General Manager Old Creamery Cooperative
- Date Posted February 06, 2018
- Location Cummington, MA
- Category Business
- Job Type Full-Time
The Creamery is an iconic store – one of just a few local food-shopping options in a sparsely populated rural region, as well as a destination for tourists and visitors traveling along Route 9 between the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley.
The Old Creamery began as a dairy cooperative in 1886 and had a 50-year run. For the first 75 years seven private owners have operated retail stores and restaurants in the building. Between September 2000 and November 2012 the store operated under private ownership with many of the values inherent in food co-ops. In November 2012, the Old Creamery transitioned to a member-owned and community-supported business that is strongly supported by the local community and has been deeply supported by a range of individuals and organizations within the region’s co-op movement.
The business is governed by a volunteer board that utilizes Policy Governance as a framework for collaborative work with the General Manager.
The Co-op has a license for retail sales of beer, wine and liquor and the new GM must meet requirements of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
General Manager (GM) for the Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington, Massachusetts. The Co-op recently celebrated our 5-year anniversary and with our current GM's announced retirement, we are looking for a new General Manager to navigate our future direction.
We are seeking a GM to ensure that the Old Creamery thrives as a vibrant center of the surrounding communities. A full-service grocery store, deli, and café, the Old Creamery currently has annual sales of nearly $1.8 million, 9 full-time and 24-31 part-time employees (varying with season), and 780 member-owners.
Candidates must have senior management experience in a retail food business and strong skills in financial management, marketing, problem solving, communication, and community building. We seek an inspired leader who embraces challenge and who has vision, compassion, and a sense of humor. Our ideal candidate will help foster the conditions and culture necessary for long-term viability of the operation.
- Expected start date April/May 2018. Compensation and benefits dependent on experience, competitive with similar-type co-ops. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and we strongly encourage applications before February 14, 2018. Refer to our website (http://oldcreamery.coop/) for more information about the Old Creamery Co-op vision and values, or link here to find the position summary and detailed General Manager job description. To apply, please send an email to GMjob@oldcreamery.coop with the following attachments in MS Office Word or PDF format.
- Cover letter
- Three employment references with full contact information (name, address, phone, email, title, relationship)
While the Co-op strongly prefers applications via email, if access to the internet is an issue for any reason, please apply via postal mail to Board President, Old Creamery Co-op, 445 Berkshire Trail, Cummington, MA 01026.
this position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $40,000.00 - $55,000.00
How to apply
The Old Creamery Co-op values excellence and diversity in hiring and is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).