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Position: Market Manager
Type: part-time one-year contract (see below)
Organization: Junction Farmers Market
Location: The Junction, Toronto, Ontario

About us

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.

Job Summary

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).

Responsibilities:

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

Organizational Administration

  • 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

Financial Administration

  • 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

Required skills:

  • 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 info@junctionmarket.ca .

  • 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.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at FoodWork.ca.
 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 25 2018    ID: 48740