Davis Cemetery District New Job Postings

 

The Davis Cemetery District is recruiting for a Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.

Located on Pole Line Road in east Davis, the Davis Cemetery District is a community tradition of historic natural beauty since 1855 to honor and remember loved ones. The District serves all faith and cultures and offers a wide range of options for memorialization. Designated as an arboretum in 2012, this 28-acre oasis offers green burials, standard and titan sealed liner burials, cremation plots, niche internments, and scattering gardens.

The Davis Cemetery District is an independent special district funded by city property taxes and the sale of interment rights, along with other miscellaneous fees.  It is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.  Employees participate in CalPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System, for health and retirement benefits.

District Vision

·       To strengthen the cemetery as an inviting space for remembrance, contemplation, and healing.

·       To enhance the cemetery’s ability to memorialize the history of Davis, its people, and the original Central Valley landscape through art, architecture and design.

·       To maintain the Davis Cemetery District as a center of local history, celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of the people of Davis.

·       To create an attractive environment that will encourage people to come and enjoy art, nature, and civic history.

·       To enhance the existing ecological function of the cemetery as an open green space and a sanctuary for native plant and animal life.

·       To reduce the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides while maintaining a healthy living landscape

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Davis Cemetery District to provide respectful and affordable interment services that meet the cultural, economic, religious and social needs of the community.

Positions to Be Filled

District Superintendent

The Board of Directors is looking for highly-motivated professional to assume the leadership role in this mission-focused organization.  The successful individual must possess the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to lead the Davis Cemetery District and its staff.  Many patrons of the cemetery are either anticipating or reacting to the loss of a loved one.

Job Description

 General:

In accordance with Board policy, the Superintendent is responsible for providing leadership of the Davis Cemetery District, including personnel matters, fiscal oversight, management of operations, Board and community relations, and strategic planning.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Hire District staff and perform all personnel related functions to include supervision, training, performance evaluations, and disciplinary actions.
  2. Review and recommend changes, if needed, to employee benefit packages and salaries.
  3. Manage day-to-day operations efficiently and ensure compliance with all rules and regulations of the California Health and Safety Code pertaining to public cemeteries.
  4. Ensure compliance with Board policies. Recommend changes when indicated.
  5. Communicate with the Board promptly regarding any current or potential violations of California law or Board policy.
  6. Seek out opportunities to streamline operations and incorporate technology into daily operations.
  7. Ensure prompt, accurate maintenance of all District records, including financial transactions, interment records, and all other records required by law or Board policy.
  8. Ensure that cemetery records are backed-up and maintained in a safe place.
  9. Ensure proper maintenance and upkeep of the grounds and buildings.
  10. Ensure an up-to-date and proper inventory of all major equipment and supplies; ensure that the equipment is properly maintained.
  11. Provide fiscal oversight to District operating and capital programs, including the development and management of annual operating and capital budgets. Operating and capital budgets are to be presented to the Board annually for approval.
  12. Recommend a 5-year Capital Improvements Plan to the Board for approval.
  13. Ensure that bills are paid promptly and accurately.
  14. Maintain a positive and professional relationship with the Board of Directors, employees, vendors, and the public.
  15. Ensure the completion Board meeting packets, including an agenda, fiscal report, analysis of action items,statusof operations, and other information pertinent to Board oversight.
  16. Seek out innovative cemetery best-practices and incorporate them into daily operations. Use them to inform strategic planning efforts.
  17. Recommend designs and areas for internment expansions, changes to the pricing structure, and other ideas for innovation.
  18. Provide back-up to sales and assume other duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  •  College degree, preferably in business or related field
  • Excellent communicator and public relations skills
  • Experience managing staff and operations, and developing strategic plans
  • Knowledge of operating and capital budget planning and oversight

Salary range:  $70,000 to $80,000 annually

 

Assistant Superintendent

The Board of Directors is looking for a professional to work under the leadership of the Superintendent, perform management-level functions, and provide District leadership in the Superintendent’s absence. Skills at interacting with those experiencing a personal loss

is critical.

General:

With minimal supervision, the Assistant Superintendent will manage customer services related to sales, advertising and marketing, community engagement/cultural events, arboretum planning, and daily financial actions.  In addition, this position will function as second in charge, and assist the Superintendent with management responsibilities as needed.  In the absence of the Superintendent, the incumbent provides leadership to staff and assumes the responsibility of the District’s daily operations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide customer assistance to the public and administrative assistance during internments
  2. Sell plots and arrange internments
  3. Maintain and update interment records and maps and ensure electronic back-up of all records
  4. Manage public relation activities to inform and educate the community about the District
  5. Market the cemetery and advertise its services
  6. Manage cultural events and history tours
  7. Develop plans to maintain and enhance thearboretum
  8. Maintain and update the District website
  9. Process deposits and claims, file sales tax returns, and prepare monthly financial reports
  10. Process and maintain payroll records and employee files
  11. Provide staff support to the Board of Directors
  12. Perform management duties assigned by the Superintendent and provide leadership in the Superintendent’s absence

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

College degree, preferably in business, communications, or a related field

Experience in customer relations, sales, or marketing

Excellent communicator

Strong interpersonal skills

Knowledge of or interest in plants and landscaping

 

Salary Range:  $50,000 to $60,000

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter electronically to: jobs@daviscemetery.org

Questions may be directed to Joan Planell, Interim Superintendent, at 240.623.6201.

Applications received by close of business on Friday, October 5 will receive preference.

A PDF version of the following description can be found Davis Cemetery District job Posting

 

Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 28th

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 28th 10:00 a

The Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28th, at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum, 820 Pole Line Road. The Davis Brass Ensemble will perform a medley of patriotic music from 9:30am-10:00am. The Memorial Day program will be from 10:00am-12:00 pm.
Davis Boy Scouts , Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will place the flags on the graves of veterans early that morning and pick them up that evening.
The ceremony will feature the Davis Brass Ensemble, Davis Children’s Chorale and the Davis High School Madrigals, Carol Kessler, Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones, an introduction by Mayor Pro-tem Brett Lee and the keynote speaker will be Jerry Coker.

The son of a career soldier, Jerry Coker lived in the Midwest and Alaska until his father retired from the Army and settled in California. In 1968 Jerry enlisted in the US Marine Corps one week after high school graduation, serving as a rifleman in South Vietnam with the Second Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment. In the spring of 1969 he was severely wounded from grenade fragments during night operations in Quang Nam Province, southwest of Danang City.

After a lengthy recovery in Japan and stateside, Jerry returned to school, married his girlfriend, Jan, and began to write fiction. He earned degrees from UC Davis in English Literature and the Brown University Graduate Writing Program, returning to California in the late 70s to begin a diverse career that began at UC Davis. At UCD he served as a recruiter, publications writer and editor. In his corporate career he served as a marketing manager, researcher, business proposal manager and contract administrator. He later served as a management consultant, high school English teacher, and was the owner of an Information Technology staffing augmentation consulting firm with State and Federal Clients.
During these nearly forty years in Davis, he shared the raising of their two boys, Nathan and Drew with Jan, a musician and long-time Davis elementary school teacher. After the boys left their hometown to find their own path, both serving in Iraqwith the Marines and then eventually returning to the area with their own wives and now grandchildren, Jan and Jerry realized their small part in the full circle of life, and how precious that participation is.

He is author of two World War II historical fiction novels, First Among Men (2013, Pocol Press), about the 1943 invasion of Attu Island in the Aleutians of which his father participated; and Into the Wet (2015, Black Rose Writing and 2017, Pocol Press second printing), about the 1942 campaign of the Japanese Army to take New Guinea from the Australian Army, known as the battle for the Kokoda Trail.

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We will be in need of volunteers to aid in the handing out of programs and the removal of flags later in the afternoon.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting monetary donations.

Please contact cemcod@dcn.org if you would like to help.

Quarterly Care of Grounds

The District is starting its first quarterly string trimming around all the monuments in the Cemetery. With this initial trimming of the year, there will be the removal of floral and memorabilia that does not conform to the District Rules and Regulations regarding the care of graves and Cemetery grounds.   Please contact us for a copy of our Rules and Regulations. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will save some decoration, that the Staff feels may be of value, for a two-week period.

    Davis Cemetery District  Board Meeting Agenda January 17th

Davis Cemetery District  Board Meeting Agenda

 

Date:               1/17/2018                                

Time:              4:00 PM          

Location:         820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA

 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Stephen Souza, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall.

 

Approval of agenda

 

Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

 

Announcements:      None

 

Approval of minutes:  Approval of December 20, 2017 Monthly meeting.

 

Consent calendar:        None

 

Correspondence:           None

 

Superintendent’s Report:  Written and verbal.

 

Community Outreach Report:   Verbal.

 

Financial Report:            Written and verbal.

 

 

Old Business:                1. IRS update status.

  1. Anderson encroachment and resolution update.
  2. Oral subcommittee reports on:
  3.  a) Policy and Procedures separation and updates.
  4.         b) Potential 360 review process.

 

New Business:              1. Part time employee job classification

 

Closed Session:             Employee situation

 

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

 

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Thursday,  January 11, 2018 by 4pm at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent.

 

Cathie James-Robinson Solo Exhibition January 2018

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of artist Cathie James-Robinson. Cathie is an accomplished artist in a variety of artistic mediums. She has shown regionally at a number of local galleries. Her latest exhibition will run from January 5-January 30, 2018. The open house with light refreshments will be held Sunday, January 7th from 1-4:00pm.

Cathie James-Robinson has spent her life creating art, from technical drawing to fine arts working in all types of media, including painting (with watercolor, acrylic and soft pastels), drawing (graphite, color pencils and ink), sculpture of all types, assemblage and fine art photography. Originally a self-taught artist, Cathie decided to attend American River College in 2008 where she discovered an amazing and talented faculty in the Art and Photography departments. It was there that she received degrees in Art and Art New Media as well as the Certificate in Freelance Photography. During her time at ARC, she was published twice in the national award-winning American River Magazine, as well as participating in numerous student exhibits, winning Best 2-D in show for her pastel, “Moody Mountain View”. After soaking up all of the knowledge and processes she could and honing her skills, Cathie became increasingly interested in combining her fine art, photography and assemblage into single mixed media art pieces. The art in this show has been created using the artist’s original paintings, photographs and drawings, as well as hand-made stencils and stamps. The repeated ink drawings and photographs used in the art have been reproduced from her originals and applied with unique transfer techniques. The hope of the artist regarding this exhibit is that these nature and vintage inspired pieces communicate the stories of emotion and relevance with which they were imagined.   Formerly known as Cathie Bechtell, a resident of the Foothills of El Dorado County for 35 years, she has lived in Davis, California for the past 2 years and has fallen in love with the lifestyle and art community.

 

 

Board Meeting Agenda November 15th 4:00pm

              Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting Agenda

Date:                           11/15/2017                             

Time:                         4:00 PM         

Location:       820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Stephen Souza, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall.

Approval of agenda

 Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

Announcements:     None

Approval of minutes: Approval of October 18, 2017 Monthly meeting minutes.

Consent calendar:        None

Correspondence:          None

Superintendent’s Report: Written and verbal.

Community Outreach Report: Verbal.

 Financial Report:          Written and verbal.

Old Business: 1. Veteran Plot purchase update and gravesite layout policy.

  1. IRS Non-Profit issue update.
  2. Anderson encroachment and resolution update.

4.Oral subcommittee reports on:

  1. a) Policy and Procedures separation and updates.
  2.                                b) Potential 360 review process.
  3. Pollution Liability Insurance Coverage update.

New Business: 1. Scanning Project meeting Nov. 30 – Yolo Co. Board of Supv. Office

  1. Need for new Strategic Plan and/or Master Plan update
  2.                            Potential Closed session regarding Personnel Issues of Nov. 7

 

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017 by 4pm at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent.

 

 

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting October 18th Agenda

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting Agenda

Date: 10/18/2017

Time: 4:00pm

Location: 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA

 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Bill Marshall, Board Members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfied, Stephan Souza.

Public Comment: Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserved the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

Announcements: None

Approval of Minutes: Approval of September 27, 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes

Consent Calendar: None

Correspondence: None

Superintendent’s Report: Written and Verbal

Community Outreach Report: Written and Verbal.

Financial Report: Written and verbal.

Old Business:

  1. Superintendent Evaluation
  2. Status of Legal Actions on IRS Non-Profit issue.
  3. Results of factual review and potential settlement option on Anderson encroachment.
  4. Oral subcommittee reports on:
    1. Policy and Procedures separation and updated.
    2. Potential 360 review process.New Business:
  5. Signature Authorizing claims and Deposits.
  6. Proposed Veterans Services plot purchase.
  7. LAFCO- representative to Consolidated Redevelopment Oversight Board.
  8. Pollution Liability Insurance Coverage.

Adjournment and scheduling of net meeting: Chairperson

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 by 4:00 pm at the Davis Cemetery District 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent

 

Gene Kennedy Solo Exhibition “Reflect and Repeat: Images from the Gladding, Mc Bean Factory

Join us Sunday, October 15th for the opening reception for photography Gene Kennedy. His solo exhibition “Reflect and Repeat: Images from the Gladding, McBean Factory” will run throughout the month of October. Come meet the artist, enjoy his works and experience the most unique gallery location in town. The afternoon artist reception will include a free concert with the New Harmony Jazz Band.

Gene Kennedy has been photographing for more than forty-five years. He gained recognition nationally for his photography of the evolving California Landscape. Regionally I am known as a photography of the evolving California landscape. Regionally he is celebrated as a photographer, teacher, gallery, administrator and former director of the popular Gladding McBean Photography Workshops.

Gene’s photographic projects have focused on the man-impacted environment, with a few nods of appreciation to the natural world, and the occasional touch of humor. His documentary-style landscape reside in the collections of the California State Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.

“It makes sense in a place whose job is to make multiple identical copies of products, ranging from roof tiles to gigantic sewer pipes to delicate figures for architectural decoration that pictures made in that place might also reflect the same repetitious quality. That is, repetitious in the best sense of the word. Such was my intent in selecting the images for this show. Most of them have never been exhibited before, but a few old favorites also appear.

The Gladding, McBean & Co. factory, in the Placer County town of Lincoln, opened in 1875 and has operated continuously since then, surviving two World Wars and the Great Depression. Starting as a clay pipe manufacturer, “the pottery” expanded its product line and by the end of the 19th century was producing architectural Terra cotta ornamentation for buildings, most notably after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Ernest Hopkins, columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, said in July, 1928:  “From a hole in the ground, here in the lower end of Placer County, the modern city of San Francisco has come.” (Not to mention thousands of other buildings in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle, and places as far-fetched as New York, Chicago, Tokyo and London.

I was privileged to be able to organize and lead photographic workshops at Gladding, McBean for 16 years. Close to 300 enthusiastic photographers made it into the pottery during that time, and many of them came back time after time after time, simply because they weren’t finished taking pictures there. If we had been able to continue after 2011, I’m sure many of them would have come back again.

I’m sure all those photographers would join me in expressing their sincere gratitude to the workers and management of Gladding, McBean for the extraordinary gift of being allowed to visit and photograph this magical place.”

Gallery 1855 is located at the historic Davis Cemetery District office at 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA. . It is a non-profit community space that celebrates local artists  as well it’s unique history. For more information about upcoming exhibitions please go to www.daviscemetry.org.

Davis Cemetery District September Board Meeting

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting

Date: 9/27/2017

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA

 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Stephen Souza, Board members Dennis Dingemans , Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall.

Approval of agenda.

Public comment: Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

 

Announcements: Joe Cattarin is on vacation.

Approval of minutes:  Approval of July 19, 2017 Monthly meeting.

Consent Calendar: None

Correspondence: Letter from Jennifer Anderson

Superintendent Report: Written

Community Outreach Report: Written and Verbal

Financial Report: Written and Verbal

Old Business:

  1. Policy and Procedure revision update, and possible sub-committee appointment.
  2. 360 Evaluation considerations for the District

New Business:

  1. Non-Profit Statue update.
  2. LAFCO Final Report 2017; Cemetery Municipal Service Review and Sphere of Influence

Closed Session: Superintendent Evaluation

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 by 4:00 pm at the Davis Cemetery District, 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA  Joe Cattarin, Superintendent

Sukhee Kwon Solo Exhibition and Reception

Gallery 1855 (located at 820 Pole Line Road) is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of artist Sukhee Kwon from September 8-September 30th. The special artist reception with light refreshmentss will be held September 10th from 1-4:00 pm.

Sukhee is known for her colorful abstract works painted on a variety of mediums such as fans. The vibrant florals and powerful brush work will capture the imagination of the audience.

Born in Korea in the 1950’s, Sukhee grew up playing among wild flowers and war remnants while dreaming of living in America as an artist. After a lifetime of turns and tribulations purusing her art, she now lives in America as an artist.

As a contribution to the artists of the world, she created an international Fine Arts Collaborative to promote artists, their works new attitude, new cliché “Artist Abundance!” and to educate parents of young children with dreams.

Gallery 1855 is a non-profit art gallery located at the historic cemetery district office. Visitors are welcome to view the art Monday-Friday from 9-3:00pm and on the Second Sunday of every month from 1-4:00pm.

More details on this show and a calendar of upcoming events can be found at www.daviscemetery.org