About No More Empty Pots

No More Empty Pots (NMEP) is a grassroots non-profit corporation that connects individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. No More Empty Pots’ vision is to support communities in becoming self-sufficient and food secure through collaboration and adhering to core values of education, stewardship, and sustainability.

position description

No More Empty Pots seeks a people-oriented barista with food service experience. A barista is someone who loves coffee and loves serving people. Above all else, the role of a barista is to manage the balance between offering radical hospitality and serving a consistent quality product. Specifically, the role includes finding joy in anticipating the needs of guests, having the drive to learn about the cafe industry, showing commitment to working well on a team, and an eagerness to work creatively and efficiently. This position reports to the Cafe & Catering Manager. All NMEP staff are expected to prioritize people and a focus on relationships while maintaining high standards of program delivery and using sustainable budgeting and time management practices.

85% barista activities

  • Exemplify radical, engaged hospitality
  • Perform all general duties of a barista: open, mid-shift, and close shift
  • Assist other baristas in training for their Level Exams
  • Have a passion and intuition for serving in a cafe/food environment
  • Show confidence in operating the POS (Square)
  • End of day deposits and cash handling procedures
  • Comply with all Cups Cafe and NMEP policies including inventory, cleaning, and programming
  • Following company policy to support the organizational Key Performance Indicators

15% Administrative

  • Attending supervision and team meetings, responding to email and communications, professional development

Other duties as assigned

  • Other duties as assigned
  • All NMEP staff are expected to prioritize people and a focus on relationships while maintaining high standards of program delivery and using sustainable budgeting and time management practices.


required qualifications

  • Experience in food/beverage or hospitality industry
  • Capable of following End of Day Deposits & cash handling procedures
  • Be available to work 20+ hours on-shift as a barista: including bar-backing, register, and bar
  • Available to work high-volume days including weekends and holidays
  • Ability and resources to consistently arrive to work on time

Preferred Skills, Qualities, and Experience

  • Social media content and management skills and experience
  • Experience and skill adjusting Square POS system
  • Conversational Spanish fluency
  • Experience and skill to develop into a supervisory role at Cups Cafes

FYI Competencies

Communicates Effectively

You’re comfortable using a broad range of communication styles, and you choose appropriate, effective ways to communicate to different audiences in diverse situations. You show this competency when you:
communicate in a respectful tone and in a timely manner
listen and ask questions to understand other people’s viewpoints
use effective cross-cultural communication skills
be impeccable with your word, speak with integrity, say what you mean

cultivates innovation

You use information from a variety of sources—including personal experience and your own observations—to identify and solve problems. You take pride in your work and strive for excellence to achieve the best possible results. You show this competency when you:
generate ideas for improvement
pay attention to the quality of your work
try innovative ways to get things done
evaluate work results for effectiveness
persist when difficulties arise
recognize the human, interpersonal and technical sides of a problem
access, analyze and apply knowledge and skills from various disciplines
think critically, strategically, and creatively

builds networks

You work cooperatively and collaboratively with others to achieve collective goals. You plan, implement, manage and measure projects and tasks in a timely and directed manner. You put this competency into practice when you:
establish priorities to meet deadlines and communicate in a timely manner regarding deadlines
accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate way
share information and encourage others to do the same
support and motivate the group to perform at its best
show accountability to the team and follow through on your commitments
be respectful of others’ time, work styles and responsibilities
choose ethical courses of action
build equitable relationships

demonstrates self-awareness

You use sound judgment to meet or exceed workplace guidelines, standards and expectations. You acquire and apply new knowledge and skills in all of your experiences. You show this competency when you:
recognize your rights and responsibilities
abide by workplace policies and procedures
show a willingness to continuously learn and grow
request assistance when needed or when utilizing others’ abilities, knowledge and/or strengths would increase effectiveness of productivity
attempt not to take others’ actions personally, recognizing everyone has biases and references past experiences when determining how to best proceed
adapt to changing work priorities and workplace practices
carry out multiple tasks or projects at the same time by prioritizing based upon impact and interdependencies
practice self-compassion and avoid self-abuse and negative self-talk

situational adaptability

You recognize how your beliefs, ethics and actions fit within the context of a greater community. You show this competency when you:
know your personal convictions and strive to put them into practice within the context of the situation or task
accept responsibility for your own actions and perceive how they might be interpreted by others
shows respect for others’ rights and diverse ideas when determining how best to respond to a situation
consider the broader implications of your decisions rather than reacting reactively in the moment – think long-term, not short-term
do your best every day, but recognize your best may very due to factors inside and outside of your control

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • This person constantly serves as the barista in the cafes and must be able to remain in a stationary position behind a counter for up to 8 hours at a time
  • Must be able to move in and out of both cafe sites
  • Frequently moves cafe product weighing up to 50 pounds between rooms in the Food Hub or from one location to another
  • Frequently positions self to reach products stored on high shelves or under a counter
  • Frequently works in indoor conditions
  • This person frequently communicates with staff, students, volunteers, vendors, guests to the cafe, and others about cafe and organizational operations, policies, and products. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate and relevant information in these situations.
  • Must be able to discern between acceptable and unacceptable product and cleanliness standards in a food service setting


  • 20-30 hours per week


Compensation for a barista is based on a graduated-pay scale. There are four phases a barista may move through. Beyond those four phases is the potential of becoming a store supervisor.
Training Phase – $10.00/hr (training phase should not extend past 30 days)
Level I Barista – $11.00/hr + tips (this phase should not extend past 100 days)
Level II Barista – $11.50/hr + tips
Level III Barista – $12.50/hr + tips
Additional compensation for all phases includes:
– Free drip coffee and espresso on shift
– 15% off retail whole bean coffee and shift food
How does someone advance from one phase to the next?
To advance as a barista, you must pass the qualifying quiz and practical exam associated with each level. A manager or supervisor will help you advance through each phase by providing resources and study guides, along with providing opportunities to practice on the espresso machine.

reports to

  • Café Manager

to apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to No More Empty Pots at jobs@nmepomaha.org . Be sure to include why this position with No More Empty Pots is a good fit for you.
No More Empty Pots does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.
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