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ELFCO Seeks a  Dynamic Leader to Manage New

Food-Coop and Consignment Grocery in Allen Place



The Eastside Lansing Food Co-op (ELFCO) is excited to welcome a dynamic leader to manage and grow a year-round everyday grocery and food cooperative located in the new Allen Place Complex. We are looking for someone who is passionate about growing the local food system with experience and energy for building a vibrant community of staff, customers, and producers through incredible customer service. This position will help redefine and relaunch ELFCO, with a 40 year history, in a new direction embedded in the heart of a food innovation district. This position will have a significant impact on the core decisions and direction of the business, from staffing, product selection, financial planning, and decision making.


This position will work closely with the Board of Directors, which is elected by members of the co-operative.



Our first food co-op began in 1976 as a small grocery store committed to serving the Greater Lansing community while providing access to healthy, local food. In 2017, after 40 years of business, our conventional co-op closed operations paving the way for this new consignment-based farm model!


A NEW OPPORTUNITY: Our new location in the Allen Place Complex will allow for intensive collaboration between ELFCO and Allen Neighborhood Center’s (ANC) well-established food programs, including a farmers market, incubator kitchen, and multi-producer CSA. This collaboration will link ELFCO to mid-Michigan producers (both urban and rural) and food processors who are eager to take advantage of a robust marketing and retailing center to help meet the increased demand for local foods.




     Help develop staff hiring, training, on-shift support, conflict resolution and exit interviews

     Oversee volunteer management, training, and expectations

     Oversee merchandising and store organization/cleanliness

     Manage the producer application process and product mix of the store

     Work with the Board of Directors to provide informative payouts to producers and proper daily bookkeeping procedures

     Develop and maintain standard operating procedures

     Participate in budgetary targets with the board of directors that balances the needs of the operation with the fiscal ability of the organization

     Keep store operations following food safety requirements

     Participate in regional and national food co-op events



     Create a mission-oriented and financially sustainable store operation that is engaging and enjoyable for staff, customers, and producers

     Grow a new and changing retail business

     Provide customer service to producers, staff, customers, and the board that focuses on building a positive store culture

     Sincere commitment to working within the co-op model and growing the local food community

     Experience following through on projects

     An understanding of store operations and MDARD requirements

     Work in multiple technological requirements

     Work physically in a retail environment (on your feet, bending, lifting, and moving)




     Retail food management/Farmers Market experience

     Co-op management, decision making and budgetary experience

     Demonstrated experience hiring and managing a team of employees

     Demonstrated experience planning and managing volunteers

     Strategic planning experience



     The salary range for this position is $40K-$45K

     Paid time off

     Medical benefits negotiable


Candidates should send their cover letter and resume to: [log in to unmask]


Joan Nelson, Director
Allen Neighborhood Center
1611 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912
517- 999-3912 (direct dial)
517 - 862-6918 (cell)