General Manager, non-profit community market

Bennington Community Market
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Location: Bennington County,
About the Job

Bennington Community Market 

Job Description- General Manager


We’re hiring an upbeat, financially focused General Manager to run the Bennington Community Market, a non-profit community grocery with a mission to increase local food access in downtown Bennington, VT. Our ideal candidate has a strong management background, understands the grocery/produce/cafe business, and likes working with people. The General Manager is a critical role at the market, overseeing all staff positions, all ordering, maintaining communication with an active board of directors, and determining how to arrange resources for maximum productivity. 




As we move out of the startup phase, this position will be instrumental in researching and implementing our benefit package and vacation/time off policies.


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) management: hiring, training & overseeing staff, working with the board on job descriptions and benefits for 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.
  • Running the market: hiring staff, stocking the store, coordinating volunteer work days, working with contractors on renovation projects.
  • Maintaining relationships with farm partners and distributors and processing invoices promptly and accurately.
  • 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 employees 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.
  • 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.


  • Running a financially sustainable store that supplies local food to the community and pays a living wage to employees.
  • Fostering a communicative, equitable, and fun work environment.
  • Inspiring excellence in both the individual and group.


  • Successful record of food business management.
  • Experience with financial administration, payroll, and benefits.
  • Drive to research and implement systems to increase team efficiency. 
  • Community minded and fundamental belief in using business to grow our local food system.
  • Being 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.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

To apply: 

Please send a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the contact information for 3 professional references to,


Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

This is a new organization and has not developed a DEI statement or policies.

Wage or Salary
$1000/week, $52,000/year