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Job Detail: Interim Market Manager

About Montavilla Farmers Market:

Montavilla Farmers Market began in 2007 when a group of visionary community members banded together to bring fresh, local food to our vibrant Montavilla neighborhood. What started with an 11 week season with 17 vendors has grown into a 10 month season with 66 vendors!

Our farmers accept WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. The market offers a dollar-for-dollar SNAP/EBT match (up to $10) through our Double Up Food Bucks program — funded in part through our partnership with Farmers Market Fund.And we continue to grow -- our crowd count has increased over 30% in the last two years; we have donated over $71,000 to food insecure neighbors since the start of our SNAP match program!

Montavilla Farmers Market is a thriving, diverse marketplace where all are welcome! So join us! Bring your kids, friends, and well-behaved dogs (on leashes). Listen to music, connect with community, and be part of our wonderful neighborhood farmers market!


Position Summary:

The Interim Market Manager is responsible for the planning, execution, and oversight of market operations including vendor relations, site management, communications and marketing. This interim position lasts through the end of the current market season, up to and including the ‘Winter Stock Up’ markets, with potential for contract extension to permanent status (upon end of season evaluation). Position requires on-site availability on market days, which take place weekly on Sundays in May- October and monthly in November-February. The Montavilla Farmers Market (MFM) is located in the 7700 block of SE Stark St. in Portland, OR.


Position Responsibilities:

Vendor & Site Management

  • Coordinate with vendors, set weekly vendor layouts and market maps, coordinate traffic circulation, and collect stall fees.
  • Oversee the vendors according to the MFM Vendor Handbook, maintaining positive vendor relationships and supporting their business objectives.
  • Manage the market site including physical lot maintenance as needed, and coordinating the necessary utilities, licenses and permits, memberships, and program enrollments.
  • Recruit vendors (especially for seasonal and stock-up markets Nov-Feb).
  • Promote a safe, positive experience for shoppers and vendors. Monitor weather forecasts and coordinate with the Market Assistant and Board President if a market closure is necessary.
  • Recruit and oversee volunteers to assist with market-day essential functions.
  • Lead the development and coordination of at-market programming when possible, with the goals to 1) enhance and promote the market shopper experience, and 2) promote an accessible environment that celebrates sustainability, equity, and diversity.

Marketing & Outreach

  • Execute the MFM’s online presence to drive traffic to the market. Oversee the website, and produce strategic communications via email and social media.
  • Create awareness about MFM and promote its presence by representing the organization to the public, both in the neighborhood and throughout the region/state.
  • Serve as a link for MFM with the community by maintaining key relationships including with neighborhood businesses and community partners, other farmers markets, and food systems/food justice workers.

Admin, Reporting, & HR

  • Supervise the Market Assistant, including scheduling, logistics, training, and oversight.
  • Collect and analyze market data to make projections and assess the health of the market (such as vendor fee income, customer counts, vendor sales and satisfaction, and other metrics).
  • Collect and maintain data on current and prospective donors, sponsors, and grant funders, to support fundraising efforts executed by the MFM Board.
  • Support the organization’s earned revenue goals, in collaboration with the Board. Monitor and control budget items as they correspond to the Interim Market Manager’s responsibilities.
  • Attend monthly Board meetings and provide a monthly report to the MFM Board. Provide routine, regular updates to the Board President. Collaborate with the Board to perform other duties as assigned occasionally.


Position Qualifications:

The Interim Market Manager must be strategic and resourceful, with experience in project management and big-picture thinking. The ideal candidate should be highly organized, self- motivated, and effective working independently as well as part of a team. Preference will be shown to candidates with experience working in farmers markets or related food systems. Additionally, preference will be shown to candidates with an established equity lens or relevant experience to support the MFM’s values of equity and access. Flexibility, creativity, and willingness to take initiative are essential.

The Interim Market Manager must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group of partners, including farmers, consumers, and community leaders. Additional valuable experience includes: marketing, financial management, customer service, and fundraising.

Technical skills desired: experience with Google Drive, Excel, Squarespace, MailChimp, and social media platforms.

This position involves working outside in varying weather conditions on market days and requires the ability to perform lifting of 50 lbs, squatting, reaching, and other physical tasks. The market does not provide an office location from which to work, to do non-site specific work. Staff work remotely using their own computer, phone and other office equipment.


Wage, Timing, and/or Additional Information:

A food handler’s card and CPR training must be obtained within a month of hire. The position has a time allotment of 950 hours*. Hours per week vary. Close to full time work is anticipated during the weekly market season (May through October). Slightly fewer hours are needed during the remaining months of the year when planning and organization takes place to prepare for the following market season. The Interim Market Manager must be available to work the days that the market is open and attend monthly Board meetings; otherwise the schedule is flexible Based on a start date of August 1, 2020. Subject to adjustment depending on actual start date.

$20 per hour plus paid time off, monthly technology stipend, and market tokens.


To Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 professional references to with the subject line “Interim Market Manager Application”. Position open until filled.

About the job

Location Portland, Oregon
Field Administrative
Time Flexi-time
Date 30 July 2020

About the company

Company name Montavilla Farmers Market
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Form Company
Employees 0-10


Phone (503) 902-4858


Street 7700 SE Stark St.
City Portland
District Oregon
Zip 97215
Country United States