Careers

Japanese caregivers and senior in the field caregiverWho we are?

Self-Help for the Elderly promotes independence, well-being and dignity for older adults through culturally aligned services and programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. We envision a world where all elders have the respect, care, and support to lead dignified and vibrant lives.

Founded in 1966, each year we serve over 40,000 older adults in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties by providing a compressive range of multicultural and multilingual services to empower seniors to help themselves and others. 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, Affordable Housing for Independent Seniors, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, Home Health Care Program, Hospice Care Program, Employment Training & Economic Development, Nutrition and Senior Centers, Social Services, and Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP).

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:
  • Adult Day Services - ADS

    Social Worker
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Social Worker responsible for assessing the social, emotional, and economic needs of Adult Day Services’ participants and providing social services to meet these needs.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work with two years of experience providing social services in the field of aging, health, or long term care services; or master’s degree in social work, psychology, gerontology, or counseling and at least one year of work experience in the field of aging, health, or long term care. Knowledge of the physical, mental, and social needs of the elderly and disabled adults and demonstrated aptitude for working with frail older adults. Experiences in adult day services, counseling, and conducting assessments for individuals affected by dementia highly desirable. Experience in and/or ability to facilitate support groups. Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Bilingual in English and Cantonese; Mandarin a plus. 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.
    Nursing Supervisor
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Nursing Supervisor responsible for Overseeing the Adult Day Services’ operation of the nursing discipline and ensures 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. Previous professional nursing experience working with the elderly or the chronically ill, or experience in home health, public health, or acute care preferred. Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Cantonese. 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 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.
    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).
    Program Aide
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Program Aide responsible for providing personal care services, conducting group activities, preparing and distributing meals to Adult Day Services participants.
    • Qualifications: Experience in providing personal care to frail or disabled adults and/or experience in working with older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Food service experience and previous experience working in a day care program preferred. California Home Health Aide certificate or Certified Nursing Assistant certificate highly preferred. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a team environment. Ability to communicate in Cantonese and simple English. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: able to lift up to 40 lbs 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.
  • Employment Training & Economic Development

    Career Advisor
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Career Advisor responsible for providing 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. 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. 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. Must be self-motivated, organized and able to multitask under minimal supervision. 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's 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.
    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.
  • Fund Development

    Fund Development Specialist
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Fund Development Specialist to support the daily operations of the Fund Development Department; manages donor database and donor gift processing, conducts prospects research, writes proposals for funding, and participates in fundraising events.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations or related field. Experience in Fund Development strongly preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. Great attention to detail, good organizational skills and ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks. Proficient in MS Office and the Internet. Familiarity with Chinese word processing strongly preferred. Bilingual and bi-literate in English and Chinese. Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Must pass a background check. 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.
  • HomeCare and Hospice

    Medical Social Worker
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Medical Social Worker Responsible for assessing social and psychological needs of patients/families, and developing a 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 HomeCare 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 a. Baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology, or other field related to social work and is supervised by an MSW; and b. Has 1 year of social work experience in a healthcare setting; c. 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 & Taishanese 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.
    Home Health Aide
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Home Health Aide responsible for providing hands-on personal care to patients and assisting with activities of daily living in order to maintain the patient’s health or to facilitate treatment of the patient’s comfort, illness or injury.
    • Qualifications: California Certified Home Health Aide. Current CPR Certification. Ability to recognize the needs of patients, family members and patients with both limited and terminal illness and to maintain good relationships in dealing with them. Bilingual in English and Cantonese Familiar with different patient transferring techniques. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: able to lift and transfer patients over 110 lbs. Must pass health screening for TB clearance, physical examination 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's license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Registered Nurse Coordinator
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Registered Nurse Coordinator responsible for all the clinical and quality activities of the organization. The Registered Nurse Coordinator has accountabilities for the monitoring, implementation, evaluation of processes and systems of the home health and hospice programs to meet regulatory, accreditation and standards of practice.
    • Qualifications: Registered nurse with current licensure to practice professional nursing in the State. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program by the National League for Nursing preferred. Three (3) to five (5) year's clinical nursing experience. (An emphasis in home care/hospice nursing is preferred). Excellent understanding of all aspects of clinical home health and hospice standards and practices including performance improvement, quality assessment, and utilization management. Is self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision. Has excellent coordination and communication skills. Must pass health screening for TB clearance and physical examination. 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.
    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.
  • Housing Services

    Service Coordinator
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Service Coordinator responsible for providing social services, case management and supportive services to residents of the Lady Shaw Senior Center to enable them to continue living independently and to age in place at the Center.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, gerontology, psychology, social sciences or counseling preferred, but not required. Sensitive to the needs of the elderly and disabled adults from diverse ethnic and minority cultures. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual and biliterate in English and Chinese. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Proficient in Microsoft Office and the Internet. 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. Must pass a background check.
  • IT

    Computer Instructor
    • 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 a 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). Biliterate in Chinese a plus. 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.
  • Nutrition San Francisco

    Meal Site/Home Delivery Worker
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Meal Site/Home Delivery Worker responsible for providing food services and performing other duties at the senior center.
    • Qualifications: Minimum one year of experience in community and food service. Experience in food production or catering, preferred. Must be bilingual in English and Chinese. Good communication skills. Must pass a strength test for physical fitness for the job: ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Must pass health screening for TB clearance. Must obtain certification in food safety (ServSafe) within 3 months from the date of employment
    Group Van Driver
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Group Van Driver to safely transports program participants.
    • Qualifications: High school graduate with at least two years of work experience required. Experience working with the elderly preferred. Must have and maintain a valid CA Commercial Class C driver license, preferably Commercial Class B. Minimum two years driving experience with satisfactory driving record. Must have interest to work with seniors and adults with disabilities. Ability to work in a team environment. Fluent in English and Spanish, or fluent in Chinese and some English. Must pass a drug and alcohol test. Must have a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Must pass criminal background check. Must obtain First Aid and CPR certificates by the end of the 3-month introductory period. Must pass training required by San Francisco Paratransit by the end of the 3-month introductory period. Possesses good communication and decision-making skills.
    Center Coordinator

    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Center Coordinator to manage the daily operation of activities and services at a senior center.
    • Qualifications: College degree preferred or high school graduated with at least three years work experience in community services. Must be self-motivated and possess leadership skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and 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). Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the internet. 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. 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.
  • Social Services

    Program Assistant
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Program Assistant responsible for for coordinating and assisting the operation of the Housing Subsidies Program. Provide assistance in applying housing subsidies, eligibility assessments, housing information and follow up services to clients.
    • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, health, counseling, psychology, or a related field with relevant social and housing services experience. Experience in providing health, social or aging services in the community. Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills. Must be self-motivated, organized and able to multitask under minimal supervision. Proficient in MS Office and the internet. Must be bilingual in English and Cantonese. Biliterate in Chinese a plus. 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's license, satisfactory driving record, and auto insurance coverage as specified in Self-Help's policy.
    Case Manager
    • Self-Help for the Elderly is seeking a Care Manager responsible 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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