Are you an experienced retail manager who is passionate about healthy food, sustainable living and building community? Are you ready to take on a new and exciting challenge? Monadnock Community Market Cooperative, Inc. (MCM Co-op), a start-up food co-op, is seeking a dynamic leader to be its first General Manager, and develop a knowledgeable and dedicated staff while working with a talented, energetic volunteer Board elected by our member-owners.
Monadnock Community Market Cooperative, Inc. (MCM Co-op) is a full-service grocery store scheduled to open a 12,000 SF facility in downtown Keene in July 2012. The MCM Co-op currently has over 700 member-owners from around the Monadnock Region. The General Manager reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Co-op operations, including budgeting, planning, cash management and financing, staff structure and training, facility and systems management, vendor/supplier arrangements, marketing, membership expansion and involvement and community engagement. Our vision is to:
- Develop and grow a locally-owned grocery store that supports a healthy, spirited and connected community.
- Create a community gathering place around local food.
- Support our region’s farmers and producers by offering a year-round, stable market.
- Offer education and training for our region.
- Create a more “walkable” community – a full service food store in downtown Keene.
- Create more local jobs and keep money in our community.
We are seeking a visionary leader who will establish the MCM Co-op as a thriving local business, and a dynamic and integral part of our community.
The ideal candidate will have proven leadership and planning capabilities, demonstrated financial management and cash management capabilities, excellent people, relationship and personnel management skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in many different venues and the ability to motivate and inspire teams of dedicated staff and volunteers. We are seeking someone to be the energetic “face” of the MCM Co-op– a charismatic person committed to the vision of supporting healthy eating and local and sustainable agriculture, eager to develop and grow a thriving retail business participating in and contributing to the local economy and excited about building community by creating an inviting environment in which to shop, learn and interact. Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of retail management experience, preferably in a start-up cooperative food store or independent community grocery store. Prior experience working with a board of directors and in a multi-constituent environment is a plus.
The ability to develop and lead a strong team, juggle myriad competing priorities, make good business decisions and build effective working relationships will be key to the MCM Co-op’s success. The General Manager will have responsibility for managing all aspects of grocery operations, including facility and systems management, recruiting, training and supervising staff, and ensuring excellent customer service. The General Manager will also be responsible for financial planning, performance and reporting, marketing and publicity, community outreach, and building the base of and interacting with the MCM Co-op’s member-owners. The General Manager will report to the Board of Directors.
Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a cover letter explaining your desire to work with the MCM Co-op and summarizing the skills and experience you believe would make you an excellent candidate for the General Manager position.
Submit application via email to the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application review begins immediately and closes on August 7th.