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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Are you driven to help others in their time of need? Are you looking for a compassionate and dignified career? Funeral service professionals include licensed funeral directors as well as funeral service associates, grief counselors, and support and administrative staff.

At A.J. Desmond & Sons, our goal is to attract and retain people motivated to provide excellent and innovative service. We want people who get the job done right while finding new ways to make our services even better. We want people committed to our core values of compassion, respect, integrity, and responsibility.

A family-owned firm, we strive to provide a fair and ethical work environment for all our employees. We are committed to a work environment where each employee feels valued, motivated and well-prepared to support the families we serve as well as the goals of the company. Accordingly, we seek long-term employment relationships.

Current listings are below. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us. If we do not have a current opening that interests you, we still welcome the opportunity to get to know you. Please send us a resume that includes a cover letter telling us what type of position you wish to be considered for. Direct applications and inquiries to mdesmond@AJDesmond.com.

 

Regarding COVID-19 precautions, we follow local, state and CDC guidelines.

EOE   

Administrative Assistant and Concierge

The Administrative Assistant and Concierge handles the following duties:

  • Responds to customer needs
  • Assists grieving families
  • Answers phones
  • Creates and maintaining documents and forms
  • Prepares space for services, including setting up flowers and chairs
  • Receives and assisting visitors
  • Assists funeral directors with funeral and memorial services
  • Assists other admin and staff

The successful candidate must:

  • At least some post high school education, some college preferred
  • Have at least two years office admin experience
  • Have a pleasant phone manner and professional self-presentation
  • Have the tact and ability to perform in dynamic and sometimes stressful conditions
  • Be adaptive, flexible and a team player
  • Be resourceful, organized and detail oriented
  • Be able to meet deadlines
  • Have strong skills in Microsoft Office (Word)
  • Have a willingness to learn
  • Have the ability to stand, sometimes for long periods of time
  • Have the ability to lift at least 15 pounds frequently
  • Have at least some experience of funeral service
  • Be available to work Wednesday through Sunday

This is a full-time position, Wednesday through Friday, 8:00-6:00, Saturday, 8:00-3:00 and Sunday 10:00-3:00. This position moves among our three locations. Benefits offered. DO NOT apply if any of the above do not apply to you.

We follow state and CDC guidelines for funeral service.

 

Part-time Funeral Service Associate

part-time Funeral Service Associate handles the following duties:

  • Answers phones
  • Greets and directs visitors
  • Assists grieving families
  • Transports deceased to and from funeral homes as directed
  • Prepares space for and attends to funeral services
  • Receives and moves flower arrangements
  • Supports and assists funeral directors to insure the highest quality, most professional, most ethical service
  • Monitors parking lot activities; prepared to direct traffic
  • Efficiently plans driving routes, drives and arrives at destinations as scheduled


A successful candidate must:

  • Possess and display an understanding of the funeral profession
  • Have adaptive/team player attitude
  • Have professional self-presentation
  • Be resourceful and able to multi-task
  • Be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Be able to lift and move up to 40 pounds occasionally and up to 15 pounds of force frequently
  • Have pleasant phone manner
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent and some professional experience
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record


This is a part time position, typically scheduled about 10-15 hours weekly with a varying schedule consisting mostly of weekends and some weekday evenings. An applicant must have availability on weekends from 8:00am-9:00pm and some availability Monday thru Friday from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Qualified candidates must have strong communication skills and the tact and ability to perform in dynamic and sometimes stressful conditions. Standing, lifting and driving are required. DO NOT apply if any of these do not apply to you.

 

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer  

The full-time Funeral Director/Embalmer duties include:

  • Assisting grieving families while showing continual care and concern
  • Skillfully and compassionately taking death call information
  • Coordinate and/or transport deceased persons to funeral home as directed 
  • Caring of deceased including embalming, restoring, dressing, cosmetology, casketing, cremated remains, and possible other requests
  • Meeting with family members to prepare and coordinate services 
  • Contacting service personnel and outside vendors to coordinate merchandise and arrange facilities  
  • Remaining visible, available and attentive at all times during visitations and services 
  • Overseeing, directing and, as necessary, assisting any scheduled services 
  • Being knowledgeable of all programs and services offered
  • Supporting and assisting co-workers to insure the highest quality, most professional, most ethical service
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor/Manager

This person must: 

  • Have met education and license requirements for Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and possess a valid Michigan license with a minimum of two years of previous funeral director/embalmer experience preferred 
  • Have a Bachelors degree  
  • Be passionate about and committed to delivering outstanding service to the deceased and their families 
  • Have excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Be able to perform well in dynamic and sometimes stressful conditions
  • Be familiar with a wide range of religious or cultural funeral services and customs
  • Possess a valid Michigan driver’s license and an insurable driving record 
  • Be able to stand for extended periods of time 
  • Be able to exert up to forty pounds of force occasionally and/or up to fifteen pounds of force frequently in order to move or carry objects 
  • Be able to maintain prompt and regular attendance 
  • Be available to work evenings and weekends and occasional holidays as scheduled 

Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits available. Mail cover letter and resume to mdesmond@ajdesmond.com.


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