Cheese Board Collective Worker-Owner

  • Full Time
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Applications have closed

Website CheeseBoardColl The Cheeseboard Collective

The Cheese Board Collective is a worker-owned Cooperative. Our pizzeria and cheese/bakery division is looking for new members to share our business with. Candidate members must complete a six-month candidacy period before being considered for membership. Candidate members will work primarily at the division (pizzeria or cheese and bread), which they are hired at. We are looking for a long-term commitment, preferably five years or more.

If you are interested in applying please join us at our Open House (1512 Shattuck Ave) on Sunday, February 25th 12-2pm or Monday, March 5th 2-4pm to meet our hiring committee

Please come in with the following:

Resume
Cheese Board Collective Application (attach up to one page if needed)
References
Brief cover letter (optional)

We encourage people of color, women, queer and trans-identified folks to apply. We are striving towards a diverse supportive community and do not discriminate in our hiring based on race, gender or sex, religion, size, age, sexual orientation, marital status, economic background or educational history.

Work Description

Members work together in a close-knit environment and are involved in every aspect of operating the business. Everyone is given the opportunity to learn every aspect of the business. It is a privilege and responsibility of membership to work towards the successful continued operation and growth of our collective. All candidate members are required to attend business meetings where the group makes decisions using a modified consensus process.

All workers are paid a living wage, $24 per hour. In addition, Members receive a share of the profits based on the number of hours worked. We offer full medical benefits plus a host of other benefits including dental and retirement plans to worker-owners.
We will only accept applications during the open houses. If you cannot make it to one of the open houses we will not be able to accept your application at this time.
PIZZERIA Work Description:
Our work is fast, often high-pressured, and physically demanding. Candidate members will be working 8-hour days, no less than 3 days a week. The expectation is that candidates will cover open shifts to bring hours up to 32-40 hours per week. After completing the 6-month candidacy period, members at the pizzeria generally work either 8 or 10-hour shifts, 4 days per week. We require that candidates be flexible and available to work all shifts during all production hours 6:00AM- 9:00PM Tuesday through Saturday. Business meetings are generally held monthly on Monday.

Some of our tasks include preparing ingredients, making dough, building and baking pizzas, cashiering, organizational duties outside of shifts, and ordering. We all share in the considerable amount of clean up work.

Cheese/Bakery Work Description

Our work is fast, often high-pressured, and physically demanding. Candidate members will be working 6-8 hour days, up to 40 hours per a week during candidacy. We require that members be flexible and available to work all shifts during all production hours 3:30AM- 7:30PM. Full time work at the Bakery and Cheese division usually means working 4 shifts and being available to substitute on a fifth day. Candidates usually start with 3 to 4 shifts.

Some of our tasks include waiting on customers with a strong emphasis on great customer service, selling cheeses, working the express line, making coffee drinks, keeping up with new information re: new cheeses, preparing ingredients, making dough, baking breads, cashiering, cleaning the store, organizational duties outside of shifts, and ordering. We all share in the considerable amount of clean up work. Everyone is given the opportunity to learn every aspect of the business.

Work Expectations and Requirements of New Candidate Members

Must have a love of food
Enthusiastic about working in a democratically managed workplace
Food handling experience is preferred
Ability to work weekends and cover shifts—often on short notice
Working hard and being punctual are essential
Must be able to work shifts that start at 6am or that end at 9pm at the pizzeria
Must be able to work shifts that start at 3:30am or that end at 7:30pm at the bakery
Great customer skills are required
Enthusiasm for interacting with the public
Candidates and members are expected to attend all business meetings
Must be available to work during the holiday season
Scheduling for members is dynamic and we can’t guarantee a set number of hours
per week initially, generally 32-40 hours per week