Licensed Funeral Director Position

Funeral Director – (Iowa Licensed)

Interested candidates should send a resume and salary requirements to Liz@laforteconsulting.com. All information will be kept strictly confidential. 

Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Homes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a new full time opportunity for a licensed Funeral Director to join our team!  This is not a job. It's a meaningful career that makes a difference in the lives of people we serve while providing you with an opportunity you will love. The ideal candidate will be dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to families and they must enjoy an exciting environment and possess strong technical skills

Cedar Memorial is one of Iowa’s most prestigious and innovative businesses. Our exceptional staff is dedicated to providing care, compassion, and quality at every turn. So if you have a compassionate spirit and are looking for a rewarding career, this position is the right one for you.

We are performance driven, self-motivated, and service-minded. Our cemetery park provides the convenience of a funeral home, chapel, mausoleum, family center and cremation center all in one beautiful and natural setting. We pride ourselves on providing innovative funeral and cemetery services to families. Our diverse business also includes Iowa Cremation and Companions for Life, a service dedicated to the loss of a pet.

Position Summary:

The funeral director is responsible for handling the final disposition arrangements of the deceased in a professional, caring manner consistent with the wishes of the family, the standards of Cedar Memorial and related legal requirements.  They will provide sensitive, effective personal intervention to bereaved family members and friends of the deceased. This position effectively coordinates the work of other funeral home staff in carrying out these arrangements in a manner that exceeds the expectations of the families served.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handles initial death call from the family of the deceased and arranges for the removal of the deceased from the place of death to Cedar Memorial or Iowa Cremation facility.

  • Meets with involved family members to provide emotional support and to determine their wishes concerning the care and disposition of the deceased.

  • Assists family members in making funeral arrangements, attending first viewings and funeral services of the deceased and satisfying preparation for final disposition.

  • Coordinates and schedules the work of other funeral home staff for burial or cremation arrangements in a positive and caring manner.  Also schedules staff to work funerals 24 hours in advance. The funeral director must provide service beyond expectations.

  • Secures needed authorizations for final disposition of the deceased and secures information for legal documents.  The funeral director oversees the filing of death certificates, social security and military forms and other legal documents, and assists with the selection of memorial items like register books and service folders.

  • Facilitates all arrangements for the visitation, funeral and burial services with sensitivity to the family and clergy’s requirements including needed staffing, setting up the flowers and memorial items and taking care of any special family request. 

  • Educates and helps families that inquire about prearrangements providing them with the necessary information and materials about funeral arrangements, cemetery, floral and memorial options. Assigns a Family Service Counselor to help with these services.

  • Follows up with families after the funeral service and is responsible seeking that each family served makes timely payments on any outstanding account.

  • Keeps up to date with all state and federal rules and regulations concerning the funeral profession and maintains the highest professional standards within the industry.

  • Works with individuals and groups to facilitate their learning about death, dying, grief and bereavement.

  • Assists staff in a positive and productive manner that enhances customer service.

  • Develops and maintains the necessary skills and knowledge as a licensed funeral director by pursuing continuing education and professional skills through attendance at industry seminars and other training opportunities.

  • Works with all staff in a positive, cooperative manner and assists them as needed in order to provide the best possible service and results to families.

  • Follows all safety policies and procedures.

  • Special projects and opportunities as assigned.

Qualifications Required:

  • Ability to provide evidence of graduation from a fully accredited College of Mortuary Science and previous successful experience as an embalmer and/or assistant funeral director. 

  • Two or more years of full time experience as a licensed funeral director preferred.

  • Must be licensed or license eligible in the State of Iowa. 

  • Must possess a valid Iowa driver’s license and have a safe driving record. 

  • Must have superior customer service skills including empathy and sensitivity toward others and the ability to work effectively with a variety of people under stressful situations. 

  • Must have strong professional knowledge as a funeral director and strong professional skills in embalming, cosmetics and restoration procedures. 

  • Must be computer literate and familiar with funeral home industry software and record keeping procedures. Familiarity with HMIS (MIS Pro) software a plus.

  • Must maintain a professional, neat, well-groomed appearance at all times. 

  • Must be a cooperative team-oriented individual with consistent follow through and dependability.

Physical, mental and environmental requirements:

  • Above-average judgment needed to deal with confidential information.

  • Able to handle a variety of regulatory and family service functions.

  • Must be able to effectively communicate with others, both verbally and in writing. 

  • Good vision with eye for detail also needed for this position.

  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds with proper lifting techniques. Position requires the ability to move human remains and caskets. 

  • Must have above average personal stamina and ability to work for prolonged periods of time doing a variety of tasks.

  • Work activities require sitting, standing, stooping, reaching, walking, grabbing, pulling, kneeling, lifting, grasping, and driving. 

  • Work is performed both indoors and outdoors and is subject to normal seasonal weather conditions.

Cedar Memorial offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. We are an EOE and remain committed to employing a diverse workforce.

Interested candidates should send a resume and salary requirements to: Liz@laforteconsulting.com. All information will be kept strictly confidential