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General Manager (Bennington Community Market)

Organization Bennington Community Market
Location 239 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201

Job description:

We’re hiring an upbeat, financially-focused General Manager to help launch and then run the Bennington Community Market, a non-profit community grocery specializing in local produce in downtown Bennington, VT. Our ideal candidate has a strong management background, understands the grocery/produce/cafe business, and likes working with people. The Market aims to open its doors in mid-summer and the General Manager will be instrumental in building an organization from the ground up, hiring staff, and determining how to arrange resources for maximum productivity.

The role will be split three ways:

  1. Administrative: fine tuning and carrying out the business plan, overseeing financials, working with the Board of Directors

  2. Creating the staffing plan, hiring staff, training & overseeing staff

  3. Hands-on support across the market during business hours


  • Managing the market business plan and budget in collaboration with the Board of Directors

  • Creating and maintaining relationships with the town, health department, and other bureaucracies to ensure legal compliance in all store activities

  • Preparing the store for launch: hiring staff, stocking the store, coordinating volunteer work days, working with contractors on renovation projects

  • Maintaining relationships with farm partners and distributors

  • Supervising retail employees in all of their shift duties, and/or delegating supervisory support in their own absence

  • Maintaining personnel details including timekeeping, performance documentation, and emergency contact information for all retail employees

  • Conducting performance reviews for all direct reports on an annual basis and delivering constructive performance feedback on a rolling basis

  • Placing and adjusting orders in accordance with the needs of the store and its customer base to achieve sales goals and reduce inventory shrink

  • Processing invoices promptly and accurately

  • Setting standards of sanitation, site and equipment maintenance, and proper use of facilities; ensuring that all retail staff are aware of and adhere to state and federal regulations regarding personal and tool hygiene, sanitation, cross-contamination, and safe food handling

  • Ensuring that the store remains clean, organized, and well-maintained at all times


  • Running a financially sustainable store that supplies local food to the community and pays a living wage to employees

  • Fosters a communicative, equitable, and fun work environment

  • Inspires excellence in both the individual and group


  • Successful record of management in food business

  • Experience with financial administration, payroll, and benefits

  • Drive to research and implement systems to increase team efficiency

  • Fundamental belief in using business to grow our local food systems

  • Be a good, active listener

  • Have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • A love for building/managing teams using a strengths-based approach

  • Highly organized

  • Quick, efficient, multi-tasking and highly attentive to detail

  • Community minded

  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed


  • Base starting wage of $25/hr or commensurate with experience

  • Employee discounts

  • Benefits package to be determined (as we move out of the startup phase, this position will be instrumental in researching and implementing additions to our benefit package)



Date Posted April 7th, 2022
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Co-op, Grocery store
Type Full Time
Compensation $25/hour
How to Apply To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to