Kitchen + Retail Manager

Job Description


Our Mission Statement: 

to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing.


Position title: Kitchen and Retail Manager

Hiring Committee: Salvador Mateo, Lynn Vidal, Andrew Chahrour, Gavin Raders 

Location: 5166 Sobrante Ave, El Sobrante CA 94803

Hiring Process: Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter to: or mail to 319 105th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94603

This position will remain open until filled.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Kitchen: 
  • Recipe Development and Design (jams, baked goods, fruit vinegars and other value-added products)
  • Food and Ingredient Sourcing and Purchasing
  • Overseeing proper food disposal protocol
  • Insure facility adheres to and keeps current with all State and local regulations and permits
  • Train kitchen associate(s) and youth interns in value-added production and kitchen protocols
  • Creation and Implementation of kitchen protocols
  • Product quality control
  • Collaborate w/ Farmer’s Market Truck staff to stock truck
  • Collaborate w/Media team and website mgr for online sales
  • Collaborate with Media team re: labeling
  • Collaborate with Good Table cafe to stock with PJ food and merchandise
  • Collaborate with Dir of Sustainable Infrastructure and Nursery in overseeing the buildout and maintenance of facilities
  • Collaborate with Farm Team on schedule of harvests and produce delivery
  • Retail:
    • Design maintain clean a beautiful and inspiring retail environment
    • Collaborate w/Nursery Retail mgr to insure POS is 100% operational
    • Collaborate w/Media team for instore merchandising
    • Participate in onboarding with non-nursery retail
    • Customer Service
    • Inventory management and purchasing
    • Maintaining vendor relationships
    • Maintaining QR codes related to POS system 
    • Collaborate with Dir of Sustainable Infrastructure to support in renovation management

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 3 yrs+ experience managing commercial kitchen and farm-store retail operations
  • Commercial value-added production experience (jam, baked goods, fruit vinegars, etc)
  • A clear commitment to a healing-centered, decolonial and feminist approach.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with a complex and diverse set of community partners, program participants, and staff members 
  • Ability to remain open-minded, patient, empathetic and growth-oriented through challenging work experiences  
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) is a plus
  • Full-time availability 
  • Valid driver’s license 


Compensation and Benefits: 

    • Minimum Salary for Planting Justice Kitchen & Retail Manager is $50,000/year with additional bump-ups that correspond to PJ’s pay chart, with 3% annual pay increases
    • Year 1 Benefits include 

    4 weeks paid time off plus 7 more paid annual holidays 

    Annual professional development stipend of $500, plus other paid training opportunities 

    Kaiser health care package plus dental, vision, life insurance and chiropractic coverage beginning 60-90 days after the first date of hire 

    $500 annual stipend through a TASC flex spending account 

    Nature of Employment

    Planting Justice is an equal opportunity employer and employment is at-will.