General Manager

Organization/Company Name: 
Common Ground Wellness Cooperative
Position Description: 

The Opportunity

Common Ground Wellness Cooperative is a triple stakeholder cooperative that provides soak and sauna hydrotherapy and a range of wellness services including acupuncture, massage, naturopathy and more. The Coop is seeking a General Manager who will work collaboratively with the Board, staff, practitioners, and community to shape our strategic direction, building on our long history,  and position the organization for a successful future.  This individual should enjoy guiding and developing a dedicated team.  This position will focus the building of a highly participatory management team guided by Policy Governance, and will promote an open book management structure and philosophy. This opportunity presents strategic, management and organizational demands that will engage a creative thinker who is excited to lead our Portland icon in the coming years.

About Common Ground Wellness Coop

Common Ground was started in the late 1970’s as an alternative experience.  At that time, massage was not as well known as it is now and things like herbs, Chiropractic and  Naturopathic medicine were not commonly recognized.  A place for nude bathing that was completely nonsexual, safe and understood as a place for respect and even a spiritual overtone of acceptance and honoring, was radical.  (See additional history at the end of announcement.)

The Ideal Candidate

Thisposition requires an individual who is eager to collaboratively lead an emerging team. This person is energized by this opportunity, is willing to begin in early January 2019, and has the following profile.

Capabilities and Knowledge

Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurship:  Provides strategic direction to the organization,    working with the Board, staff, practitioners and patrons. Develops priorities and plans, fosters buy-in to ideas, and follows through with a results orientation. Takes initiative to develop new opportunities and improve how things are done, while respecting and building upon past efforts.

Management and Organizational Development:  Plans and ensures sound management of operations, finances and facilities, and establishes best practices for related systems as needed. Sets clear direction and expectations for staff and practitioners, fosters trust and a high-performing team culture, and ensures that the organization has the capacity needed to deliver on its goals and commitments. 

Experience and Education

A successful track record in leading an organization, particularly one in transition.

Demonstrated skills in leading, mentoring and supporting staff, and building effective teams.

A solid understanding of financial planning, management and oversight.

Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, working within a diverse community.

Excellent communicator, with effective written and verbal communication skills, and the capacity to comfortably speak in public settings.

Experience formulating strategies, plans, and priorities, and accomplishing these.

Entrepreneurial, resourceful, and results oriented.

Coop experience (preferred), including working with an engaged Board of Directors.

Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Business or Management or a relevant field.

How to Apply

This position is open until filled.  Half to three-quarter time. Salary 31 - 62K DOE.

Please submit the following:

A cover letter not to exceed two pages that demonstrates how your experience qualifies you to become the GM at Common Ground Wellness Cooperative.

A complete chronological resume

Send via email as a PDF to [email protected], attention GM Search Committee.  Please, no phone calls.

More History

Common Ground Wellness Cooperative has been a unique healing center for over 40 years now and we expect to continue for many more by adapting to the changing circumstances within our co-op, with our patrons, staff and practitioners.  CG has needed to change structure several times as our circumstances have changed. In our old location it was required of us to be a non-profit ‘community club’ with members. The hot tub and sauna were privately owned and there was a collective of massage therapists. In the next step, the community of practitioners and patrons came together and bought the hot tub business from the original owner, with the intention of creating a supportive environment for themselves, and a wellness center that would include different alternative therapies to create a synergistic place of relaxation and healing for our patrons.  At that point we had no owner, we were a collective of healers, a hot tub and a sauna, still under the non-profit status. In 2006 we chose to move our collective to our current location and build out the bathhouse. In 2015 we let go of our non-profit status and become a co-op. We felt the co-op model was the best fit for us as a collective, and mastering the co-op model is still a work in progress.  We believe our center for relaxation and healing will continue to be as, or more, relevant in our ever changing world. 

Position Type: 
Part Time
Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
Same as the Employer Address