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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 we do not have a current opening that interests you, we still welcome the opportunity to get to know you. For more information on jobs and how to apply, please visit A.J. Desmond Job Openings

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

EOE

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

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 available to work some evenings and weekends and occasional holidays as scheduled 

Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits available. 

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 50 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-about 9:00pm

 

A full-time Concierge who handles the following duties: 

  • Responding to customer needs 
  • Assisting grieving families
  • Creating and maintaining documents and forms 
  • Answering phones 
  • Preparing space for services 
  • Receiving and arranging flower arrangements
  • Receiving and assisting visitors
  • Assisting funeral directors with funeral and memorial services
  • Assisting funeral directors with administrative support

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 
  • Have a 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 and Excel)
  • 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

This is a full-time position: Sunday 11:00-4:00 and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm and an occasional Saturday. Benefits offered. DO NOT apply if any of the above do not apply to you.

Full-time Administrative Assistant 

  • Organizes and coordinates tasks in regards to preparing for funeral services
  • Actively seeks client family’s information; uses it in serving families an assisting directors
  • Sends, receives and interprets information clearly and with sensitivity
  • Ensures that everything is right on every funeral
  • Interacts effectively and positively at different levels and with different audiences
  • Has an eye for detail and corrects problems
  • Displays excellent telephone skills and etiquette using good judgment and compassion
  • Answers phone and door as needed
  • Inspires others to a high level of customer focus
  • Sets and maintains a positive and productive work environment
  • Possesses and displays an understanding of the funeral profession

The successful candidate must: 

  • Have some post high school courses and at least 2 years experience in a related position. Some college preferred
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Be skilled in typing and data entry
  • Be proficient in the use of various Microsoft Office applications; willing to learn others
  • Exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong interpersonal skills
  • Be able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from various stakeholders
  • Be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Be adaptive, flexible and an outstanding team player
  • Be resourceful, organized, timely and detail oriented 
  • Be able to multi-task and perform well in dynamic and sometimes stressful conditions 
  • Be able to effectively organize daily, weekly and monthly administrative tasks
  • Have at least some understanding of funeral service
  • Have a willingness to learn

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday and some Saturdays, 8:00am-5:00pm. DO NOT apply if any of the above do not apply to you.

 


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