Hiring: Inventory Coordinator

Inventory Coordinator

Purpose:  To ensure smooth daily store operations. Responsible for the ordering, pricing, and budgeting of produce and all other inventory. The Inventory Coordinator has the potential to be a dynamic, collaborative leader; we are seeking somebody with a creative vision for the future of our co-op.

Status: Full-time salaried management position. Reports to Board of Directors. Member of the Workers’ Collective.

I. Inventory Coordination

  • Track all stock/put in orders as stock diminishes
  • Maintain and strengthen existing vendor relationships while continuing to seek out potential opportunities with new vendors
  • Receive stock and unload trucks
  • Check all deliveries against packing lists and invoices
  • Set and control pricing and sales objectives  
  • Develop an annual operating budget, accounting for sales and seasonal shifts
  • Discontinue stock that has a poor sales record
  • Develop a method for tracking inventory
  • Stay apprised of trends in food and nutrition
  • Receive and incorporate customer requests for new stock items
  • Lead quarterly store inventory

II. General Manager Duties

  • Count register money and monitor change levels
  • Staff register when necessary
  • Coordinate bank deposits with other managers
  • Create monthly reports for the Board of Directors
  • Participate in weekly Workers’ Collective meetings
  • Collaborate with co-managers to meet individual department and shared goals, maintain accountability, enforce Riverwest Co-op policies, and identify areas of improvement
  • Participate in Finance Committee meetings
  • Participation in hiring committees, as needed
  • Maintain facility cleanliness and functionality  
  • Create store sales and promotions
  • Maintain and order equipment for display and storage
  • Collaborate with paid staff and volunteers

III. Customer Service

  • Treat people fairly, consistently, and with respect, upholding the co-op’s inclusivity statement
  • Answer questions and concerns of members, customers, and volunteers
  • Address suggestions and complaints of members, customers and volunteers in a timely manner
  • Work well with people of a wide range of skills and personalities

IV. Qualifications

  • Experience managing others in a professional environment
  • Experience developing and implementing budgets
  • Computer literacy, good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to work in a volunteer-based organization with collective management
  • Willingness  to work with people of a wide range of skills and personalities
  • Eagerness to take ownership of a position requiring self-direction, reliability, creativity, and accountability

V. Preferred

  • Knowledge of cooperatives and alternative economic structures
  • Experience working with natural foods

V. Salary and Benefits 

  • Starting wage is $29,120 ($14/hour).
  • Paid biweekly.
  • Benefits include: vacations, PTO, and flexible schedule.
  • Perks include: store discounts, shift meals.
  • Email resumes and cover letters to riverwestwc@gmail.com

2017/18 General Membership Meeting

The Board of Directors would like to thank you all members who participated in our 2018 General Membership Meeting. Here are the 2017GMM Report and GMM Minutes from the meeting that capture feedback shared, the results of the board candidate elections and the vote on proposed changes.
Please note that at the meeting it was reported that all three proposed changes passed. After members of the WC and Board of Directors conducted a recount at the co-op, we discovered that the amendment to change the number of required board members did not pass. This information has been added to the minutes attached.
If you have any questions or suggested edits, please email RachelM@riverwestcoop.org.

Hiring: Evening Store Employee

Store Evening Employee

Job Description

Purpose: To ensure smooth daily store operations. Support evening volunteer staff. Complete daily closing procedures.

Status: Part time hourly, 30-35 hours. Reports to store coordinators and worker’s collective.

  1. Store Operations:
  • Working and running the register and computer, as needed.
  • Provide support to night time volunteer staff.
  • Complete any receiving, stocking, and rotation of products that was not finished by the daytime shifts.
  • Update pricing and price lists.


  1. Customer Service:
  • Treat people fairly, consistently, and with respect.
  • Answer questions and concerns of members and customers.
  • Address suggestions, and complaints of members, customers, and volunteers.
  • Provide product information and educational material to customers and staff.


III. Closing Procedures:

  • Closing out the credit card and quest card terminals.
  • Counting down the drawer, printing night time reports, and securing the night deposit.
  • Ensuring that all the lights are turned off, the bathroom is clean, the outdoor chairs and tables are locked and the trash is removed.
  • Setting the alarm system and securing the building.


  1. Qualifications:
  • Self-motivated and ability to make quick decisions.
  • Ability to clearly communicate with volunteers, co-workers, and members, and be open to feedback. Ability to provide support and training to volunteers.
  • Organizational skills – ability to prioritize tasks and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment.
  • Customer service experience
  • Money handling experience
  • Stocking experience
  • Ability to follow established standard operating procedures.
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts including weekends, and holidays.

Apply: Please submit resumes to co-op staff or email resumes to shellymcclone@gmail.com or pgelbke@gmail.com

Hiring: Cafe Co-Manager


Café Evening Co-Manager


This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position, which includes all aspects of maintaining the daily operation of the Riverwest Co-op Café, while working with cooperatively with a Co-Manager.  This position requires working evening hours (2PM to close) and being on call during that time.

The café is not only a very active neighborhood eating/gathering place, but also a profitable enterprise. We are seeking the right individual who has the vision, time and talent to develop this very unique Riverwest venue.


Daily Duties

  • Work at least 20 hours in the cafe, see cafe staff description for more information.Respond to customer requests and concerns promptly.
  • Monitor and order products and supplies.
  • Check refrigerator temperatures.
  • Track income and expenses.
  • Be on call for any staff issues.


Staff Management Responsibilities

  • Hire and manage all café employees.
  • Scheduling staff.
  • Train staff to comply with all applicable health and safety laws.
  • Train all staff in kitchen prep, cleaning, recipes and service.
  • Train volunteers when needed.
  • Adjust hours and assign tasks to meet customer demand.
  • Maintain and update task lists for employees, and opening and closing procedures.
  • Review and update the Employee Handbook when necessary.
  • Conduct performance reviews.
  • Organize and manage the monthly cafe staff meeting.


Kitchen Management Responsibilities

  • Maintain café environment to health code requirements.
  • Maintain and repair equipment.
  • Oversee recipe consistency and develop new items.
  • Monitor food sales.
  • Ensure café’s compliance with applicable laws: business license, permits, health regulations, labor laws, etc.  

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Schedule volunteers after intake
  • Strengthen volunteer engagement in the cafe
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator

Financial Responsibilities/Catering

  • Attend weekly Workers Collective meetings.
  • Attend monthly board meeting and report for café.
  • Attend monthly Finance Committee meeting.
  • Maintain café advertising and promotion.
  • Prepare timely financial reports, as pertaining to food costs, salary, employee hours, budget, and growth.
  • Monitor deviations from budget and maintain profit margins.
  • Monitor café performance and review reports with Finance committee regularly.

Requirements for Position

  • Must be able to be on feet for 8 hours a day and occasional heavy lifting.
  • Must be motivated and take initiative. 
  • Previous Kitchen management experience.
  • Excellent cooking skills and recipe development.
  • Organizational and multitasking skills.  
  • Understanding of cost and inventory control.
  • Friendly customer relations demeanor.
  • Demonstrates leadership ability.
  • Communication skills; ability to listen, speak and write clearly, can give and receive feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Ability to work with people of a wide range of skills and personalities.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with paid staff and volunteers. 
  • Computer literacy.


  • Experience with vegan and vegetarian food.
  • Experience working in a strong team work environment.
  • Knowledge of products.


Salary and Benefits

  • Starting wage is $29,120 ($14/hour) plus tips. 
  • Paid biweekly.
  • Benefits include: vacations, PTO, and flexible schedule. Perks include: store discounts, shift meals.
  • Email resumes and cover letters to riverwestwc@gmail.com


Co-op Softball!

Come out to the Pumping Station and cheer on your co-op pals!

Games are on thursday nights, follow the Seitan Phillies on facebook for their scheduled games! Seitan Phillies Facebook

Annual Meeting Sunday, May 7, 2017

Greetings, Riverwest Co-op members, volunteers, staff and customers!

You’re invited to participate in the Riverwest Co-op’s General Member Meeting on Sunday, May 7,  2017, 4 – 7 pm at the Falcon Bowl 801 E Clarke St.

At our General Member Meeting, we’ll report on our accomplishments from the past year, discuss important issues for 2017-2018, introduce you to candidates for the board of directors, and vote!

This event is a great opportunity for you to give us your thoughts, ideas and feedback. What are we doing? Where are we going? How can we improve? Your voice is critical in helping shape the future of the Co-op.

Oh, did we mention that all participants will receive a drink on us?

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Who: Members of the Riverwest Co-op
What: Our General Member Meeting / Board elections / feedback sessions
Where: the Falcon Bowl, across the street from the Co-op
Why: the healthy and participatory functions of our community-owned and operated cooperative
When: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 4-7 pm 

Now Hiring Cafe Staff!



UPDATE: this post has been filled. Check back temporarily to learn about additional job openings. 

Full to Part Time: 24-40 hours/week Evenings and Weekends

Basic Tasks: a. Preparing / cooking menu and deli items. b. Serving in an efficient and friendly manner. c. Monitoring the quality of food served. d. Keeping the kitchen clean during and after one’s shift. 2. Participation in monthly Café Collective meetings (for which worker will be paid). This is an attempt to create a culture of workplace democracy in the café.

TRAITS WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN APPLICANTS: a. Line and Prep cooking experience (familiarity with vegan & vegetarian food highly desirable). b. Commitment to the co-op ideal of workplace Democracy (whereby all workers share responsibility for making the café function smoothly). c. Good work history.

WAGE: Starting wage will be $10.10/hr after probationary period

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit resumes to co-op staff or email resumes’ to toddl@riverwestcoop.org & gina_m_d@yahoo.com Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

Volunteer With Us!


Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here! 

The Riverwest Co-op is neighborhood-owned and neighborhood-operated. Each week, over one hundred volunteers work at the Co-op, doing everything from customer service and cashiering to making your smoothie and running our website. No matter what you’ve got to offer, the Co-op is a place for you. Volunteer 1

And there are other benefits to volunteering as well! Volunteers receive a 10% discount on store goods, which adds to the 5% member discount. Add that to the Riverwest Co-op’s weekly sales days, and member-volunteers are receiving 25% off of produce every Wednesday and 25% off of bulk goods every Thursday. On top of that, volunteers in our cafe get a shift meal for every three hours volunteered. Not too bad! And did we mention free coffee and tea while volunteering?
We’re a community, working together for the same end, cooperating. We would love for you to be a part.
So, ready to jump in? It’s easy to get started. You can fill out a volunteer application here, or swing on by the Co-op and fill one out. Or contact our volunteer coordinator, Ousia, directly at Ousia@riverwestcoop.org.
We hope we’ll meet you soon.

Annual RW Co-Op Chili Cook-off

Chili cookoff

Spaghetti Dinner

Annual Spaghetti Dinner 2016 Poster

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