General Manager

Hampden Park Coop
Organization location: 
Saint Paul, MN
Apply by: 
Fri, 03/14/2014

Hampden Park Cooperative is a volunteer-driven, neighborhood natural foods store located in St Paul, Minnesota, where it has operated for more than 40 years. We are seeking an energetic and creative community-minded leader to serve as our General Manager. The successful applicant will be working with a dedicated staff of 20 and more than 350 volunteer member-owners. The position reports to the Board of Directors, which is elected by the members of the Co-op (currently numbering over 2,000). The right candidate will possess the skills, experience, enthusiasm, and capacity for innovation to guide the Co-op through organizational expansion and community engagement. This is a full-time, salaried position (refer to Job Description below).

A desirable applicant will have experience managing a dynamic food business and a passion for our vision of a place to obtain locally grown and healthy food, as well as the following characteristics:

Strongly Desired

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

• Bottom line accountability for a business with minimum annual sales volume of $2 million

• Personal and professional values that align with cooperative principles

• Ability to work in a diverse environment and to utilize inclusive practices

• Ability to develop and implement a vision

• Ability to adapt to a dynamic work place and to perform in a variety of roles

• Ability to motivate, lead, and coordinate people to promote cooperation

• Understanding and ability to communicate the components of financial statements

• Operating, capital, and cash budgeting experience

• Ability to manage time and coordinate a healthy working culture

• Ability to develop systems and conduct strategic planning

• Ability to clearly communicate

• Ability to listen and respond appropriately

• Ability to be proactive and to maintain momentum for growth and change

• Ability to give and receive feedback

• Proficiency in use of Microsoft Word, Excel, QuickBooks, and Google Drive


• Experience in retail natural foods management

• Experience in retail food co-op management

• Ability to build teams

• Experience selling in a highly competitive market

• Some understanding of the “local food” movement

• Experience communicating with and reporting to a board of directors

• Experience with policy governance

• Experience returning a business with a negative revenue stream to profitability


Apply for this position by submitting an online form for Employment at Hampden Park Co-operative as well as an email to: that includes:

1.           A cover letter that details your qualifications for the position

2.           Your résumé

Please direct all questions to the above email address and we will correspond relevant details as the search moves forward. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 14, 2014, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact name:

Mark Chapin, Search Committee Chair

Organization website:

***Hampden Park Coop does not and will not discriminate, in employment or in any other activities or operations, based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender identification or expression, marital or familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual or affectional orientation, membership or activity in a localcommission, disability, or age.

Contact name: 
Mark Chapin
Contact phone: 
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