Massachusetts: Copley Square Farmers Market seeks Manager

10 Mar

The Farmers Market Manager is responsible for daily operations of the Copley Square Farmers Market. The market season runs from May 17th through November 22; the 2011 Copley Market Manager will be required to spend one full day at the office each week, leading up to the opening of their market, facilitating the vendor application and acceptance process, beginning in March/early April.

The Market Manager is the “go-to” person for vendors and consumers during market hours, and

is the Mass Farmers Markets (MFM) representative on site. The job requires personal confidence

and the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of people including municipal employees.

Mass Farmers Markets relies on the market manager to be its liaison with and between all parties

served by the market. The manager’s general responsibilities include: fostering community

support for the market, helping promote the market and MFM, and keeping accurate weekly

records of market activities. Successful managers understand both the vendors’ and the

consumers’ needs and, in conjunction with MFM staff, design and implement strategies to meet

these needs. The manager is required to be on-site at market and available to vendors and

consumers the majority of the time.

General Requirements:

Managers are required to be available for cell phone contact with MFM staff on market day and

for regular e-mail contact throughout the duration of their employment. Managers must be willing

and able to work outdoors and to safely lift and carry 50 pounds. The position requires the ability

to work independently as well as inter-dependently with a team of other staff members.

Specific Responsibilities:

Specific manager responsibilities vary by market and are determined by the needs of both the

community and the specific vendors at the market. Generally, the market manager is responsible

for the following activities.

GENERAL MARKET SUPPORT

• Develops and maintains good working relationships with fellow market managers, the

markets elected Advisor(s), farmers and vendors, consumers, and community members.

• Update and prepare vendor applications, Market Rules and 2011 Managed Market Policy

• Assists vendors, community representatives, and consumers by providing market-related

information, conflict resolution, and general aid as appropriate.

• Enforces market rules.

• Communicates regularly with the FMFM office staff.

• Managers may occasionally assist vendors by providing limited set up help and brief

personal breaks and by assisting vendors with sales during especially busy times.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

• Works with MFM office staff to promote the market.

• Raises consumer and community consciousness about MFM and farmers markets role in

the greater Boston food system through conversations and targeted activities.

• Educates consumers about locally grown produce

• Establishes a consistent space to set up and operate the market manager’s tent and

MFM banner. Operation of the market manager’s tent includes:

o Displaying and distributing educational materials

o Collecting consumer contact information

o Displaying and selling MFM merchandise

o Occasionally hosting guest non-profits/musical acts for a day

o Overseeing operation of the EBT Terminal with and promoting the SNAP program at farmers

markets

• Identifies and either initiates or recommends follow-up communication with area

businesses and community organizations, as well as local police or other municipal

employees, who may provide assistance to the market.

• Leads efforts to bring educational programming, music or other

cultural activities and special events to the market on a regular basis.

• Regularly reads community news publications and coordinates with the office staff to

become involved in community functions and issues where appropriate.

• Works with the office staff to seek and coordinate volunteers, as needed, to assist market

and MFM operations.

MARKET LOGISTICS

• Arrives at market 1 – 1.5 hours before opening to coordinate market set-up and stays at

market until all vendors have left (usually no more than 1 hour after market closing).

• Ensures safety and cleanliness of the site before, during and at the conclusion of each

market.

• Places directional signs promoting the market around the community at key locations

prior to opening on each market day, and removes those signs at the close of market.

• Maintains and transmits the daily records and reports required by MFM to the office

coordinator on a weekly basis.

MISCELLANEOUS

• Performs other duties necessary to support the market.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in local agriculture, food, community, and / or local

economies. S/he must be reliable, friendly, self-motivated, and have access to a vehicle, or the

ability to get all supplies to the market daily.

This is a part-time, seasonal, hourly position and requires managing market operations for 6 – 9.5

hours (depending on market hours) on market days, plus an additional 2 – 3 hours per week on

non-market days.

COMPENSATION: $12-$14 per hour based on experience.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

martha@massfarmersmarkets.org

OR

Martha Sweet, Office Coordinator

240 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA 02452,

ATTN: Market Manager Hiring

E-mail preferred.

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