Assistant Farmers’ Market Manager
CitySeed is seeking a year-round Assistant Market Manager with experience in marketing, promotion, and community engagement to help manage a network of five neighborhood markets in New Haven, CT. The Assistant Manager works under the supervision of the Market Manager and be expected to work in close collaboration with other CitySeed staff, vendors, interns, volunteers, and community members. The Assistant Manager is responsible for solely and co- managing selected farmers’ markets, supervising and training volunteers at those markets, working with the community, and administering the Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP). This position is responsible for the coordination of social media, our weekly newsletter, as well as the marketing of our farmers markets and mobile market.
This position is part time and runs year round. It shares a rotating schedule for Saturday/Sunday markets, as well as responsibility for markets on Wednesdays and Thursdays over the course of the season. Expectation of hours is approximately 20 hours/week. Duties typically require approximately half of total time/week at the markets and half in the office or at home/office.
There is potential to combine this position with another -art-time position, such as our Mobile Market Manager position (this position description will be forthcoming). Please inquire if interested.
- Valid CT driver’s license
- High School Diploma or GED
- Customer service experience
- Proven communication, conflict resolution and creative problem solving skills
- Computer skills (such as Word, Excel, Social Media)
- Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs., work in inclement weather conditions, and drive a vehicle safely with a trailer attached (trailer training will be provided)
- Demonstrated marketing and/or social media skills
- Demonstrated ability to supervise volunteers and youth
- Supervisory experience and skills
- Marketing, newsletter, and social media skills including content creation
- Experience with Adobe Suite and Constant Contact
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to work effectively under time constraints and stressful situations
- Ability to prioritize tasks
- Experience working with and/or desire to work with farmers
- Experience working in communities of color, neighborhood groups, and/or community events
- Enthusiasm for connecting communities through food
- Flexibility, maturity and a sense of humor
- Basic understanding of the Spanish language
- Operate selected farmers’ markets, including setup and breakdown of tents and table displays, special events and programming, vendor and customer management, supervision of volunteers and youth workers, bread and merchandise sales, and vendor checkout process
- Run debit, credit, and SNAP (food stamp) transactions on a wireless terminal at the markets.
- Answer questions about CitySeed markets and programs, including SNAP/Food Stamps Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP), at the markets, events, or office
- Collect and input DVCP and vendor transaction data on reporting sheets
- Communicate and resolve issues with partners, vendors, and customers in a mature and positive manner
- Communicate with farmers about products for market
- Assist the Market Manager in contacting, scheduling, and setting up vendors, special guests and events at the markets as needed
- Supervise and train interns, volunteers, and youth workers at markets
- Place weekly bread orders for all markets
- Ensure compliance of city, state, and CitySeed regulations, policies, and guidelines
- Attend additional events as necessary to represent CitySeed
- Uphold and communicate CitySeed’s mission
- Plan, create and implement events for markets
- Provide marketing and social media know-how for market operations and events
- Oversee social media marketing (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) including content creation, boosted ads/posts, analysis of efforts
- Responsible for weekly market e-newsletter by convening info from staff and vendors
- Coordinate outreach efforts including general farmers market outreach and specific DVCP outreach, including flyer distribution, tabling at outreach events, working with community groups and social service agencies
- Work and collaborate with partnering neighborhood groups
Compensation and start date: This position is part-time starting in April and pay starts at $15/hour. There are no other benefits offered at this time.
To apply: CitySeed is looking to hire for this position immediately. Candidates must send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please forward any questions to email@example.com. We will reply with a confirmation email that we have received your application. This position will be posted until filled.
CitySeed is an Equal Opportunity Employer and especially invites applications from members of under-represented groups.