General Manager

Rising Tide Community Market
Organization location: 
Damariscotta, Main
Apply by: 
Tue, 10/01/2013

About the store: 

Rising Tide Community Market, located in Damariscotta, Maine, was founded in 1978.  We represent more than 200 local producers and have 2800 member-owners, 37 employees, $4.6M in annual sales, and a 5200 sq. foot store, which we purchased and renovated in 2009. We are growing and have plans to renovate additional space in our building.

Mission Statement

Rising Tide is a cooperative business dedicated to being a trusted community-based resource for high quality, natural, sustainable foods and goods.

About the area:

The twin villages of Damariscotta / Newcastle are in the beautiful Mid-coast region of Maine.  Scenic bays, craggy peninsulas and sparkling offshore islands form a stunning backdrop to Midcoast Maine’s picture-perfect fishing villages, seaside resorts, and bustling harbor towns.  Here, arts and culture flourish amidst the romance of the sea.   A variety of farms, businesses, and fisheries provide the region with locally grown or produced products.

You will find 19th century storefronts filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries all set on the picturesque Damariscotta River. 

Damariscotta / Newcastle is just over an hour from Portland and 3 hours from Boston. 

The state slogan “the way life should be” says it all!

Job Summary:

The General Manager is responsible for the achievement of Rising Tide Community Market’s organizational results (e.g.  financials, employee and customer satisfaction, etc.) as defined in end policies developed by the Board of Directors. The General Manager reports to the Board of Directors, which is elected by the members of the cooperative. The board operates under Policy Governance, a system that emphasizes vision and values empowerment and accountability. The board uses policy to define the results the General Manager is expected to achieve within defined limits of prudence and ethics. The General Manager has the authority to hire, direct, structure, and evaluate all other staff.



§  Experience managing a retail food store (as general manager, store manager, operations manager, or district manager)

§  Business planning experience (Financial and Strategic)

§  Supervisory experience – hiring, training, evaluating, compensating and terminating

§  Bottom-line accountability experience

§  Experience with operating, capital and cash budgeting

§  Proven ability in team building and staff empowerment

§  Ability to clearly present information in written and spoken form

§  Proven ability to lead and motivate others to gain cooperation

§  Demonstrated high integrity and commitment to ethical business practices

§  Ability to interpret financial statements to lay people

§  Values that align with cooperative principles

§  Proven ability to develop, articulate and implement a vision

§  Demonstrated ability to manage own and others’ time

§  Ability to listen and react appropriately

§  Ability to interpret financial statements to lay people

§  Ability to give and receive feedback

§  Comprehensive understanding and support of “buy local” initiative




§  Computer literacy

§  Experience in retail natural foods management

§  Experience in retail food co-op management

§  Experience marketing and merchandising in highly competitive markets

§  Marketing and operational planning experience

§  Experience communicating with and reporting to a board of directors

§  Experience with policy governance

§  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent



Method of application:  Please send a cover letter describing your experience and motivation for applying, a resume, salary requirement and 3 references to  All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.    For full consideration, application should be received by October 1, 2013.  The search will remain open to applications until the position is filled.  





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