Founded in 1984, the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts originally cared for 17 cemeteries, including five which were abandoned. Now JCAM owns or manages 123 Jewish cemeteries (out of 222 independent Jewish cemeteries in the state). As such, JCAM cares for more than half of the Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Caretakers of the history of Jewish communities throughout Massachusetts, JCAM continually strives to find better methods of providing the highest standard of care and maintenance of Massachusetts Jewish cemeteries and their records. With the support of an enlightened community, JCAM is devoted to restoring and preserving Massachusetts Jewish cemeteries in perpetuity.
JCAM functions as a Jewish cemetery association for the Jewish communities of Massachusetts to honor the dead in accordance with Jewish religious practices, traditions, and beliefs. Further, JCAM provides for:
Continuous operation, maintenance and security of the 123 Jewish cemeteries under its management.
Preservation and restoration of Jewish cemeteries, including their archives and records.
The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts seeks a Director of Cemetery Management to:
Negotiate contracts with caretakers and contractors.
Manage the work done by caretakers and other contractors, reviews and approve invoices, and monitor the actual expenses to budget.
Identify and manage many simultaneous projects, including assessing needs, budget and project planning, hiring contractors, and managing the progress of work.
Oversee relationships with cemeteries managed by JCAM (but not owned by JCAM, including reviewing and distributing reports to managed cemetery leadership.
Prepare JCAM’s field restoration and maintenance budgets
Prepare pro forma profit and loss scenarios and restoration budgets for potential cemetery mergers. Identify restoration and maintenance needs.
Work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Finance. Keep management fully informed as to the condition of JCAM cemeteries.
Work with many different kinds of people in a cooperative and understanding manner, including families, caretakers, contractors, funeral directors, monument dealers, JCAM board members and staff, managed cemetery board members, cemetery neighbors, and local DPW departments
Resolve critical issues quickly, especially issues with immediate need
Specifically, the Director of Cemetery Management will oversee the restoration, repair and maintenance of:
Curbing walls around family lots
Chapel work inside and out
Tree and shrub removal and pruning
Power washing of complete cemeteries including, headstones, markers, walkways, benches, walls and chapel if applicable
Restoration of aged headstones made of limestone, slate or marble
Pillar and archway installation
Demolitions – chapel or house
Chapel rehabilitation and cemetery restoration
New and replacement of existing JCAM signage
The successful candidate will have:
Experience with property management and contractor management
Effective time management, planning and budgeting skills
Comfort using Excel, Word and Outlook
The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, lay leadership, funeral directors, cemetery caretakers, the Jewish community, cities and towns where Jewish cemeteries are located, and the public.
Experience with cemetery operations a plus
Familiarity with Jewish burial practices a plus
Salary commensurate with experience, use of company truck, paid vacation, sick time, holidays (legal and Jewish holidays), health/dental insurance, employer matching 401k package