General Manager

New South Produce Cooperative
Little Rock, AR
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Job Title: General Manager
Supervision: Staff and volunteers
Pay Grade: Salary
Benefits: N/A
Reports to: Board of Directors
Location: Little Rock, AR
Travel Required: Up to 25%


The General Manager (GM) is responsible for directing the strategic vision and growth of the cooperative, and reports directly to the board of directors. The GM is responsible for the effective stewardship of all human and financial resources and physical assets, as well as growing the brand and increasing sales. This position will be expected to participate in and guide seasonal production planning, new market development, and the expansion of the supporting logistical network, utilizing lean infrastructure and assets.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to

Who We Are:
New South is a farmer-owned cooperative that sells, aggregates and delivers organically grown produce across the Mid-South. Our headquarters is currently located in North Little Rock, AR, but we have operations, markets and producers across the state and into Western Tennessee. Our cooperative was formed in 2014 and we have been growing our Community Supported Agriculture program and retailer relationships ever since. We’re proud to be fresh, local, and farmer-owned and are looking for the right person to lead us through our next phase of growth.

Manage and be responsible for the operations of the cooperative under the oversight of the Board of Directors.
Develop and lead the implementation of multi-year business and operating plans for the company, including geographic and sales growth strategies
Represent the brand and story of the cooperative to the public; lead a team focused on direct market sales / brand development
Maintain records of business transactions and product inventories
Oversee safe and efficient produce transportation and storage
Work with regional technical assistance providers to improve farmer productivity and profitability
Ensure compliance with all relevant food safety regulations
Ensure a safe, productive and efficient working environment for co-op employees
Ensure compliance with all relevant tax and regulatory issues, including personnel records, insurance policies, and creditor requirements
Supervise employee activities across multiple operational areas
Ensure timely payments and honest and continuous feedback to farmers
Work with the farmer board of directors to develop and enforce sustainable production practices
Develop a culture of trust and performance among the co-op employees
Provide accurate, thorough, and timely reporting to the Board of Directors to ensure high accountability
Proactively communicate with the Board of Directors on strategic issues
Develop a strong a working relationship with the Board of Directors as the top leadership team of the cooperative

Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree business, management, or related field, plus five (5) years of related experience,
Or eight (8) years of related experience

Preferred Requirements:
Master\’s degree in business, management, marketing, logistics or related field; plus 3 years of related work experience
Minimum of three (3) years in a leadership/managerial capacity
Food supply chain or food hub management experience
Entrepreneurial experience, including a leadership or management role in startup/growth-phase business, marketing/sales and wholesale/retail produce brokerage or comparable experience
Proficiency with Quickbooks and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) or similar programs.
Experience with Policy Governance

Most Critical Proficiencies:
Strategic leadership and experience in staff management
Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business management
Possess a track record of success in business and financial management
Exceptional communicator, motivator and leader of people
A person of high integrity, trustworthiness, and inspiration
A persuasive presenter and public speaker with experience in developing and implementing marketing plans
Strong commitment to social justice and diversity in both supplier, and buyer relationships
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
Ability to communicate clearly to a variety of colleagues and diverse constituents at all levels, in both oral and written communication via phone, email or in person
Willingness and ability to work occasional weekends, after hours and holidays as required
Ability to work under pressure, perform multiple tasks and manage consistently competing priorities
Must be comfortable in a rapidly changing environment.  Must be flexible and able to improvise to handle a variety of situations
Producing and presenting critical, analytical reports in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail
Highly motivated with a willingness to work closely in a team as well as independently for extended periods of time
Ability to work with sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality
Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Arkansas
Ability to work in outdoor temperatures and various weather conditions as needed
Ability to lift from floor to waist and carry up to 50 pounds floor to waist at various locations/project sites
May require constant sitting; working at a computer and focusing for extended periods of time and performing office environment activities while on the road and/or in remote conditions