New West Farmers Market Society is seeking a passionate, food-loving,
community-oriented person to join our team as Market Manager for an 18
month parental leave coverage.
New West Farmers Market Society operates a mid-sized, year-round farmers market based in
New Westminster, BC.
The Winter Market takes place outdoors on from 11am-3pm on the first and third Saturday of
the month on Belmont Street in uptown New West from November to April. The Summer Market
takes place in Tipperary Park from 3-7pm every Thursdays from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.
We seek a qualified individual to join our team in a leadership capacity as our Market Manager.
The ideal candidate loves food, people, and community and is detail and task-oriented, and
capable of self-starting.
Amount and Type of Work:
This is primarily a work-from-home position, however the Market Manager is expected to attend
all markets for their duration and occasionally attend community events and/or market-related
meetings in the community. The position is somewhat varied in hours due to seasonality, but is
roughly 30 hours a week in the summer, and an average of 10-15 hours a week in the winter.
Compensation and Support:
This position is paid hourly and is based on a contract that includes the winter and summer
market season, renewed annually. New West Farmers Market (NWFM) Society is a living wage
employer and is committed to an inclusive and supportive working culture. The Market Manager
is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (elected annually) with a designated Board liaison
and is supported by a market-day assistant and long-term contractors who manage the
The successful candidate is expected to supply an internet-connected computer to work from,
however the society will provide a cellular phone, which is to be answered during set times (to
be agreed upon). NWFM can supply a printer if required. A car or driver’s licence is not required
for this job, however a reliable means of transportation to get to and from the market site, as
well as occasionally transporting larger supplies, is required.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Market Logistics: The Market Manager is responsible for the planning and implementation of all
aspects of market days, including but not limited to: allocating spaces to vendors, determining
market mix, booking musicians and other entertainment, seeking and booking community
groups, managing volunteers, and collecting stall fees from vendors. The Market Manager is
required to work with the bookkeeper to ensure the market’s accounting and promotions are
streamlined and accurate. Understanding of the use of accounting software such as
QuickBooks is a valuable asset. On market days the market manager is expected to work with
the Assistant Market Manager to set-up and teardown signs and tents; ability to lift 40lbs.
Vendor Management: The Market Manager is responsible for active recruitment and
management of vendors to offer a unique and diverse market blend with direction from the
Board. This may mean attending other markets or conducting farm visits on occasion. It may
mean managing feedback from vendors as well as ensuring the Vendor Guidelines are met.
NWFM uses a cloud-based database system developed for the back-end management of the
vendors; training will be provided on its use.
Community Partnerships and Collaboration: NWFM collaborates a great deal in the community
for events or programs with a variety of partners, including local government, community
groups, and individuals. The Market Manager is responsible for managing existing partnerships
as well as seeking out and bringing new opportunities to the Board for consideration. Board
members often assist with these collaborations. A comprehensive understanding of the NWFM
Strategic Plan and Bylaws and Constitution is required.
Securing Funding: As a non-profit, NWFM relies on occasional grants or sponsorships to
support programs and initiatives. The Market Manager, working with the Board, may be
responsible for seeking out and securing grants and sponsorships. Additionally, the Market
Manager may be responsible for planning an annual fundraiser with support from a Board subcommittee.
Volunteers: Along with Board members, the Market Manager is responsible for the recruitment,
retention, and management of volunteers. New West Farmers Market Society is known for
helpful and friendly volunteers who staff the information booth and support vendors as well as
attend community events. Experience working with volunteers is considered an asset.
Supervision of Market-Day Assistant: The Market Manager is responsible for assigning duties
and tasks to the Market Day assistant, and in providing feedback to the Board for performance
Communication with the Board of Directors: As the Board is comprised of volunteers,
communication with the Board is mostly done online. Regular updates are required. The Board
may provide direction or ask questions of the Manager through these online means.
Additionally, there is a monthly meeting to which the Market Manager is required to submit a
Other Work as Assigned: depending upon areas of focus for NWFM, other duties may come up
from time to time that fit into the hours available. Social media accounts are expected to be
updated regularly with timely information. The Board is able to provide input and ideas to curate
How to Apply:
Send your resume along with a cover letter to email@example.com before 5pm
September 5th, 2018.
Preference will be given to candidates who: live in New Westminster, have an understanding
and/or interest in food and food security issues, regularly shop at our or other farmers markets
in the region, have experience with event planning, and consider themselves “people persons”.
The anticipated start date will be during the first week of October with onboarding and crosstraining
during the first two weeks of October in anticipation of our Winter Market.
We apologize to those applicants who apply but are not contacted – only shortlisted applicants
will be contacted for interviews.