General Manager

Organization Name: Abundance Food Co-op

Organization Description:

Abundance Food Co-op is Rochester, New York's only cooperatively owned grocery store. We opened in 2001, but our history spans more than 40 years, beginning with the Genesee Co-op Natural Food store in 1968. In 2017, we made a historic move from 62 Marshall Street to a larger, more visible location in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood.

Our relocation marked the beginning of a new phase for Abundance—we're excited about what lies ahead for Rochester's food co-op. We currently seek a dynamic individual to thoughtfully lead our cooperative as our new general manager at this important moment in our story.

Rochester’s history is rich in civil rights, women's rights, labor activism, and creativity both industrial and artistic. The city continues to reinvent itself with multiculturalism, varied educational institutions, social influences, and the arts, particularly music. It is a city with parks and gorges and waterfalls, and is within easy driving distance of the beautiful Finger Lakes and state parks. It is a very affordable city.

Job Title: General Manager

Job Location (city, state) : Rochester, NY

Organization Website: http://abundance.coop

Job Description:

The selected candidate will be guided by our cooperative's end policies, which holds that our shareholders, our shoppers, our neighborhood, and the whole community will benefit from safe, reasonably priced, healthful, nutritious, humanely produced food, and other products that promote a sustainable food system and sustainable world, reliable education about food and other cooperative businesses, and a vibrant community.

Overview of Responsibilities

The general manager reports to the board of directors, which is elected by shareholders of the cooperative. The board operates under Policy Governance; a system that emphasizes vision, values, empowerment, and accountability.

Reporting to the co-op's Board of Directors, the general manager is responsible for ensuring overall achievement of organization results as defined in the cooperative's ends policies.

Required Skills and Capabilities

  • Bottom-line accountability experience
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Ability to evaluate and determine appropriate strategic changes
  • Experience with operating, capital, and cash budgeting with a budget of $3,500,000/year, with 32 employees
  • Supervisory experience: hiring, training, evaluating, compensating, firing
  • Experience supervising managers
  • Experience in marketing and merchandising in highly competitive markets

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Ability to be proactive and keep momentum going for growth and change
  • Ability to motivate, lead, and coordinate people to gain cooperation
  • Ability to build an effective management team and board
  • Respect and support for the board’s process
  • Ability to manage own and others’ time
  • Ability to handle multiple demands
  • Openness to good new ideas, regardless of where they come from
  • Ability to give and receive feedback without defensiveness
  • Commitment to cooperative principles; respect for co-ops’ bottom lines

Assessment

The general manager’s performance will be evaluated through systematic and rigorous monitoring of expectations established in policies on asset protection, financial conditions, business planning and financial budgeting, staff treatment and compensation, treatment of consumers, membership equity and benefits, communication and support to the board, board logistical support, and emergency management succession.

Compensation

We offer a competitive salary with 501 k benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We appreciate your interest in Abundance Cooperative Market. Abundance offers equal opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color religion, age, sex, disability, national origin, citizenship, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Applicants who require reasonable accommodation during the application process may contact the hiring manager.

How to apply: via email

If interested, please submit your resume, three references, and a cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application deadline: May 1st, 2018

Direct Store Delivery Driver & Warehouse Operations

Organization Name: Equal Exchange

Organization Description:

Equal Exchange is a fair trade organization and coffee roaster headquartered in West Bridgewater, MA. Founded in 1986, our mission is to create more fair trade relationships between farmers and consumers. We bypass the conventional marketing system by cutting out middlemen and buying directly from farmer cooperatives. Due to the complex level of training involved with a worker-owner co-operative, Equal Exchange does ask for a two-year commitment to employment. This position will work out of the Portland, Oregon office and may be required to assist in our Seattle Warehouse periodically. The intent is to have the successful candidate be fluent in all phases of this position as described below, with the work percentages being fluid depending on vacations coverage and needs

Job Title: Direct Store Delivery Driver & Warehouse Operations

Job Location (city, state) : Portland, Oregon

Job Description:

  • Employment Status: Full-time, regular non-exempt position, worker-owner track
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Salary: $15.00/hr
  • Benefits: Health/dental/vision insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, sick days, eligibility for worker ownership
  • Location: Portland, Oregon office. May be required to assist in our Seattle Warehouse periodically.
  • Reports to: NW Sales & DSD Manager, Warehouse Manager when working in the warehouse
  • Responsible to be proficient in: All Direct Store Delivery work, including invoicing, all Warehouse packing and shipping work. The position is designed to support all West coast operations work.
  • Goals & regional office support as determined by supervisor

Responsibilities

DSD DIRECT STORE DELIVERY & MERCHANDISING

  • Deliver and Merchandise Equal Exchange products, fill & Clean coffee bins
  • Oversees display maintenance
  • Inventory management/ FIFO (first in first out)
  • Process invoices and paperwork accurately
  • Maintains a clean, orderly delivery vehicle, including routine maintenance schedule
  • Equipment maintenance/upkeep: clean bulk coffee bins at off-site kitchen & clean & calibrate coffee grinders on-site
  • Learn and be comfortable discussing EE product lines

WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS

  • Order-Picking & Shipping: Understand and learn how to use NAV system to pick and pack orders for UPS and truck shipments in time for daily deadline.
  • Stocking & Clean up: Restock daily, following systems set up to ensure product rotation. Keep warehouse clean, organized, understand warehouse floor cleaning process. Remove/repack damaged products from picking locations. inspect exterior of building for graffiti (paint over as needed) and keep exterior free of debris such as litter and leaves. Routinely take out office recycling. Be proactive as time allows to make our warehouse look great.

PROBLEM-SOLVING

  • Support team members as needed or directed
  • Participate with department team-mates to continuously improve our practices. Work in a team-based system with Sales, Customer Service, warehouse and other co-workers to build an effective, efficient organization.

PERSONNEL AND FAIR TRADE DEVELOPMENT

  • Participate in weekly staff, team, department and educational meetings (Exchange Time) meetings
  • Understand our producer partners, trading policies and the Fair Trade movement
  • Understand and participate in our worker cooperative model

Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve effectively with customers and team members
  • Ability to manage time and responsibilities
  • A desire to learn and contribute to the success of the organization.
  • An interest in the mission of Equal Exchange
  • Enjoy working as part of a team.
  • An ability to do extensive lifting is required (up to 70 lbs).
  • An ability to pay attention to detail and work accurately.
  • Ability to learn order processing software, experience with computers preferred
  • Basic understanding of English.
  • Basic understanding of supermarket operations
  • Requires a valid driver’s license & clean driving record.
  • Willingness to do other tasks as needed to support the team as requested by the supervisor

Application Questions

  1. Why are you interested in becoming part of a small, worker-owner distribution team?
  2. What should Equal Exchange’s role be in the current fair trade market?
  3. What role do you think the direct store delivery rep plays in the livelihood of the small scale farmers we support?

How to Apply: via email

Please send your resume, cover letter and answers to the following questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, April 13th.

Application deadline: Apr 13, 2018

Action Forum Organizer

Organization Name: Equal Exchange

Organization Description:

We believe that in order to be successful in realizing the original fair trade vision, we need to deepen involvement and participation in our model. In doing this we go back to the best that alternative trade has always been about: innovation, global solidarity, social imagining and learning, and economic justice. Organizers are responsible for building and developing an engaged community of citizen-consumer and bringing them more deeply into the broader organization.  Join our organizing team as we take a powerful step in building a democratic model that connects all parts of our supply chain.

Job Title: Action Forum Organizer

Job Description:

  • Employment Status: Full Time, Regular Exempt Position on Worker-Owner Track
  • Hours: 40-45 hours/week
  • Starting Salary: TBD
  • Benefits: Health/dental/vision insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, sick days, eligibility for worker-ownership
  • Department: Citizen-Consumer
  • Report to: Designated supervisor
  • Location: West Bridgewater, MA strongly preferred

Qualifications:

  • An interest in the mission of Equal Exchange
  • Knowledge of fair trade and supply chain challenges preferred
  • Experience working in a social justice/food justice organization
  • Organizing experience; groups and individuals
  • Ability to work independently and in a team context
  • Flexibility and ability to work with undefined goals
  • Willingness to continuously learn by experience
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and problem solve
  • Good attention to detail
  • Strong communication; written and verbal
  • Strong computer skills, including database and other communication technologies
  • Comfortable speaking in public
  • Good people skills
  • Ability to travel

Application Questions

  1. Since our founding, Equal Exchange has tried to change the food system (the way businesses operate/trade is conducted); we have not yet succeeded. In an increasing consolidated and corporate controlled landscape, what actions do you think are now necessary for us to effectively challenge the status quo/build a different food system that works for farmers, workers, and consumers.
  2. Our supporters are spread across the country and engage with Equal Exchange in very different ways. Describe an organizing model – or organizing activities - that you think would be appropriate for EE to build an engaged community of citizen-consumers. Many brands are exploring ways to connect with their supporters, how is Equal Exchange’s initiative different?

How to Apply: via email

Please send your resume, cover letter and answers to the application questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8/7/17.

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