Human Resources Manager

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op
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Location: Addison County,
About the Job

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op has been committed to our values of sustainable business practice, growing the local foods movement and supporting our community for over 45 years. Our ideal candidate will also be committed to these goals and help us achieve them. Last year we contributed over $117,000 in donations to our local food shelves, non-profits, and discounts to low-income shoppers. We also reached 34% of sales from local Vermont products from over 400 Vermont Producers, that’s a record 7.2 million dollars. We are thrilled to contribute to our local economy.

The Human Resources Manager reports to the General Manager and works closely with the management team to support our amazing staff in an ever-changing economy. Our leadership expectations include a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, while valuing integrity, flexibility and superior interpersonal skills.

As Manager of our HR Department, you are instrumental to our entire organization. You are passionate about people and the go-to person for employee-related issues. We see the job of the HR Manager as vital to business success. In this role, your duties will involve overseeing recruitment, performance management, employee relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, and talent management. You will also consult with the General Manager on strategic decisions affecting all levels of management to create an engaged workplace culture.

You are in this role because you are looking for a challenge with dedicated staff. You are passionate about going above and beyond to offer stellar customer service and creatively embrace change.

To lead our HR Department, we want you to have:

  • Excellent listening, communication, and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership and organizational development skills
  • 5 years of HR leadership experience across HR disciplines including recruitment, hiring, performance management, employee relations, DE&I, and compensation and benefits
  • HR leadership experience in an organization with more than 100 employees
  • Experience in retail or similar high pace environment
  • Degree in Human Resources Management or related discipline, PHR, SPHR a plus
  • Working knowledge of HRIS (paylocity)

Our benefits package includes group health insurance, optional vision and dental insurance, flexible spending account, 3+ weeks of paid time off, paid holidays, profit sharing bonus, 401k, life insurance, paid parental leave, co-op membership, employment assistance program, and more.

Starting salary is $70,000 – 80,000 depending on experience.

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If you would love to work in a unique organization with devoted staff, learn more and apply on our website Please attach a resume and letter of interest.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

We believe everyone has a part in creating a just and equal society. For our business that means working to refine our policies and practices to remove potential for bias, and creating an inclusive environment for all staff and customers.
Co-op staff are attending monthly small groups, building skills to support our store as a safe and respectful space where all are welcome. Here they practice various scenarios that could happen in the store and have an opportunity to talk about their experiences.
At the Co-op there are multiple options for feedback from staff, including options for anonymity. From this feedback we have made a number of changes including, but not limited to:
• -raising wages
• -increased social justice training
• -changes on signage to be more inclusive
• -addressed vendors' actions that don't support our commitment to social justice
• -monthly focus groups with management and staff
We want to take actionable steps in our commitment to social justice, we are continuing to work on our plan and create ways we can hold ourselves accountable.

Wage or Salary
70,000 - 80,000 depending on experience