Café Coteau Assistant Manager


Café Coteau Assistant Manager

Status: Full-time (weekend availability required)

Position opened until filled. EOE

Reports to: Café Coteau Manager

Job Summary: 

In alignment with the Museum’s mission, vision, and values, the Café Coteau Assistant Manager assists the manager in planning and directing the daily operations of the restaurant.

The ideal candidate is passionate about food and customer service and is a problem-solver with a strong work ethic and strong leadership skills.

A successful candidate also enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

Essential Functions: 

  • Effectively manages the café in the absence of the Café Manager to meet or exceed high standards of food quality, health, safety, and cleanliness
  • Leads Café Team Members in the preparation of food and cooking of menu items
  • Identifies and delegates responsibilities as needed to ensure objectives are met and excellent service is achieved
  • Creates a positive guest experience by delivering a high level of service ensuring that all staff engage guests to understand their needs
  • Assists manager in cash management including daily cash/charge receipts and preparing daily bank deposits
  • Assists in placing orders with suppliers and record keeping of inventory
  • Assists in the recruitment, hiring, and training of staff
  • Assists with the implementation of creative solutions to areas of improvement as needed
  • Assists in any area of the café when staffing constraints require


  • Previous experience in restaurant or hospitality management preferred
  • Exhibits effective communication and leadership skills
  • Able to take direction and delegate responsibilities effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to use touch-sensitive POS system
  • Interacts easily and happily with children, their grown-ups, and staff
  • Able to perform physical activities that require your whole body, such as lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Salary Range:

$17-19 an hour plus tips

Benefits and Work Environment:

CMSD provides a competitive wage and comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees including 401(k)/matching, health, dental, and vision insurance options including a health savings account. The Museum also offers paid holidays and paid time off (PTO).

Mostly daytime hours with possible evenings based on event and catering needs.

Additional benefits include an Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Membership, a gift shop and Café Coteau discount, professional development, and a playful environment. CMSD is committed to a diverse workplace.

About Café Coteau: 

Café Coteau is a fast-casual restaurant with counter service serving breakfast, lunch, and snack items with a fresh and local focus. It is located in the beautiful, light- and flower-filled atrium of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. It serves children and families who come to play as well as members of the Brookings, South Dakota, community.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume or list of relevant job experience, three professional references, and availability to:

Children’s Museum of South Dakota / Café Coteau
Attn: Chris Hartman
521 4th Street
Brookings, SD 57006