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Food Retail Manager Mandela Partners

  • Date Posted November 01, 2018
  • Location Oakland, CA
  • Category Business / Culinary
  • Job Type Full-Time
Company Description Mandela Partners is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through local food enterprises in low-income communities. Our approach is based on a systems model that addresses issues of economic disinvestment, food insecurity, and health inequity, building on local assets to cultivate thriving communities. Job Description


Mandela Partners is looking for a Food Retail Manager to manage and oversee 2 innovative food projects:

Core Kitchen, Oakland: serves as a venue for retail sales, catering, and processing in downtown Oakland. The retail operation is open M-F, with a menu centered on healthy, sustainably grown produce sourced from local, socially-disadvantaged growers. Additionally, the kitchen provides workforce development opportunities to formerly incarcerated community members.

Ashland Market & Cafe, San Leandro: is set to open Early 2019 in San Leandro and will feature 3 food kiosks and 1 anchor cafe. The 2,100 sq. ft. space serves as part of an effort to revitalize the unincorporated areas of Alameda County and provides retail space to support limited-resource entrepreneurs.

The Retail Food Manager will oversee Mandela’s new food retail projects, including day to day operations, staff & vendor relationships, sales channels management & growth, space oversight, local programming, and marketing initiatives. The right candidate is passionate about local food, community entrepreneurship, and workforce development, and is seeking to join a dynamic organization driving equitable food-oriented development.



Staff Management

  • Onboarding, training, and staff growth opportunities
  • Regular performance feedback, check-ins, staff meeting, and evaluations
  • Filling in - in case of staff absence


Sales Channels

  • Catering orders and logistics management
  • Client relationship management and pipeline development
  • Recipe / menu development



  • Procurement & inventory management



  • Point of sales, cash, and deposits
  • payroll & billing
  • Space maintenance


Programming & Marketing

  • In store collateral & social media management




Vendor Management

  • Vendor permitting & documentation administration
  • Vendor relations: meetings, space & equipment use, food safety, and quality assurance
  • Entrepreneurship development needs liaison



  • On-call site staff
  • Guidelines development, space management, and janitorial oversight
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Utilities management


Programming & Marketing

  • Dynamic space programming: pop-ups, art partnerships, events, etc
  • Social media management



  • Highly organized, independent, operations oriented
  • Kitchen experience, required; menu and recipe development experience, ideal
  • Experience in, or interest to learn, how to manage and develop catering operations
  • Ability to engage with a diverse array of stakeholders, facilitate learning opportunities, and communicate in a direct, respectful, and positive manner
  • Commitment to support under-resourced entrepreneurs and people with employment barriers
  • A passionate commitment to the mission of Mandela Partners
  • Reliable transportation and clean driving record
  • Flexible schedule - job requires presence at two sites (Oakland & San Leandro) with job duties including early mornings and weekends.



FTE, salary commensurate with experience. Includes health, dental, vision, life benefits after 60-day introductory period, and 401k option after 6 months of employment.

Mandela Partners is an equal opportunity employer: LGBTQ, people of color, women and lifelong Bay Area residents are encouraged to apply.

Compensation this position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $50,000.00 - $60,000.00 How to apply Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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