SCI Shared Resources LLC Event Planner in Bonita, California

Overview & Responsibilities

SCI is certified as a Great Place to Work ® by the Great Place to Work Institute. In a recent survey, our employees said that their work has special meaning and is not “just a job”. We currently have a full time opening for an Event Planner at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, CA . This is the opportunity to be part of the Dignity Memorial® provider network and grow your career in the funeral, cremation and cemetery services business. For us, there is no greater responsibility than celebrating each life like no other and making a difference in the lives of people we serve.

GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

Creates customized memorial services that celebrate the principal events and unique character of a person’s life.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

55% Family Memorial & Life Celebration Event Planning

  • Discusses and influences memorial & life celebration events with Families to promote available options and determine budget, regardless whether event is held on-site or off-site. Collaborates with Family Contact on event date, time, venue, catering, MeM, printed remembrance or schedules, and related details. Coordinates with and statuses funeral arranger/director on event and significant revisions.

  • Contacts third-party event providers to schedule event, discuss event, review arrangements, and order equipment including but not limited to canopies, tables, chairs, stages, electronic equipment, or portable toilets.

  • Ensures events are on-time, smoothly executed, and within budget. Quietly and effectively resolves event issues. Oversees and manages all preparation, set-up and clean-up for events.

25% Program Administration

  • Identifies catering partners and other vendors and obtains multiple competitive bids for services, (e.g. caterers, equipment rental companies, equipment sales companies). Work with corporate office to establish necessary documents for partnership, billing, etc. Develop menu offerings and customization processes.

  • Monitors event contracts against spend data to ensure proper profit margin and recommending pricing changes to location manager.

  • Supports funeral arranger/director team by developing and maintaining catering product sales/marketing tools, order notification process, and training

  • Develops standard operating procedures to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of areas of responsibility

  • Develops and conducts training for service directors in handling catered and other hosted events.

20% Market & Special Event Planning

  • Assists with planning Market on-site or off-site Events such as Holiday Parties and Picnics. Collaborates with Leadership to understand event goals and budget. Contributes ideas for themes, venues, catering, promotional items, pricing, rental items, and similar.

  • As member of special event planning teams, recommends event enhancements and executes assigned responsibilities. Special Events may include Memorial Day Services, All Saints Day, Summer Event Series (Movie in the Park, Concert in the Park, 5K), Candlelight Service, Our Lady of Fatima Celebration, Semi-Annual Employee Meetings.

  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements & Qualifications

Education:

  • Associates Degree in hospitality or related discipline. Two (2) years directly related work experience may be considered in lieu of degree

Experience:

  • At least three (3) years hospitality or event planning work experience including catering management involving customer service as well as sourcing and contract negotiations in food and venue services

  • funeral home and/or cemetery events a plus

  • Customer focused

  • Creative, naturally positive and contagious attitude

  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent problem solving skills & critical thinking skills

  • Basic computer, internet, Microsoft Office skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to clearly and professionally communicate with internal and external customers at all levels

  • Ability to manage time wisely, work independently and set priorities

  • Basic understanding of financial functions such as pricing, margin, and cost of goods sold

  • Basic marketing knowledge

  • Effective negotiation skills

Work Environment

  • Standard business dress is required

  • Work indoors and outdoors during all seasons and weather conditions

Physical Demands

  • Physical effort requiring manual dexterity is required, includes paperwork, computer, phone, calculators and other office functions

  • Lifting up to 75 pounds, incudes things such as caskets, equipment such as tables, chairs, flower displays and promotional materials

  • Standing and walking for long periods, up to 6 hours

  • Sitting for extended periods, up to 6 hours

Work Hours

This position requires ability to work a flexible schedule on weekdays and weekends as well as outside of normal business office hours.

SCI Overview

Who we are. What we do.

We’re more than North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters who are devoted to the communities where we live and work. We are more than 20,000 dedicated individuals who provide caring assistance to families in need, honor veterans and public servants and deliver lifesaving programs to help keep children and seniors safe.

We operate under the umbrella of the Dignity Memorial network of 1,800 funeral homes and cemeteries. Dignity Memorial providers care for more than 300,000 families each year and understand the importance of thoughtful, personalized arrangements. We believe creating meaningful ways to pay tribute to a loved one begins with compassion and is shaped by the understanding that each life is truly unique. For us, there is no greater responsibility than honoring and preserving the story of one’s life.

Benefits Options:

  • Health benefits (medical, dental, vision, life)

  • 401K Retirement Savings Plan with company match

  • Vacation and sick time

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Funeral discounts, and more

SCI offers advanced on-line training resources, career advancement opportunities in the largest organization in the industry, attractive benefits, and a wonderful community to serve with plenty of culture and personality. For additional information regarding our company, please visit our corporate site at.

As used herein, “SCI” refers to Service Corporation International and its affiliated companies.

Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V

Associate Requisition ID Req.63498

# of Openings 1

Category (Portal Searching) Administration and Clerical

Type Full-Time