Market Manager Position
Scope of Position
Market Manager is responsible for all aspects of the market as listed below. The selected applicant will shadow the current market manager during September 2016, and will take over all job responsibilities during October 2016, with the current manager on-call for assistance.
This is a contract position with a starting salary of $14/hour. During 2016 the contract will pay for training, including shadowing the current manager during September and then managing the market during the month of October with assistance from the current manager.
In 2017, the position is for an average of 8 hours/week for 26 weeks (May through October) plus additional hours during the off-season, not to exceed $4,500/year*. Plus up to $300 in additional documented charges such as mileage.
The successful candidate will have a proven record for completing the following tasks:
- Be the main contact for organizing and scheduling vendors
- Maintain schedule of weekly vendors – ensure a full and diverse market.
- Maintain contact lists of vendors, waiting vendors, non-profits, Master Gardeners and musicians.
- Ensure market is at full capacity with limited empty spaces.
- Collect fees, provide receipts and reimburse EBT bucks and gift certificates
- Maintain calendar of non-profit and Master Gardeners appearances.
- Follow-up with no-shows and enforce rules for missed, unexcused absences.
- Decide whether to assign unused spots to vendors looking for a single day spot.
Resolve any issues that arise with individual vendors.
- Enforce rules.
- Update spreadsheet, maintain waiting list, maintain market map.
- Send recruitment letter and vendor policies to existing and waiting list vendors
- Arrive at market grounds (Ahuska Park) by 8:00 am and stay through the entire market.
Set-up and take-down hospitality and music tents and signage, or ensure that set-up and take-down occurs.
- Enforce rules including no pets, no solicitation and vendor product mix.
- Work with steering committee on special events: logistics, content and costs.
- Maintain music calendar, pay musicians, and keep in contact with musicians as needed.
- Move picnic tables onto black top before the market and to a safe spot afterwards.
- Purchase supplies such as cups and napkins.
- Maintain the hospitality tent in a neat and professional manner.
Other Market Management Tasks
- Be a welcoming face for the market for vendors and customers.
- Lead the hiring of and supervise a market assistant, who will work with the manager during the market and handle full markets when the manager isn’t available.
- Manage EBT logistics and checking account, run EBT transactions for customers and write checks to reimburse vendors. Oversee all aspects of Double Dollars, Work with the city, especially the parks department on scheduling and other issues that arise.
- Work with steering committee on developing budget and fundraising strategies.
- Provide suggestions and feedback to steering committee on ways to improve the market; proceeding as approved to enact changes.
- Work with steering committee and publicity coordinator on all aspects of publicity
- Do weekly Facebook promotions
- As the main contact for all market emails and phone calls ensure all requests are answered promptly or referred to the appropriate person.
The selected candidate would have the opportunity to add additional responsibilities to the contract, if interested, and skilled in accomplishing them. Most of these tasks occur in March and April.
- Manage the Monona Farmers Market website, including design, maintain all pages with current activities and print materials
- Develop monthly advertisements for the Herald Independent/Thistle and bi-monthly
- Avertisements for the East-side News
- Develop and print gift certificates and EBT dollars
- Develop and print bookmarks with special events and music information
- Develop and print annual posters.
* The contract would be adjusted from the maximum of $4,500, if additional activities are added.
How to Apply
Email your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications for this position firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to
Monona Farmers Market
P.O. Box 6711
Monona, WI 53716
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Application deadline is August 12, 2016
Relationship to Monona Farmers Market (MFM) Board: The MFM is a volunteer non-profit corporation.
The market manager is advisory to the board of directors. The MFM Board of Directors develops market policy.
Individual board members have the main responsibility for sponsor recruitment, special events and money management.
The Market also has hired a publicity coordinator who writes all media releases, maintains a relationship with local media both print and on-line and works with the city for including our announcements in appropriate city venues.
The board of directors, the publicity coordinator and market manager will work together to ensure publicity is covered including talking to groups, attending Chamber of Commerce meetings, posting bookmarks and posters.