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Jun 16, 2021



General Manager Positon

Village Cooperative, Leverett, MA

BACKGROUND

The Village Cooperative Coop started 30 years ago when North Leverett residents decided they could purchase grocery items more cheaply by bringing the community together and forming a cooperative. They had become increasingly discouraged by the high food prices at nearby stores. With financing from a local bank, hundreds of contributing member owners and dozens of member lenders, the Coop renovated and expanded the existing store. Community engagement remains an integral part of the Coop operation and it continues to be a valuable community asset.

GENERAL DUTIES RESPONSIBILITIES

The General Manager GM is responsible for conducting the affairs of the Coop in such a manner as to safeguard the interests of the members in accordance with the bylaws and policies of the corporation as well as local, state, and federal law. The GM is responsible for Coop operations in all areas including but not limited to customer community service, membership, staff oversight, health and safety regulation matters, facility operations, marketing, sales and financial accounting. The GM has the authority to hire, direct and evaluate all other staff and works to ensure the Coop meets all financial quality and operational goals set jointly with the board of directors.

Working closely with member owners, the board of directors and store personnel, the General Manager will work toward short and long term goals, monitor progress against these goals, identify and execute needed improvements and lead innovation and growth. The GM reports to the board of directors which is elected by the Coop’s member owners.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities by Management Area:

Operations:

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the Co-op.
  • Supervise scheduling of staff for maximum productivity.
  • Promote teamwork among departments; ensure resolution of any/all operational issues

Personnel:

  • Supervise all matters relating to personnel, in accordance with personnel policies established by the Board. Ensure regular communication with all staff via regular staff meetings and individual contacts.

Finance:

  • Ensure that the store runs in a financially responsible manner.

Merchandising:

  • Create and establish merchandising criteria, which support maximum sales and good community relations.

Marketing:

  • Support existing marketing/fundraising efforts and ideally grant writing.

Member-Customer Services And Community Relations :

  • Develop and maintain good working relationships in the community.

This description is intended to outline the primary responsibilities, general nature and level of work being performed by person assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and competencies. Other duties may be assigned.

OTHER / GENERAL DUTIES:

  • Ensure that the store operates in compliance with all current Board policies and assist the board with their development of such policies.
  • Attend all regular Board and general membership meetings to give written monthly reports of Co-op activities.
  • Provide staff support for Board committees and board sponsored activities as requested.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Experience managing a retail food store and/or healthy prepared foods operations; or transferable experience.
  • Personal and professional values that align with cooperative principles
  • Strong work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, adapt to change, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Ability to define and achieve bottom-line accountability for a business.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a vision and strategic plan.
  • Proven ability in team building, including leading and motivating others to achieve organizational goals.
  • Experience in accounts payable and receivable, working and long-term capital needs and resources.
  • A sense of humor and a can-do attitude!

Application:

To apply, please send an email to LVCoopboard@leverettnet.net with the following attachments in MS Office Word or PDF format. Applications will be accepted until July 15th.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three employment references with full contact information- name, address, phone, email, title, relationship

While the Coop strongly prefers applications via email, if access to the internet is an issue for any reason, please apply via postal mail to Board President, Village Coop PO BOX 624, Leverett, MA 01054. The Village Coop values excellence and diversity in hiring and is an equal opportunity employer.

This description is intended to outline the primary responsibilities, general nature and level of work being performed by person assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and competencies. Other duties may be assigned.

Posted by COOP - March 03, 2018


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