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Services (Funeral) Assistant

Recompose is seeking to add a Services Assistant to our growing team. This Services Assistant will be an empathetic secondary contact with our clients and help create the Recompose experience.

Death – though heart-wrenching – can be beautiful. Its rituals can be meaningful, and disposition of the body can be gentle and natural.

Recompose is an ecological death care company based in Seattle and Kent, Washington. When we opened in December 2020, Recompose became first organization in the world to offer human composting or NOR services (natural organic reduction), where human bodies are converted into soil. We are building the Recompose model to offer an authentic, participatory experience for families and a natural return to the Earth for the dead.

Recompose is seeking to add a Services Assistant to our growing team. This is a position frequently described in the industry as a “funeral director’s assistant” or a “funeral assistant.” This Services Assistant will be an empathetic secondary contact with our clients and help create the Recompose experience. The Services Assistant reports to our Services Manager.

Responsibilities will include managing soil deliveries and mailing, assisting Recompose guests, and acting as backup for the person who manages the front desk at Recompose HQ. The Services Assistant will also work with the Services Specialists to create opportunities for ritual and ceremony with chosen friends and family members including online/virtual events, home funerals, and events in nontraditional or outdoor environments.

This role is an opportunity to help us create deep ecological change within the industry. The Services Assistant will help us build an intentional culture of hospitality and inclusion that we will maintain as we grow. This person should be passionate about helping Recompose create a radical new death care paradigm and about helping to heal the environment through this work.

This role will help us build an intentional culture of hospitality and inclusion that we will maintain as we grow. This person should be passionate about helping Recompose create a radical new death care paradigm and about helping to heal the environment through this work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Help create a comforting, inspiring experience for clients and their chosen friends and family:

  • Assist funeral directors with any events held onsite, including assisting in setting up for services, arrangement conferences, and visits in the family prep room.
  • Help maintain the guest facilities, not including any preparation areas or NOR areas.
  • Help guests with parking and with finding where they need to be for services or visits.
  • Set up equipment for services, including audio-visual equipment. May run the technical parts of online services (admitting guests, running background music, setting the camera)
  • May assist Services personnel with the movement of bodies before services or before visits in the family prep room.
  • Assist our transportation service with checking in new bodies
  • Answer customer inquiries in a professional manner, either by phone or in person.
  • Assist in setting appointments and service times.
  • May call customers to ensure that arrangements are correct.
  • Cover for the front desk staff when that staff member needs breaks or is on leave.
  • Point person on soil
    • Will make sure all soil paperwork is completed before pickup
    • Will keep NOR informed on soil expectations and pickup
    • Will handle in person pickups, whether for full-soil or containers
    • Will arrange mailing for containers being shipped
  • May ship additional products to families for the Services department.
  • With other Recompose team members, maintain client database with an emphasis on those items required for death certificates and for planning meaningful ceremonies.
  • Continually look for opportunities to improve the client experience.
  • May occasionally have to work evenings or weekends with other Service team members if services are scheduled on such days/times.

Champion Recompose’s mission:

  • In conjunction with the entire team, help create a new paradigm for sustainable, meaningful death care.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Customer service experience of 1 year+.
  • Comfort with handling human remains in various stages of decomposition.
  • Ability to speak with empathy and competence, whether in person, on a screen, or by telephone.
  • Empathy and interpersonal sensitivity with superior listening skills and emotional generosity.
  • A strong respect for the unexplained, a willingness to “not know” and an inquisitive approach to the work.
  • Flexibility in terms of approaches and duties as the Recompose team is very small and helping each other accomplish a variety of tasks is a necessity.
  • Resilience, including the ability to manage own emotions, demonstrate self-control under pressure or adversity, and practice self-care.
  • Advanced computer/internet skills and ability to work with technology in a variety of capacities. Tasks may include: setting up camera, lighting, and computer equipment to livestream an online remote ceremony, scheduling pickup of a body via mobile device, managing our client CRM database, and updating an online project management tool. At least a moderate level of experience and comfort with technology, typing, and learning new digital tools is required.
  • Commitment to working toward and advocating for climate healing, soil health, and environmental justice.
  • Commitment to working at a progressive company that explicitly works to be anti-racist. Recompose is committed to advocating and ​protecting the rights of people of color, religious minorities, and undocumented people.
  • Commitment to working at a progressive company that explicitly works to be feminist. Recompose is committed to advocating and ​protecting the rights of women, transgender people, and gender nonconforming people.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Flexibility will be key especially in the first few years of operations. For the first few years, as we grow to capacity and hire staff Likewise, as we develop the overall schedule, a lot of flexibility may be required. This non-exempt position is eligible for overtime when working over 40 hours/week, with manager permission

In the long run (1-3 years), it is Recomposes explicit goal to create an atmosphere where staff work 40-hour weeks, and the live/work balance doesn’t only exist but is celebrated.

In terms of physical requirements, this position needs to be able to lift 75 lbs. and be able to move back and forth between different areas of our facility several times daily.

This position is based on site in our Seattle HQ facility.

Salary Range

$26.44 – $31.25/hr or $55,000-$65,000 annually if working a full-time schedule.

Benefit Information

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance plans
  • Generous paid time off
  • Wellness and technology stipends

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