Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market Manager
Job Description and Application Form
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. The 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.
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 the successful operation of the Saturday Farmers Market which runs April through November, including both on-site and off-site duties, helping grow the market through vendor recruitment and marketing techniques to increase sales for individual vendors, and being the point-of-contact and visible face of the market in our community.
“The ideal Market Manager candidate is a detail-oriented, big picture thinker with the experience of an event organizer, attitude of a diplomat, eye of an artist, ethics of a judge, entrepreneurial spirit, endurance of a marathoner —who believes that perseverance, creativity, or duct tape can fix most anything! Also has a passion for farms, local food, and small businesses, while getting along with all kinds of people and being willing to work every Saturday from April through November.”
— The Washington State Farmer Market Management Toolkit
Duties and Requirements
This position requires some lifting, outdoor work, a driver's license, and a car. Previous management experience, including staff oversight and program development, is expected. Full details at https://www.bainbridgeislandfarmersmarket.com/market-manager-application.
In this position, you'll need to manage and maintain a good amount of paperwork and records, alongside some other administrative tasks. The manager also prepares a monthly report, checks the PO box once a week, makes bank deposits, and helps to prepare the annual operating budget. You'll also assist vendors, ensure the cleanliness of the market, perform setup and teardown tasks, maintain equipment, signs, and supplies, and be on-site in the booth on Saturdays.
Other duties include music scheduling, some promotion and outreach with Board support, and managing a weekly social media presence on Facebook and Instagram. You'll also produce and distribute a weekly email customer newsletter profiling current offerings and vendors.
This is a paid, part-time, flexible position. Anticipated hours per week are 20-30 in Feb-Mar; 20-25 during market season April-Nov; 5-8 in Dec-Jan, under the guidance of the BIFMA Board of Directors. Compensation DOE.
To apply, use the form below or email your cover letter and resume, including 3 professional job references to firstname.lastname@example.org (you can also mail the materials to P.O. Box 10225 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110).
This position will remain open until filled.