The Carlisle Group
Location Brattleboro, VT
Country United States of America
Job Type Full-Time Regular
Job Description

The Carlisle Group is conducting a retained search for the next General Manager of Brattleboro Food Co-op in Brattleboro, VT.

Established in 1975, Brattleboro Food Co-op is community-owned with over 8,000 shareholders and is an anchor retail business for the lively downtown. Brattleboro is an economically diverse and vibrant community with a classic New England downtown. Located on the Connecticut River, near the New Hampshire and Massachusetts borders in southeastern Vermont, it blends small-town character with a compact downtown where a thriving arts and culture scene has evolved. It’s also a popular destination for those drawn by signature events such as the monthly Gallery Walks, two annual Film Festivals, the Vermont Jazz Center summer workshop and the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Brattleboro is a small town with multiple recreational opportunities: area trail networks, golf, downhill and cross country skiing, tennis and rowing, to mention a few. Brattleboro is accessible by train to New York City. Mother Earth News selected Brattleboro one of “8 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of,” citing our “vintage Vermont” qualities and “artsy, intellectual” character.

Cooperative businesses are member-owned, democratic institutions. They are controlled by a member-elected Board of Directors and abide by the Seven International Cooperative Principles, which include:

  • Voluntary, Open Ownership
  • Democratic Owner Control
  • Owner Economic Participation
  • Autonomy And Independence
  • Education, Training And Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern For The Community

Their goods emphasize healthy, locally grown, organic, and fairly traded selections along with more conventional products. They are also committed to strengthening the local economy by serving as a market place that uses fair buying and selling practices which support regional growers, vendors and artisans.

The General Manager is responsible for the successful overall management and operation of the Co-op in accordance with its core mission and cooperative values. This includes strategic planning, board relations, Union negotiations, financial operations, human resources, contracts and compliance, community relations, co-op governance support and other responsibilities related to effectively managing the Co-op. The General Manager reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for supporting their activities. This position upholds the Co-op’s standards through effectively developing and supporting the Co-op’s management team and staff, implementing efficient and productive systems, demonstrating stellar leadership, and being accountable for financial performance all in a manner that demonstrates the Ends and values of Brattleboro Food Co-op.

Ends policies are governance policies, reflecting shareholder values and formulated by the Co-op’s Board of Directors. Ends policies state the purposes of the Brattleboro Food Co-op: What we are trying to accomplish, for whom, at what cost.

The Brattleboro Food Co-op Ends Policies:

  • Reasonably priced food and products with an emphasis on healthy, locally grown, organic, and fairly traded goods;
  • A welcoming community marketplace;
  • A workplace community where cooperative values are modeled;
  • A regenerative business that has a net positive environmental impact;
  • A sustainable local economy;
  • Relevant information about food and related products, the environment, and the Cooperative Values and Principles;
  • Reasonable access to participation in the cooperative.

Preferred Education and Experience:

5+ years of experience in retail grocery management.

3+ years of experience working with a Board of Directors preferred

Experience managing financial statements and projections.

Experience managing a top-level management team and staff.

Previous experience creating and developing effective procedural standards.

At minimum a High School diploma, GED or equivalent certificate.