Career Opportunities at Friendship Village, Kalamazoo

Career Opportunities at Friendship Village, Kalamazoo

We believe in being a community where people want to live, work and visit!

At Friendship Village, we believe that great people, like you, are the backbone of our community. Each day, as a valued team member, you’ll have the opportunity to build relationships and exemplify our core values through Service, Compassion, Respect, Excellence and Friendliness. If you’re looking for an employment opportunity with a strong, supportive, like-minded group doing meaningful work with seniors and their loved ones, this is definitely the place for you!

Career Opportunities

Life Enrichment Coordinator
Friendship Village is searching for an upbeat, energetic Life Enrichment Coordinator. The Life Enrichment Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and directing a variety of activities and programming that meet the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational, social, physical and environmental needs of the independent living residents. This position is part-time, 24 hours per week working four 6-hour days. Includes some Saturdays.

Essential Job Duties Include:                                      

  • Works with the Life Enrichment Director to develop, plan, coordinate and direct multiple programs and events.
  • Coordinates program set up and assists presenters before, during and after program as required.
  • Develops, posts, and/or distributes information and material, including through in-house TV channel, regarding events, programs, activities, etc.
  • Assists in the publication and distribution of weekly and monthly calendars of all Life Enrichment program aspects.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School education. College degree preferred.
  • Two years of experience in geriatrics, recreation, or social administration.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic computer skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with accuracy in English and perform simple arithmetic.
Dishwasher/Utility Worker

Friendship Village is searching for full and part- time Dishwasher/ Utility Workers to work in their Dish Room. The Utility worker performs a number of kitchen activities including dishwashing, pot and pan washing, general cleaning duties, and storing food and non-food supplies. The Utility Worker is responsible for removing dirty dishes and garbage from dining rooms and employee break room. They also assist with tray assembly and delivery.

This is an excellent start for a first time job-seeker!

An equal opportunity employer

Medical Assistant
Friendship Village is searching for a Medical Assistant to assist with COVID testing in their Health Center, a skilled nursing setting.

Roughly 4 days per week, must be flexible with hours as hours will depend on the required testing (twice a week or 1 time a week according to the positivity rate.) Will require antigen testing (obtaining specimens) and obtaining results, documenting and reporting to the proper authorities. Logging and tracking all test results either antigen or PCR. Prepping for PCR testing. May require a weekend day to follow up with results.

Must be a certified MA in the State of Michigan. 

An equal opportunity employer.  

Registered Nurse (RN)
Friendship Village is Kalamazoo’s premier Lifecare community. We are searching for full-time and part-time registered nurses to work in our COVID unit, a skilled nursing setting. Shifts are 12 hour shifts. The Registered Nurse is responsible for the overall nursing care/service on his/her shift, including the accurate and timely administration of medications, treatments, documentation and emergency calls, as indicated.

Must be licensed in the State of MI. 

An equal opportunity employer. 

Cook (Full-time) NO LATE NIGHTS!

Are you looking for more than just a job? Friendship Village offers a home-like, family atmosphere to help you find a career that will leave you feeling fulfilled and like you are making a difference in the lives of those you are caring for! Team members at Friendship Village – Kalamazoo uphold our vision of building relationships through Service, Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Friendliness.

We are searching for a full-time Cook for our main kitchen. Must have day time and weekend availability, shifts would be 8 hours long and have every other weekend off with no late nights! Wages start in the $12-14 range depending on years of experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees including medical, vision, dental, 403b with matching, life insurance and short-term disability along with resident sponsored scholarship opportunities and tuition reimbursement.

The Cook is responsible for preparing and serving meals to the residents in accordance with the posted menus.

Cook Essential Job Duties:

  • Completes production sheet for each meal.
  • Prepares and portions desserts, salads, breads, and beverages for meals..
  • Communicates with residents concerning nutritional needs.
  • Sets up tables in the Dining room and breaks down same after meals.

QUALIFICATIONS :

  • High School diploma required. Must have the ability to read, write, and speak English, understand measurements, make basic conversions, perform basic arithmetic, and follow basic oral and written instructions
  • 1 year of professional cooking experience required
  • Ability to plan and organize work and to interpret instructions, recipes, specifications, and standards.
  • Knowledge of kitchen equipment operations and maintenance.
Dietary Aide
Are you looking for more than just a job? Friendship Village offers a home-like, family atmosphere to help you find a career that will leave you feeling fulfilled and like you are making a difference in the lives of those you are caring for! Team members at Friendship Village – Kalamazoo uphold our vision of building relationships through Service, Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Friendliness.

We are hiring for part-time Dietary Aides in our Health Center, a skilled nursing setting. The Dietary Aide is responsible for preparing and serving therapeutic diet trays to the Health Center residents in accordance with the posted therapeutic diet menus.

An equal employment opportunity employer

Janitorial
Are you looking for more than just a job? Friendship Village offers a home-like, family atmosphere to help you find a career that will leave you feeling fulfilled and like you are making a difference in the lives of those you are caring for! Team members at Friendship Village – Kalamazoo uphold our vision of building relationships through Service, Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Friendliness.

We are searching for full-time  Janitorial staff on 2nd shift (3p-11p) with one weekend requirement per month. Housekeeping is responsible for the cleanliness and neatness of assigned areas throughout the Village. Performs general housekeeping duties such as vacuuming, mopping, dusting, window washing, etc.

We are proud to offer competitive wages based on years of experience and a comprehensive benefits package that features a 100% coverage health plan at very low cost to team members! Friendship Village also offers scholarship and tuition reimbursement opportunities to staff wishing to further their education.

QUALIFICATIONS:

•Ability to understand and follow instructions in English and communicate effectively

•Previous housekeeping experience preferred but not required.

•Ability to move 25 pounds.

•Comfortable working in close capacity with elderly residents.

•Must be willing to undergo a pre-employment background check

•Experience working with seniors desired but not required.

an equal opportunity employer

Certified Nursing Assistant
Are you looking for more than just a job? Friendship Village offers a home-like, family atmosphere to help you find a career that will leave you feeling fulfilled and like you are making a difference in the lives of those you are caring for! Team members at Friendship Village – Kalamazoo uphold our vision of building relationships through Service, Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Friendliness.

Friendship Village is looking for full-time and part-time Certified Nurse Aides. The Nurses Aide assists the licensed nursing staff by performing routine nursing duties and activities of daily living.

Essential Job Duties include:

  • Assists residents with dressing, grooming, eating, bathing, positioning, turning, toileting and exercising.
  • Gives treatments, performs tests, carries out procedures and collects specimens as instructed.
  • Reports and records observations and results of treatments, tests, procedures and specimens when indicated.
  • Transfers, transports and escorts residents as needed.
  • Answers signal lights promptly.
  • Changes bed linens, makes beds and keeps rooms clean and orderly.

QUALIFICATIONS :

  • Successful completion of a State approved geriatric nursing assistant training program. Prior geriatric nursing aide experience is preferred. Must be currently certified or testing soon..
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions in English and communicate effectively

 

Caregiver (full-time and part-time available)
Are you looking for more than just a job? Friendship Village offers a home-like, family atmosphere to help you find a career that will leave you feeling fulfilled and like you are making a difference in the lives of those you are caring for! Team members at Friendship Village – Kalamazoo uphold our vision of building relationships through Service, Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Friendliness.

We offer competitive wages based on experience plus an excellent benefits package for full-time team members including medical, vision, dental, 403b with matching, and life and short-term disability for all full-time team members. Other benefits include tuition reimbursement, resident sponsored scholarship opportunities, paid holidays, personal time and vacation time.

Friendship Village is searching for full-time Caregivers on 2nd shift, and part time Caregivers on all shifts in our Assisted Living setting.

The Caregiver assists the licensed nursing staff by performing routine nursing duties and assists residents with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, ambulating, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be at least 17 years old. Prior geriatric care experience is preferred.
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions in English, communicates effectively, and perform simple arithmetic. Ability to document care given. Good assessment skills

Friendship Village offers excellent benefits for full-time employees, including medical, vision, dental, short-term disability and life insurance, tuition reimbursement and scholarship opportunities!

Server/Wait Staff (Part-time)
Friendship Village is looking for part-time servers in their Food and Beverage Department. The server is responsible for table service in the Community Dining Rooms.

Essential Job Duties :

  • Sets tables and maintains work stations in proper order.
  • Takes orders, provides service and requested items both graciously and courteously.
  • Clears dishes from tables during and after meal service.
  • Answers pertinent questions about menu items.

QUALIFICATIONS :

  • Ability to understand and follow instructions in English and communicate effectively.
  • Experience waiting tables in a hotel, restaurant or club with fine dining preferred; will train.
  • Ability to interpret and explain menu, refer or answer questions, coordinate meal service process and understands requests.
  • Ability to work in close cooperation with residents, guests, visitors, families, supervisor and peers. Requires courtesy, tact and graciousness.

Our residents offer scholarship opportunities!

 

An equal opportunity employer.

Unit Clerk (part-time)
Are you looking for more than just a job? Friendship Village offers a home-like, family atmosphere to help you find a career that will leave you feeling fulfilled and like you are making a difference in the lives of those you are caring for! Team members at Friendship Village – Kalamazoo uphold our vision of building relationships through Service, Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Friendliness.

We are searching for a part-time Unit Clerk to work in our Health Center, a skilled nursing environment. This position is afternoon hours and every other weekend. The Unit Clerk is responsible for desk coverage, answering the Health Center telephone, ordering, unpacking and restocking supplies when needed, scheduling appointments and other clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.

Essential Job Duties Include:

1. Answer telephone and coordinate messages, using two-way radio and/or pager systems when necessary, in a polite positive manner.

2. Keep nurses stations clean, orderly and supplied with forms in both the Health Center as well as the Rehab Center.

3. Check oxygen supply on each shift in both the Health Center as well as the Rehab Center.

4. Keeps nourishment refrigerators in both the Health Center as well as the Rehab Center stocked.

5. Updates on computer daily worksheets i.e. group sheets, assignment sheets, BM sheets, phone lists and other sheets when needed.

6. Schedule doctor appointments and arrange transportation. Prepare paperwork for resident appointments.

7. Calling for diagnostic tests and fills out the lab requisition forms when needed.

8. Maintains bath schedule with vital signs daily, as well as adding new admissions to bath schedule.

9. Completes maintenance orders as needed and checks to make sure the work orders are picked up in a timely manner.

10. Stocks nurse’s filing cabinet with forms in both the Health Center as well as the Rehab Center.

11. Keeps supply of paper for copy room full in both the Health Center as well as the Rehab Center.

An equal opportunity employer.

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We Love Our Employees!

Our goal is to create a home-like, family atmosphere that leaves you feeling fulfilled and knowing that you’re making a difference in the lives of those you are serving. Our employees love it here, and they love to share their stories.

We’re proud to offer competitive wages and an excellent package of benefits that’s second to none!

Insurance Benefits:

We know that insurance benefits are a key consideration when choosing a place to work. At Friendship Village, we provide medical, dental and vision insurance for all full-time team members (30 scheduled hours a week makes you eligible for medical insurance). Plus, FLEX spending is available for employees who work 20 hours per week (sign-up occurs during open enrollment). We also provide free flu shots (mandatory) and Hepatitis B vaccines (optional).  But our insurance benefits don’t stop at just health insurance. Full-time team members are also provided with life insurance and short-term disability coverage.

Retirement Benefits:

It’s never too soon to think about your retirement. We invite all employees who work 20 hours a week or more to participate in a 403b retirement savings plan—and Friendship Village provides company matching!

Vacation and Holidays

We know how important time off can be to help you rest, recharge and spend quality time with your family. At Friendship Village you begin accruing Personal Time each month that you work and separate Vacation Time is earned after one full year of employment. Our holidays include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter Sunday and, yes, your birthday! Plus, if you work on a holiday, you’ll receive double-time pay plus a free holiday meal.

At Friendship Village you’ll enjoy a variety of fun employee events, activities, games, theme days and get-togethers sponsored by our Employee Activity Committee—the perfect opportunities to laugh, share, and have a great time with your fellow team members!

Helping our employees grow in their professions is an important part of our company mission. That’s why we offer tuition reimbursement for full-time team members, as well as conference/seminar and training opportunities. We also encourage and recognize employee excellence through our Milestone Appreciation dinners, Team Spirit Award and the GEM Award. Plus, residents of the community also present monetary awards from their Employee Appreciation Fund and sponsor an Employee Scholarship Program as a way to give back to those who help make their lives better each day.

We know how important your life outside of work is to you—your family, your loved ones, your own personal well-being. At Friendship Village, we provide employees a free membership to our Fitness and Aquatic Center and access to professional mental health counseling. 

From the moment I stepped foot on the Friendship Village campus, I knew it was the place for me. Now, 5 years later, I cannot imagine working anywhere else. My boss is amazing and helpful, my coworkers are team players and fun to work with, and, most importantly, the residents make my job enjoyable. I feel very fortunate to have this job and I plan on staying here long term.

Emily Sanders

Registered Nurse

I have been with Friendship Village over 7 years. I started in Environmental Services and then was a CNA for 2 ½ years. Then I transitioned to Maintenance. Not only have I grown in the company, but I have grown my education through the resident-sponsored tuition program.

Deonte LaBarre

Maintenance, Facility Services

Twisting and turning, my path always seems to be changing. The most positive change career-wise I have experienced was being hired as the Life Enrichment Coordinator. I was welcomed with open arms and encouraged by the residents and staff. I’m excited and grateful to see where this adventure leads me!

Ashley Barry

Life Enrichment Coordinator

Nothing better then going to work and seeing your ‘work family!’ The residents know if you are down and they will pick you up! Thank you Friendship Village for a great career.

Tim Frisbie

Maintenance, Facility Services

The residents are so warm and gracious at Friendship Village, they make me feel like a member of their own family! I have enjoyed the opportunities I’ve been given to be creative, forward-thinking and to shape our culinary services department.

Nicole Hassen

Executive Chef

I have learned so much from my 12 years of working at Friendship Village. It has groomed me to be the person I am today.

Doug Essix

Supervisor, Facility Services

My career has grown since starting at Friendship Village. I began as the receptionist and within one year progressed to the Facility Services Coordinator. I really enjoy working with the residents and seeing them daily. They are full of great wisdom and tell the best stories. To me, Friendship Village represents a close-knit community, rich with laughter and friendships.

Rebecca Featherstone

Facility Services Coordinator

I look forward to, and enjoy, building relationships with our residents through food hospitality. I feel appreciated and anticipate a long career here at Friendship Village.

Kellie Miller

Dining Room and Catering Manager

Knowing that the services the Home Health office provides can make a difference in someone being able to remain in their independent living home longer is extremely satisfying. Interacting with residents on an individual basis always brightens my day!

Lee Ann Barrus

Registered Nurse

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