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Seniors Job Bank Freshens Leadership

West Hartford resident Robin Clare has been named executive director of the Seniors Job Bank. Courtesy photo

New top officers and executive director named for the West Hartford-based organization that operates throughout the Hartford area.


The Seniors Job Bank, the nonprofit community resource that connects people over 50 wanting to work with businesses, households, government agencies, and other employers that have work to be done, chose officers and a director at its annual meeting.

Lester Primus of Suffield is the new president, with Clem Sayers, from West Hartford, moving into the vice president post. Del Shilkret of Granby and West Granby’s Lisa Larsen will continue to serve as treasurer and assistant treasurer respectively, and Bob Calef, of Bloomfield, remains in the secretary’s chair.

Other members of the Board of Directors are David Pena of Avon, Anne Danaher of West Simsbury, Amanda Whewell,of Hebron, Willis Schmidt of Southington, Bill Pickens of Bloomfield, and West Hartford residents Bob Cave, Jim Doran, Al Nweeia, Novlette Williams, and Bernie Weiss. The officers and directors serve as unpaid volunteers.

Robin Clare, of West Hartford assumed executive director duties in February.

Established in 1974, the Seniors Job Bank maintains a registry of more than 500 jobseekers, representing a broad range of skills, talents and abilities, blue- and white-collar. When a company hiring official or homeowner calls with a job to fill, SJB provides the client employer contact information for its registrants who may be qualified for the position. The employer evaluates the candidates, and upon selecting one, negotiates the terms of the assignment: duties, hours, compensation, etc., with him or her.

The Seniors Job Bank’s service is free; there is no charge – to jobseekers or employers – for using it. While jobseekers are at least 50 years old, those who employ them may be of any age. 

Many jobs arranged through the Seniors Job Bank are part-time, temporary, or single projects, but others are longer term or result in repeat engagements. Commercial and professional firms commonly turn to SJB when they have openings for office administrators, bookkeepers, and receptionists, among many other tasks. Residential clients often use SJB to locate gardeners, companions, pet sitters, and tradespeople to handle repair and maintenance projects.

Although the Seniors Job Bank’s headquarters are in West Hartford’s town hall, the organization’s assistance is available to jobseekers and employers throughout the greater Hartford region.

Incoming President Primus said, “It is important to me to support communities and people in general. To be a part of SJB in assisting a growing senior population’s employment needs is a unique way to achieve my objective in community service.”

He added, “I hope to continue the exceptional work SJB has done for so many years. Through fundraising and strategic planning, SJB will invigorate and strengthen its purpose of supporting senior jobseekers and those who employ them. We will expand marketing and technology tools to reach our constituents with user-friendly data gathering and communication techniques. We will develop new client relationships with businesses that value our niche of senior talent. It is and will be our continued desire to be the expert advisor to clients who automatically turn to us when they have employment needs.”

To join the list of SJB jobseekers, or to find one of them to fill a job, call the Seniors Job Bank at 860-521-3210, email [email protected], or consult www.seniorsjobbankbct.org.

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