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Market Manager

Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


organization:St. Johns Farmers Market
position summary:

The St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM) is a non-profit organization in its first year of business. Our mission is to support a local, sustainable food supply while providing opportunity for emerging farmers, contributing to the health of all local residents through cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhancing the community and business vitality of St. Johns. We are supported by grants, business and individual sponsorships and revenues from booth rental and other market business. Visit our website at www.sjfarmersmarket.com to find out more.

POSITION SUMMARY The SJFM Market Manager reports to the Board of Directors. The manager is responsible for on-site management during the market season and numerous preseason and postseason tasks. This is a part-time temporary position, working up to 25 hours per week.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION Submit a cover letter and resume by email to: [email protected] Deadline for application submission is April 17, 2009.

Salary / Pay Rate:$15/hour
Required Skills and Abilities:SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS Market Operations -Prepare market site: put barricades in place; check no parking signs; arrange for illegally parked vehicles to be towed; remove any trash or litter from site etc. -Coordinate set up and take down of market canopies, tables, signs, traffic control and other market day items. -Allocate market space for optimum usage and communicate space assignments to vendor. Resolve any disputes over market space which may arise. -Assist farmers and vendors on market day to post signs and prepare the market site, making it attractive and inviting for customers. -Enforce market rules, food safety guidelines and other pertinent laws and regulations. -Handle emergencies, complaints, and customer requests. -Ensure that all facilities, equipment and utilities are in working order. -Each hour of the market operation, do a reasonable count of market customers and record in comprehensive log. -At end of market operations, remove barricades from street; collect no-parking signs; remove any trash and litter; and take care of other tasks necessary to return the market site to its normal operations. Market Promotion -For each week of the market season, work with the Marketing Committee to create, organize and implement special events and programs to attract customers. -Conduct market and customer surveys and other “informal research” to assess opportunities and challenges for the market. Market Management -Work with the Board of Directors to establish an annual budget and monitor budget compliance. -Maintain updated records including vendor payments. -Prepare vendor applications, updated market rules for distribution. -Collect vendor fees. -Forecast market’s space and recruit new vendors as needed. -Address any customer and vendor complaints/issues during market operation. -Submit weekly report to Board of Directors about market operations: customer counts, complaints, suggestions, etc. -Participate in end-of-season market evaluation and goal setting for the next season. -Provide other management services necessary and appropriate to assure efficient market operation.
Qualifications:EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE -Highly organized and efficient. -Experience with project management, program coordination, event planning or community building. -Knowledge of and interest in agriculture and food system issues. -Excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing. -Excellent people skills: friendly, outgoing, tactful, able to listen. Diplomatic conflict resolution skills. -Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and email contact software such as Constant Contact. -Degree in Management, Business, or related field preferred.
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:http://www.sjfarmersmarket.com/