The Junction Farmers Market is a farmers market operating on a weekly basis every Saturday morning during the growing season in Toronto, Ontario. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the market strives to provide local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build community, supports local food growers and producers, and promotes access to healthy food for all. The market is comprised of around 20 vendors, focusing on local produce, wine, baked goods, meat and prepared foods. We will be entering our eighth season in 2019 and are looking for a Market Manager that will handle the administration and day-to-day duties of the farmers market, as well as the Junction Night Market, with direction from the Board of Directors.
The Market Manager acts as an ambassador, representing the market in the community. They are responsible for all administrative duties and managing the Saturday morning market and the annual night market. The Manager must be a self starter, committed to the local food movement, friendly, energetic, have excellent communications and relationship building skills, as well as a keen eye for detail and experience with numbers (e.g., budgeting, tracking finances).
On-site Market Management
Attend and manage all weekly Saturday morning markets from end of May until early November
Oversee and aid in the set-up, arriving before the market opens and remaining until the end, including tear-down and cleanup (heavy lifting will be required)
Recruit and manage on-site volunteers
Encourage new volunteer recruitment
Conduct merchandise sales and provide answers to shoppers’ questions
Enforce vendor rules and regulations
Maintain excellent relations with vendors and address and resolve any conflicts
Liaise with Public Health officials and comply with their requirements
Night Market Management
Responsible for managing all aspects of our annual fundraising event
Coordinate vendors: confirm participation, collect agreements, graphics and menu items
Ensure all permits and logistical elements necessary for a safe and legal event are secured
Prepare and implement marketing strategies focused on the Night Market
Conduct outreach with Junction residents to provide notice of the event
Recruit and manage volunteers
Oversee all aspects of the Night Market on the day of the event, including set-up, volunteer management and clean-up
Plan, coordinate, and schedule events and activities for the weekly market throughout the season, including musical performances, community groups, etc.
Collect and organize vendor applications
Schedule pop-up and rotational vendors as required
Maintain lists of vendors, volunteers, community groups, musicians
Together with the Four Villages Community Health Centre, administer the Junction Farmers Market Voucher Program
Take notes during Board meetings
Distribute meeting minutes and records of attendance to all Board members
Conduct other administrative duties as required
Together with the Board of Directors, develop a budget and track it throughout the season to ensure spending is within set amounts
Invoice and collect vendor fees, provide receipts
Maintain financial records of day-to-day market operations
Make bank deposits, submit weekly cash income and sales reports from vendors
Report to Board of Directors on key financial indicators and ongoing market progress
Develop and execute fundraising initiatives
Marketing and Communications
Reply to email inquiries and maintain contact with vendors and the community
Maintain and regularly update market website (WordPress) and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
Generate and/or coordinate a weekly e-newsletter (MailChimp)
Maintain mailing lists
Promote the market in the community and media
Execute marketing and promotional initiatives to increase business at the market
Distribute press releases
Recruit, train and coordinate with new volunteers
Maintain relationships with other market managers
Self-directed with an entrepreneurial mentality
Problem solving skills and the ability to multitask
Ability to build strong relationships with others (e.g., vendors, community organizations, businesses, etc.)
Previous experience planning events
Excellent interpersonal skills, professional and tactful (a people person!)
Committed to and knowledgeable about local food, farming and sustainability
Enthusiastic, positive and outgoing personality
Resourceful and can think outside the box
Conflict management skills and ability to mediate a dispute
Demonstrated leadership skills
Organizational and time management skills
Experience with planning, project management, promotion and coordinating special events
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Excellent computer skills with comprehensive social media skills, specifically with Twitter, Facebook, MailChimp, and WordPress
Strong commitment to establishing and maintaining community ties (local Councillor and BIA, community organizations, City of Toronto officials, neighbours)
Enjoys working outdoors regardless of weather conditions
Fundraising and grant application writing experience an asset
Previous customer service and cash handling experience an asset
Remuneration and time commitment:
This is a contract position from December 2018 until November 2019. The workload is seasonal with more time required during the spring and summer, and less time during the winter months. The Market Manager is required to attend Board meetings (once per month, weekday evening), the weekly Saturday morning markets and the annual Night Market. Generally, other work can be completed remotely. The role is a commitment of an average of 15 hours per week. As this is primarily a telecommuting position, a computer and internet access are required. A smartphone is also required for updating social media, promotional photography and to send and receive texts during the market.
How to apply:
Submit your resume and answers to the questions below (in the form of a letter, video, whatever you want!) to email@example.com .
What is your connection to the Junction community?
Why does local food matter to you?
Why are you the ideal person for this position?
Application deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018
We thank all the applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Junction Farmers Market is an equal opportunity employer and encourages resumes from people who are reflective of all diverse communities.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Oct 25 2018 ID: 48740