Working At Kendal

Support for You and Your Family

Kendal offers a competitive wage and benefit package:

  • Health Insurance: Two PPO plans available, with prescription coverage and free weight loss plan 
  • Health Insurance includes Telemedicine for access to health care while traveling 
  • Vision 
  • Dental 
  • Supplemental Insurance: Critical Illnesses, Hospitalization, and Accident/Injury 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance 
  • Long Term Disability Insurance 
  • NYS Disability Insurance 
  • Shift Differentials 
  • Ongoing Staff Education  
  • Tuition Assistance Program 
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) 
  • Pension Plan 
  • Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b)
  • Flexible Spending Account 
  • Dependent Care Account 
  • Employee Assistance Program available in multiple locations within and outside Tompkins County 
  • Perfect Attendance Program 
  • Employee Service Awards 
  • Employee Referral Bonus  
  • Sign-on Bonus for R.N. and L.P.N. staff 
  • On-site Child Day Care for children ages 8 weeks to 36 months (fee-for-service basis, dependent upon availability) 
  • Use of Onsite Wellness Facilities 
  • Relationship-building with residents who are lifelong learners 
Four nursing staff members

Not just a good place to work…

Kendal at Ithaca has an Employee Events Committee that creates events that promote comradery and informal socializing. We encourage employees to submit ideas or become a member of the Employee Events Committee.


We believe that for Kendal to be a good place to live, it needs to be a good place to work. These resources support staff to achieve work-life balance:

  • Immediate access to walking trail 
  • Swimming pool and spa 
  • Tennis courts 
  • Onsite weight training and cardio workout facilities 
  • Free Mindfulness meditation classes for stress management
  • Free exercise classes such as Aqua Zumba and full-body fitness 
  • Onsite massage available for a fee 
  • Healthy Heart Meal available at low cost (lunch or dinner) 
  • Library for learning and relaxation 

Staff enrolled in our medical insurance have access to:

  • A free weight loss program 
  • Wellness program that discounts employee’s health insurance contribution by $20 per pay period 

Interested in Kendal at Ithaca?

Career Development

At Kendal, love is made visible through service. As we care for residents and each other, we strive to put into practice the Quaker belief that each of us is responsible for making the world a better place. Community is a two-way street here, as residents support staff to learn and grow. We say we are “Kendalizing” when we grow more kind, respectful and aware of our impact on others.

Investing in Staff

We believe staff do their best when they’re given tools that can be used at work and at home. Kendal’s commitment to continuing development includes:

  • Ongoing computer skill development and software education 
  • Kendal Leadership Fellows, a system-wide leadership development program
  •  Tuition reimbursement  
  • Opportunities for off-site education, including conferences and workshops 
  • Access to Kendal’s library including books, music and films 
  • The ability to serve on committees and develop public speaking and leadership skills. 
Nurse Dru

Meet Dru

Dru started working a part-time job as a Health Care Dining Attendant her junior year of high school, and kept working through her college degree and Registered Nursing degree. After two children and a short time at another facility, she realized Kendal was where she wanted to be and reached out to Kendal’s Director of Nursing. Her excellent track record in two departments helped her land the job of her dreams! Now a mother of three, she works 4 days a week and is studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. 

Scholarship Program

The Employee Futures Fund is a scholarship program, funded by Kendal residents, for employees committed to pursuing or continuing educational programs in aging services.

Shjon, Dining staff member

Shjon Amaker, Dining Attendant, is pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Shjon received the Beverly J. Martin Award at GIAC during high school. “I love being here at Kendal, working with the residents and getting to know them. I love it when they share their past experiences and all the places they have traveled. I hope to graduate and become a cook at Kendal, and eventually work on a cruise line as cook, and ultimately as a chef.”

Erica, nursing student and staff member

Erica Satterly, Resident Care Aide, has been juggling full-time work, family responsibilities and Tompkins Cortland Community College classes since 2016, taking prerequisites for a nursing degree. Erica also volunteers at Cortland Public Schools. “My current supervisor, Joan Marie Cassaniti, and colleagues have supported and encouraged me. Working at Kendal has inspired me to further my education and pursue a career as a nurse.”

Natea, nursing staff

Natea Ayika, Certified Nursing Assistant, is pursuing Associate’s Degree at TC3 toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. “My passion is to finally let my light shine so I can be of help and give back to my community. Being employed at Kendal at Ithaca, care, trust, dignity and respect have affected me enormously. I am grateful for this interest in staff seeking a higher education.”

Nurses Geoff and Arianna

Opportunities in Nursing

Geoff Couch and Arianna Lovett worked full or almost full time while completing the Registered Nurse program. Their dedication and hard work, combined with Kendal’s support for ongoing education, helped them achieve this exciting career goal!

Inclusion and Diversity

At Kendal, we realize that the world is changing and employee needs are changing. We strive to meet those needs through ongoing education, resources, support, and encouragement. We strive to create a community where people of diverse backgrounds and points of view are welcomed and valued.

Kendal’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee includes residents, board members and staff. Kendal is a member of the Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County, dedicated to helping workplaces improve the experience of all workers.


Take a look at our current career opportunities. You might find the perfect fit for you!