Position: Farmers Market Manager-Macon County (Tuskegee)
Location: Cooperative Extension- CAENS
Status: Part-time; Non-Exempt
In keeping with the President’s commitment to Tuskegee University seeking "Excellence in Every Way," the ideal Farmers Market Manager will possess the willingness to use their expertise to assist in the university’s efforts to be a sustainable academic organization committed to excellence
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
This position seeks a highly qualified candidate for the position of Famers Market Manager. This position’s primary responsibility is to carry out the day-to-day operations of the farmers market. Duties include an on-site presence at the market during all market hours and off-site work during non-market hours. The manager will report to the Extension Administrator, Associate Dean for Cooperative Extension, or designee and interact with the Macon County Farmers Market Committee as directed. The manager will also represent the market to the market’s vendors, the consumers, and the community. Develop and prepare plans of work based on the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program Plan of Work. This position corresponds to the market operations hours and other times necessary for farmers’ meetings and related Cooperative Extension meetings. The total time is 20 hours per week.
Enroll farmers/vendors in the market either through seasonal vendor agreements or as daily vendors.
Collect all stall fees owed, make accurate accounting, and deposit in the market account.
Arrive before market vendors arriving and remain throughout the market day to:
Properly place vendors installs, including assigning market stalls to daily vendors
Place market signs, parking signs
Ensure all state and county regulations are adhered to
Answer questions for vendors and consumers
Operate market manager’s booth
Have nutritional education materials to distribute
Have recipes for seasonal, local foods that are available in the market
Operate the market’s EBT program
Enroll market and market farmers in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
Act as a liaison to the market’s governing body, providing accounting and performance reports
Communicate market policies, activities, and rules to farmers, keeping them informed throughout the season
Bring suggestions from farmers back to the market board/committee
Solicit entertainment for market days, as well as sponsors for the entertainment
Conduct periodic customer counts each market day to assess the level of growth in market usage
Assure the market site is clean once the market is closed and the vendors have left for the day
Maintain a database of farmers, vendors, their contact information, and any licenses or permits each vendor possesses based on the products they are selling.
Work with Extension staff to provide professional development for market managers
Advertising/promotional program development, including special events planning work with extension leadership to plan for market growth and development preparation the site for next season, including securing location, site permits, market insurance
Ensure that any maintenance or repairs needed to site are made, secure bathrooms, set market schedule, organize volunteers
Perform other duties assigned
Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, natural resources, or a closely related field with noted experience
Must demonstrate the ability to communicate and work within teams
Must be able to teach effectively
Commensurate with education, training, and experience
**The statements contained in this job announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. **
APPLICATIONS will be accepted in the Office of Human Resources. Each applicant, including all current/existing employees, must complete and submit a Tuskegee University employment application, resume/CV, a list of (3) to (5) references (with detailed contact information), and copies of unofficial transcripts (official transcript(s) will be required upon hire). Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and submit a completed application packet in order to be considered for the position. The University reserves the right not to fill the position in the event of budgetary or operational constraints.
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Must be able to pass a drug screen and background check