Farmers’ Market Operations Manager

SFC is seeking a Farmers’ Market Operations Manager to oversee the logistical and staffing work required to run effective farmers markets.

Organization:

Founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is involved in every step of our local, Central Texas, food system. Our mission is to transform the food system to nourish our health, land and livelihood.

Why work at SFC?

At SFC, we are passionate about our work and share a commitment to expanding access to locally grown food raised with integrity and care, for all members of our community. Join us if you are driven to build and create lasting change that supports people and the planet.

We’re on a journey

SFC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity on our staff and in our community. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels comfortable bringing their full, authentic selves to work. To that end, we have organized multiple all-staff trainings, created internal working groups that celebrate our diverse community, and integrated equity principles into every aspect of our work.

We uphold the following Core Values.

Connectedness:

  • We are community-focused and believe that relationships are powerful tools for building community.

Equity:

We support the right of all people to grow, access, sell, and consume healthy and culturally-appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and regenerative methods.

Sustainability:

  • We know humans have a profound responsibility to treat our planet with care and respect, and we are committed to ensuring that diverse species may thrive on Earth for generations to come.

Job Description::

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week.

The Farmers’ Market Operations Manager oversees the logistical and staffing work required to run effective farmers markets. The Operations Manager is responsible for the overall execution of markets, including all pre- and post-market duties, market layout, communications with vendors, ensuring all market needs and supplies are met, and preparing, collecting, and reconciling all administrative documents. The Operations Manager provides guidance and support for building and maintaining the financial success of the markets, including developing operational budgets, and managing earned revenue and vendor fees. This position also provides supervision to approximately 20 part-time market crew members and volunteers. This is an outward facing position that requires working most Saturdays at the SFC Farmers’ Markets.

Job Duties:

  • Develop, implement, and monitor operations procedures, budgets, and earned revenue strategies

  • Maintain full roster of market vendors; recruiting new market vendors as needed

  • Develop and refine market processes, procedures, supplies, and materials to ensure efficient market operations

  • Oversee collection and reconciliation of market fees, scrip, sales, and other financial exchanges with vendors

  • Manage grants and contracts related to market funding

  • Oversee hiring, supervision, and training to Farmers’ Market Coordinator (as applicable) and Farmers’ Market part-time staff

  • Manage volunteer program, including recruiting and training

About you:

You love farmers’ markets and working outside. You’re a people person with a keen eye for logistics and record keeping. You’re excited about developing processes and working with a team of staff and vendors to execute on them. You have exceptional attention to detail and a balanced budget brings you joy. You are a problem solver and work well under pressure. And you want to join an organization that envisions a just and regenerative food system for all!

You will also bring expertise and demonstrated capacity in:

  • Experience managing or running a farmers’ market or similar program.

  • Proven success overseeing a business or program, including the ability to expand and grow a program.

  • Ability to initiate, prioritize, and coordinate projects and follow through to completion.

  • Experience supervising, leading, and motivating a team.

  • Experience overseeing budgets and programmatic expenses.

  • Strong skills in MS Office, Google Suite, and other web-based and project management tools.

  • Attentive to details and strong aptitude for organization and record keeping.

  • Strong communication skills including written and oral.

  • Ability to stay motivated and efficient in an outdoor work setting, in a variety of weather conditions.

  • Ability to solve problems under pressure, manage conflict, be flexible, and multi-task.

  • Ability to track, measure, and report on results of various marketing functions to determine ROI.

  • A positive attitude and the flexibility to operate in an environment with deadlines and changing demands.

  • Committed to SFC’s mission with a strong equity and social justice lens.

  • Experience considering the impacts of the work on multiple communities, including communities of color.

Sustainable Food Center offers an excellent work environment, competitive salaries, full coverage health insurance, 403b matching after first year of employment, generous time off and a flexible schedule. The salary band for this position is $44,000 - $48,000. Starting salary will be influenced by applicant’s qualifications and budget considerations. The position is available starting November 15, 2021.

Note: Currently, all SFC staff are working from home due to the pandemic.

To apply:

Please submit your résumé, cover letter, and three references to careers@sustainablefoodcenter.org. Use subject title: Farmers’ Market Operations Manager. In your cover letter, please tell us about your lived experience working with diverse communities and your experience with farmers’ markets.

Applications accepted until October 22, 2021. No phone calls accepted or returned.