual and cognitive skills.
    • Qualifications: Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Experience in home health, public health, or acute care preferred. Ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Bilingual in English and Cantonese. Mandarin a plus. Current CPR Certification. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination and background check. Familiar with different patient transferring techniques. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: able to lift up to 40lbs from floor to waist level. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Registered Nurse (Hospice)
    • Responsible for providing skilled nursing assessment, planning and care in order to maximize the comfort and health of Hospice patients and families. Assesses and identifies patient and/or family needs and provides appropriate physical and emotional support in accordance with physician’s orders and plan of care. Responsible for developing, evaluating, and revising patient’s individualized plan of care in collaboration with Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician and Director of Patient Care Services, and other members of the Interdisciplinary Group and patient’s primary care physician.
    • Minimum Qualifications: Must be currently licensed by the CA Board of Registered Nurses and bilingual in English and Cantonese, with Mandarin & Taishanese as a plus. Must be able to cope with patient and family emotional stress and be tolerant of individual lifestyles without judgment and currently CPR certified.
    Registered Nurse (Home Care)
    • Provides skilled nursing assessment, planning and care in order to maximize the comfort and health of Home Care patients and families.
    • Qualifications: Current California Licensed Registered Nurse with minimum one year professional nursing experience in home health, hospice, acute or subacute required. Current CPR certification. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination, and background check. Knowledgeable of OASIS. Bilingual in English and Cantonese. Mandarin & Toishanese a plus.
    • Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Registered Nurse - Hospice On-Call

    • Provides skilled nursing assessment, planning and care in order to maximize the comfort and health of Hospice patients and families.
    • Qualifications: Must be currently licensed by the CA Board of Registered Nurses with minimum one year professional nursing experience in home health, hospice, acute or subacute care. Experience with oncology or hospice preferred. Must be able to cope with patient and family emotional stress and be tolerant of individual lifestyles without judgment. Currently CPR Certified. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination and background check. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office 365, and ability to use electronic health record software. Knowledgeable of Medicare regulations. Bilingual in English and Cantonese. Mandarin & Toishanese a plus.
    • Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal/department vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Licensed Vocational Nurse (Temp, On-call)

    • Performs the nursing care plan as directed by the Registered Nurse to maximize the comfort and health of Home Care patients and families.
    • Minimum Qualifications: Current California Licensed Vocational Nurse and at least one year professional nursing experience in home health, hospice, acute or sub-acute preferred. Bilingual in English and Cantonese preferred. Mandarin & Toishanese a plus.
    Speech Therapist (Per Diem)

    • The speech–language pathologist, contracted or employed, is responsible for implementation of standards of care for speech language pathology services and for adherence to all conditions in the Service Agreement.
    • Minimum Qualifications: Possesses a degree that includes an internship from an approved Master program in Speech- Language Pathology, or as required by applicable law and/or regulation. Meets personnel qualifications stated in §418.114(b)(4). A minimum of one year clinical experience in Speech–Language Pathology.
  • Housing Services

    Home Health Aide
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Home Health Aide to provide personal care services, supervision and domestic housekeeping services, and implements activities for residents in accordance with State regulations.
    • Qualifications: High school graduate and adult care experience preferred. Home Health Aide Certificate highly preferred. Ability to work with people of all socio-economic backgrounds particularly the elderly population. Familiar with different resident transferring techniques. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job prior to employment and every 2 years thereafter: Able to lift up to 30 lbs from floor to waist level. Ability to transfer residents of up to 120 lbs. Must be able to withstand physical activities such as pushing, pulling, stooping, standing, walking etc. Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team. Ability to communicate with simple English. Chinese language preferred but not required. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, and have or obtain criminal record clearance and First Aid Certificate.
  • Nutrition San Francisco

    Director of Nutrition & Senior Centers
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Director of Nutrition and Senior Centers for the overall program management, supervision and quality assurance for the agency’s senior center and programs in San Francisco.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, social work, human services, business administration or a related field; master’s degree strongly preferred. Five years of experience working with older adults in a senior center or social service setting, and three years of program administration/management experience required. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. Must be bilingual in English and Cantonese. Must possess strong leadership and good negotiation skills. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized and able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks. Must be available to work evenings or weekends as needed. Must be proficient in MS Office and the internet. Must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help’s policy.
    Center Coordinator
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is looking for a Center Coordinator to manage the daily operation of activities and services at a senior center in San Francisco County.
    • Qualifications: College degree preferred or high school graduated with at least three years work experience in community services. Must be self-motivated, possess leadership skills, and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with older adults, as well as individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Must be bilingual in English and Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin). Must be Microsoft Office and internet proficient. Must pass health screening for TB clearance. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job (able to lift up to 35 pounds), and must acquire CPR and First Aid certificates within 3 months of employment and maintain current certificates thereafter. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Group Van Driver
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Group Van Driver to transport program participants to and from senior centers for various purposes.
    • Qualifications: At least two years of work experience required, and experience working with the elderly preferred. Must have and maintain a valid CA Commercial Class B driver license, and minimum of two years of driving experience with satisfactory driving record. Must have interest to work with seniors and adults with disabilities, and ability to work in a team environment. Must pass a drug and alcohol test. Must pass criminal background check. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: able to lift or carry up to 50 pounds. Must obtain First Aid and CPR certificates by the end of the 3-month introductory period. Must possess excellent communication and decision-making skills. Bilingual in English and Chinese preferred.
    Meal Site/Home Delivery Worker
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Meal Site/ Home Delivery Worker to provide food services and perform other duties at the senior center.
    • Qualifications: Minimum one year of experience in community and food service. Must be bilingual in both English and Chinese. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job, with an ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Must pass health screening for TB clearance. Experience in food production or catering, preferred.
  • Social Services

    Case Manager
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Case Manager to provide case management services to seniors and adults with disabilities and represent the program as a member of the Elder Abuse Consortium.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in health, social work, counseling, psychology, gerontology, or other related fields. Case management experience may substitute for education. Knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to assess the consumer’s need for services and perform the core functions of case management. Training in and/or experience with elder abuse issues strongly preferred. Ability to communicate effectively with consumers or their representatives and staff of other service agencies, and to work as part of a multidisciplinary team of service providers on behalf of consumers. Sensitive to the needs of the elderly and disabled adults from diverse ethnic and minority cultures. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Bilingual and bi-literate in English and Chinese. Must be able to travel via public transportation or personal vehicle for performance of job duties. If driving, must have and maintain a valid CA driver license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.

To apply: Please click on the job title to complete an online application.

For more information: Contact Human Resources Department at HR@selfhelpelderly.org.

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