Market Lead, Union Square Farmers Market—Job Description
Union Square Main Streets (USMS) is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated candidate to act as Market Lead for the 2021 Union Square Farmers Market in Somerville, MA.
In this position, the Market Lead will have the opportunity to enhance his/her skills in event planning, market management, marketing, communications, and knowledge of programs aimed at increasing access to local foods. The Market Lead will be the onsite staff member handling all vendor relationships, SNAP/EBT transactions, and interactions with volunteers and market customers. The Market Lead will also coordinate electronic promotion for the market and support administrative tasks outside of market hours. The ideal candidate will have an interest in local agriculture, food and nutrition, bolstering community, and promoting farmers markets. S/he should be reliable, friendly, self-motivated, and comfortable communicating with a diverse customer base.
Oversee market operations including market setup and breakdown. Required to be on-site and available to vendors, customers, volunteers from setup through breakdown
Enforce City of Somerville & USFM COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines, including staying informed about updates to policies and implementing as necessary
Enforce market rules and policies to ensure public safety, vendor punctuality, proper parking, cleanliness of site, and vacation of market premises by a specific time
Set up, break down, and staff the Market Lead Tent to display and distribute educational materials, collect consumer information, administer SNAP, and sell promotional merchandise
Maintain positive relationships with vendors and local businesses surrounding the market area
Assist vendors, volunteers, and consumers by providing market-related information, conflict resolution, and general aid as appropriate
Recruit, schedule, and supervise volunteers, including maintaining a positive working relationship with Boston Cares, and serving as primary contact for scheduling weekly volunteers through their platform
Administer local token currency and process transactions for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/EBT benefits including the maintenance of daily records and market reports
Communicate effectively with customers to explain food access policies like SNAP & HIP
Promote the market using social media networks, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; as well as a weekly electronic newsletter
Create an inclusive atmosphere for vendors, performers,and customers alike
Supervise and work with interpreters to ensure a positive SNAP customer experience
Additional administrative, logistical, and sales tasks as needed
At least 2 years of experience with food retail and/or food-related organization work
Previous experience working directly with farmers and/or small business owners
Friendly, dynamic and positive energy
Dependable, punctual and responsible, with a high level of professional integrity
Resourceful and creative, with strong problem-solving skills
Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and through hands-on experience
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, including tending to market needs with care while handling competing priorities
Organized management of time and effort and ability to document work
Demonstrated ability and desire to meet new people, foster connections, build community relationships, and ability to talk with a wide range of individuals, including de-escalation and resolution with those disgruntled
Ability to lift 50lbs
CPR/First Aid certification preferred
Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese, or Mandarin a plus
8 hrs/week every Saturday from May 15–November 20 from 6:45am–2:45pm
7 hrs/week with opportunity for flexible scheduling to support electronic promotion and administrative tasks
The Farmers Market is open rain or shine from 9am-1pm
Weekly check in with Market Manager
Post-season supply organization and debrief within 2 weeks of market close
Availability for training one day between May 3-12
Compensation will be paid bi-weekly. This is an hourly position paying $15.50/hr and supervised by the Market Manager and approved by the Executive Director.
Union Square Main Streets is an equal opportunity employer. USMS recruits, hires, trains, promotes and retains individuals in all job titles without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, military status or any other similarly protected status. Employees will be selected, retained, and promoted on the basis of their qualifications and job performance.
About Union Square Main Streets:
Union Square Main Streets Union Square Main Streets works to strengthen the dynamic neighborhood of businesses and people in Union Square. We achieve this mission by promoting and celebrating the unique and spirited character of Union Square; advocating for and assisting local businesses; working to create welcoming public spaces; and fostering connection and collaboration among diverse stakeholders and partners.
How to Apply
Email your cover letter or video of interest, resume, and 3 references to Kait Stinchcombat firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Market Lead Position” by 11:59pm April 7.
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