Chocolatier, Shopkeeper, Order Entry Rabble-Rouser
- Date Posted February 24, 2021
- Location Montpelier, VT
- Category Business / Culinary
- Job type Full-Time
Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft is a 100% employee-owned chocolate factory, cafe, and community hub located in the heart of downtown Montpelier, Vermont. We create luscious, national award-winning chocolate using top-quality cacao beans and return fair wages to the farmers who grow them. We distribute our famous Vermont Granola, chocolate bars, CBD confections, and other handcrafted delights to food coops and independent grocers across the country.
Originally an insult hurled at suffragettes and troublemakers, "Rabble-Rouser" describes our mission of tasteful social change. Chocolate is simply the engine that powers our greater goal: strengthening, nourishing, and supporting our communities through the unifying power of exceptional chocolate, art, craft, and culture.100% employee owned, we are working to fiercely rewire the status quo, creating a new culture of leisure, diversity, receptivity and humanity.
We believe that corporations’ bad behavior disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.
We have an unusual business model that aims to maximize the autonomy and natural powers of all workers, as well as the long term stability of the organization. To that end, we avoid full time administrators, marketers, executives or managers and instead, all workers and owners spend at least half of their time in the making, wrapping or serving of our artisan food and craft goods.
Last year, the Rabble-Rouser worker owners bound together to soar through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result of this purpose-driven concentration, we are now robust and growing. We need help in 3 parts of our company and will hire 2-3 people to fill the combination of roles, depending on applicant preference for part or full time. Regardless of the roles that may best suit our applicants, and which applicants may best suit the roles, our primary requirement of applicants is an earnest interest in business collaboration for the long term. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Our workplace environment is warm, inclusive, productive and sometimes irreverent. We expect everyone to do their best, to be truly connected to their work, and to communicate well with others. In exchange, we offer equal profit sharing among all owners, an educational 2-year track to ownership eligibility for all workers, and a "Euro-style" vacation benefit designed to encourage the personal, individual development of long term teammates. We seek the involvement of those interested in participating in the organization as slow-buy-in worker owners.
What is required is NOT a large financial infusion, but rather a willingness to adopt knowledge, skills and accountability to be a helpful partner. Ideal candidates may never have owned a business but are interested in doing so!
Applicants that genuinely enjoy satisfying others need apply. Includes making excellent espresso, dazzling customers with our world-class confections case, and efficiently wrapping chocolate products during the in-betweens. At Rabble-Rouser we emphasize authentic service with deep love, making every customer feel welcome in our space. We are seeking a candidate who can juggle a multitude of tasks and become knowledgeable in a wide array of products. Our elaborate offerings include coffee drinks, cafe fare, house-made chocolate and confections, CBD products, local art, handcrafted goods and jewelry. Be a live storyteller about authentic goods.
ORDER ENTRY MAESTRO
There are three arms to our revenue stream: Shop, Web & Wholesale, and the Web & Wholesale team is seeking an early riser for order entry and prepping products for shipping from 7:30-10:30am. Do you love working on computer data systems, numbers and customer service? Are you a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed type who can’t wait to get our yummy products to wholesalers and customers with accuracy and efficiency while enjoying the bonus of fresh amazing coffee to fuel the way? Then Rabble Rouser is the place to be. This role could be combined with shop and/or production work to make a full time position.
Ideal candidates will be able to work joyfully, efficiently, and with consistency, both alone and as a team member, to produce our unique and award winning chocolate bars and confections. Optimal candidates will have experience working with the following:
Tempering chocolate and troubleshooting tempers
Political activism and other ways of resistance to cultural injustice
Production position begins with 16 hours per week, Mondays and Tuesdays 10-6, with the potential to take on more hours as our needs grow. We are willing to train promising candidates in any/all of the tasks that are new to their experience. Accountabilities include:
Starting chocolate tempers
Prepping ingredients as needed
Pouring moulded chocolate and making and dipping confections
Cleaning moulds, utensils, and any other production related implements