Urban Seniors Jobs Program

We find employment opportunities for mature workers.


Older workers have proven to be driven, willing, wise and talented - bringing value added to their workplaces.  Yet, they face unique challenges in the job market.

The tough economy has made it more difficult for them to find employment, particularly when additional barriers to success exist.  The Urban League of Essex County's (ULEC) Urban Seniors Jobs Program for mature adults is structured to uniquely address the challenges that these older workers face.

The goal of the program is to place program participants in part-time community service training positions that enhance their skills, build their confidence, rebuild their job history, and enable them to transition into unsubsidized employment.

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  • Simplified hiring and training processes
  • A pool of qualified participants to train your way
  • Participants are pre-screened and matched to your specifications and job description
  • Participation may qualify your company for workforce investment tax credits.


  • The program serves residents of either Essex, Morris or Passaic County, who are 55 years of age and older, unemployed and have low incomes.
  • Participants are placed with nonprofit, government, or public organizations where they gain valuable work experience.
  • During their assignments, participants receive a stipend for a maximum of twenty hours a week.
  • On average, participants train for a minimum of 27 months and a maximum of 48 months.
  • The goal of the program is to place participants in unsubsidized employment.


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We work with approximately 100 organizations throughout the three counties that we serve - Essex, Morris and Passaic.

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Our participants provide more than 300,000 hours of valuable community service to our partner organizations annually.

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To date, ULEC's Urban Seniors Jobs Program has served more than 2,100 participants.

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Among the successes of the program, employed participants demonstrate a greater than 75% retention rate after job placement.

The National Urban League Urban Seniors Jobs Program is ninety percent (90%) funded by the U.S Department of Labor. The total value of the grant is $15,427,242.32 of which $13,884,517.99 is federally funded and $1,542,724.33 (10%) is from non-federal funding.

For more information:

Theresa Howard


Urban Seniors Jobs Program

973-624-9535 x272

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