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Sam's Place Operations Assistant (CSJ)
Winnipeg is a city of approximately 650,000 located on the Red River, 108 km's north of the US border. Being near the center of Canada, it is a major transportation center. The city's population is fairly diverse, representing people from many different cultures. Most of the people are English speaking with French, Filipino and Chinese being other predominant languages. There are about 65,000 First Nations people living in Winnipeg.

There are almost 50 Mennonite churches in Winnipeg, which is home to about 30,000 Mennonites. Winnipeg has two large public liberal arts universities and a Mennonite university (Canadian Mennonite University). There are also two Mennonite private high schools.

Winnipeg temperatures can range from 40°C (104°F) in summer to -45°C (-49°F) in winter, with average summer temperatures around 25.4°C (77.7°F) and average winter temperatures around -12.9°C (8.8°F).
May 17, 2021
May 31, 2021
16 weeks
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

A Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check will be required for the selected candidate.

This position is only available to individuals aged 15 to 30, who are legally entitled to work in Canada, and have a valid Social Insurance Number. This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs and is dependent on Sam’s Place receiving said funds.

Must be between 15 and 30 years of age.
Must be available 30 hours a week between Monday to Saturday until end of contract.
Demonstrated capacity to take initiative and complete projects independently.  
Attention to detail, willingness to go the extra mile, and superior organizational skills.
Ability to manage inventory in an efficient manner.
Strong problem solving and counting skills.
Customer service experience in either the food service or retail industries.
Experience working in a team dynamic with a variety of different personalities/working styles.
Experience working with databases and POS systems an asset.
Supervisory or team leadership experience an asset.
Experience working in a volunteer team an asset.
Sam’s Place is seeking a mature, responsible, dynamic individual who is interested in assisting with operational tasks necessary to the running of our café. This is a 16-week term position.

Sam’s Place is a café, shop, and venue in the Chalmers/Elmwood neighborhood. Sam’s Place is a Social Enterprise that is owned by Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba. It runs a Youth and Young Adult Employable Skills Program that provides opportunity for youth and young adults, often facing barriers, to develop employable skills and gain experience for their future in the work force. Sam’s Place is growing their retail offerings by adding additional products on-top of a robust collection of used books, these include Fair Trade foods and goods, and locally made food and goods.

The Operations Assistant (OA) would provide quality support to the Sam’s Place Manager in the operating of the café. The Operations Assistant would be trained to manage the retail sales of used books and other Fair Trade and Locally Made products, through both our eCommerce Platform and on our café floor (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions). The OA will become familiar with the backend of our Point of Sale system, our eCommerce platform, and our inventory system. Support may also be needed in planning, event, and promotion as directed by the Sam’s Place Manager. The successful candidate will be fully trained in the day-to-day tasks of running the café, in all areas; which could include supervising and/or training volunteers in the café, in all areas.

The Sam’s Place Operations Assistant will be required to work 30-hours a week Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and potentially some odd evenings for events.
Support the Sam’s Place Manager with operational tasks.
Organize and manage used book inventory. This includes implementing a plan for accepting book donations that incorporates participants from the Sam’s Place Youth Program, negotiating and making appointments with buyers, and creating a storage plan that includes recycling stock.
Promote retail offerings through social media platforms.
Organize, catalogue, and showcase retail items on both the café floor and the eCommerce platform.
Build and maintain relationships with makers, wholesalers, and buyers.
Fulfill retail orders for pick-up and delivery.
Assist with events, planning, and promotion where necessary.
Assist with supervising the café floor and performing supervisor duties where necessary.
Lead and teach volunteers and program participants where necessary.
Provide support to the café where necessary.

Physical Demand:
Able to stay on feet all day.
Able to carry and move around inventory, including boxes of books.
Covid-19 Restrictions:
Sam’s Place follows all government regulations as well as guidelines from the WRHA Food Inspector. The successful candidate will receive training as it relates to keeping themselves and other staff, volunteers, and customers safe. Regular, stringent cleaning will be performed, and PPE will be worn as needed.

Screening and Selection:
Only qualified candidates will be contacted to arrange an in-person (with social distancing measures in place), or virtual interview.
Reference checks will be performed on potential candidates post interview.
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