Veterans Cemetery Director

  • Veterans Cemetery Director
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
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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.

Job Duties

Plans and directs administrative and burial operations for a state veterans cemetery.

Determines eligibility for burial in a state veterans cemetery in accordance with established guidelines.

Plans and coordinates arrangements for interment and other services.

Provides information regarding burial benefits and services to the public.

Establishes and maintains cemetery administration and operations records.

Directs general operational activities such as reimbursement 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 support, maintenance, and groundskeeping staff.

Conducts public relations with veterans’ organizations and other stakeholders.

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 regarding 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.


Six or more years of senior-level clerical and/or technical experience assisting a State Veterans Cemetery Director in determining veterans’ eligibility for burial benefits, coordinating interment services, and managing administrative functions at a state veterans cemetery with the Missouri Veterans Commission.

(Earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of four years of the stated experience at a rate of 30 earned credit hours for one year.)


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; 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 may substitute for one year of the stated experience.)

(Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the stated college 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 fiscal control and procurement.

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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