Market Manager job opening

We are seeking a new market manager for the Chelsea and Bushel Basket Farmers Markets. To apply, go to, and narrow the search to Michigan, then Chelsea, and you will see it as Chelsea Farmers Market Manager. Click the link, then click Apply.

Please see below for the description:

Chelsea Farmers Market Manager

  • Department: AA105_63067 Community Health Improv – Ch

    Expected Weekly Hours: 20

    Shift: Day Shift

    Position Purpose: Two markets in Chelsea, MI are seeking an energetic and highly organized Farmers Market Manager. The markets are looking for a leader who can effectively balance interpersonal and organizational skills, with interest and understanding of local agricultural systems. An effective manager will have good communication and conflict management skills, preferably with commitment and connection to the larger Chelsea community. The manager should be a highly organized record keeper, who can creatively engage customers through marketing and has a knowledge base about policies and practices relevant to farmers markets and growers. Position is currently part time (approx 25-30 hrs Apr-Oct and 10-15 hrs Nov-Mar), funded by grant(s).

    Job Description Details:

    Market Operation Duties

    Recruit new vendors that meet requirements for healthy eating according to USDA “Choose My Plate” guidelines. Monitor compliance with relevant regulations and codes (MDARD guidelines) and market regulations. Secure necessary permits and licenses for operating market in city owned location and hosting cooking demonstrations. Make stall assignments and create market map for optimal vendor/customer flow. Make sure all vendor forms are completed properly and retained. Coordinate opening and closing of market (set up/ tear down tents, tables, signs) Handle emergencies and complaints, conflict management. Collect coins from vendors using established food assistance system, manage food assistance machines and records at information stall (assisted by a market food assistance intern for tracking). Maintain an information booth, newsletter sign up sheet, market customer count and customer survey distributions. Collect daily and seasonal vendor fees, track attendance Hold vendor meetings to train and orient vendors to market policies and practices once a year. Be in attendance at both markets May through Oct (Weds afternoon, Sat morning) Organize a weekly Saturday winter market November – April at Washington St. Education Center

    Marketing, Networking, Evaluation and Grant Writing

    1)  Represent the market in meetings with the Chelsea Wellness Coalition (monthly), and report annually on progress in customer attendance, vendor earnings, survey responses and food assistance programs.

    2)   Maintain a weekly newsletter for both markets, maintain such content on the website, and facebook pages.

    3)  Maintain communication and reporting to market partners who support food assistance program coordination, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, County Health Department for Prescription for Health program)

    4)  Advertise in the Sun Times

    5)  Coordinate with Chamber of Commerce on music schedule

    6)  Coordinate with community partners, like Chelsea Community Kitchen, the Chelsea Area Garden Club, the Intergenerational Garden, and MOPS, to put on food demonstration events and kids tent.

    7)  Write yearly grant applications to Chelsea Wellness Coalition and County to support current market funding,  Apply for additional funding (ex USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program) to expand/enhance markets. Opportunity to expand position with other smaller local markets who are applying for grant funding is possible.

    8)  Coordinate/attend Market Advisory Committee meetings (approx 4/yr) to obtain guidance on directions of market, funding, market operations.

    9)  Coordinate funding raising efforts, as needed. These include farm to table dinners with Robin Hills Farm in the Spring, and 5 Healthy Towns in August.

    8)  Update all listing sites: MIFMA, Taste the Local Difference, Ann Arbor Observer, Chelsea Mich, Chelsea Update, with market dates.  Send out press releases to relevant local papers at the beginning of the season.

    9)  Recruit volunteers to assist with market operations and other functions.

    Required Education, Experience and Certification/Licensure

    1) Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, with concentration in public health, social work, education, nutrition or community planning and organization/food systems.

    2) Training and experience in agriculture or interest/volunteering in local agriculture/farmers markets is a plus

    3) Grant writing experience is important for a successful market manager, and there may be opportunities to expand the position with future grants and coordination with other local farmers markets.

    4)  Market manager is required to attend the Michigan Farmers Market Association Market Manager Certification Program in the winter of 2017-2018

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