Spend a few hours at Sagora Senior Living’s Home Office in downtown Fort Worth and you’re bound to see Executive Assistant Zaiba K. She’ll be walking around the halls, talking to her fellow associates, and maybe even making cookies.
“I wear many hats I think,” Zaiba said. “Today I went from giving a tour to filling in at the front desk to getting food delivered for our Executive Directors to helping various different departments.”
She plays an integral role in the office, filling in wherever she’s needed. It’s how she embodies Sagora’s Team-Centered philosophy, ensuring that the Home Office has everything it needs in order to best serve Sagora’s residents.
“I think it’s cool that as an Executive Assistant, I can go from helping lifestyles to helping accounting all in the same day because I know what both departments are doing,” she said. “I try to help everyone wherever I can. Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day and sometimes there are.”
“I take pride in being able to help people regardless of whether or not we work together directly, or if they’re in a community a few states away, or just residents and loved ones of people within those communities.”
Zaiba knows the ins and outs of senior living very well, having worked in two communities before she made the transition to Sagora’s Home Office in the fall of 2021. While at the community level, she served as a Business Director, overseeing day-to-day operations, with a specific focus on the community’s finances.
“I like to think that’s why I am so organized,” she said. “Because I was a business director.”
Many of Sagora’s Home Office associates have spent time working in Sagora communities. It’s something that Sagora values because it provides an in-depth understanding of senior living. For Zaiba, her experience served to deepen her appreciation for Sagora’s core values and how Home Office associates can serve individual communities on a daily basis.
“It’s helped me understand how to respond to a community,” Zaiba said. “When someone needs help at a community, you’re able to understand a little bit better and work through some of the situations that they face.”
The residential side of senior living is something that Zaiba is very familiar with. Prior to her time at Sagora, she worked in residential leasing, specifically in multi-family communities. She says she sees many similarities between property management and her time at Sagora, especially when it comes to daily tasks like sending invoices and overseeing community finances.
But senior living is more rewarding, she says. At Sagora Senior Living, we’re not just focused on providing a place to live – we’re focused on creating communities that offer residents a high standard of living through exceptional care, active lifestyle events and inclusive amenities.
“I’ve never had the ability to change someone’s life the way I have in senior living,” she said. “Ultimately, it’s about taking care of them no matter what community you’re in, no matter if you’re in Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care.”
Other Home Office team members know how hard Zaiba works, and how dedicated she is to making sure everything runs smoothly. This spring, they showed their appreciation for her hard work, dedication and positive attitude by hosting an office-wide baby shower for the soon-to-be mother.
Amongst all the smiles, all the laughter and all the well-wishes, Zaiba was reminded that Sagora Senior Living is where she was meant to be.
“Your coworkers end up being your family,” Zaiba said. “It felt like a family party.”
We are so thankful for associates like Zaiba and all the hard work that they do. Sagora team members boast a variety of different backgrounds, coming together to provide an exceptional experience for residents and their loved ones.
If you’re looking for a career where you can drive positive change on a daily basis, check out Sagora’s careers page. With openings in 61 communities across 12 different states, you’re sure to find your perfect fit.