Hiring: Market Manager – Belchertown Farmers’ Market

Apr 14 2021
Published by under Food in the Pioneer Valley

The Belchertown Farmers & Artisans Market is hiring a market manager for the 2021 summer season (beginning of May until the end of October). This is a paid position; the pay is $2400 which is paid in 4 equal installments of $600 each. The market is weekly on Sundays from 10-2.

Email belchertownfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information and to apply

Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Planning & Publicity (prior to market season)
    1. Recruit vendors with a goal determined by the Market Board; vet vendors for compliance with Market Guidelines and overall market balance
    2. Notify applicants of acceptance, deferral or rejection
    3. Keep application, product list and copies of insurance and licenses of vendors, as required
    4. Collect market fees from vendors; prepare bank deposit and deliver to bank
    5. Advertise and promote the Market, primarily in social networks
    6. Recruit musicians and other entertainment activities as may be required
    7. Gather and prepare materials, supplies and signs needed when Market is open
    8. Prepare Market map of vendor locations, separating similar vendors and keeping vendors in the same spot
  1. Market Day Management (throughout the season)
    1. Market hours are from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; vendors are permitted to arrive at 9:00 am
    2. Manager is expected to be present at Market location prior to vendor arrival to lay out and assign vendor spaces, monitor parking and moving of vehicles, and assist vendors as needed
    3. Set up signs and Market banners
    4. Set up activity tent and tables
    5. Assist with setting up entertainment and activities areas
    6. Be visible and available during market hours to answer questions and problem-solve
    7. Ensure that all vendor paperwork is complete, including application, insurance, and fee payment
    8. Take down Market tents and signs
    9. Remain at the Market until Market closing; ensure that all vendors have left the site and that The Commons is left in good condition
  1. Other Administrative Duties
    1. Maintain a weekly log of vendor attendance and estimated customer numbers; include comments on any events or issues
    2. Maintain a binder of all Market documents
    3. Create a weekly Market Newsletter; include news and pictures. Send through MailChimp and schedule for Friday. Post on Facebook
    4. Continue Market publicity throughout season; recruit new vendors and activities as necessary
    5. Check Market PO Box for applications and checks. This may be coordinated with a Board Member
    6. Keep all bookkeeping up to date
    7. Administer SNAP, HIP, and credit card functions as required
  1. Closing the Market Season
    1. Prepare final bookkeeping report
    2. Inventory Market materials and supplies. note items that need replacement prior to next season
    3. Return all records, supplies, and materials to the Market Board

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