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Employment Opportunities

Take Root is hiring for 3 positions.

Front of House Manager/Team Lead

STATUS: REG/FT/Hourly (30-40 hrs/wk, flexible hours, either day or evening)
REPORTS TO: Executive Director SCHEDULE: Tues-Sat

The Front of House Manager/Team Lead oversees the cafe front of house staff, volunteers, and interns. Oversee overall day-to-day operations of the nonprofit cafe and furthering the mission and vision of Take Root Cafe. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, and operations. Work collaboratively with Executive Chef, Executive Director, and other staff and willingly train and teach “on the job”. Assist with kitchen duties, volunteer coordination, community outreach, public relations, and fundraising as needed. Be willing to do what is needed, whether that's washing dishes or cleaning a toilet or asking for a donation. This is a job with many hats.



  • Degree or experience in related field (Social services, nonprofit management, education, food industry, hospitality, business, etc)

  • Minimum one year experience in a management or supervisory position or leadership in nonprofit/business sector or food service industry.


See below for application. Applications for the manager position will be accepted through Dec 31st. Start date around Jan 7th.


Part time Team Member

Approx. 5-15 hrs/week, Tues-Sat, evening hours


The Team Member Position is responsible for working in the front of cafe:

  • running the cash register

  • maintaining cleanliness in the cafe

  • help with overall day-to-day operations

  • greeting guests and community members

  • furthering the mission and vision of Take Root Café

  • explaining how the pay-what-you-can model works

  • will also be required to help wash, dry, and put away dishes


Must be available on most evenings, esp. Tuesday-Saturday



  • Some experience in food service industry preferred


See below for application. Accepting applications until Dec 20th. Start date around Jan 7th.

Turn in at the cafe or email to jessica@takerootkirskville.org


Executive Director

Application Process:

1. Applications, with resume and cover letter, will be accepted through Dec. 17, 2019

2. Interviews will take place between Dec.31 and Jan.10

3. Final decision and/or interviews by the end of January 2020

4. Start date in February 2020

JOB TITLE: Executive Director STATUS: REG/FT/E (40 hrs/week)
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors SCHEDULE: Variable, Tues-Sun

Take Root is nonprofit pay-what-you-can community cafe. It is our mission to end hunger and promote health by serving nourishing, high-quality, local foods on a pay-what-you-can basis. Our vision is to create a more compassionate, thriving, and economically strong community through the medium of sustainable and local food. We value diversity and inclusion and are a community cafe space for all. We believe that food literally has the power to change lives!


Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Take Root Cafe's staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of the core programs, operations, and business model. S/he will work collaboratively with the board of directors, employees, interns, and volunteers to host special events, cafe activities, workshops, and gatherings that further the mission of Take Root. The Executive Director serves as the liaison between the community, the board of directors, and the employees, and is often the “face” of Take Root Cafe. Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, evaluation, and quality of finance, administration, leadership, fundraising, communications, and operations.


Leadership & Management:

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; seek and build board involvement for ongoing local operations.

  • Work collaboratively with board of directors to develop long term cafe goals through strategic planning to carry out Take Root's mission and expansion.

  • Coordinate and schedule all monthly board meetings, with assistance from board members; print agendas, financial statements, and minutes.

  • Report to the board any necessary and monthly updates on the cafe programs and operations.

  • Serve as ex-officio for each committee of the board.

  • Lead and facilitate management team and staff meetings to ensure that all cafe employees, interns, and volunteers are carrying out Take Root's mission.

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Take Root Cafe employees; train management team to ensure effective systems to track cafe progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, donors, and other constituents.

  • Approve menu changes, large purchases, and staff schedules.

  • Monitor long-term trends and progress of the cafe through financial reports, daily “meal donations,” market trends, and annual events in/around Kirksville, anticipating changes and making appropriate action, with collaboration of management team.

  • Hire management staff at Take Root, and approve all hiring of department employees.

  • Maintain a positive and uplifting work environment for employees and cafe volunteers.

  • Maintain knowledge of trends or developments that are relevant to cafe operations and programs.

Fundraising, Outreach, & Communications:

  • Lead a collaborative effort of board members and employees to:

    • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.

    • Maintain an annual strategic fundraising plan, including top donors, monthly giving and fundraising events.

    • Participate in community events, engagements, and work collaboratively with other local businesses and nonprofits with similar goals.

    • Establish and maintain relationships with corporate sponsors, business partners, and donors.

    • Facilitate workshops, films, music, educational outreach events, and speakers in order to engage the public and raise awareness about eating locally, sustainability, and other related topics.

    • Present on topics related to the cafe, business model, operations, sustainability, and local/healthy eating.

    • Actively search and apply for applicable grants.

    • Deepen and refine all aspects of communication and outreach—from web presence to social media to local universities with the goal of creating a stronger brand and presence in our community.


  • Order office supplies and maintain an orderly and functional office setting

  • Keep track of paperwork, financials, and important nonprofit documents.

  • Serve as Human Resources for the cafe, including maintenance of the vacation and sick accrual, employee manual, internal conflict resolution, and any other employee-related matters.

  • Regular bookkeeping for all cash flow, billing, and invoices; maintain close communication with board treasurer on topics of finances and meet weekly with board treasurer to sign checks.

  • Maintain legal status of the nonprofit and follow all applicable laws by keeping up-to-date on business licenses and permits, including any necessary filings annually or biennially.

  • Oversee the renting and usage of the 3rd floor community space and catering events, in collaboration with the rest of management team.

  • Review and approve of legal contracts.

  • Maintain and keep the cafe bank account information and any legal agreements up-to-date.



The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to and passionate about Take Root Cafe's mission. All candidates should have proven leadership experience. Concrete, demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.

  • Have a clean and philanthropic reputation.

  • Maintain a warm and engaging personality when working with employees, board, volunteers and donors.

  • Be able to critically think and think outside the box when facing unique or new situations.

  • Be a self-starter and independent decision maker; be able to execute ideas into action.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

  • History of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial position.

  • Ability to cultivate existing and new board member relationships and work cooperatively with board members.

  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of donors, customers, and volunteers.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

  • Able to teach and motivate others – articulate and patient.

  • Able to effectively prioritize, make decisions quickly that are sound – exercise good judgment.

  • Adaptable, creative, takes initiative and exhibits good leadership.

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, social media, and email applications.

  • Excellent manager of time and resources, detail oriented.

  • Able to meet deadlines and standards.

  • Reliable, trustworthy and open to learning new ways of doing things and enhancing existing skill set.



  • Bachelors or Master’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent applicable work experience.

    • Degree in related field greatly preferred (Social Services, Nonprofit Management, Education, Business, Leadership, Food Service, Hospitality, Agriculture, Environmental Studies, etc.)

  • Preferred 5 years senior management experience in a nonprofit.

    • Minimum 2 years in a leadership position.

Email Jessica for more information: jessica@takerootkirksville.org