Chief Operating Officer - Old Skool Café

December 10, 2019




Old Skool Café is significantly improving outcomes for at risk youth with an unconventional and surprisingly effective approach to the issues of youth poverty, drug addiction, homelessness and violence. A jazz themed, youth run supper club. 


This non-profit organization is serving youth in San Francisco, California and their results speak for themselves. The state wide recidivism rate in California is 74.2%, but youth who participate in this program have a recidivism rate of just 11%. Old Skool Café gives at risk youth a second chance by teaching job skills, leadership development, business acumen, and the opportunity for future employment. Most important, Old Skool Café is offering hope through faith in Jesus Christ.


Click below to view a video clip that can help you gain a greater understanding, a deeper appreciation for, and an exciting dream for the ministry of Old Skool Café:  CLICK HERE












More than 15 years ago Teresa Goines was a correctional officer in Southern California.  In this role Teresa noticed many young people who were incarcerated, released, and incarcerated again. This cycle of life on the streets, incarceration, and then back on the street had to be stopped. Teresa was an unlikely person to offer a solution simply because at five feet two inches tall and long blonde hair she simply did not fit the prototype of a correctional officer or one who would start a ministry in a difficult neighborhood.  



Teresa began to look for a way to invest in the lives of young people, and to see the cycle of poverty, crime, hopelessness, and incarceration broken. Through this search, the idea of Old Skool Café was born.



Teresa began this ministry because she knew that young people  needed to discover a Christ centered life, they needed a mentor, and they needed a way to learn job skills. Why a restaurant?  The platform of a restaurant allows many different people to easily experience the ministry, and the job skills could be used in any city, with no college degree required.  Teresa Goines truly had a God idea.  The impact that Teresa has made has resulted in her being named as a CNN Person of the Year, and thousands of kids and their family’s live have been changed.












The candidate who fills this new role will have the exciting opportunity to establish a replicable organizational model in hopes of spreading the success of OSC to new locations nationally. 


The Chief Operating Officer will lead all internal operations for Old Skool Café, including human resources, finance, program management, and restaurant operations. The COO will report to the Chief Executive Officer and provide strategic support and thought partnership to the CEO who, along with the Board, will drive the overall vision for Old Skool Café and focus efforts on developing external relationships with funders and partners. The COO will be a critical part of the leadership team and will help set strategies, goals, policies, systems, and a healthy team culture that empowers the youth and staff of Old Skool Café. 


The ideal candidate will have experience translating vision into innovative and scalable organizational practices. They will be a mission-focused operational leader with experience managing rapid growth, building and leading thriving teams, and developing efficient systems and processes that meet targets. In addition to exceptional people management skills, the COO will have strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to interpret data, generate insights, and communicate the anticipated challenges and opportunities with the CEO. 



Background profile


  • Proven people management and coaching skills 

  • Demonstrated sound judgment, integrity and ethical behavior

  • Desire to serve and empower vulnerable youth

  • Strong business acumen including goal setting, financial management, strategic growth, data analysis, and communication

  • Comfortable serving as a moral example to at-risk young people

  • Ten years experience building and growing teams, especially in the restaurant or hospitality field

  • MBA or business management consulting experience preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree required


Priority will be given to candidates with nonprofit or youth development experience.







San Francisco, California




The world class city of San Francisco is unrivaled in beauty, opportunity, culture, and trend setting boldness.  From San Francisco you can reach the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, hike around the awe inspiring California Redwoods, and stand in waist deep snow, all in a single day. The culture, potential outdoor activities and accessibility of San Francisco are unrivaled. 



The community in San Francisco has embraced Old Skool Cafe. The resulting partnerships with the police, corporations, local media, Sports teams and five star chefs have helped support the mission of Old Skool Cafe. These relationships are established, and offer unlimited potential to the COO who is ready to deepen and expand these partnerships. 






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AGORA Search Group is a faith-based Colorado Springs search firm providing executive search and selection services to clients locally, nationally and internationally.


Ted Miller, Senior Director of Ministry Relationships, is leading this search. For the past 25 years Ted has been involved in church leadership roles in Arkansas, California, Colorado and Oklahoma.  This diversity of experience allows Ted to serve organizations and help them identify the leader that is the right fit for their needs and dreams.  Ted has been married to Tami for 25 years, and together they have 3 children.  Ted is excited and honored to serve with AGORA so that God’s Kingdom will continue to grow.


For further details regarding this role, please contact Ted,


Ted Miller

AGORA Search Group








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