Sanford Farmers’ Market Seeks Market Manager

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The Sanford Farmers Market is currently seeking candidates for the Market Manager position.

Job Description: 

The Sanford Farmers Market in Sanford, NC is looking for a dedicated part-time market manager for its seasonal Saturday market held from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. beginning April 24 and concluding on November 13. The manager will help facilitate Saturday operations including maintaining an onsite presence during market hours each Saturday.

  • Professionally represent the market and its mission to the market’s vendors, consumers, and the local community
  • Work with the market officers, board and Downtown Sanford, Inc. to plan and facilitate the market annually

Key Vendor-Specific Duties and Responsibilities: 

Maintain updated and accurate records and documentation (documents should be readily available upon request) including:

  • Vendor membership status and contact information
  • Copies of vendor certifications, licenses, and other required documentation
  • Sales Tax exemptions or Tax ID records
  • Maintain annual market insurance and state required paperwork
  • Keep a weekly excel spreadsheet with customer & vendor attendance

Verify vendors comply with market requirements:

  • Verify tax ID number is displayed as required in each vendor stall
  • Verify all market/vendor tents are secured by weights at all times
  • Confirm vendor scales are certified
  • Confirm all vendors have clear pricing displayed

Miscellaneous:

  • Set up the welcome table and parking signs
  • Serve as primary contact for potential new vendors seeking to submit applications, providing guidance for compliance with market policies and procedures.
  • Process all vendor applications (new/returning) in a timely manner, referring to the steering committee before finalizing vendor approval
  • Resolve any vendor conflicts as quickly and discreetly as possible
  • Enforce the Sanford Farmers’ Market rules
  • Work with other market offices to facilitate full and diverse market product mix with concentration on more farmers and farm-type vendors
  • Have an updated parking diagram (to be provided after opening day) to ensure vendors are parking in the correct locations. If a new vendor joins after opening day, they may choose from any available space – not one reserved by a current vendor. Parking spaces are assigned for the season.
  • Collect $5 per week for participating in the market as well as collect the $25 annual dues.

Key Outreach and Marketing Responsibilities: 

  • Social media updates and posts
  • Ensure smooth running of the SNAP/EBT Electronic Benefits Transfer (food stamps) and Food-Share program WIC/FMNP
  • Respond to customer questions in a friendly and positive manner

General Qualifications: 

  • The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic advocate of the local food movement and NC agriculture.
  • Sanford Farmers Market is a no-resale market focusing on locally grown and locally made products. However, the market management and vendors may vote to bring in (unrepresented) state-produced produce for the benefit of the market.
  • The Market manager must be reliable, self-motivated and have good communication and customer service skills.
  • Must have a valid NC driver’s license and a reliable means of personal transportation.
  • Ability to work Saturday mornings and to perform marketing and administration tasks.
  • Skills:

Excellent oral/ written communication skills and be detail oriented, possess good

interpersonal and problem-solving abilities, including the ability to maintain calm and multi-task in a busy environment.

How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter detailing your interest, a resume, and two references to bill_stone@ncsu.edu by April 9th, 2021. Thank you!

Job Type: Part-time

Start Date: April 24th, 2021

Pay rate: $100 per Saturday

Written By

Bill Stone, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBill StoneCounty Extension Director Call Bill E-mail Bill N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee County Center
Updated on Mar 24, 2021
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