Café Manager: Te Tuhi Café

Applications close 5pm, Monday 28 June 2021


Café Manager – Position Description

The role

This is an exciting opportunity to play a vital role in a café project which is generating interest across the country, within one of Aotearoa’s best contemporary art galleries.

The Café Manager is a practical, hands-on role, with most of their working hours spent managing the overall running of the cafe and service area, providing barista and/or cooking services, overseeing the daily menu and supporting and working with the trainees and support workers. Administration time is built-in for planning and ordering.

You will have a sound knowledge of:
− Operational management
− Staff training
− Ordering and stock management
− Quality control
− Food and wage costing
− Hygiene, health and safety procedures
− Promotion and marketing

In addition, you will have a mind towards continuous improvement and a drive to grow the business.

Hospitality management experience is essential and a qualification in Hospitality or Business is highly desirable. The successful candidate will have excellent barista skills and/or cooking skills and kitchen experience.

The role takes full responsibility for the day-to-day management of Te Tuhi’s café, barista and/or cooking services, ensuring that all financial, legal, and health and safety obligations are met, operational standards adhered to, and that the ethos and culture of Te Tuhi is maintained throughout the service.

The role will also develop the café menu, with a core purpose of improving profitability and securing the long-term sustainability of the café.
This role is offered on a 12-month fixed-term contract for between 35 and 40 hours per week depending on the candidate. The role will be reviewed following the initial fixed term, based on the profitability of the café and other funding sources.

Supporting the trainees and support workers to develop and use hospitality skills is a substantial part of the role. A background or interest in support work is desirable, however experience in working with people with intellectual disabilities is not a prerequisite as full training will be provided by The University of Auckland and Rescare Homes Trust.

Te Tuhi Café

Te Tuhi Café is Aotearoa’s first training café for people with intellectual disabilities, run by Te Tuhi in partnership with Rescare Homes Trust and The University of Auckland. The café project is a non-profit enterprise.

The café provides in-house training and supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities through a community-based programme. It serves barista-made coffee and a range of homemade cabinet food and made-to-order menu items. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.

The café is located within the gallery foyer and as such is part of a shared space used by the gallery, class students, independent groups and public visitors. With street frontage on busy Reeves Road, the café is ideally placed to become both a drawcard destination and a key venue for locals.

The café is open from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 2pm. Opportunities exist for extended hours – an early-morning breakfast offer or for evening classes, parties and events.

The café team includes the Café Manager, Barista and/or Cook, up to three trainees per day and a support worker for the trainees every day. The Café Manager’s role includes barista and/or cook services.

To apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to recruitment(at) by 5pm, Monday 28 June 2021. Please state how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role and how this role fits in with your current commitments and future plans. If you would like to discuss the role prior to making an application, please contact Hiraani Himona at hiraani(at)

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