Market Manager Position Available

Job Description:  Carp Farmers’ Market – Market Manager

1 Overview of Carp Farmers’ Market

The Carp Farmers’ Market (CFM) is an integral part of the community of West Ottawa and the Valley, helping bring their locally made products to market.  With an outstanding 30+ year history, the CFM has become one of the “go-to” market destinations given its unique location, and broad variety of market vendors operating each Saturday from 8am to 1pm. There are also two Special Markets each year, the Easter Market and the  Christmas Market.

2 Role Profile

The objective of the CFM is to continue to grow and service both our vendors and the community at large with quality products.  As we continue our 3rd decade, we are seeking a hands-on Market Manager to operate the market on a weekly basis.  This role reports to the Board of Directors of the CFM. The primary responsibilities of the Market Manager include:

  • Responsibility for day-to-day operations of the Market; including vendor lay-out, set-up, tear down and addressing any vendor or customer concerns during market hours;
  • Ensuring all vendors are adhering to the CFM Vendor handbook and vending only products for which they have jury approval;
  • Arranging a booth layout for each Saturday, taking into account cancellations and other weekly changes, marking booth locations on the site before the vendors arrive to set up, and ensuring vendors are properly placed;
  • Hiring, coordinating and instructing any hired or volunteer personnel assisting in daily market operations;
  • Supervising the placement and removal of all signage, barricades, pylons and garbage receptacles on Market day;
  • Ensuring that the garbage is placed into the rented container at the close of the Market day;
  • Ensuring the safe and effective flow of human and vehicle traffic;
  • Setting up and taking down of food court area including picnic tables and umbrellas, with particular attention to the safe and proper use of electrical and water supplies;
  • Ensuring all food vendors are complying with City of Ottawa and Board of Health rules and by-laws;
  • Ensuring effective storage of Carp Market equipment and that of vendors who pay for storage ;
  • Ensuring the safe and responsible use of Carp Agricultural Society buildings and infrastructure;
  • Setting up and taking down the portable access ramp into the Exhibit Hall;
  • Securing and organizing buskers, and working with community groups as necessary for their use of the community table;
  • Coordinating with and assisting the Social Media consultant to ensure effective marketing communications
  • Addressing vendor issues and acting as the liaison between vendors and the Board of Directors;
  • Preparing a weekly Market Report which will include tracking vendor attendance, vendor issues, customers issues etc and sending to the Board
  • Ensuring all vendor information is complete and up-to-date;
  • Working with the Treasurer to ensure that vendor payments are correct and received on time;
  • Leading the coordination of the Special Markets ( the Easter Market and the Christmas Market);
  • Attending regular CFM Board meetings and implementing any new policies or directives arising from the Board decisions.

3 Ideal Qualifications

It is envisioned that the ideal candidate possesses some or all of the following characteristics and attributes:

  • Previous knowledge, awareness and/or management experience of a community Farmers’ Market
  • Be an effective communicator, both written and oral, to manage the vendor community, communicate with the Board of Directors and the community at large with a high degree of professionalism and integrity;
  • Be well organized and adaptable to manage unforeseen circumstances both during and outside of market hours
  • Be a leader to recruit assistance and provide necessary guidance and expectations of all team members;

4 Compensation

Compensation on this position will be based upon the candidate’s relative experience and qualifications.  We would expect this role to be paid between $25-35 per hour, with an estimate of approximately 16 hours per market week with off-season compensation to be discussed and agreed, resulting in total annual compensation of between $15-20k.

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