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Discover Madison Inc./Amqui Station and Visitors Center

Farmers Market Manager

Discover Madison Inc./Amqui Station and Visitors Center

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Job Summary

Job Description 

The Amqui Station Farmers Market strives to further the spirit of community in Madison, TN by offering the space to gather together in a safe, friendly, positive environment to purchase locally grown and produced products directly from those who participated in their production. It is our desire to enrich our community by providing fresh, nutritious, and wholesome foods and improve our local economy by supporting our farmers and other local vendors. 

The mission of the Amqui Station Farmers Market is: to provide a reliable source of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and related agricultural products; to help foster a sense of community; to educate the public about relevant topics, including nutrition and the benefits of eating fresh foods and buying locally. The Amqui Station Farmers Market requires all market vendors to “make it, bake it, raise it, or grow it”. 

Manager Position 

The Market Manager is a part-time position, with primary responsibility being the day-to-day operation of the farmers’ market. This will include an on-site presence at the market during all market hours, as well as off-site work during non-market hours. Weekly market hours are 10 am-1 pm every Sunday from May through October, and we host an annual Winter Market event in December. The manager will report to the Board of Directors of Amqui Station/Discover Madison Inc., who will set all market policies. In addition, the manager will represent the market to the market’s vendors, sponsors, consumers, and to the community.

Job Responsibilities

Duties—in season 

  • Enroll farmers/vendors in the market 
  • Make sure all vendor forms are completed and retained properly 
  • Use social media platforms to engage the public and bring customers to the market 
  • Collect all vendor fees owed, make accurate accounting, and deposit with the treasurer 
  • Arrive prior to market vendors arriving and remain throughout the market day 
  • Properly place vendors in spaces, including assigning market spaces to daily vendors 
  • Place market signs and parking signs 
  • Set up market information booth and event/music equipment 
  • Ensure all rules and regulations are adhered to 
  • Answer questions for vendors and consumers and resolve any disputes that may arise 
  • Develop positive relationships with vendors and customers 
  • Operate volunteer check-in/market manager’s booth 
  • Have education or promotional materials to distribute 
  • Act as liaison to the market’s board of directors, providing accounting and performance reports 
  • Communicate market policies, activities, and rules to vendors, keeping them informed throughout the season 
  • Bring suggestions from vendors back to the market board 
  • Conduct customer counts as often as possible to assess the level of growth in market usage 
  • Assure the market site is clean and locked once the market is closed and the vendors have left for the day 
  • Maintain a database of farmers, vendors, their contact information, and any licenses or permits each vendor possesses based on the products they are selling 

Duties—off-season 

  • Vendor, hot food vendor, musician, and market volunteer recruitment 
  • Potentially attend a conference/training for market managers if possible 
  • Recruit market sponsors from the community 
  • Create a plan and budget for promotion of the market – signs, social media posts, etc.
  • Update farmer’s market information on the website 

Qualifications

  • Good communication skills with many different groups—farmers/vendors, customers, Board members, community groups, etc. 
  • Ability to think creatively 
  • Leadership skills—the ability to make quick, sound, fair decisions for the good of the market 
  • Organizational skills 
  • Marketing skills helpful 
  • Some financial knowledge helpful: i.e. budgeting 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Passionate about the community and value of local, fresh food and direct marketing

Additional Information

Benefits

This is a 1099 position and benefits are not included.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references by email to execdirector@amquistation.org. This position is open immediately.

Details

  • Date Posted: June 19, 2024
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 06/30/2024
  • Salary Range: This position is paid 5% of weekly market vendor fees with a minimum of $150/week during in season.
  • Working Hours: Sundays 7am-2pm and make your own hours throughout the week