Older Adult Employment

Having older adults in the workforce benefits the individual, businesses, and the community as a whole. Their skills, knowledge, and experience are irreplaceable. Not only are multigenerational teams proven to be some of the highest performing, but older adults are critical for training and mentoring younger workers.

The Department for the Aging has three programs that support connecting older adults to employment:

  1. Older Adult Employment Services Unit provides residents 55 years or older with training and assistance in finding a variety of employment opportunities.
  2. Silver Stars offers retirees from NYC government agencies part-time, temporary work assignments.
  3. ReServe connects retirees 50 years or older to part-time positions that allow them to remain active and serve their community.

NYC Aging Employment Services

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NYC Aging’s annual older adult employment job fair.

The Department for the Aging's Employment Services Unit is a part of the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The Employment Services Unit has decades of experience placing older adults in jobs in data processing, administrative work, customer service, security services, airport services, home care, and other fields.

Participants must:

  • Be 55 years or older
  • Live in the five boroughs
  • Be unemployed
  • Have a family income of no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level
  • Be willing to learn new skills
  • Commit to actively seeking employment

The Employment Services Unit prepares participants for employment through classes on computers, customer service, job-search techniques, resume-writing, and interviewing. They also offer also offers on-the-job training opportunities through placements at government agencies and nonprofits throughout the City.

Participants will have opportunities to participate in job fairs, workshops and meet with potential employers, as they look to secure permanent employment.


Get Involved!

Applicants

If you are interested in applying, complete the Older Adult Employment Interest Form.

If you are interested in attending an in-person information session, call Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NY (212-244-6469).

You can also email any questions you have to jobs@aging.nyc.gov.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of New York requires all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID.

Employers

Employers who are interested in partnering with the Employment Services Unit, contact information can be submitted through the Employer Interest Form.

For more information, call 212-602-6958 or 311 and ask for the Department for the Aging employment services. Department for the Aging is an equal opportunity employer.

Silver Stars

Silver Stars is a new program designed for retired New York City employees. The program creates opportunities for City retirees to work part-time while collecting their City pension.*

Retirees help City agencies meet business needs by working on project-based assignments and support organizational growth by sharing their knowledge and experience with newer employees – without the demands of traditional, full-time employment.

*Interested applicants should contact their retirement system to verify that participation in the Silver Stars Program will not affect their pension benefits.


Eligibility

  • Fully retired from City employment;
  • Receiving a pension from a City retirement system;
  • Have no remaining sick or vacation balance;
  • A resident of New York City (unless the job posting specifies otherwise)

Duration of Placements

Silver Stars placements are temporary, project-based positions that are typically limited to a year. The length of the placement is determined by the agency’s business needs.

Compensation

Individual agencies determine salary. Review the job posting for additional information.


Information Sessions

To learn more and participate in the Silver Stars program, register here to attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

  • Friday, December 2nd at 11:00am
  • Friday, December 9th at 11:00am
  • Tuesday, December 13th at 2:00pm
  • Monday, December 19th at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 29th at 11:00am
  • Friday, January 6th at 11:00am
  • Tuesday, January 10th at 2:00pm

ReServe

ReServe, Inc. matches retirees age 50 years and older who want to work part-time for public service agencies, non-profits, and a few for-profit organizations. “ReServists” are placed in meaningful assignments, ranging from 10 to 20 hours a week and are paid the minimum wage. They meet new people, gain skills, provide professional mentorship and enhance the social impact of important community organizations. They may find themselves applying their experience and expertise at organizations that otherwise might not be able to afford such accomplished talent. ReServists come from an array of professional backgrounds, including social work, law, marketing, human resources, health care, education, retail, finance, trade, and military.

For more information, please complete the Employment Interest Form.