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Mobile Coffee Trailer Manager

Tall Tales Ranch
Posted: 01/27/2022
Salary/Range: $25,000-$35,000

Organizational Summary

Tall Tales Ranch is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with intellectual/developmental disabilities (like autism and Down syndrome). Tall Tales Ranch (TTR) is building a neuro-diverse community, in Lone Tree, which will be home to people both with and without disabilities. Tall Tales Ranch will have a thriving coffee shop which will train and employ people with special needs, as well as ongoing life skills and enrichment programming open to the greater community. Tall Tales Ranch will have 32 residents, a community center barn, and community gardens. We envision a place where all people are honored for their unique skills and are supported to live and work as independently as possible. We have been nurturing and growing our vision for the past 7 years and have a competent, passionate staff. We are now beginning a mobile coffee trailer program to serve as a bridge to our future brick-and-mortar coffee shop, which will be completed in the next 2 years. Our coffee trailer is designed to not only serve an exceptional product, but to provide vocational training and job opportunities for people living with special needs, while introducing Tall Tales Ranch to our future community, neighbors, and stakeholders.

Coffee Trailer Manager Position Description

Tall Tales Ranch is seeking a part-time, motivated, energetic person to take the lead in our new coffee trailer business. This position will be 20-30 hours/week initially, but has the potential to become full time. This unique role will be filled by someone who is passionate about both our mission to support people living with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and about managing a successful coffee trailer business. The ideal candidate will be someone interested in a long-term career managing our brick-and-mortar coffee shop once it is built. This person will work closely with our program team, who will manage our “ambassador” (friends with special needs) employees and help them to succeed in the workplace. Our organization has a close-knit culture in which we place the highest priorities on communication, honesty, collaboration and respect, and we are looking for our next team member.


  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a coffee or similar food and beverage business (management experience is preferred)
  • Experience working on a food/coffee truck preferred
  • Experience managing a POS system
  •  Knowledge of the coffee business
  •  Experience driving a 15-passenger van/towing a trailer preferred
  •  Must be a positive, team player who is passionate about this start up business
  •  Must have experience leading a team
  •  Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some weekends/evenings

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of the coffee trailer business, including ordering and tracking inventory
  •  Assist with the purchase of the coffee trailer equipment
  •  Maintain the upkeep of the trailer
  •  Drive the TTR van and tow the trailer
  •  Oversee the making of the coffee to ensure an outstanding product
  •  Keep apprised of all state/local laws and regulations, and ensure that we are safe, clean and compliant
  •  Work with the Director of Operations to schedule events for the trailer to attend
  •  Work with the social media coordinator to document, post and advertise our trailer
  •  Operate a POS system
  •  Lead the team in a positive upbeat manner, in day-to-day operations
  •  Meet weekly with the TTR team

Skills/Personal Qualities

  • Experience with startup business preferred
  •  Passion for supporting and working with the special needs community
  •  Ability to take direction and to lead in a positive way
  •  Desire to grow the coffee trailer business into a successful enterprise
  •  Desire to make a difference in the lives of others
  •  Must be able to lift 50 pounds and spend time on your feet
  •  Exceptional customer service skills
  •  Experience with the IDD community preferred, but not required Personal Qualities
  •  Self-motivator
  •  Team player
  •  Ability to listen to and accept others’ ideas and thoughts
  •  Exceptional problem solver
  •  Positive, can-do attitude-willing to help wherever it is needed

Approximate Starting Date: March 1, 2022

Compensation: The salary rate for this part-time position will be commensurate with experience, and will range from $25,000-$35,000/year to start.

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