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Organization: La Grande Farmers Market
Position: La Grande Farmers Market Manager
Organization Mission: The La Grande Farmers Market is a membership organization, with the mission “to enhance the economic sustainability of our region’s farms by providing a venue for the exchange of quality, locally grown goods while creating a vibrant community gathering place.” The market takes place 9:00am-12:00pm Saturdays and 3:30pm-6:00pm Tuesdays at Max Square in downtown La Grande. The market seeks to be welcoming of all shoppers and provides a Double Up Food Bucks program as well as accepting debit and credit cards at the Information Booth.
General Description: The Market Manager, under the supervision of the board of directors, has day-to-day responsibility for the successful operation and growth of the Tuesday and Saturday farmers markets. This is a part time, year-round job. It is expected that the Manager will be at the Market on all market days for the season unless absence is otherwise approved by the board. Other hours are flexible, as required to accomplish the required tasks in a timely manner. Annually, the market is held 22-23 weeks from mid-May to mid-October per the annual market schedule. This position will average 25 hours/week during the market season and 6 hours/week in the off season, for a total of approximately 750 hours/year.
This position is dynamic, rewarding and really fun! The La Grande Farmers’ Market is a successful, well-run, and growing organization with a strong board of directors and vendor base and robust support from customers and the community. We seek a candidate that wants to continue the market’s success and take it to the next level.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Experience Desired: Management experience, budget responsibility, operations management and experience working with multiple constituencies/stakeholder groups; experience working with the public, experience in retail and/or other customer service experience preferred.
Additional Qualifications: Strong work ethic and ability to work independently; ability to develop good relationships with board, vendors, volunteers, local businesses, the city, and the public; strong customer service orientation and skills; excellent interpersonal and communications skills, good listener; strong organizing and problem-solving skills; good attention to detail; strong computer and social media skills; strong marketing skills and experience; an entrepreneurial approach to operating and growing the market. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred. An ideal candidate will be flexible, able to think on their feet, and willing to take initiative and ask for help when needed. Must be able to lift 40 pounds, perform some physical tasks, and work outdoors in varying weather conditions; must be alert and at the market site early in the mornings on Saturday Market days.
Preferred Qualification (not required): Ability and willingness to pull a small market trailer containing canopies and market supplies with your own vehicle.
Compensation: Starting wage of $15-$17 per hour with the potential for a small annual bonus depending upon experience and market budget.
Timeline: Start date is flexible, but ideally the candidate will be available to begin Mid-September to allow for a training period with the outgoing market manager, who will stay through the 2018 market season.