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Director of Cemeteries

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa, known civilly in Ontario as the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Ottawa (“Archdiocese”), is seeking candidates for an employment opportunity as Director of Cemeteries. The individual reports to the Archbishop’s Delegate for Cemeteries and to the Board of Directors of the two diocesan cemeteries: Notre-Dame Cemetery and Hope Cemetery.

The Director of Cemeteries is a member of the senior management of the Archdiocese and is chiefly responsible for the Archdiocese's consistent achievement of its mission and organizational objectives with respect to the two diocesan cemeteries and the forty-eight parish cemeteries (“the cemeteries”).

In addition to general management of the operations of the cemeteries, the Director's mandate includes the development of a long-range strategy which achieves the mission of its cemeteries as part of the pastoral outreach of the Archdiocese. Other key responsibilities include program development and administration, allowing for the optimal use of finances, staff, and resources as well as the formation and monitoring of volunteers and staff engaged at the parish level. This individual will also provide financial leadership by managing budgets and monitoring long-term strategic fiscal plans, as well as ensuring compliance with provincial legislation and regulations concerning the cemeteries.

Core Competencies

  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Decision Making and Judgement
  • Staff Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Quality Orientation
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Accountability
  • Providing Consultation
  • Enforcing Laws, Rules, and Regulations
  • Development and Continual Learning

Job Duties

  • Directs the Diocesan Administration of Cemeteries
  • Is the operator of the cemetery licence and the crematorium licence of the Archdiocese
  • Acts as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the two diocesan cemeteries
  • Is the Administrator of the two diocesan cemeteries: Notre-Dame and Hope Cemeteries
  • Provides direction and supervision of cemetery superintendents and all employees in an unionized and non-unionized context as well as of the controller
  • Supervises all parish cemeteries’ activities, assures training and support of local parish managers, assures compliance with current legislation, regulations, and policies; ensures compliance with diocesan policies
  • Attends and conducts presentations
  • Is responsible for all communications and relations with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the
  • Ministry of Consumer Services and other government agencies
  • Provides leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the Boards of
  • Directors and staff, and carries out plans and policies authorized by the Boards
  • Participates with Archdiocesan Administration and the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the cemeteries
  • Develops an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the cemeteries
  • Identifies and evaluates the risks to the Archdiocese and the people served by the Archdiocese through its cemeteries (families, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implements measures to control risks
  • Sees that the Boards and the Archdiocese are kept fully informed on the condition of the cemeteries and all important factors influencing them
  • Maintains official records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, provincial and local regulations
  • Markets and publicizes the activities of the cemeteries and their programs and goals
  • Works with the staff and the Board in preparing budgets for the two diocesan cemeteries and sees that the cemeteries operate within budget guidelines
  • Other duties as required


The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • A University degree in business, administration, accountancy or management sciences
  • An MBA or recognized professional accreditation in business is preferred
  • Detailed knowledge of the Roman Catholic faith and of the governing structures of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, in English and French
  • High level of integrity, confidentially, and accountability
  • Experience in the cemetery, funeral or other areas of the death-care industry
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience within a not-for-profit organization in leadership positions
  • Possession of a clear Canadian Criminal Records Check, including the vulnerable sector
  • Effective leadership skills, with a strong focus on mentoring and motivation
  • Demonstrated ability to manage key constituent relationships, including patrons, business partners, government agencies, and so on
  • Ability to identify key issues; creatively and strategically overcome internal and external challenges or obstacles
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation applicable to the charitable sector, including employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, taxation, CPP, EI, health coverage etc.
  • Strong knowledge of fiscal management and responsibility, business finance, capital funding, contracts, and partnerships
  • Sound understanding of risk management
  • Knowledge of personnel policies, practices, and procedures including in an unionized environment
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills
  • Experience creating and managing budgets for a large, distributed organization

Working Conditions

  • Travel required including extensive travel by car throughout Eastern Ontario
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals
  • Overtime as required

The Archdiocese of Ottawa offers a competitive salary and working conditions with a full range of benefits including a pension plan and group insurance plan.

Candidates selected for an interview must provide three professional references – including two by those who have been in a supervisory role to the candidate - and a pastoral reference from a member of the clergy who knows the candidate well.

The candidates are invited to present their resume before March 18th, 2017, to:

Ms. Colette Legault
Human Resources Officer
Archdiocese of Ottawa
1247 Kilborn Place
Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9

No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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