Seeking Farm Market Manager

The Hilliard Farm Market is a community market, as an outreach ministry of Hilliard United Methodist Church. The market is open late May through early September and is supported by Hilliard United Methodist Church, the Hilliard community, and a host of volunteers. The market will provide access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other farm products while creating a sense of community within the City of Hilliard.

If interested, please submit your resume and cover letter to: sprc@hilliardumc.org.

Market Manager

The market manager is a part-time seasonal position (January through September). Primary responsibility is the operation of the weekly seasonal farmer’s market. This will include an onsite presence on market days and at the market during market hours (4p-7p). Tuesdays also require onsite presence of a minimum of two or three hours prior to open and remaining on site through tear down of the weekly market. There will also be workdays other than days of the market. The manager will report to Pastor Jon Osmundson and work in conjunction with the Farm Market Board of Leadership, who will set all market policy. In addition, the manager will represent the market to the market vendors, the consumers, the church, and to the community.

Types of Duties

Administration

  • Maintain website
  • Attend board meetings and report on Farm Market
  • Maintain vendor applications, records, including statements of insurance
  • Collect vendor fees and keep treasurer informed of all bookkeeping
  • Maintain volunteer records
  • Prepare and present proposed budget for season

Operations – in season (Last Monday of May – Second Tuesday of September)

  • Ensure market operates in safe and efficient manner
  • Handle any emergencies that arise
  • Monitor vendor products and ensure compliance with Farm Market guidelines
  • Monitor food vendor compliance with local health department requirements
  • Cultivate an optimal product mix
  • Answer/address all shopper and vendor questions/complaints/concerns
  • Assign spots to vendors and manage overall market layout
  • Supervise set up and take down
  • Oversee the Farm Market Information booth
  • Collect market Data – including shopper counts and vendor sales

Operations – off season (January – May & September)

  • Vendor recruitment and retention
  • Professional development for market managers (training or conference learning)
  • Develop constructive community relationships
  • Market promotions, including print materials, website, and special events
  • Oversee market site developments
  • Preparations for next season

Promotions and Outreach

  • Create, produce, and manage market promotion
  • Create events calendar for the Farm Market
  • Produce and distribute market newsletter or updates
  • Participate in community meetings and activities on behalf of Farm Market
  • Seek to get articles about Farm Market published in local news outlets
  • Create and regularly update social media promoting market and vendors

SNAP (incentive programs)

  • Develop & maintain SNAP and other programs to enable all persons to participate

Other related duties as assigned by Supervisor