Farmers Market and Farm Business Manager


Company: Adelante Mujeres
Location: Forest Grove, Oregon
Compensation: $40,000 - $45,000 Annual Salary plus benefits
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Administrative, Agriculture, Business, Education, Nonprofit
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: June 24, 2020

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SUMMARY
Are you a people person? Enjoy making new connections and building positive relationships? Passionate about helping low-income families improve their lives through entrepreneurial, educational, and empowerment programs? Join the Adelante Mujeres family and become part of a growing organization providing award-winning programming and holistic services to Latina women and their families in Washington County, Oregon. Adelante Mujeres means “women rise up” and the women and families in our programs are doing just that. With your help, we can build a diverse community where everyone thrives.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The role of the Farmers Market and Farm Business Manager is to be a creative, hands on, entrepreneurial collaborator in our Microenterprise Program. We are looking for an individual who is enthusiastic about local food, sustainable agriculture, family health, and entrepreneurship. The manager will lead all aspects of the Forest Grove and the Cornelius Farmers Markets. In addition, the Manager will support skills development for Latino, farm business owners by leading educational trainings on the topic. The ideal candidate will be inspired by and fully committed to the Adelante Mujeres vision and mission.

Operations During COVID-19

The Adelante Mujeres Farmers’ Markets are considered essential businesses for the purposes of COVID-19 containment. As such, the markets will remain open, and staff are actively making operational changes to protect customers, vendors, and staff to mitigate the spread of the virus. During this health crisis this position requires working both at the farmers’ market and from home performing office duties. Once it is safe to do so, this position will resume working at the Adelante Mujeres office in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Market hours:

  • Forest Grove Farmers Market: May-October, Wednesdays from 4-8 pm; Winter Markets: Dates TBD
    (4 events in November and December)
  • Cornelius Farmers Market: July-September, Fridays from 4-8 pm

POSITION RESPONSIBILTIES

Farmers Market

  • Responsible for the effective management of the Forest Grove and the Cornelius Farmers Market.
  • Ensure that both markets operate in compliance with applicable State and local laws and regulations, as well as with the Adelante Mujeres Farmers’ Markets Policies.
  • Manage vendor relations to include vendor applications, communications, scheduling, farm inspections, and reporting.
  • Provide onsite management including market set-up and breakdown, vendor fee collections, signage, info booth staffing, volunteer coordination, and all other market activities.
  • Lead marketing and outreach efforts to include preparation of editorial content, promotional material, social media, and other communication platforms.
  • Manage compliance with all local and state SNAP, WIC, and credit card point of sale regulations and licensing, and financial reporting associated with all market currencies.
  • Develop partnerships and manage contracts with partner entities such as the cities of Forest Grove and Cornelius, City Club of Forest Grove (First Wednesday), and other stakeholders.
  • Design and produce market events and entertainment that encourage visitors and shoppers.
  • Create, execute, and report results of Farmers Market metrics and budgets, including grant reports related to farmers market activities.
  • Ensure that market staff observe safe operating practices and comply with organizational safety policies.
  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with vendors, customers, partners, sponsors and community members.
  • Effectively resolve conflicts and solve problems with speed and diplomacy.

Farm Business Development

  • Lead Farm Business Education for Latinx, Spanish speaking participants.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to farmers related to marketing, customer relationships, and farm business sales growth.
  • Coordinate Farm Business training and other farm to market specialty workshops.
  • Collaborate with local, regional, and state business community and food system networks to promote and foster Latinx farm businesses development.
  • Manage, track, and report on related grant projects.

Program Management

  • Work in collaboration with the Adelante Mujeres’ Empresas, Nourish the Community, and Sustainable Agriculture programs to ensure participant and community support integration.
  • Track, report, and evaluate grant data and metrics.
  • Supervise market staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Participate as a member of the Microenterprise Team.
  • Develop and maintain competency in Adelante’s mission, work, and needs through regular exposure to Adelante’s activities, clients, and staff.
  • Support our organization’s development and fundraising efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS Required

  • Must be fully bilingual in English and Spanish– strong written and oral skills; culturally proficient.
  • An undergraduate degree or comparable experience in business management, entrepreneurship, marketing, agriculture, or related field.
  • 4 years of experience in customer service.
  • 2 years of experience in supervising employees and volunteers.
  • Experience in event planning and execution and familiarity with basic equipment and logistics.
  • Ability to lift 25-30 lb; Willingness to work in the elements (heat, rain, cold, temperatures, etc.).
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong demonstrated commitment to sustainability and the environment.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours; ability to travel to off-site venues for meetings, events, and professional development is required.
  • Diplomatic communicator, team player, critical thinker, problem solver.
  • Highly customer service-oriented; Able to assertively and respectfully enforce rules as needed.
  • Passionate about entrepreneurship, education, social justice, diversity, and women’s empowerment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and motivating Latinx families.

Qualifications Preferred

  • A genuine love for farmers markets and the products and experiences they offer.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of food distribution systems.
  • Business and marketing experience focused on agriculture.
  • Experience as a small business owner or manager.

HOURS/BENEFITS

  • Salary range: $40,000-$45,000 depending on qualifications
  • Sick/Personal days (12 days annually)
  • Paid Holidays after 31 days employed
  • The following benefits apply after 2 months of employment:
  • Full health and dental insurance benefits for employee – 100% paid by the employer
  • Long-term disability benefits
  • Professional development opportunities
  • 20 Vacation days per year (20 days years one through five, 25 days after five years)