South Shore Farmer’s Market Manager

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Who We Are: The South Shore Farmers’ Market (SSFM) brings the community together in South Shore Park to offer fresh produce and food from Wisconsin farmers and vendors. We are a 501 (c) (3) through our umbrella organization the Friends of South Shore Park.

Who You Are: The Market manager serves as a positive, and energetic face of the SSFM. You are an individual who is passionate about building community, the food we eat, and where it comes from.

You are one of two Market Managers who together will have on-site responsibility for the operation of the SSFM. You will act as the liaison with and between all parties served by the market – the SSFM Committee, the vendors, shoppers, and will serve as the day-of contact with Milwaukee County and Milwaukee City Police if needed. The Market Manager is required on-site for 20 Saturdays June – October from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for set up, operation, and teardown of the market, be available to support vendors, and consumers, supply information, answer questions, and trouble shoot any issues with market constituents.

  • The Market Manager is also responsible for completing behind-the-scenes administrative work to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the market and to attend SSFM Committee planning meetings and at least two vendor committee meetings.
  • The Market Manager is responsible for creating a safe, healthy, and vibrant market.
  • Conducts the day-to-day operations for the SSFM during market hours in accordance with market policy set by the SSFM Committee; including set up and take down of community tent and music tent, market participant count, bagging overflowing trash, selling swag, answering questions etc. See Scope of Management Services for a complete listing.
  • Contact the Milwaukee Country Park Ranger, Milwaukee Police department and/ or Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department in the event of a problem; complete incident reports and maintain report file for future reference.
  • Monitors threatening weather and air quality events, and close market when necessary in consultation with Market chair /or member of the executive committee. Notify vendors and SSFM committee of closure.

Vendor Management & Relations:

  • Serve as the primary operational contact with Vendors. Develops and manages relationships with vendors, ensuring timely communications and resolution of issues or problems. Responsible for compiling an accurate vendor contact list and developing emergency contact tree to use in case of inclement weather or closure of market.
  • Enforce the policies and procedures set by the Market Vendor Committee and Operational Standards as detailed in the Vendor contract.
  • Distribute vendor contracts and collect fees. Work with committee Treasurer and vendor committee chair to reconcile payments with contracts.
  • Work with vendors on daily and seasonal stall assignments, and ensure each vendor has appropriate licensing.
  • Monitors quality of vendor products and presentation. Conducts 2-4 farm inspections to ensure accurate representation of product origination, growing practices, and product varieties. Completes report of each visit to share with vendor committee.

Market Promotion:

  • Works with marketing committee to ensure website is up-to-date. Uploading and taking down content sent by committee members in a timely manner. Promotes the market in the community with at least one social media post each

Administrative Services:

  • The Market Manager prepares weekly reports and a final end-of-season report for the SSFM Committee.
  • Attends SSFM full-committee meetings (5 times a year) to ensure continuous communication regarding the operations of the market.
  • Ensures that administrative work outside of market hours is completed in responsive, thorough, and accurate manner.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and passion for farmers
  • Personal confidence and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of
  • Experience managing volunteers and/or vendors
  • Must have a strong work ethic, be punctual, be customer service focused, reliable, enthusiastic and a team player
  • Good problem solving and organizational skills along with strong time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks at once
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with diverse groups, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with farmers, community members, general public, and staff.
  • Able to lift and carry 50
  • Effective conflict resolution skills
  • Must be able to work non-standard hours as required, based on market hours during the market season and non-market administrative needs.
  • Proficient with cloud office suite such as Google Workspace, and comfortable learning new tools and technologies as needed in this role.
  • First-aid certified or the ability to become
  • Comfortable with social media posting for sharing market updates and special events during the market season.

Employment Details

Salary: $250 per market week. This fee includes each market Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and any meeting time and preparation before and/or after each market. Additional $120 per farm visit with report. Milage reimbursed.

Employment Status: Independent contractor

Hours & Work Schedule: Saturdays 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. from June – October. Some evening work to attend meetings and non-market hours to complete administrative work.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Brigid Globensky.

brigid@southshorefarmersmarket.com with subject heading Market Manager.

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