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Athens Chick-fil-A is always looking for outstanding
Team Members to join our growing organization.

Team Member Opportunities

We highly value candidates that possess a positive attitude, a heart for people, and a desire to accomplish great things in a fast-paced and exciting business. We believe it is all about how you make people feel! In order to make this impact on our guests we know it all starts with people like you!
If you’re looking for an opportunity
where you can grow both personally
and professionally while making a
lasting impact on the lives of our
community, apply today!
Team Member Serving in Drive-Thru
Harry Dawg Enjoying a Drink

Propel Leadership Development

The Athens Chick-fil-A Propel Leadership Development Program selects candidates who have a solid foundation of strong self-awareness, Chick-fil-A Core Values and a deep understanding of the Chick-fil-A business from which we build the best and brightest culture of leadership development for tomorrow’s Chick-fil-A restaurants. We firmly believe in learning to lead yourself before learning to lead others and learning to lead others before learning to lead our business. We want to help you do that.
During their time in our program, our Propel Leadership Graduates have had the unique opportunity to build a strong foundation of management skills and leadership character which can be applied both personally and professionally.
Some of our graduates entered the program with a desire to pursue a career outside of food service, but they made this two-year leadership investment to enhance those future opportunities. Others decide to build a career with Chick-fil-A either at the restaurant level or at our Support Center and use this leadership development program as the beginning of those pursuits. Regardless of the chosen path, the leadership character that is built on a personal level will have a life-changing impact.

We seek candidates for our Propel Leadership Development Program with the following qualities:

Four-year college degree
Two years of leadership experience in work or school
Ability and willingness to commit 2-3 years of employment and development to our organization
Strong leadership ability and a commitment to growth and development of self
Self-starter with ability to work independently and on multiple initiatives at the same time
Demonstrates the importance of Chick-fil-A’s mission (To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive impact on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A) and carries out the Athens Chick-fil-A Core Values (Positive Attitude, Hustle, Continuous Improvement, Have Fun & Stewardship)
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As a candidate in the Propel Leadership Development Program, what will I do?

Depending on your experience and skill level, you will be placed in an operational leadership position in our store. During your time with our organization, we will ensure that you receive training and opportunities to learn and lead a variety of roles, responsibilities, and positions. There is no pre-determined “timeline” for this process as movement in our organization depends on our organization’s needs AND your skill level, desire, and capacity for growth. Candidates are challenged but not overwhelmed and receive regular feedback and coaching from General Managers, Director of Operations and multi-unit Operator, Shane Todd.
Candidates learn real operational and leadership skills in a fast-paced, hands-on environment. As a candidate in our Leadership Development Program, you are held accountable alongside our long-term leaders for ensuring that our organization continues to grow and function at the highest level possible while being coached and praised for our stores’ successes.

Will I only work in the store?

While the majority of your development and growth will come in the form of real-life experience managing our store and leading our team, you will receive additional leadership development. This development includes but is not limited to:
Monthly Core Leadership Meetings & Store Meetings
Quarterly/bi-annual book assignments as a Core Leader
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Support Center Visits
Off-site retreats
Visit other Chick-fil-A stores to learn how other organizations operate
Quarterly one-on-one coaching sessions with three-unit Operator Shane Todd to track your progress, discuss ways to enhance your Chick-fil-A experience, and focus on personal & professional development
Quarterly group development sessions led by Shane Todd with other Propel leaders
Attendance to 1-2 conferences led by Chick-fil-A or other leadership organizations
Mentor developing leaders
Attend Chick-fil-A Grand Openings
Personal development plan including developing a personal playbook & quarterly progress meetings & professional coaching with Director of People & Organizational Development
Join a Toastmaster group
Personal finance enrichment through Dave Ramsey class or similar
ServSafe Certification (if applicable)
Access to StrengthsFinder 2.0 Assessment
One week paid vacation in first year
Build a professional portfolio
Interview coaching & exposure to Chick-fil-A, Inc. Human Resources department based on readiness
Team Member in Propel Program
Team Member Holding Milkshake
Leadership Headshot for Sullivan Beasley
Team Members Serving in Drive-Thru

What can I expect to learn?

The Propel Leadership Development Program sets you up to learn everything you need to know and more as a future Operator or Support Center Staff Member. During your time in our organization you can expect to gain full understanding of the following skills & attributes:
Team Member Foundation phase
Importance of daily huddles and communication
Creation and execution of set-ups and checklists (if not already mastered)
Identify and solve real problems
Lead your team through actions and ENSUREing
Basics of running a $1 million+ catering business
Balance our Strategic Anchors of Customer Experience, Team Member Experience and Business Results
Food safety and quality assurance as determined by CFA, Inc.
Run an effective meeting
Track and improve CEM scores
Interpersonal relationship skills
Develop emerging leaders
Business analysis and acumen through monthly business meetings reviewing the FCR with Operator, Director of Operations and GMs
Identify, recruit and train new talent
Manage and measure work/delegation
Drive for results
Think quickly and strategically on your feet
Foster innovation
Provide current, direct, complete, and actionable positive and corrective feedback to others

Wow, that’s a lot! Is it really possible to learn ALL of that in such little time?

We have found that the best leadership development takes place IN the store under strong and effective leadership. We are proud to have more than 30 Athens Chick-fil-A alumni working for Chick-fil-A, Inc. as Operators and Support Center staff over the past 20 years. We know we have high expectations, but it’s only because we believe in being the best we can be.
With our guidance and experience training Chick-fil-A leaders and with your drive, determination and open mind, we can help you reach your goals.

Anything else I should know?

There’s a long line of outstanding Athens Chick-fil-A alumni who have come before you. Here’s a peek at who has been part of our organization and development throughout the years:
Team Member Serving in Drive-Thru

Athens Chick-fil-A Alumni

MeriBeth McNeill
Cordele FSU and Georgia Southwestern State University
2015 Symbol of Success Winner
2015 Champions Club
John Millender
Midlothian FSU
2015 Symbol of Success Winner
2015 Champions Club
Keri Patrick
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Coordinator, Restaurant Marketing Leadership
Haley Shue
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Coordinator, Integrated Creative
Andrew German
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Consultant, Leadership Development Program
Brent Patrick
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Sr. Interim Manager
Michael Clarke
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Sr. Interim Manager
Aaron Clark
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Grand Opening Supervisor
Chris Liberatore
Cleveland, GA
Daniel Liberatore
Blairsville, GA
Annesley Mosely
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Administrator, Corporate Communications
Michelle Roberts
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Contractor, Innovation & New Ventures
John Velarde
Whitehall FSU
2007, 2008 & 2015 Symbol of Success
Danny Goepp
Novato FSU
Nick Jones
Vicksburg FSU &
Jackson State University
Landon Bentley
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Sr. Interim Manager
Will Mott
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Food Safety (TOD)
Ryan Swinford
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Manager, Tests & Rollouts
Hannah Webb
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Sr. Consultant, Customer Digital Experience
Ashleigh Nicoletti
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Field Operations Consultant
Peter Zimmermann
Winston Salem
State University &
Peters Creek FSU
2016, 2015 & 2012
Symbol of Success Winner
2007 Rookies of the Year
Matt Hughes
Sports Arena FSU
2015 & 2017 Symbol of Success
2015, 2016 & 2017 Champions Club
What does Propel Leadership Development Training look like?  Click below to find out more about this unique opportunity!

Ready To Launch Your Career?

Athens Chick-fil-A has a proven reputation for developing high-performing leaders through our leadership development program.  Further our mission and join our team!