Assistant General Manager

Job Type: Full time

Location: Highland Park


HomeState’s vision is to redefine casual dining by breaking down barriers of access to high quality food and caring hospitality at an affordable price point. To lead and inspire others to carve a new, healthier path of restaurant culture, by nurturing our communities within our four walls and in our surrounding community.

  • We create an environment where everyone with respect and dignity.
  • We value honest, intentional and transparent communication.
  • We listen, learn and lead with compassion.


In 2013, native Texan Briana Valdez opened HomeState, an ode to Texas cuisine in Los Angeles with the mission of evoking community and creating a home for everyone, no matter where they are from. HomeState represents the integrity, history, and culture of Briana’s roots.

HomeState aims to create a dining experience that goes beyond the food. The way our guests feel at HomeState is the true mission of our efforts. HomeState exists for everyone. The relaxed environment allows each restaurant to flex to the needs of many. HomeState is a recipient of the KCRW “Best Tortilla in Southern California” award.

No matter where you’re from, HomeState is your home away from home. A space where every person feels welcomed and valued. We serve hospitality first and tacos second. 


The AGM will report to the General Manager and should inspire and embody HomeState’s culture, mission, and core values. Embrace the vision which includes nurturing our communities within our four walls and in our surrounding community. The AGM ensures the smooth execution of restaurant operations, and is responsible for supporting, managing, and developing all team members in the restaurant to exceed business goals. ($70,000-$90,000 Annually including base salary plus bonus) 



* Make high quality, action oriented, decisions that ensure the goals of the organization move forward. Quickly identify opportunities and challenges while leading with care, resilience, resourcefulness, courage and integrity that instills confidence and trust.
* Strive to consistently achieve results, meet deadlines and expectations outlined in the manager playbook, even under tough circumstances. Inspire others to succeed while balancing key metrics with community building, guest hospitality and team well being.
* Ensure accountability by holding self and others accountable to meet commitments while fully understanding and exhibiting the HomeState mission, vision. Embodying HomeState’s core values, while upholding service and quality standards with a sense of urgency.
* Seek, attract and select top talent to meet current and future business needs. Develop the next generation of HomeState leadership while providing ongoing coaching and timely feedback to uphold standards with fairness. Identify team members with high potential and collaborate with leadership to ensure appropriate succession planning.
* Communicate with honesty, intention and transparency. Adapt approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of the team and the situation. Ensure that communication is clear and effective while building partnerships to work collaboratively.


* 3-5 years in restaurant industry with guest facing management role preferred.


* Manager Food Safety Certification required, or ability to pass the test if provided.
* Personable and enjoys working with guests and leading a diverse team.
* Passion for food, hospitality, and providing an exemplary guest experience.
* Availability to work a minimum of five days per week. Extended hours and/or a sixth day may occasionally be required. Weekends, day shifts and evening shifts may be required.
* Must maintain regular, predictable attendance, which includes attendance at all scheduled shifts, training and meetings.

Physical Requirements

* Ability to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time (6 or more hours per shift, excluding break times).
* Ability to lift, push, pull, or carry up to 30 pounds (examples include beverage cambros, ice buckets, tray of food & drinks, and taking out the trash).
* Ability to frequently bend and reach overhead (examples include stocking to-go supplies and dusting retail shelves).
* Ability to recognize, perceive, communicate and/or comprehend directions and spatial cues as expected in a restaurant (examples include “behind” and “corner”)
* Must possess dexterity to to reach for, grasp and manipulate objects (examples include mopping, scooping ics, using a stapler or squeeze bottle.)
* Ability to regularly move around the restaurant from guests areas to kitchen areas.
* Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
* May be required to occasionally work in outdoor weather conditions (such as in the patio dining areas).

Please note that this job description is not meant to cover or include all the tasks, duties, and responsibilities the employee may be required to perform, and any assigned tasks, duties, and responsibilities are subject to change at the company’s discretion, with or without notice or contemporaneous update to this document. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities and sincerely-held religious beliefs to perform the essential functions of this position, to the extent required by and in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law; contact Human Resources to request a reasonable accommodation. Nothing in this job description modifies the at-will nature of employment.

HomeState embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of any classification protected by law. We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.