Communications & Outreach Department Manager

Three Rivers Market
Organization location: 
1100 North Central St. Knoxville, TN 37917
Apply by: 
Thu, 02/28/2013


Communications & Outreach Department Manager Three Rivers Market, Knoxville, Tennessee Three Rivers Market is the anchor store of a revitalized Downtown North district in Knoxville, TN with four distinct seasons, abundant entertainment, and a very low cost of living. We are one hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Southern Appalachian region of the U.S.   Founded in 1981, our co-op has 4500+ Member-Owners with annual sales of $5 million and a terrific staff of 40+ employees.  We purchased and developed property in a former food desert, moving about ¼ mile from our old store into our new one in 2011.   Three Rivers Market is looking for an organized, detail-oriented Communications & Outreach Department Manager to develop the department and oversee promotion of the cooperative and its business, internal and external communication of our values, principles, and product standards, and outreach to our community.  The ability to create and implement plans from first creative idea through implementation, prioritize tasks effectively, and bring about great results from ordinary circumstances and limited resources is essential.    The successful candidate for this position will have at least a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of work experience including at least 5 years of meaningful experience with program development and implementation and/or business planning and processes, as well as supervisory experience.  Candidates need good computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications, basic graphic design, web content management, electronic newsletter, social media and other electronic formats.      This is a full time, Level 5 position that serves on the Management team. Salary is dependent upon experience. Benefits include Health, Dental, and Vision insurance, paid time off, and 20% store discount.   Please submit a Three Rivers Market Application, a resume including salary requirement, and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address one or more of the following topics:   • Three Rivers Market is working to build an alternative economy based on the shared values of cooperation and small local businesses and production. Please describe the state of the local food system and support for small locally-owned farms and businesses by the local media, government, and public.    • Father Don Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, founder of the Mondragon Cooperative in the Basque Region of Spain, said "If we are not economically efficient we cannot be socially effective." What meaning do you think this has to cooperatives today?    • Three Rivers Market exists to benefit its members by creating and nourishing a healthier environment, healthier people, and a healthier community.  We would love for all of our community members to be co-op members. How would you approach the development of member benefits to inspire growth in membership?    • Three Rivers Market wants to leverage its success and community support to develop a food hub for sustainable agriculture in East Tennessee.  How do you think we can provide support to farmers committed to sustainable agricultural practices?     • How can Three Rivers Market provide better community access to and awareness of healthy food?     Application materials can be dropped off at the store Monday-Sunday between 9 AM and 10 PM or mailed to Three Rivers Market, 1100 N Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Attention: Homer Griffith, Personnel Director.   Applications and additional information available at and at the Member and Customer Services Desk in the store.   Inquiries about the position may be directed to Jacki Arthur at  
Contact name: 
Jacki Arthur, General Manager
Contact phone: 
(865) 556-6284