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Chaia is an unconventional taco shop serving insanely delicious tacos made entirely with vegetables. Yes, vegetables. But not just any vegetables. Only the freshest, local, (and whenever possible organic) vegetables inventively prepared from scratch, and combined with spices, house-made salsas, and other tasty toppings—all tucked inside a handmade, griddled corn tortilla. Yum!

Founded by Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon, Chaia is a female led, female run business that believes everything’s better in a taco and making the world a better place starts with the food we eat. From a stand at the Washington D.C. farmer’s market to our first Georgetown spot, Chaia is expanding in the nation’s capitol and beyond.

Yes, we care intensely about sustainability, composting, and the environment, and eating less meat to save the planet. But the thing we care about most is that our tacos taste damn delicious. Because then, all the rest is possible.

AGM/General Manager

We are growing and so is our team! We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to join our team initially as the AGM in our Georgetown store and moving into the General Manager role in late 2018 when our current GM moves to our upcoming second location.

What it’s like here and what you will do 

We are a small team with big dreams, and your enthusiasm and dedication will help us realize Chaia’s full potential and prepare you to grow with our company. You will lead the shop and coach your team to achieve a high level of execution while maintaining the finer points of Chaia’s brand and culture. You will  play a significant role in cultivating Chaia’s culture and building a team that feels like family. You will recognize your team’s strengths and weaknesses and give them projects and areas of responsibility that will result in an energetic, engaged and enthusiastic team. You will lead by example, always, to provide thoughtful and beautiful food and experiences for our customers. 

Who you are

  • Minimum 2 years of restaurant management experience in managing labor and COGS, scheduling to a budget, and overseeing the financial health of a business
  • Experience leading a team of at least 15 people 
  • Passionate about high quality food and service and able to translate fine dining service standards to a quick service setting 
  • A manager with a strong work ethic who takes pride in the success of their team and employs pro-active communication to achieve this
  • Highly organized and able to focus on small details while not losing sight of the bigger picture
  • Able to remain calm, professional and effective in stressful situations and a busy atmosphere
  • Adept at trouble-shooting with a focus on problem solving
  • Working in the restaurant industry excites you and you thrive in a fast-paced and hands-on environment
  • Spanish-speaking a plus, but not required
  • District of Columbia Food Safety Manager Certification (ServSafe Manager’s Certification) and ABC Manager License (DC), or ability to obtain these, required

What we give 

  • Competitive pay and bonus
  • Paid vacation 
  • Phone and health care stipend
  • Start-up/scaling experience 
  • Mentorship that will lead to career advancement
  • Flexible work schedule 
  • Creative environment
  • Ability to expand your network and skills in the food industry 
  • Fun, kind and passionate teammates 
  • Complimentary food and drink

What we require 

  • Please send us your resume, statement of why you would like to work at Chaia and reference for last place of employment to jobs@chaiadc.com 
  • In-person interview
  • Trial shift
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