August 26, 2011

Why should YOU come to the 2011 Indiana Cooperative Summit? In two words… inspiration and information! I’ve always returned home with new ideas, a greater understanding of the cooperative system, and at least three or four new business contacts. The interaction with others involved in cooperatives is great. Annie Watts, Central Region Marketing Manager, Cabot Creamery Cooperative

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June 8, 2011

Moon Co-op, Oxford, Ohio 45056
Job Opening: General Manager

Description: The Miami Oxford Organic Network (MOON) is a member-owned cooperative natural and organic food store planning for a July/August, 2011, opening. The store size is approximately 2100 sq ft., and is located in Oxford, OH, a city of 9500 located 50 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.

Oxford is also home to Miami University, an institution of 16,000 primarily undergraduate students. We are looking for a General Manager to carry out responsibilities in the areas of staffing, operations and marketing. The General Manager is expected to make decisions related to store operation and create store/employee policies, consistent with Board policy, in operating the store. The GM will report to the Board, which will operate under policy governance guidelines.

The successful candidate must have experience in bottom line accountability, retail management, familiarity with food co-ops, staff supervision and budgeting, and have strong leadership, communication and visionary skills.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with a start-up cooperative of similar size. For further information, please visit our website.

Applications, including a cover letter, resume and the names of 3 professional references, may be sent to: Gini Maddocks

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May 26, 2011

The Local Growers Guild is looking for a Guild Manager who will work with this agricultural co-op’s board of directors to champion the cause of local foods in south Central Indiana and beyond.

The right candidate for this part-time position has a passion for local foods, excellent organizational skills, and recognized capability as a leader. He or she is committed to working effectively with others who share the vision of a more secure and vibrant local foods economy.

The goal of the LGG board (who oversee the work of the Guild Manager) is to find someone who can commit to a number of years at the head of this six-year old organization, guiding it into the future while increasing its capacity to provide meaningful advocacy, information, and support to local farmers.

This part-time job, which can grow with the organization, currently pays what has been determined to be the Living Wage in Bloomington, $11.25 per hour.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to or by mail to:

Local Growers Guild
PO Box 2553
Bloomington, IN 47402



Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resumé, and three references by June 13th
Interviews will be held the week of June 20-24
Hire by June 27
Start date July 11 (earlier if available)
Training with Interim Director Jessie Skaggs through the end of July


The Local Growers Guild creates a local foods system that provides quality food to communities through direct markets and retailers; preserves the viability of family farms; improves the quality of life for growers; makes food issues visible; and promotes practices that preserve and protect the Earth. 20-30 hours per week depend upon season and/or projects. Schedule is flexible; contingent upon meetings, evening and weekend obligations.

Position Details

The Guild Manager oversees all activities of the Local Growers Guild, working closely with the LGG Board of Directors, and the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market Advisory Committee. The right candidate for this job is passionate and knowledgeable about the importance and value of improving the local food economy. The Guild Manager often serves as the public face of LGG.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversees the fiscal health of the organization, with the help of the board.
  • Works with the Board of Directors to develop and grow organizational capacity.
  • Helps coordinate special events and marketing initiatives, including the Local Growers Guide, the LGG website and social media.
  • Develops membership, both quantitatively and by involvement, and maintains member databases.
  • Recruits, communicates with, and retains LGG volunteers.
  • Coordinates with collaborative organizations on joint ventures such as farm tours and community and program development projects.
  • Promotes the Guild by speaking on local food panels, conducting interviews for radio and newspaper, and presenting at community events.


  • Must have passion for and knowledge concerning the challenges of building an improved local foods economy
  • The ability to listen to the needs and concerns of diverse stakeholders
  • Outstanding organizational and leadership skills
  • Capable of managing several projects at once
  • Experience and knowledge in fundraising and organizational development
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work with little supervision
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy equal to the tasks of the job
  • Bachelor’s degree (or more) in related field preferred
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