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Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market Manager

About the Market

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market is seeking a seasonal, part‐time market manager, up to 30 hours / week during the market season (April – November) and up to 10 hours per month (November ‐ April).

Founded in 1990, The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market Association (BIFMA) is a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of vendors and community members. BIFMA’s mission is to create a marketplace to connect local farmers and artisan food and craft vendors with a diverse customer base, foster community well-being through education and food access, and promote a strong local economy. It's a community-supported farmers market that provides a viable economic outlet for farmers and food producers, and where local artisans and crafters can sell their hand-made products.

The Market is held on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Town Square at City Hall of Bainbridge Island. The BIFM Market Manager ensures the Market operates in compliance with the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) Roots Guidelines, state law, health codes, and organizational rules. The Market Manager also completes office duties related to planning, record keeping, and correspondence for the market.

 

About the position

If you love farms, food, artisanship, and sustainability, love to be outdoors and get things done, and love to be part of something valuable to the community, this might be the perfect part-time job for you! We’re eager to talk to anyone interested who has read this whole posting and says to themself, “I would love to do this and I think I’d be good at it!”

The BIFM Market Manager is responsible for daily operations of the market during the market season. The Market Manager is the organization’s primary staff person and is charged with operating the market and representing the organization to its members and to the public, engaging with them in a non-discriminatory manner. As this position is responsible for the broad array of Market operations and activities, strong self‐initiative, effective personal time management, and the ability to work with diverse individuals and shifting priorities are essential qualities of a successful Market Manager. The position requires the ability to work independently, as well as with a close team of other staff members and

volunteers.

Physical and other requirements

  • Ability to safely lift and carry 50 pounds. Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time.

  • Handle exposure to elements. Be able to work outdoors in any weather.

  • Have a valid driver's license, insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle large enough to transport market equipment on market days.

  • Be available for cell phone and email contact with staff and vendors during the work week and to be on-site during the Market Day.

 

Skills and abilities

  • Familiarity with online office programs like QuickBooks Online and Google Docs / Drive, and the ability to learn to use other software

  • Accuracy in performing math and clerical tasks, basic filing

  • Ability to clearly communicate with Board, customers, vendors, and community partners, including writing weekly email newsletters, social posts, and all vendor correspondence

  • Desired but not required: Participation in website upkeep, marketing, and fundraising

 

Duties

  1. Manage the Market on Saturdays, including preparation and work closing down the Market properly.

  2. Manage member / vendor / community group application processes, which include fielding phone calls, determining eligibility, processing applications and fees, verifying health department and other permits and licenses, and keeping accurate written and digital records of it all.

  3. Maintain Membership contact information.

  4. Attend Annual, Board, and Member meetings which are generally held on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings between November and April. 

  5. Communicate and coordinate with the Board and various committees on a regular basis regarding events, marketing, issues at the market, finances, and anything else pertinent.

To apply, send us your résumé and a cover letter below.

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