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Covia Overview

Walnut Creek, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1965
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Covia is a non-profit organization that helps people live well and age well, anywhere they call home. We promote well-being by building strong and engaging communities, connecting people with the services they need to thrive, and providing compassionate, personalized support ... Read more

Mission: Mission: Covia promotes positive aging by cultivating healthy and engaged communities with a continuum of innovative services that actively support intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.

Vision: We will be widely known as a ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Last week, Kevin Gerber, Covia’s President and CEO, along with Doug Pace, Director of Mission Partnerships for the Alzheimer’s Association, welcomed LeadingAge members to the Inclusion Reception, an event at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia. You can read his remarks here.
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    Remarks from the Inclusion Reception | Covia

    On Tuesday, October 30th, Kevin Gerber, Covia's President and CEO, along with Doug Pace, Director of Mission Partnerships for the Alzheimer's Association, welcomed LeadingAge members to the Inclusion Reception, an event at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia. Covia was one of the Signature Donors for the event.

  • Are you ready in case of an earthquake? We are! Read about how Covia participated in yesterday's Great ShakeOut: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQx3S

    The Great ShakeOut: Creating a Culture of Safety at Covia | Covia

    On Thursday, October 18th, residents and staff throughout Covia participated in the Great ShakeOut, an earthquake safety drill. From Santa Rosa to Southern California, Covia took time to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" and then gathered to review and reflect. "An earthquake drill like the Great ShakeOut is an example of staff and residents increasing...

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Covia – Why Work For Us?


Welcome to working at Covia!

Covia is a non-profit organization that helps people live well and age well, anywhere they call home. We promote well-being by building strong and engaging communities, connecting people with the services they need to thrive, and providing compassionate, personalized support. We’ve been working with California seniors for over 50 years and are committed to the values of welcome, inclusion, social justice, and grace that come from our Episcopal heritage.


Guiding Principles

Honor our heritage. Our mission and principles to serve seniors as a nonprofit provider of services and housing have been shaped by the values of welcome, inclusion, social justice, and grace that come from our Episcopal heritage.

Respect one another. We believe in working together, civility in our differences, and treating one another with dignity at all times.

Embrace individuality. We reflect, celebrate, and foster the diversity of those who live and work within the Covia family and society as a whole.

Serve with integrity. Strong ethics are at the heart of who we are and how we operate the organization today and tomorrow.

Grow wisely. We are committed to expanding our mission by bringing our innovative and collaborative programs and housing options to a larger community of seniors with a wide spectrum of financial means.

Build strength. To ensure we can continue to fulfill our mission, we are careful stewards, balancing today’s needs and resources with tomorrow’s needs and opportunities.

 

Our Business Lines
Life Plan Communities

Our six Life Plan and multi-level communities offer a variety of living options and levels of support that uniquely reflect the spirit and character of their distinctive Bay Area locations.


Affordable Housing

Covia low-income housing communities distinguish themselves by combining great places to live with help accessing vital services, programs, and events, to ensure residents live well.


Community Services

Our community services encompass everything from home visits and online learning programs to fresh produce markets—all with the goal of engaging people, ending isolation, and encouraging healthy living.

Giving 

The Covia Foundation helps us fulfill our commitment to ensuring seniors have the resources and tools to live their best life, regardless of finances, while allowing our residents an opportunity to give back.

 

 




Our locations in Northern California

 Support Services, Walnut Creek: Our main headquarters, with most of our Finance, IT, and Human Resources staff.

Monterey: Canterbury Woods, Pacific Grove  

Santa Clara County:

Los Gatos Meadows, Los Gatos

Lytton Gardens, Palo Alto

Webster House and Webster House Health Center, Palo Alto

Shires Memorial Center, San Jose

San Francisco:

San Francisco Towers 

Presidio Gate Apartments 

Bethany Center Senior Housing 

Alameda County:

Oak Center Towers, Oakland

St. Paul's Towers, Oakland

Sonoma County:

Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa

Jennings Court, Santa Rosa

Other locations:

Covia also employs Resident Service Coordinators in Northern and Southern California. 

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Health

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Free Flu Shots
  • EAP
  • Pet Insurance

Finances

  • 403(b)
  • Defined Benefit Retirement Plan (Pension)*
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Commuter benefits
  • Disability

*Does not apply to Covia Affordable Community employees

Work/Life Balance

  • PTO
  • Sick Leave
  • Holidays
  • Gym Membership
  • Discount Club

Fun

  • Company Events and Socials
  • Lots of food!
  • Great colleagues who care


Employee Engagement is importnat to us at Covia. We recently asked our employees to describe their experience at Covia, check out more below! This review is based on 673 employee surveys, with over 80% of employees saying they love working for Covia and their Senior Living Communities!

Check out the full report here: http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/covia

Covia Reviews

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Kevin J. Gerber
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  • "Outstanding environment"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely successful nonprofit focused on services to seniors - with a great focus on staff retention, training, salary and benefits. Large enough that there's room to grow. Organization is definitely run like a business - but totally driven by the reason it's in business: serving seniors in its communities and in the community at large.

    Cons

    Not a drawback - but the organization is growing and adjusting to the inevitable changes that come with growth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on maintaining top service levels and retaining staff.

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Covia Photos

Covia photo of: Covia Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
Covia photo of: Celebrating being a Great Place to Work
Covia photo of: Assisted Living
Covia photo of: Covia Day at the Oakland A's
Covia photo of: National Night Out 2018 at St. Paul's Towers
Covia photo of: BBQ at Spring Lake Village
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Covia Interviews

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    Associate Executive Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Covia (Oakland, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    the interview process consisted of a teleconference and then an in person interview with the Executive Director, followed by an in person interview with the COO. The interview process with the Executive Director was meaningful and I had an opportunity to tour and meet some very nice people.

    I then met with the COO for AED and was asked some open ended questions. I thought I answered them to the best of my ability. None of the questions really brought in my experience and background which would both have been relevant to my success in the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions by the ED involved my job experience, current roles and other relevant information requests.   1 Answer
    • During my third interview, I was asked by the COO what have you learned during the past 5 years?   1 Answer
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Covia Awards & Accolades

  • The 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services, Fortune, 2018
  • The 125 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2016, San Francisco Business Times Bay Area, 2016
  • Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, 2015
  • Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, 2014
  • Best Places to Work Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, 2013
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