Market Manager

Job Description

Overview

The Haile Farmers Market (HFM) is an independent farmers market owned and operated by local farmers. We've been connecting farmers and families since 1998. All of our produce vendors are farmers, not brokers, and all produce is grown locally by the folks selling it. HFM is a year-round market occurring every Saturday, 8:30am-12pm at the Haile Village Center. We host several large events each year, as well as monthly events to boost attendance.

We are seeking a Market Manager (MM) to oversee market operations with a minimum one-year commitment. The Farmers Market Manager will be responsible for all aspects of market operations during the season.

General Requirements

  • Available during all market hours throughout the season

  • Willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions

  • Able to safely lift and carry at least 50 pounds

  • Ability to work independently as well as interdependently under the HFM Board of Directors

  • Ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic advocate of the local food movement and North Florida agriculture

  • MM must be reliable, assertive, self-motivated and have good communication and customer service skills.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities will be determined by the needs of the customers, our partners and the vendors at the market. Generally, the Market Manager is responsible for the following activities.

MARKET OPERATIONS

  • Arrives at market 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).

  • 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.

  • Coordinates vendor parking and set-up, ensuring vendors are in the correct space

  • Sets up HFM tent, table and display.

  • Staffs the HFM tent providing information to customers, selling HFM merchandise, signing up customers to email newsletter

  • Collects monthly market booth fees

GENERAL MARKET SUPPORT

  • Develops and maintains good working relationships with vendors, customers and community members.

  • Assists vendors, community representatives and customers by providing market-related information, conflict resolution and general aid as appropriate.

  • Enforces market rules.

  • Occasionally assist vendors by providing limited set up help and brief personal breaks and by assisting vendors with sales during especially busy times.

OUTREACH AND MARKETING

  • Promote the market through social media, contributing to weekly email newsletters and website updates.

  • Schedules and coordinates regular events, and special events – including cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, market festivals, craft shows, and weekly musical performances.

This is a year round position that is part-time, requiring a minimum one-year commitment starting Jan 1, 2017. We are looking for an MM who can commit to 15-18 hours each week. Pay rate is $15 per hour with possibility of bonuses. HFM is an Equal Opportunity employer.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: cgmhailemarket@gmail.com. Application deadline is Dec 15, 2016.