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Farmers Market Manager

Published on June 16, 2022

Department(s): Parks and Recreation

Location: Pittsburg, KS

POSITION SUMMARY
The Market Manager is a part-time position (approximately 20-30 hours per week) with the majority of the hours being accrued from March through October. The Market Manager oversees the weekly Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon markets and provides all administrative functions to ensure a successful and vibrant market. The Market Manager will develop, and conduct feasibility studies as needed and will oversee promotions, programming, demonstrations, sponsorships, education and community outreach programs, and special events. The Market Manager will be responsible for vendor inspections at their business location.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Manage the operations of the Saturday market from set up at 7:00 am through take down beginning at 12:00 pm during the market season
• Manage the operations of the Wednesday market from set up at 3:00 pm through take down beginning at 6:00 pm during the market season
• Handling of daily market payments from the vendors and proper reporting on payments
• Managing Double Up Food Bucks at each market and reporting transactions accurately
• Plan and manage activities for the market – volunteers, music, food demos, educational events, and community partners
• Promote use of nutrition purchasing programs such as SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks & Senior Farmers Market
• Maintain positive relationships with all vendors, organize and run vendor and Pittsburg Area Farmers Market Advisory Board (Advisory Board) meetings, stay current with vendor offerings, maintain communications with vendors
• Assist with researching, application, and administration of grants
• Develop volunteer opportunities and coordinate volunteer activities
• Be the spokesperson to the media, community, and other local markets regarding the Farmers Market
• Make recommendations to the Director of Parks and Recreation and the Advisory Board with regard to operation, policies, and regulations
Department: Parks and Recreation Classification/FLSA: Non-Exempt
Location: Pittsburg, KS Reports To: Recreation Programs Manager
Supervises: N/A Pay Range: $11.00 – $14.00
Benefits: Per City Handbook Travel: As needed
• Produce vendor applications and regulation packets
• Assist with vendor selection
• Assign vendor booth spaces and create market map
• Provide communications with market offerings, promotional and educational information
• Provide e-mail communications with current vendors
• Ensure proper processing of nutrition program documents and vendor reimbursements
• Assist customers and vendors as needed, addressing complaints/issues during market operations
• Maintain a safe work environment
• Exercise diplomatic conflict resolution
• Ensure vendor compliance to all market regulations
• Enforce the required permits, licenses, or standards of produce and goods
• Set up and tear down market information booth; work with staff and vendors to ensure efficient set-up and take-down of the market
• Ensure that all portable signage is removed and market area is free of trash and litter
• Promote the market through, social media and other outlets, to increase awareness
• Answer inquiries regarding the market
• Submit weekly reports to the Director of Parks and Recreation about market operations
• Do an hourly reasonable count of market customers and record in log
• Supervise volunteers
• Conduct customer, potential customer, and vendor surveys
• Identify and oversee purchase of necessary materials and supplies for market operations
• Performs related functions as assigned
• Manage sponsorships


Qualifications

POSITION COMPETENCIES
• Knowledge of farming, agriculture, and retail
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Good computer skills, including Excel, Word, and Social Media platforms
• Program development and management
• Work independently
• Work with minimal direction
• Clear and organized work habits
• Enthusiastic advocate of local food and products
• Commitment to local food, nutrition, health and wellness
• Ability to work Saturdays and Wednesdays during the market season and maintain a flexible schedule as needed for Market events
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Communicates with the general public, other City employees, vendors, management, education and community outreach program officials, public officials, and downtown business representatives, in order to promote and educate their representatives about the Farmers Market and associated programs and services.
• Prepares written documents and/or professional documents in order to provide information relating to the Farmers Market


Requirements

EDUCATION
High school diploma or GED equivalency and college degree preferred; Experience with Farmers Market Management; Knowledge of farming, agriculture, and retail; or Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work. Valid driver’s license, insured vehicle, and cell phone required
WORKING CONDITIONS
• Lifting 50 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 20 lbs
• Frequent standing and walking
• Driving
• Frequent bending, twisting, and reaching
• Occasional squatting and climbing
• Ability to withstand noise and weather changes in the work environment
• Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person
• Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to review documents and file them in a prescribed order, and organize documents and materials
• Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a personal computer and other office equipment
• Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work at a keyboard for an extended period of time in an office environment

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