WCFM Market Manager Job Announcement
The Wallowa County Farmers Market, Inc. (WCFM) board of directors seeks a market manager for the 2018 market season (and beyond!). The WCFM takes place in Joseph, Oregon, on Saturdays, May 26 to Oct. 14, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a part-time position with fluctuating hours, but requires commitment to Saturdays during the market season (with the exception of Chief Joseph Days).
The Wallowa County Farmers’ Market Association is a nonprofit corporation established to serve as a marketplace to provide fresh, local food and unique arts and crafts in support of community, local agriculture, and small businesses.
Scope of Work
The market manager holds a public role that can be fast-paced on market day. Behind the scenes, the manager coordinates permissions with the City of Joseph and market neighbors; recruits vendors and volunteers; schedules the vendors and special events; and works with the board of directors. On market days, the manager helps set up WCFM-related booths; remains at the market to manage SNAP and all inquiries; receives donations for WCFM merchandise; and helps take down booths. Additional responsibilities include working with the board treasurer to keep accurate financial records; promote the market; attend WCFM board meetings; support board fundraising efforts; and monitor the WCFM email, post office box, and voicemail.
A more detailed list will be provided to position finalists. This position reports to the WCFM board president.
The ideal candidate is an organized, energetic self-starter, calm under pressure, with exceptional and in-person and written communication skills. Knowledge of farmers’ markets a plus. Access to a rig with a hitch desired. Other desired skills/experience:
- Computer, particularly familiarity with Blogger and Facebook
- Problem-solving and conflict resolution
- Working with a board of directors
- Ability to lift 50 pounds
This position is at-will. The approximate time commitment from Nov. to Feb. is minimal; mostly attending board meetings and conducting research. The time commitment for March and April is approximately 35 hours per month, and in October falls between 40 to 50 hours per month. From May through September it is approximately 75 hours per month, or 18.75 hours per week. Compensation for this position is:
- $420 total for hours from Nov. to Feb. (prorated to accommodate hire date)
- $420 per month for March, April, and October
- $900 per month from May through September
This works out to approximately $12 per hour. WCFM lacks the budget to offer vacation or sick time.
The WCFM board encourages people with a passion for community food systems and local artisans to apply. WCFM is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, dis/ability or genetics.
No phone calls, please. To apply, send a resume, and a cover letter that describes the reasons you support farmers’ markets and your compatibility for this position, as one PDF, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please name your file “Lastname-FirstInitial-Application”
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017
Semi-finalists will receive three essay questions pertaining to market management the first week of January. Finalists will be selected from this pool, and interviews will be scheduled in January. The anticipated hiring date is Feb. 1, 2018.