General Manager, Full Time, Bluff Country Co-op

Bluff Country Co-op
Organization location: 
121 West 2nd Street, Winona MN
Apply by: 
Mon, 09/09/2013
We are currently accepting applications for a permanent General Manager. This process of reviewing applications will begin  September 9.   Winona, MN is one of the most beautiful places in the country, nestled between the wooded limestone river bluffs that rise 500 feet and the stunning mighty Mississippi River. Our small island city of 28,000 residents is rich with natural beauty, cultural opportunities, an engaged co-op membership of over 1,000 households, and local producers of all kinds. It is a regional arts and higher education center with traditions such as The Great River Shakespeare Festival, Boats and Bluegrass, Frozen River Film Festival and The Minnesota Beethoven Festival. Winona is about two hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul and one hour from Rochester, MN.   

About Bluff Country Co-op

Bluff Country Co-op's store is 3,500 square feet staffed by more than 30 employees who help to generate over $2,000,000 in annual sales. We use a "policy governance" system of leadership. General Manager duties and relationship with the governing board are detailed in our policy governance document (available on our website,   

Below are specific duties of the General Manager:

  • Provide exceptional value and service to our members and customers.
  • Purchase goods and services for the Co-op based on a good value per dollar spent, without incurring real conflict of interest.
  • Deal with staff and volunteers in a humane, fair and forthright manner.
  • Protect and maintain assets.
  • Develop and operate with a financial plan that includes adequate detail and disclosed assumptions.
  • Maintain compensation and benefits which reflect the integrity of all work done at the Co-op, taking into account market conditions, regional comparisons and internal needs.
  • Maintain financial conditions that do not incur fiscal jeopardy or compromise Board goals and priorities.
  • Provide information to the Board that is timely, complete and accurate (via monthly monitoring reports).
  • Adhere to policies authorized by the Board.

Required Qualifications:

  • retail food store management experience
  • understanding of the components of financial statements and operating, capital, and cash budgeting experience
  • supervisory experience hiring, training, evaluating, and coaching, compensating, firing
  • demonstrated capacity for team-building and proven leadership skills
  • proven communication skills, including ability to listen and react appropriately and ability to give and receive feedback
  • ability to handle multiple demands and prioritize appropriately
  • computer literacy

Desired Qualifications:

  • cooperative management experience
  • personal and professional values that align with cooperative principles
  • experience in retail natural foods
  • experience supervising managers
  • ability to interpret financial statements to others
  • experience working with a Board of Directors and with policy governance
  • understanding of the local and sustainable food movement
  Competitive salary commensurate with experience.   The General Manager will lead the co-op so that it achieves the vision determined by our Board of Directors: We exist so that… our community has access to sustainable organic local products and services; our community is knowledgeable about food from farm to table and how our food choices affect health, economy, and the environment; our community has a vibrant local economy; the cooperative model is promoted and supported; we may promote and engage in fair and equitable economic relationships with our suppliers, employees, member-owners, and shoppers; and our member-owners feel a sense of community, connection, and fellowship.  

To Respond

Please send your (1) a cover letter addressing the qualifications above, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for professional references to:, or mail it to GM Search, c/o Bluff Country Co-op, 121 W 2nd Street, Winona, MN, 55987.
Contact name: 
Aurea Osgood, BCC Board President
Contact phone: