This salaried full-time position is responsible for all aspects of clothing and all related departments of Thrift On Kent.
The Softline Coordinator is responsible for providing management support and training to volunteers relating to all departments, which relate to clothing such as clothing, accessories, shoes, purses, jewellery, and linens in both the retail space and workroom. This includes both sorting and pricing of items.
Thrift On Kent seeks to be a friendly, caring presence in the community, showing value and respect to all. Practicing and promoting faithful stewardship and care for God's creation and raising funds for MCC are also key components to the mission statement of this and other MCCO Thrift Shops.
MCC is a charitable organization that partners with churches and community organizations worldwide to walk with people who are disadvantaged. MCC supports activities that provide emergency assistance, reduce poverty, and promote healthy communities, sustainable living and alternatives to violence. As an internationally recognized NGO, MCC currently serves in 57 countries with 716 partners, 1133 staff and 40,000 volunteers.
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.
- Self-motivated and willing to take initiative while at the same time willing to work as a team with the Thrift On Kent Managers, other staff and volunteers
- Ability to create an atmosphere of a positive Christian presence within the shop
- Strong interpersonal skills with people of all ages and backgrounds
- Willing and able to work with a variety of people in a friendly way
- Strong leadership and management skills
- Ability to lift 50 lbs. and exert 11 to 25 lbs. of force frequently
- Requires about 6 or more hours of intermittent standing or walking in a standard workday
- Ability to repeatedly bend or stoop to floor level shelves and able to reach upper shelves with use of a stool or a ladder when necessary
- Sitting may be required only intermittently and occasionally
- Ability to make quick and thoughtful decisions
- Basic computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, Internet)
- Healthy balance of patience and energy
- Heart for justice, active peacemaking and global understanding
- Valid ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license
- Police vulnerable sector check (required upon hire)
- Legally able to work in Canada
- Experience working with volunteers
- Awareness of second hand market an asset
- Knowledge of current retail trends, brand names and merchandising skills
- Previous experience in clothing retail, especially in management position
• Provide management support, supervision, training, and scheduling to volunteers as they relate to the clothing, accessories, shoes, purses, jewellery, and linens, sharing MCC mission and values with volunteers
• Oversee the sorting and pricing of items in assigned categories
• Work with the Management Team in the operation of the shop to ensure teamwork and a desirable working and shopping environment
• Works with Retail Coordinator on in-store clothing sales, specials, and seasonal clothing displays
Management Team Responsibilities
• Be proactive in promoting positive public, staff and client relations
• Provide back-up support for other managers in their absence or as needed, including opening and closing of Thrift On Kent shop
• Ensure the support and direction necessary for the effective implementation of MCCO’s health and safety program are provided and, health and safety policies, procedures and regulations are enforced
• Perform other job related duties as assigned
• Share the news about the Thrift On Kent and the network in the community
• Participate in MCCO orientations, provincial meetings, Peace Conference and Staff Development Day
• Participate in a local faith community, being willing to use personal gifts within this community and model nonviolent peacemaking through respectful interaction with others
• Maintain a high level of integrity, reflecting Christian respect and Christ's unconditional love to those with whom you work, including colleagues, partner agencies, the homeless and marginalized
• Answer inquiries about MCC from constituency and general public; communicate MCC's values, articulating the importance of MCC's criteria for workers, all of whom serve as representatives of the Mennonite and Be in Christ churches which support MCC
• Model nonviolent peacemaking through respectful daily interactions with staff and the public