We’re hiring for a Chocolate Production Assistant!

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We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join ChocoSol team as a Chocolate Production Assistant to support our growing and dynamic team in producing delicious, nutritious, ecological, and ethical bean-to-bar chocolate. This is a part-time position — approximately 3 days per week (24 hours per week) — with the possibility for more hours and a permanent full-time position for the right candidate. ChocoSol is an organization passionate about developing long-term relationships with our own staff, local community partners, and our international horizontal trading network.

ChocoSol is a Learning Community Social Enterprise that makes the ‘food of the gods’ – commonly known as cacao – into fresh, whole food, stone ground chocolate. ChocoSol’s cacao is sourced directly from farmers in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Guatemala, and then processed bean-to-bar at our St Clair Avenue West facility. We run many in-house events, workshops, and tours, as well as participating in a few dozen external community events every year.

Responsibilities:

    1. Chocolate making support
      • Ingredient preparation
      • Tempering
      • Moulding/unmoulding
      • Quality control
      • Packaging and wrapping
    2. Chocolate knowledge
      • Knowledgeable about our entire chocolate line inside and out, from our standard Rustico flavours to our seasonal/specialty offerings.
    3. Product/Inventory logging
      • Follow logging procedures thoroughly and accurately
    4. General cleaning
      • Proper cleaning of moulds
      • Thorough cleaning of tools and equipment
      • Start and end of day rituals (e.g., putting away clean dishes, sweep, mop)

Qualifications:

    1. Kitchen skills
      • Professional commercial kitchen experience required. Chocolate making experience preferred, but not necessary.
      • Proficiency in proper technique.
      • Follow recipes accurately and completely.
    2. Speed
      • Be quick on your feet.
      • Highly motivated and work with a strong sense of purpose.
    3. Consistency
      • Passion to make the perfect product and get it right every single time.
    4. Punctuality and preparedness
      • Always arrive on time and ready to work.
    5. Attitude
      • Positive and professional attitude toward everyone.
      • Team mentality: always willing to lend a helping hand.
    6. Food Safety
      • Follow food safety standards vigilantly.
      • Food Handler’s certification is current.

Additional qualifications:

    • Effective organization skills
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time
    • Can lift up to 50lbs
    • Flexibility to work weekends
    • Enthusiasm for our social enterprise

Work hours: Approximately 3 days per week (24 hour work week), with the possibility for more hours and a permanent full-time position for the right candidate

Compensation: $15/hour

Start date: ASAP

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume in PDF format to hiring@chocosoltraders.com by Friday, October 20, 2017. Thank-you for your interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We receive many applications and cannot respond to all in-person, telephone, and e-mail follow-ups.

Chocosol Traders is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. Chocosol is committed to working with and providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail Byron@chocosoltraders.com. We will make a determination on your request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

NOW HIRING: Front of House Sales Animator

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We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join the ChocoSol team as Front of House Sales Animator for our retail storefront. This is a part-time contract position until the end of December 31, 2017 with the potential for developing into a longer-term position for the right candidate.

ChocoSol is a Learning Community Social Enterprise that makes the ‘food of the gods’ – commonly known as cacao – into fresh, whole food, stone ground chocolate. ChocoSol’s cacao is sourced directly from farmers in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador, and then processed bean-to-bar at our St Clair Avenue West facility. We run many in-house events, workshops, and tours, as well as participating in a few dozen external community events every year.

The right candidate is an individual who is passionate about ecology, sustainability, and supporting local food systems. The physical space of the storefront is a crucial connection point between the various areas of ChocoSol (production, wholesale, retail, markets, maintenance, etc) so the individual must be able to work effectively in a team environment that requires communication with and support of each other. The right candidate loves engaging with people and takes pride in maintaining a clean, organized, and welcoming space for everyone that comes through the area.

Responsibilities:

    1. Sales
      • Promote retail sales using effective sales strategies.
      • Communicate your knowledge to customers about ChocoSol products, the business model, farmers markets, wholesale opportunities, etc.
      • Accurate cash handling, including cashing in and out.
      • Use of POS system to log all sales.
      • Use of Moneris system to process credit/debit card transactions.
      • Support wholesale team by completing orders and gathering contacts from potential wholesale clients.
      • Support ChocoSol’s growth by actively engaging in the opportunity to develop and improve our storefront space.
    2. Hospitality
      • Provide hospitality to guests & customers entering the space and to people contacting ChocoSol by phone.
      • Make customers feel valued, listened to, and welcomed to our community.
    3. Barista
      • Brew and serve coffee to promote ChocoSol’s low-emission coffee beans.
      • Make extraordinary xocolatl (Mexican chocolate drinks) and Mayan mochas (chocolate & coffee blend).
    4. Wrapping chocolate
      • Support production by wrapping, stickering, and boxing chocolate bars.
      • Wrap all chocolate according to protocol to ensure that packaging is clean, standardized, and aesthetically pleasing.
    5. Cleanliness and general cleaning
      • Ensure that the storefront space & equipment is routinely cleaned, organized, and sanitized.
      • Share in cleaning duties (sweep, mop, bathroom cleaning).
      • Maintain personal hygiene to a standard that is suitable for the food service/hospitality industry.
    6. Administrative/Organizational Duties
      • Regularly check work e-mails. Respond & follow-up in a timely manner.
      • Actively engage with Google Drive (Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc.) to effectively communicate with Lead Animators regarding scheduling, sick/vacation time, submitting hours worked, etc.

Qualifications:

      • At least 2 years of sales experience
      • Effective organization skills and attention to detail
      • Strong communication skills
      • Must have an inherent desire to constantly improve systems
      • Ability to prioritize tasks in a busy retail environment to get the job done
      • A passion for ecology, sustainability, and supporting local food systems
      • Fluency in Spanish an asset
      • Food Handling certificate an asset

Work days/hours: Approximately 2-3 days per week. This may include weekends and occasional evenings when ChocoSol hosts special events.

Compensation: $15/hour

End date: December 31, 2017 with the potential for developing into a longer-term position for the right candidate.

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume in PDF format to hiring@chocosoltraders.com by September 10, 2017. Thank-you for your interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We receive many applications and cannot respond to all in-person, telephone, and e-mail follow-ups.

Chocosol Traders is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. Chocosol is committed to working with and providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail Byron@chocosoltraders.com. We will make a determination on your request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

Job Posting: Finance and Administration Assistant

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join the ChocoSol team as a Finance and Administration Assistant. This is a part-time 3 month contract position with the potential for developing into a longer-term position for the right candidate.

ChocoSol is a Learning Community Social Enterprise that makes the ‘food of the gods’ – commonly known as cacao – into fresh, whole food, stone ground chocolate. ChocoSol’s cacao is sourced directly from farmers in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador, and then processed bean-to-bar at our St Clair Avenue West facility. We run many in-house events, workshops, and tours, as well as participating in a few dozen external community events every year.

Because this position supports Accounts Payable, a comfort with numbers, data entry, and spreadsheets is necessary. The successful candidate will have experience with accounting practices and QuickBooks Enterprise.

This is an ideal position for an ecologically-minded business/finance/accounting student looking to apply their academic studies in a growing, dynamic, and sustainability focused social enterprise.

Responsibilities:

  • Performing data entry related to Accounts Payable
  • Separating HST from Accounts Payable
  • Inputting invoices into QuickBooks Enterprise
  • Streamlining the bookkeeping reconciliation process (e.g., preparing books on a weekly basis to ensure smooth monthly reconciliation)

Qualifications:

  • Studied/currently studying business, finance, and/or accounting
  • Experience with QuickBooks Enterprise
  • Working knowledge of accounting practices
  • Experience with designing Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets spreadsheets
  • A genuine interest in financial accounts with respect to how they relate to B Corp certification, Feast On certification, Slow Food values, and Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) credits
  • A passion for ecology, sustainability, and supporting local food systems
  • Fluency in Spanish an asset

3 month contract will be: 2 – 3 half days per week (8 – 12 hours per week) for $15/hour. There is potential for this position to develop into a longer-term role for the right candidate.

Anticipated Start date: September 2017 (start date flexible)

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume in PDF format to hiring@chocosoltraders.com by Friday, August 22, 2017. Thank-you for your interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We receive many applications and cannot respond to all in-person, telephone, and e-mail follow-ups.

Chocosol Traders is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. Chocosol is committed to working with and providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail Byron@chocosoltraders.com. We will make a determination on your request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

We’re hiring for an Administration and Hospitality Animator

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join the ChocoSol team as an Administration and Hospitality Animator. This is a full-time 1 year contract position with additional benefits offered at 6 months upon a successful performance review. We are looking for someone with a long-term commitment to the business beyond the contract period if the fit is right. ChocoSol is an organization passionate about developing long-term relationships with our own staff, local community partners, and our international horizontal trading network.

ChocoSol is a Learning Community Social Enterprise that makes the ‘food of the gods’ – commonly known as cacao – into fresh, whole food, stone ground chocolate. ChocoSol’s cacao is sourced directly from farmers in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador, and then processed bean-to-bar at our St Clair Avenue West facility. We run many in-house events, workshops, and tours, as well as participating in a few dozen external community events every year.

We are looking for someone organized, dependable, and creative to support us in the strengthening and streamlining of our office rituals. This position acts as a communication hub for the office within the organization. We want a qualified candidate interested in joining our community as well as the business.

Daily duties will include, but not be limited to: managing the general email account, event planning and scheduling, supporting the development and maintenance of accurate payroll and employee files, managing office supplies, assisting in applying for grants and certifications, and managing Accounts Payable. Must be able to work independently, and have an inherent desire to constantly improve systems. Must be able to work effectively in a busy shared office and prioritize many tasks and deadlines.

Because this position handles Accounts Payable (with the support of a monthly consultant accountant), a comfort with numbers and spreadsheets is necessary. Ideally the candidate will have previous budgeting and accounting experience with Quickbooks Enterprise.

For the right candidate this is an opportunity to be brought into the Executive Team of a growing, dynamic, sustainability focused enterprise.

Responsibilities:

  1. Answer the general Information email account professionally and in an organized and timely manner
    • respond to customer questions
    • re-direct to appropriate departments
    • compile a task list of action items
    • communicate clearly and effectively with executive staff
  2. Housekeeping
    • office supplies: maintaining inventory and restocking as needed
    • organize linens for pickup and for events
  3. Receiving and filling out forms for special events
    • general information handling
    • confirm offerings/menu items
    • request and send out certificates of insurance
    • enter information accurately into Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets
  4. Google Drive savvy
    • proficiency with Gmail
    • Google calendar events: entering, updating, and scheduling invitations
    • update organizational Google docs for team sharing
  5. Bookkeeping basics
    • pay vendors
    • log payments correctly in Quickbooks
    • maintaining organized files for monthly reconciliation with the accountant
  6. Filing and organizational skills
    • organize and label files
    • search for information in a filing system and improve current filing system
    • maintain legal documents and be aware of legal retention periods
  7. Cleanliness and general cleaning
    • share in facility cleaning duties on a monthly basis (sweep, mop, bathroom cleaning)
  8. Customer relations that are warm, helpful, and enthusiastic
    • knowledgeable about ChocoSol: products, processes, etc.
    • take the time to answer questions patiently and helpfully
  9. Sorting incoming mail

Qualifications:

  • 2 years experience with office administration
  • Proficiency in Word, Google sheets, data entry
  • Effective organization skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Bookkeeping
  • Enthusiasm for our social enterprise
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends since we run many events during those hours
  • Fluency in Spanish an asset
  • Food handling certification an asset
  • Cycling skills an asset

1 year contract will be: 5 days per week (37.5 hour work week)

Compensation: Monthly salary of $2672.24

Start date: ASAP

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume in PDF format to hiring@chocosoltraders.com by Friday, September 9, 2017. Thank-you for your interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We receive many applications and cannot respond to all in-person, telephone, and e-mail follow-ups.

Chocosol Traders is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. Chocosol is committed to working with and providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail Byron@chocosoltraders.com. We will make a determination on your request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

Summer Solstice

Join us for a celebration of summer, seasonality, and spirit. To welcome the solstice, we are opening our doors, turning up the grills, and taking over the street to serve our stone-ground fresh masa foods- tortilla pizzas, quesadillas, and more- plus chocolate bites, peddle-powered drinks, and cookies.

Where: 1131 St. Clair West
When: Friday, 23 June 2017 from 7pm – 11:30pm

This event is a potlatch of spirit, music, community. Feel free to bring food*, drink, music, storytelling, and more to share.

Our celebrations is pay-what-you-can (with a suggested donation of $20) and includes all the chocolate, drinks, and food you can enjoy for the evening. Plus we are offering 10% off any purchases of retail chocolate, coffee, and masa foods all day.

*All of our food will be vegan (or vegetarian option), and free of nuts, gluten, soy, and preservatives. Please ensure all food brought to share is vegetarian and free of nuts. Ingredient lists are appreciated to keep our space and community safe!

We are hiring!

 

Chocolate Production Assistant – Summer 2017

Who we are

ChocoSol Traders is a social enterprise learning community that transforms the “food of the gods” – cacao- into stone ground, artisanal dark chocolate. We use bean-to-bar techniques to produce artisanal, small batch chocolate that retains the health and nutritional values of cacao. We work with and source directly from Indigenous communities in Mexico with a spirit of reciprocity and friendship.

 Why work with ChocoSol?

 Being an apprentice at ChocoSol will give you an opportunity to work hands-on and learn from our passionate staff about producing sustainable socially just foods. We are learning community that uses cacao as a vehicle for sustainability, direct trade, food literacy and mentorship. As such, you will gain chocolate making and food handling experience while simultaneously engaging with our research and values.

Duties + Responsibilities

The primary duties of this position will be assisting our Executive Chef in our weekly production. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Ingredient prep, moulding, and wrapping chocolate
  • Ensuring our hygiene and cleanliness standards are upheld
  • Inventory tracking
  • Assistance with roasting and winnowing
  • Assisting with in-house workshops and food education
  • Secondary assistance to the Lead ChocoSoil Animator with upkeep and maintenance of our rooftop container garden

Qualifications

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Was registered as a Full-time student in Winter 2017 semester
  • Intention of returning to a post-secondary institution in Fall 2017
  • Kitchen experience and a Certificate in Food Handling is an asset but not mandatory
  • Common sense, personal hygiene, and kitchen safety is a must
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Enthusiasm for social entrepreneurial and passion for socially just, ecological food
  • Spirit of convivial fun, helpfulness, open heart and mind in a busy work environment

Compensation and Duration

$12.50/ hour, 30 hours a week for 16 weeks beginning on a mutually agreed upon date in early June. Ten volunteer training hours must be completed prior to the beginning of the work placement.

How to Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to hiring@chocosoltraders.com by May 17th. Thank you for your interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Chocosol is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. Chocosol is committed to working with and providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail byron@chocosoltradrs.com.  We will make a determination on your request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

Amaranth in the news

Check out the newest feature on our amaranth growers in Oaxaca, Mexico. NPR published an incredible article on one of our partners: Puente a la Salud Comunitaria. Puente is a nonprofit committed to seeking a solution to the high rate of prenatal and childhood malnutrition in rural Oaxaca through the promotion of amaranth production and cuisine. We are proud to be Puente’s first partner outside of Mexico. Amaranth is an native seed and food, nutritionally-dense in protein and other nutrients, part of the Oaxacan forest garden and drought-resistant, and financially profitable for growers and their communities.

We feature amaranth in our Cacao Power Cookies and in the masa (dough) for our tamales. We are also working on a complete-protein tortilla made with amaranth, chia seeds and maize.

If you’re interested in purchasing amaranth flour and/or seed, or pre-purchasing popped amaranth- contact us at orders@chocosoltraders.com. Each bag is labelled with the name of the community in which the amaranth was grown.

Full article available here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/01/526033083/why-mexican-chefs-farmers-and-activists-are-reviving-the-ancient-grain-amaranth

Moving Beyond Fairtrade

Check out the smiling faces of our founder Michael Sacco and one of our oldest partners in Mexico, Don Flor, gracing the pages of the National Post!

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This article outlines the limitations and potential for certifications such as Fairtrade, and what direct-trade can mean for cacao producers and chocolate makers alike. At ChocoSol, we’re proud to work directly with growers in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. It’s great to see other chocolate makers like Taza Chocolate and LetterPress Chocolate engaging with direct-trade, and we hope more organisations can do the same!

Read the full article here: http://business.financialpost.com/news/agriculture/beyond-fair-trade-these-bean-to-bar-chocolate-makers-are-upping-the-ante-on-working-with-cocoa-farmers

Nutritional Information for Rustico Line

ChocoSol’s Rustico line of flavours consists of:

  • Luscious Coconut (70%)
  • Coffee Crunch (65%)
  • Darkness (75%)
  • 5 Chili Bullet (75%)
  • Gratitude (100%)
  • Sinfully Raw Vanilla (82%)
  • Vanilla Sea Salt (65%)

Click on the individual flavours below for a detailed view of nutrition facts.

JOB POSTING: Market Warrior

WE ARE HIRING!

JOB POSTING: MARKET WARRIOR (PDF VERSION)

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join the ChocoSol team as a Market Warrior at various farmers markets and special events.

Who We Are

ChocoSol is a Learning Community Social Enterprise that focuses on making the ‘food of the gods’ – commonly known as cacao – into fresh, whole food, stone ground chocolate on an artisanal scale.

Our artisanal chocolate is a symbol that embodies our values of socially just, ecological chocolate made, not only with a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach, but also charged with the use of bicycle-powered product deliveries and pedal-powered machines such as bicycle blenders at farmers’ markets and special events.

In addition to producing sustainable artisanal chocolate, ChocoSol also organizes and hosts chocolate and tortilla events all over the city. We offer educational workshops and catering.  And we work collaboratively with many food and environmental organizations to advance and support local food systems and development of products made in Ontario.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Sales
    • Promote retail sales using effective sales strategies.
    • Accurate cash, credit and debit card handling (includes cashing in and out).
  • Hospitality
    • Provide hospitality to customers.
    • Communicate your knowledge to customers about ChocoSol products and production methods, the business model, upcoming events, wholesale opportunities, etc.
    • Make customers feel valued, listened to, and welcomed into our community.
  • Barista
    • Brew and serve coffee to promote ChocoSol’s low-emission coffee beans.
    • Make extraordinary xocolatl (Mexican chocolate drinks) and Mayan mochas (chocolate & coffee blend).
  • Administrative/Organizational Duties
    • Regularly check work e-mails. Respond & follow-up in a timely manner.
    • Actively engage with Google Drive (Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc.) to effectively communicate with Lead Animators regarding scheduling, sick/vacation time, submitting hours worked, etc.
  • Hygiene and General Cleaning
    • Maintain personal hygiene and uphold food handling safety standards.
    • Ensure that all workspace, kitchen and market equipment are routinely washed and sanitized after each shift.

Qualifications:

  • Sales experience
  • Urban cycling skills:
    • Knowledge of (or willingness to learn how to use) pedal-assist bike systems
    • Comfort in riding with a fully loaded trailer attached behind a bike
  • Effective organization skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for what we do
  • Helpfulness and open heart to assist and be ready
  • Common sense to take appropriate initiatives and ask for help or enter into co-motion
  • Co-motion and contagion, that is to say the ongoing process of learning and living and flourishing
  • Conviviality fun and social composting
  • Hospitality of serving a greater purpose and hosting it in our lives and in our work
  • Additional assets:
    • G2 or G level driver’s licence
    • Familiarity with driving manual transmission car
    • City of Toronto Food Handling Certification
    • Fluency in Spanish

Work hours: Part-time seasonal (April to October) with possibility of extension.

Compensation: $13.85/hour

Anticipated start date: April 1, 2017

How to apply: 
Send cover letter & resume in PDF format to hiring@chocosoltraders.com by March 18, 2017. Thank-you for your interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We receive many applications and cannot respond to all in-person, telephone, and e-mail follow-ups.

Chocosol Traders is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. Chocosol is committed to working with and providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail Byron@chocosoltraders.com. We will make a determination on your request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.