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Now Hiring Program Manager for Journey to Serve — An Initiative Aimed at Recruiting Military Veterans into the Funeral Service Profession

A newly created Program Manager position will elevate and strengthen the Journey to Serve initiative, which was jointly launched by the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation in 2021. The landmark initiative connects military veterans with careers throughout the funeral service profession.

Nationwide (June 21, 2022) – Today, the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation announced the creation of a new Journey to Serve Project Manager position, a two-year, full-time, benefits-eligible position to promote Journey to Serve to broader military veteran and funeral service audiences. Jointly funded by the ICCFA Educational Foundation and the Funeral Service Foundation, the goal of the position is to effectively communicate the alignment between a career in the military and a subsequent career in funeral service.

The Program Manager will carry out the Journey to Serve Initiative to its fullest potential by implementing direct outreach to veterans, military spouses and families. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Communicating the Journey to Serve program with Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs)
  • Strengthening Department of Defense and government connections
  • Exhibiting and presenting about the program directly to veterans’ groups
  • Executing a social media campaign aimed at veterans
  • Expanding and managing the tools and resources available to funeral service professionals

In addition, the Program Manager is responsible for thorough communication within the funeral service profession to promote Journey to Serve and encourage the use of its associated resources and toolkit. This outreach includes careful coordination with state associations and industry partners to ensure that Journey to Serve is actively used across the profession to recruit veterans into meaningful next careers in funeral service.

The position is designed to be executed via remote work. View the full job description, qualifications and application here.

About Journey to Serve
Journey to Serve’s purpose is twofold: The sweeping initiative—which is equally funded by the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation, and endorsed by NFDA and ICCFA—positions the funeral service profession as an ideal career path for military veterans to deploy the skills, traits, and talents acquired and earned during their tour of duty.At the same time, the initiative equips deathcare and funeral service professionals with free tools and resources specifically designed to engage with military veterans on a local, regional, national, and international scale.

This brief video provides an overview of the Journey to Serve program and offers a look at the natural fit between military veterans and funeral service.

Available Resources at JourneyToServe.com
Curated with all funeral service and deathcare professionals in mind, the toolkit includes a variety of customizable resources available for download. The free resources include:

  • Customizable Print and digital ads
  • Customizable Radio and podcast spots in :30 and :60 lengths
  • Moving video explaining the natural fit between veterans and funeral service
  • Testimonials from veterans already working in the funeral service profession
  • Social media post template
  • Customizable flyers and postcards
  • Slide decks for use when speaking to veterans’ groups
  • Key messaging documents and FAQs

About the Funeral Service Foundation – FuneralServiceFoundation.org
Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the philanthropic voice of the funeral profession and has identified as the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997. Donors and volunteer leaders, profession-wide, support the Foundation in its mission of investing in people and programs to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities.

About the ICCFA Educational Foundation ICCFA.com/Educational-Foundation
The ICCFA Educational Foundation, founded in 2005, seeks to make education accessible to the future leaders of the deathcare profession. It does this by awarding scholarships to the educational programs of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, as well as advancing initiatives designed to promote the profession and support the individuals who answer the call of service.