Working At Kendal

At Kendal at Ithaca, your health and well-being matter.

Kendal offers a unique work environment with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of older adults. In addition to a competitive salary, employees receive a wide range of benefits.

  • Health Insurance, affordable premiums with first dollar coverage 
  • 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 
  • Continuous Professional Development  
  • Tuition Assistance Program 
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Leave
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (401a)
  • Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b)
  • Flexible Spending Account 
  • Dependent Care Account 
  • Employee Assistance Program available 24/7/365  
  • Employee Service Awards 
  • Employee Referral Bonus  
  • Sign-on Bonus for eligible positions 
  • 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 
Working at Kendal - employee appreciation

Kendal at Ithaca prioritizes a fun and lively workplace that fosters achieving goals.

An awesome Employee Events Committee plans exciting events that bring the team together and build lasting friendships. Movie nights, potlucks, and more are on the calendar! They’re always looking for new ideas and people to join the committee.

Ready to have some fun?


Wellness Benefits

Kendal offers a comprehensive wellness program designed to support staff in achieving a healthy work-life balance. This commitment extends beyond competitive benefits to the very environment you work in. Enjoy a variety of amenities and resources that promote physical and mental wellbeing, right at your fingertips.

  • Immediate access to miles of walking trails
  • Swimming pool and spa 
  • Tennis courts 
  • Onsite weight training and cardio workout facilities
  • Free exercise classes such as Bootcamp and Strong (aerobics)
  • Healthy Heart Meal available at low cost (lunch or dinner) 
  • Library for learning and relaxation 
  • Wellness program for Staff enrolled in our health insurance


Career Development

Kendal embodies the Quaker belief that everyone holds the responsibility to improve the world. This philosophy translates to a deep sense of community, where caring for residents and each other is a daily practice. Residents actively support staff development, fostering a two-way street of support. Here, “Kendalizing” describes the ongoing process of growing kinder, more respectful, and mindful of our impact on others.

Kendal’s commitment to continuous development equips staff with valuable tools applicable both at work and home. This includes:

  • Continuous Professional Development through in-person and virtual learning management systems trainings 
  • 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. 

Meet Zoe

Meet Zoe, one of Kendal’s dedicated Licensed Practical Nurses. Since joining our team in 2020, Zoe has been an outstanding member of our community, providing exceptional care to our residents. Her passion for nursing has led her to pursue higher education, and she is currently a recipient of our Employee Future Fund scholarship. Zoe is set to graduate in 2024 with her associate degree in biology from TC3 and plans to pursue an accelerated BSN program to become an RN. We are incredibly proud of Zoe’s commitment to her education and grateful to have her on the team!

Meet Brittany

Meet Brittany, our dedicated Overnight RH Supervisor in the Health Services department. She joined Kendal at Ithaca in September 2018, immediately after passing her LPN boards, and has since grown into a leadership role. One of her favorite perks is the tuition assistance program, which she believes is essential in an every-changing field. Brittany has already earned her RN licensure, received leadership development and is now setting her sights on a BSN. When asked about her experience at Kendal, Brittany had this to say, “Kendal is truly one of a kind. You come to work every day felling valued as part of the team.” We’re grateful to have you on our team, Brittany!


Scholarship Program

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

joann david

Licensed Practical Nurse

JoAnn has been a Licensed Practical Nurse at Kendal since 2007, Employee Future Fund grant recipient since 2021, and aspires to obtain her RN next! “I am so grateful for the Employee Futures Fund- without it I would not be able to attend school at this point in my life, also I am thankful for Kendal working with me and being flexible to accommodate my course work.”

Licensed Practical Nurse

Kori has been a Licensed Practical Nurse at Kendal since 2021, Employee Future Fund grant recipient since 2022, and aspires to obtain her RN next! “I’ve been inspired by the many wonderful RNs in my life, but my biggest inspiration has been my daughter. She inspires me to be better!”

Megan Fretto

Workforce Development and Engagement Specialist

Megan has been a team member of the Human Resources Department since 2021, Employee Futures Fund grant recipient since 2022, and will be graduating with her Master’s degree in HR at the end of 2023. “My educational focus is on Staffing and Training, which I have enjoyed having the ability for real-time application of concepts learned while in my role as Workforce Development and Engagement Specialist.”

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.

Interested in Working at Kendal?

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

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