Manager - Santa Maria Cemetery District

Santa Maria, CA

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the District Manager is the sole administrator of the Santa Maria Cemetery District (hereinafter District) and will represent the District in all facets of communication, administration and managerial responsibilities in accordance with the Board’s adopted policies and procedures.  The position, in effect, will run a small business and the ideal candidate will have overall experience in that regard.  Represents the District in a professional and caring manner, exhibiting sensitivity and understanding to bereaved needs.  Previous experience as a cemetery District Manager is not necessary.

Duties / Responsibilities:

Provide oversight of the District’s programs involving sales, maintenance, construction and beautification of its grounds and facilities;

Actively engage in and provide oversight of the District’s sales, services, financial and administrative capabilities, while providing oversight of the access, safety and security of the grounds;

Manage and retain existing staff to include, Operations Manager, Administrative Staff and burial-related personnel; assume responsibility for hiring additional staff, as needed, to include, recruitment (sourcing candidates, conducting interviews, onboarding), in addition to training (including developing training programs), mentoring, coaching, conducting salary / performance reviews and disciplinary actions, if required;

Provide oversight of the responsibilities of the Operations Manager in designing, preparing plans, supervising installation, daily burial operations, maintenance and upgrading of irrigation systems;

Prepare, manage and design specifications for construction of the District’s buildings and other facilities.  Working with Contractors and Board;

Review employee classifications, salary ranges and benefits offered by the District annually and make recommendations to the Board to ensure alignment with the market;

Prepare annual operating budget working with board and district financial staff to submit to Board for approval; monitor and implement approved budget within the parameters thereof;

Prepare Board meeting agendas; take minutes of meetings (if needed) and distribute finished product accordingly; attend all Board meetings;

Annually review District’s policies and procedures and make recommendations to the Board if charges are required;

Investigate claims and complaints lodged against the District and its facilities; work with legal team and board or designated board committee in this regard, if necessary;

On behalf of the District, sell burial and interment rights to the public; learn day to day operations of burial sales and operations; assist with planning burial interment services; record and map burial and interments within the District’s sites / facilities;

Attend relevant cemetery and/or special district conferences and workshops;

Other duties as assigned by the Board. 


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or similar discipline, preferred;

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of products, required;

Ability to identify potential problems, analyze various scenarios and devise a resolution in a timely manner;

Proficient oral and written communication skills, required;

Proficient financial management skills in preparing budgets, analyzing financial data, accounting records and reporting; review accounting processes regularly and make recommendations to the Board for improvement and streamlining policies and procedures;

Ability to be bonded or insured under the District’s liability coverage, required;

Holder of a valid California driver’s license and possess a clean driving record, required.


$75K - $91K DOE for this full-time, exempt position

Benefits:  Medical, dental, vision paid 100% for employee; 75% paid for dependent medical premiums; generous paid time off; exceptional retirement plan

Working Hours:

40 hours per week Monday through Friday.

Physical Requirements:

The employee is regularly required to speak, hear, stand and walk, which often includes walking on uneven grass/grounds, in addition to sitting for long periods of time while using office equipment/computers, with the ability to reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.  The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.  The employee is regularly required to meet with families outdoors, which may include warm temperatures and exposure to the sun and inclement weather.


Santa Maria, CA