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Lakeview Farmers' Market Manager

Seasonal Part-Time Position

About Us

CreativeHub 1352 (“The Hub”) is a non-profit, charitable,  community-driven organization that brings creative people together and strengthens community cultural development. The Hub fosters year-round creative multi-disciplinary programming that spans the arts, culture, heritage, and environmental sciences, for the benefit of the Mississauga community and beyond. The Hub’s Lakeview Farmers’ Market (“The Market”) is one of our important programs which supports collaboration, locally grown food, engages the community and enriches people’s lives.

 

The Opportunity 

The Hub is seeking a talented seasonal Farmers’ Market Manager who:

  • Cares about their community; 

  • Shares the interest and values of sustainability and local food production;

  • Is innovative and flexible in their ability to achieve the organization’s goals.  

 

The Vision 

The purpose of the Lakeview Farmers’ Market is to enrich lives by providing access to locally grown and sourced healthy food, organic and artisanal products and to provide an income opportunity for local farmers, producers and artisans. The Market operates at the historical Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) located at 1352 Lakeshore Road East in Mississauga on Sundays from June 5 - November 27th, 2022. SAIB is owned and operated by the City of Mississauga.

 

The Position 

The CreativeHub 1352 Market planning team is looking for an individual who has outstanding relationship-building skills, is positive, collaborative, full of new ideas and motivated to work hard to ensure access to local food in the area. The role of the Market Manager is to ensure the Market operates efficiently.  This includes, but is not limited to:  

 

  1. Managing vendor scheduling, booth/layout assignment, collection of fees and implementation and adherence to the Market’s vendor policies; 

  2. Liaising with the Hub’s Market Committee to ensure the ongoing planning, design and smooth operations of the Market;

  3. Ensuring the Market meets and maintains all regional and municipal health, safety and operation regulations.

  4. Managing budget/bookkeeping activities and procurement and distribution of resources for the Market.

  5. Maintaining existing relationships and building new relationships with vendors and the Market community. 

  6. Leading on-site communication with staff, vendors, volunteers, customers and neighbours.

  7. Maintaining ongoing communication with the Hub staff, City representatives and the Market Committee.

  8. Supporting the CreativeHub 1352 Volunteer Director in the recruitment and training of volunteers at the Market; support onsite volunteers.  

  9. Maintaining records of equipment and inventory of merchandise; recommend purchases as needed

  10. Liaising with event and activity leaders to enhance the Market experience for visitors. (i.e., community booths, entertainment, special activities etc.) 

  11. Ensuring standards for special services for market-goers are coordinated and are properly accounted for with space and equipment (e.g., bike valet, accessibility) 

  12. Attending Market Committee meetings as required and preparing monthly reports on the Market’s progress. 

  13. Preparing feedback and participant surveys to monitor customer service and client preferences. 

  14. Provide direction and support to the Beverage Coordinator.

  15. Track attendance and prepare reports.

  16. Prepare head of season wrap up reports

  17. Undertaking other duties as required.

 

Skills:

The ideal candidate will have the ability to: 

  • Interact positively with vendors and maintain excellent vendor relations;

  • Manage the collection of fees, maintain budgets, basic record keeping and bookkeeping;

  • Organize and plan on site event logistics (set-up/take-down);

  • Communicate clearly and diplomatically with a variety of volunteers and stakeholders;

  • Assist with planned events and activities to enhance the Market experience;

  • Enforce Market policies and contribute to changes in policies via the Market Committee; 

  • Oversee event and food safety procedures, either through the completion of Market sale or food safety training (Food Handler Certificate);

  • Implement various rules and regulations affecting farmers’ Markets and sale of food;

  • Use computer skills (Excel, Word, Social Media) and ideally set up Vendor scheduling software such as “Manage My Market”; 

  • Have a clear understanding and commitment to the vision, mandate and philosophy of the Market. 

  • Organize Market Committee meetings as required throughout the season.

Education & Certification

  • Completion of a college or university program is preferred, ideally with courses in any of the following: event planning, administration, management, marketing, retail management, agriculture, food services, communications and/or community engagement.

  • Food Security Certificate an asset. 

 

Experience:

  • Experience as a Farmers’ Market Manager or assistant, with a community organization and/or non-profit an asset. 

  • Connections with the local community and/or farm/food vendors an asset.

  • Experience managing part-time staff and volunteers in a service or retail operation. 

  • Experience coordinating events including planning logistics, delegating tasks and communicating with stakeholders.  

  • A vehicle may be required.     

    

Salary: $20/hour

 

Hours: 

May 9-June 3: Flexible working hours 24 hours per week for 4 weeks

June 5-November 27: 16 hours per week, with 1 day of the 2 days allocated to the Farmers’ Market on Sundays, 7:00am-3pm.

November 27-December 2nd: Flexible, 24 hours per week

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and a cover letter to info@creativehub1352.ca.

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