St. Johns Farmers Market Manager

Website St. Johns Center for Opportunity

Job Title: St. Johns Farmers Market Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Year-round, part-time, non-exempt

Compensation: $28.75 per hour, $100/month healthcare stipend, 112 hours PTO annually

Weekly Hours: This is a year-round position, average 20 hours per week (may be slightly more during market season and slightly less in the off season)

Work Dates: The Market Manger will work on-site all market days, which are every Saturday, 7:00am – 3:00pm from May through November, plus one market date in December.  The remainder of their weekly hours will take place in the office.  Their office hours are flexible, though a consistent weekly schedule is strongly preferred.

Location: Market site is the parking lot at N. Charleston & N. Central, Portland, OR 97203. Office address is 8160 N. Jersey St., Portland, OR 97203.

To apply:

Submit your application here:  A resume & references are  required and can be uploaded in the application form or emailed to [email protected]. Email [email protected] to request a paper application.  No phone calls please. 

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, February 25 and on a rolling basis thereafter. Interviews to take place late February/early March.  Anticipated start date is mid-March. 

St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM) is preparing for its sixteenth season as a mid-sized (35+ weekly vendors) locally managed farmers market. The mission of the market is to support a local, sustainable food supply while providing opportunity for emerging farmers, contributing to the health of all local residents, encouraging cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhancing the community and business vitality of St. Johns. SJFM is a program of St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO). 

Job Responsibilities: 

The Market Manager is responsible for all aspects of market planning and operation.  

Manage all aspects of the market site.
Liaise with SummerWorks and University of Oregon  to offer internship(s) to youth each season.
Supervise the market’s interns, volunteers, and paid staff.
Fulfill farmers market grant requirements.
Lead program marketing efforts in collaboration with the Executive Director. 
Develop and enforce all market policy.
Conduct outreach to prospective vendors to solicit new applications and ensure market diversity of ownership and product categories.
Assemble vendor selection committee members to provide a diversity of lived experience and background; plan and implement all vendor selection and space assignment processes.  
Create and implement vendor onboarding/orientation processes.
Collect booth fees; ensure past due fees are kept to a minimum and late payment policies are strictly enforced.
Lead market day operations including equipment setup/breakdown, manage the Info Booth, conduct transactions, manage SJFM Native Garden. 
Lead market reporting processes, including food access, currency, credit/debit, cash transactions, customer counts, vendor reporting, and surveys.  
Identify and support expansion of revenue streams for the administration of the market.
Respond to all farmers market inquiries in a professional and timely manner.
Handle emergencies, complaints, and customer requests with patience and diplomacy.
Enforce market, state, county, and federal food safety guidelines, rules, laws and regulations.  
Help maintain a clean office environment.
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Required Qualifications & Expectations:

Works effectively with people of diverse economic backgrounds, ages, cultures, races, genders, sexualities, and experiences.
Commitment to social justice, food security and community development; invested in applying anti-racist approaches to work practices.
Excellent verbal and written communications and customer service skills.
Exceptional attention to detail; highly organized, efficient, responsible; self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively.
Excellent arithmetic skills; aptitude and proficiency for making change, petty cash reconciliation, and basic math functions.
Comfort and experience with POS systems, Google suite, and willing to learn new software.
Willingness and ability to clean dirty areas and complete physically demanding work.
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., squatting, reaching, walking up to one mile; comfort and preparation for working outdoors in varying weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain etc).
Has a working phone.
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or willing to become vaccinated before the first day of work.

Preferred Qualifications:

Understanding or lived experience of the diverse communities here in St. Johns.
Event planning, program coordination, or project management experience preferred, particularly in environments with a high degree of complexity.
Supervisory and/or volunteer management experience preferred.
Bilingual/multilingual in Spanish is preferred but not required.

Studies have shown that women, non-binary people, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all the qualifications listed. SJCO considers lived experience and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item is labeled as required. We are most interested in finding the best candidates for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply. 

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