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Funeral Director/Embalmer

Park Lawn Corporation | - WI 53705 USA | Full Time | Posted: 06/11/2024

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Why Work for Cress Funeral and Cremation Service?

Cress Funeral & Cremation Services creates personalized funeral & cremation services in the Madison, WI, area. Our caring team has been arranging tributes since 1869. They are sensitive to the needs of each family and strive for meaningful tributes that families deserve. As a high volume firm, our funeral directors are assigned to either the arranging team or the care team in order to better serve our families. This position is located at our central care facility in Middleton, WI - our care team is looking to grow! We are looking for a funeral professional who is dedicated to serving our client families through dignified care of their loved one. Our care team directors are responsible for the preparation room operations including, but not limited to embalming, dressing, cosmetics, casketing, and transportation. This position is ideal for someone who is interested in working primarily in the care center with fellow directors and who has a passion for teaching their craft to apprentices. The care team will also interact with families during viewings or cremation witnesses in our in-house viewing and crematory suite, as well as washings and dressings for various cultures whom we are privileged to serve. Care team directors are also responsible for handling trade work for our partners in funeral service across the country, including coordinating ship-outs or transportations across state lines and filing necessary paperwork on the state vital records system.

Madison is a delightful combination of small college town and midsize metropolitan. As the home of UW-Madison, there are plenty of activities available throughout the year - sports events, music, art, theater, etc. Madison has all the amenities you need (without the major traffic headaches of a large metro area) including shopping centers, excellent dining, plenty of craft breweries, and beautiful lakes with many trails for walking or biking. It is also a very dog-friendly town if you have a canine companion! The airport in Madison is continually adding destinations for direct flights, and we are only a short jaunt from Chicago airports which fly internationally and almost anywhere in the US.

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  • At every level, our dedicated team members display a strong work ethic and commitment to our core values, respect for the family, the profession, and the individual.
  • Work with leading experts in the funeral and cemetery profession.


  • Financial assistant programs encouraging employees through education and development in industry related subjects.
  • Robust Health and Welfare Plans, and savings account options, designed to support your personal needs, enhance well-being and help navigate life's challenges.
  • Rich 401k and Roth Retirement Plan options available for both Full Time and Part Time employees along with a Company Match.
  • Variety of Vacation, Personal Days and Sick Days based on your role emphasizing the importance of physical and emotional replenishment for our team.
  • Employee Discounts on services, merchandise, and property to help our team members in their time of need.


  • We value honesty, courage, integrity, ethical behavior and the development of personal growth.
  • We are rooted in the communities to provide a personal touch to every family we serve.
  • We believe in the value of funeral and cemetery service, drawing on decades of experience to create the best experience for our families.

Funeral Director/Embalmer - Summary/Objective

This position is the primary contact for client families is accountable for performing a variety of tasks during the preparation, planning, and execution of the funeral and memorialization process to ensure services run smoothly and that the expectations of our client families and their guests are exceeded.

Essential Functions

  • Consults with client families or legal representative of the deceased to create services designed to meet their memorialization expectations.
  • Ensures that client families are presented with all merchandizing and service options available.
  • Obtains information needed to complete required documents such as obituaries, death certificates, burial permits, and insurance.
  • Coordinates all service arrangements and details with clergy, other presiding persons, fraternal or military organizations, and others who may participate in conducting the funeral service.
  • Utilizes systems to record merchandise selections, enter contracts, and complete necessary forms.
  • Prepares and embalms the deceased for interment, cremation, or other disposition in conformity with legal requirements and with the utmost respect and dignity.
  • Ensures proper paperwork, including permits, logs, identification tags, and certificates are completed accurately and timely and in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Properly and safely utilizes embalming instruments and machinery in accordance with company guidelines.
  • Utilizes personal protective equipment and adheres to relevant operational and safety procedures.
  • Dresses, apples cosmetics, and performs casketing duties.
  • Plans, schedules, and conducts visitations and services.
  • Oversees all employees participating in services, ensuring that each member of the team understands their individual role and is professionally representing the location.
  • Places casket or remains in visitation area, setting up the area to comply with client family wishes, including adjusting light fixtures, and arrangement of flowers or plants.
  • Directs and usher families and service attendees to and from the location of the funeral service.
  • Supervises and assists in the transportation of client families to ensure a timely departure and arrival.
  • Arranges and coordinates shipment or transportation of remains to and from other cities and locations.
  • Instructs and oversees work of Apprentice Funeral Directors/Embalmers on cases, services, and paperwork.
  • Stocks and cleans preparation room and refrigeration unit.
  • Works on-call /first-call, as needed.
  • Identifies and remedies all hazards on grounds.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Communication Proficiency.
  • Teamwork Orientation.
  • Detail Orientation.
  • Thoroughness.
  • Customer Service Orientation.
  • Time Management.

Required Education, Experience, Certifications and Licensure

Four-year degree or equivalent combination of education, training and experience preferred.

  • 5 years' experience as a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer.
  • Valid and applicable state Funeral Director and Embalmer License; reciprocal across states and in good standing.
  • Valid state issued driver's license in good standing and acceptable driving record.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Attend and perform work in a professional and courteous manner in accordance with the employer's requirements.
  • Demonstrated willingness to participate in growing market share through community involvement.
  • Able to read, write and speak English fluently. Bilingual is a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal, as well as external customers, community leaders, and grieving client families.
  • Ability to empathize with client families and their guests and demonstrate tact and patience in emotionally charged situations.
  • Tactful and professional when dealing with complaints or dissatisfaction with services or merchandise.
  • Maintains a positive attitude and working environment through organization and communication.
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects, prioritizes tasks, and exercise good judgment.
  • Effective and professional communication skills, with an emphasis on verbal skills and the ability to resolve and respond to issues in a professional manner.
  • Attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

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.

  • The duties associated with this position are generally performed in an indoor office setting.
  • Outdoor duties may require exposure to natural elements such as inclement weather, extreme temperatures, uneven ground, dust, gas, and/or fumes.
  • Equipment used to perform the essential function of this position includes, but is not limited to; computer, fax, copier, multi-line phone system, AV system, body lift, casket handling/tansport devices, personal or company owned vehicle.
  • Employees in this role must have sufficient strength and manual dexterity and must be willing to work safely and comply with the Company's safety procedures, including wearing any personal protective equipment that may be required.
  • Employees in this role are regularly required to climb, sit, stand, bend, kneel, and frequently lift up to 75 pounds, and may be required to lift up to 100 pounds.
  • This position may also require power reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Employees in this role must be able to perform job duties when awakened from a sound sleep.
  • This position may also be exposed to chemicals and/ or blood borne pathogens. Exposure risk is considered: High
  • Overtime is sometimes necessary or required.


  • This position may require up to 10 percent out of area and overnight travel.
  • Travel is primarily local occurring during the business day only.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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