Seeking Market Manager for 2017 season

The Alfred Farmers Market (AFM), a “growers-only” market, is hiring a new part-time market manager for the upcoming 2017 season. The market runs from July-October, but the position would require input of hours ASAP for professional development, training, and to attend monthly board meetings to discuss the upcoming season. If you or someone you know is interested, please consider applying.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to fbeaudry@hotmail.com.

The position is opened until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for local foods and a desire to strengthen the local food economy
  • Knowledge of farming/gardening and when produce is in season is preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of people
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Reliable transportation
  • Basic bookkeeping skills
  • Ability to collect, manage, and analyze data
  • Ability to enforce rules and regulations of the market
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer
  • Ability to communicate by email
  • Punctuality, self-motivation and the ability to work independently

OVERVIEW:

The Alfred Farmers Market Board is seeking a part-time market manager for the upcoming 2017 season. Individuals with a passion for local foods and market experience are encouraged to apply. The Alfred Farmers Market is held on Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm at the Alfred Village Bandstand from July through October. The manager is responsible for attending all of the markets as well as committing hours to professional development and research on related farmers market topics. Compensation for market duties is $12/hour. It is estimated that the manager will work approximately 6 hours a week during the market season and roughly 12 hours total from February-mid-July for training purposes.

Our market provides growers, producers and artisans the chance to sell their goods directly to the local community, while at the same time offering customers a fun and festive opportunity to support AFM vendors and receive a quality product. The market manager is the “face” of the market and is responsible for responding to vendors and customers. The job requires personal confidence and the ability to communicate effectively the rules and regulations of the AFM.

The Alfred Farmers Market is unique to Allegany County in that it is the only “grower-only” market. The AFM requires that vendors grow or produce all the products they sell at the AFM. No re-selling is allowed. Due to this requirement, it is essential for the market manager to understand the AFM rules and regulations to be able to enforce them properly.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manager must be available for regular contact via email throughout the duration of their employment
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors and to lift up to 25 pounds safely.

Duties-In season:

  • Enroll vendors in the market-either through seasonal vendor agreements or as daily vendors
  • Collect all stall fees owed, make accurate accounting, and give to AFM Treasurer to deposit into market account
  • Arrive prior to market vendors and remain throughout the market day to:
    • Properly place vendors, including assigning daily vendors a space
    • Place market signs
    • Ensure all rules and regulations are adhered to
    • Ensure all state and county regulations are adhered to
    • Answer questions for vendors and consumers
    • Resolve disputes that arise
    • Maintain market grounds in a safe manner
    • Operate market managers booth
    • Operate market’s EBT program
  • Enroll market and market farmers in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
  • Act as a liaison to the AFM Board
  • Communicate market policies, activities and rules to farmers, keeping them informed throughout the season
  • Conduct periodic customer counts each market day to assess the level of growth in market usage.
  • Assure the market site is clean once the market is closed and the vendors have left for the day
  • Maintain database of farmers, vendors, their contact information, and any licenses or permits each vendor possesses based on the products they are selling
  • Conduct farm inspections when necessary

Duties- off season:

  • Vendor recruitment
  • Professional development for market managers
  • Work with market board to plan for market growth and development
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