Superintendent of Beech Grove Cemetery Job Description

Incumbent performs responsible managerial, administrative, technical, and supervisory work in the operation and maintenance of Beech Grove Cemetery. The employee plans, organizes, and supervises staff providing maintenance duties to maintain the cemetery; oversees the sale, opening, and closing of cemetery plots with families and funeral home directors; and organizes and secures all associated records. The incumbent coordinates and supervises, and as needed, participates in landscaping tasks including, but not limited to, the mowing of cemetery grounds. Furthermore, the superintendent will undertake work related to budget development and management, personnel and equipment management, and operational planning of varied durations. This position serves at the pleasure of the Beech Grove Cemetery Board of Trustees.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Plans, assigns, and directs department employees and materials resources to maintain the cemetery in a clean and safe manner.
  2. Controls the hiring of all personnel, enforces departmental rules and regulations, and disciplines employees as needed.
  3. Evaluates the performance of subordinates and trains new employees in the proper procedures and processes needed to fulfill assigned duties.
  4. Exhibits an ability to form independent judgements in making decisions and recommendations from a standardized body of knowledge, including all pertinent laws and ordinances impacting the cemetery’s operations.
  5. Determines, evaluates, and recommends to Cemetery Board and Mayor short and long-range strategic plans, with defined objectives, for repairs, public relations, marketing, and maintenance of the cemetery.
  6. Displays a working knowledge of applicable budgeting principles and procedures for use in the creation, and interpretation of, budgets and other related deliverables, develops yearly budget for the board.
  7. Attends and makes recommendations at monthly Cemetery Board meetings, City meetings, and other critical gatherings involving cemetery business as necessary.
  8. Interfaces and communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with all stakeholders concerning cemetery operations and initiates proper resolution measures if necessary.
  9. Evaluates department equipment and required materials for replacement and/or maintenance, with guidance from the appropriate maintenance personnel, and recommends equipment purchases or other remediation efforts when necessary.
  10. Oversees department work crew in cemetery upkeep and maintenance including irrigation, aeration, fertilization and medication of grass areas, re-sodding, seeding, and planting of trees and shrubs.
  11. Performs a variety of public relations and marketing duties including providing assistance in site selection, facilitating payments, and consulting with bereaved families as required.
  12. Supervises, directs, and participates in, as needed, all activities associated with the recording of burials.
  13. Ensures that proper procedures and record keeping practices are maintained, including, but not limited to, the sale and collection of monies for cemetery lots.
  14. Performs related duties as assigned by the Board.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Managerial experience;
  2. High School diploma;
  3. Displays an ability to frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds.
  4. Possession of a valid Indiana driver’s license.

Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervises and inspects the executed duties of employees both indoors and out. The incumbent will be exposed to moderate amounts of dust, dirt, and noise, and requires constant awareness of appropriate safety precautions to ensure against injury.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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