State Veterans Cemetery Director

  • State Veterans Cemetery Director
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Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$41,184.00 – $60,084.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,716.00 – $2,503.50
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This is professional administrative work managing and directing the operation of a state veterans cemetery with high visitation and extensive burial operations.

Job Duties

Plans and directs work operations and develops work schedules to accomplish cemetery goals and operational responsibilities.

Determines eligibility for burial in a state veterans cemetery.

Plans and coordinates arrangements for burial services, interment time and date, and other services.

Meets the public and provides information regarding burial benefits and services.

Establishes and maintains records on cemetery administration and operations.

Directs general operational activities such as collection of burial fees, acquisition of supplies, and preparation of operational reports.

Manages a cemetery budget, assuring that financial controls are established and funds are expended in accordance with established guidelines and directives.

Develops and implements local administrative, financial, and other resource management policies.

Supervises and evaluates clerical, maintenance, and groundskeeping staff.

Conducts appropriate public relations with veterans organizations and other groups relative to the mission, function, and administration of the state veterans cemetery system.

Ensures visitors and relatives of the deceased are treated with courtesy and respect; advises veterans' survivors regarding financial and burial benefits.

Reviews and makes recommendations on long-range plans, operational needs, and capital improvement plans/specifications.

Exercises considerable inititative and judgment in planning and carrying out assignments; receives general administrative direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Two or more years of experience as a Veterans Service Officer, Veterans Benefits Claims Representative, or Veterans Service Supervisor with the Missouri Veterans Commission.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: social sciences, Public or Business Administration, or a closely related field; and,

Two or more years of professional experience in cemetery/funeral home management, golf course management (or comparable grounds management), Veterans Administration benefits, or military management experience.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute for one year of the required experience.)

(Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of business and public administration.

Comprehensive knowledge of veterans' burial benefits.

Comprehensive knowledge of managerial techniques and administrative practices.

Intermediate knowledge of the principles of supervision.

Intermediate knowledge of state/federal laws and rules/regulations governing the operation of a veterans cemetery.

Intermediate knowledge of building and grounds maintenance and landscaping.

Ability to provide leadership and supervision to staff.

Ability to exercise initiative, make sound decisions, and communicate effectively.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with veterans organizations, funeral directors, staff, and the general public.

Ability to advise veterans' survivors of benefits in a caring and compassionate manner.

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