FARMERS MARKET MANAGER
Job Title: Farmers Market Manager
Reports to: Executive Director, St. Johns Center for Opportunity
Status: Part-time, non-exempt
Please submit cover letter and resume to
Lindsay Jensen, 8250 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203
Applications will be accepted through 5pm on Friday, February 16th.
No phone calls please.
About St. Johns Center for Opportunity
St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO) is working to strengthen the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods in Portland, OR through people-centered economic development and community building. We envision a thriving, diverse, and just community where everyone has access to affordable housing, benefits from economic opportunity, and is civically engaged.
Our program, the St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM), is in its tenth season operating as a mid-sized (35+ vendors), locally run farmers market. The mission of the market is to support a local, sustainable food supply while providing opportunity for emerging farmers, contributing to the health of all local residents, encouraging cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhancing the community and business vitality of St. Johns.
Qualifications for position:
● Project management or coordination experience.
● Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively, lead projects, meet
multiple concurrent deadlines, and organize time and priorities.
● Excellent accounting and analytical skills. Math aptitude and proficiency allowing for petty cash reconciliation and basic accounting functions.
● Experience in community outreach or organizing with multi-stakeholder groups.
● Ability to be comfortable in a wide range of settings with diverse groups; strong
consensus building skills.
● Able to build strong team cooperation and respect in a work setting that serves and incorporates people of diverse class, age, cultural heritage, race, gender orientation, lifestyle and ability.
● Exceptional attention to detail and highly organized.
● Commitment to social justice, food security and/or community development.
● Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and move market equipment.
● Bilingual/multi-lingual strongly preferred (Spanish or Swahili) but not required.
● Personal transportation allowing for transport of supplies and equipment, valid driver’s license for state of residency, personal auto liability insurance ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended), and a driving record permitting coverage under the corporate auto liability policy.
Overview of Role:
Weekly Hours: 15-30 hours (15 hours during the off-season, 25-30 hours during the market season); Pay rate: $17/hour; Start date: March 20th, 2018
This position requires a high level of enthusiasm and “can do” attitude, ability to work well with a multitude of people and personalities, and passion for seeing our neighborhood thrive. As a grassroots organization, SJCO does a lot with a little. Operating in this environment requires team members to be flexible, open to change, and excited about wearing multiple hats. You can read about all of our organizational values here: http://www.stjohnsopportunity.org/what-we-do/.
Program Management & Vendor Relations (45% of time)
● Manage the overall Farmers Market program and ensure that the season (May – Oct) is a huge success.
● Innovate, brainstorm and dream big about ways to make the Farmers Market even
more dynamic, culturally diverse and accessible to all residents.
● Hire and supervise the Farmers Market high school interns who work with us over the course of the summer.
● Help support and manage the Farmers Market assistant.
● Coordinate volunteers who have signed up to help out with market-day tasks.
● Stay up-to-date on city/state wide food justice or farmers market initiatives and attend important conferences or meetings.
● Support our Communications & Development Manager with content for our social media accounts and brainstorm new ways to get the word out about the Farmers Market.
● Help prepare the market for each season by doing projects such as inventorying equipment, coordinating the delivery of an on-site storage unit, filing for appropriate city permits, etc.
● Work with the Executive Director and volunteer music coordinator to fill out our market day calendar for the season (this includes recruiting groups to table at our Community Booth and Business Booth, identifying groups to host the Demo Booth, and scheduling musical performances).
● Support the Executive Director by helping to organize our Farmers Market accounting systems.
● Oversee the vendor selection process for the market season, including recruiting applicants, handling inquiries, managing applications, tracking payments, and supporting the Vendor Selection Committee in making final decisions.
● Conduct farm inspections with any new farm vendors.
● Coordinate the annual vendor orientation meeting, which happens at the end of April/early May.
● Equip all vendors with up-to-date information and the latest market rules & policies.
● Assist vendors in market policy compliance, including but not limited to licensing
requirements and food safety issues, vendor signage, cleanup, tardiness, etc. When
policy questions, interpretations, or customer concerns arise on site, the Farmers Market
Manager will resolve these to the best of their ability and refer them to the Executive
Director if needed.
● Provide weekly stall placement map to vendors during the market season.
● Identify and organize opportunities to solicit regular feedback from vendors and other market stakeholders.
● Refer vendors in need of additional business support or marketing guidance to our liaison at MESO (Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon) for one-on-one coaching.
Market Day Logistics (40% of time):
● Prepare market site: put up barricades, check no parking signs, arrange for illegally parked vehicles to be towed, pick-up trash, etc.
● Communicate space assignments to vendors: mark the stall spaces with chalk before the vendors arrive and resolve any disputes over space that may arise.
● Coordinate set-up and clean-up of market canopies, tables, signs, traffic control, and other market day items as well as clean-up of the market space before and after the market.
● Be the face of the market; answer questions from vendors and customers.
● Support the market’s accounting systems by distributing and collecting weekly accounting packets to our vendors.
● Be aware of and enforce market rules, state and federal food safety guidelines, and other pertinent laws and regulations. Ensure all state and county regulations are followed.
● Handle emergencies, complaints, and customer requests with patience and diplomacy.
● Maintain market grounds in safe and inviting manner.
● Oversee operation of market's EBT program and cash transactions that occur in the Farmers Market Information Booth.
● Coordinate market day volunteers.
● Conduct customer counts each market day and periodic customer surveys.
● Ensure that all facilities, equipment, and utilities are in working order.
Food Equity Program Support (10% of time):
● Be informed about SNAP, WIC, and other supplemental nutrition programs.
● Support SJCO’s food equity programming, including our SNAP match initiative, Veggie Voucher program, and educational classes.
● Enroll our market in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC) and ensure that eligible vendors are enrolled as well.
Other Responsibilities (5% of time)
● Regularly communicate Farmers Market happenings to other SJCO staff and ask
for help when/where needed.
● Support organizational fundraising efforts, especially as it relates to the Farmers Market.
● Be a team player and participate in organizational-wide events.
● Assist with office clean-up and maintenance.
● Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
St. Johns Center for Opportunity provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.