Employment Opportunities

Seeking a General Manager —

The Carlisle Group is conducting a retained search for the next General Manager for Cook County Whole Foods Co-op in beautiful Grand Marais, MN.

Cook County Whole Foods has been serving the community since 1976. Artsy and quirky, the North Shore harbor village of Grand Marais welcomes creatives, families and adventure-seekers alike. The accolades almost speak for themselves. Grand Marais has been named America’s Coolest Small Town (Budget Travel Magazine), Top 10 Beach Getaways (Outside Magazine), and Next Great Adventure Town (National Geographic Adventure Magazine). In Grand Marais you’ll meet some of the most friendly, creative and talented people – both visitors and locals alike.

Cooperative businesses are member-owned, democratic institutions. They are controlled by a member-elected Board of Directors and abide by the Seven International Cooperative Principles, which include:

  • Voluntary, Open Ownership
  • Democratic Owner Control
  • Owner Economic Participation
  • Autonomy And Independence
  • Education, Training And Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern For The Community

Their goods emphasize healthy, locally grown, organic, and fairly traded selections. They are also committed to strengthening the local economy by serving as a market place that uses fair buying and selling practices which support regional growers, vendors and artisans.

The General Manager is responsible for the successful overall management and operation of the co-op in accordance with its core mission and cooperative values. This includes strategic planning, board relations, financial operations, human resources, leadership, contracts and compliance, public relations, co-op governance support and other responsibilities related to effectively managing the Co-op. The General Manager is also responsible for reporting to and supporting the activities of the Board of Directors and governance processes in general. This position upholds the Co-op’s standards through effectively developing and supporting the Co-op’s management team and staff, implementing efficient and productive systems, demonstrating stellar leadership, and being accountable for financial performance all in a manner that demonstrates the values of Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.

Education and Experience:
  • 5+ years of experience in retail grocery management.
  • 3+ years of experience working with a Board of Directors preferred
  • Experience managing financial statements and projections.
  • Experience managing a top-level management team and staff.
  • Previous experience creating and developing effective procedural standards.
  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent certificate.

Interested candidates should apply directly to Brett Myers, Senior Search Consultant with The Carlisle Group at bcm@tcgrecruit.com.

Seeking Grocery Stockers & Cashiers —

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op is hiring part time or full time grocery stockers and cashiers. Applicants must be able to work evenings, weekends and be able to lift 50 pounds. We offer paid time off, a simple IRA plan and generous store discounts. Full time employees are eligible for health insurance. Stop by the Co-op at 20 East 1st St in Grand Marais to pick up an application or fill out an application online.
Questions, call Jennifer at 218-387-2503.


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