Downtown Bentonville Inc. Now Hiring Farmers Market Mangager


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Job Title: Market Manager

Reports To: Director of Operations

FLSA Status: Exempt/Full Time

About DBI: Downtown Bentonville Inc. works to promote community and enhance the Downtown Bentonville experience for everyone.

Position Summary:

Responsible for the planning and execution of all DBI Market Events: Saturday Farmers Market, Art Market, Thursday Farmers Market, Virtual Farmers Market, Market @ Record, and Farm Dinner Series. This position is responsible for building vendor and community relationships, managing program budgets, utilizing creative marketing, and enhancing the outdoor event experience.

Markets Overview:

Saturday Farmers Market: April - October 7:30am-1:00pm

Art Market: April-October 7:30am-1:00pm

Thursday Farmers Market: May-September 5pm-8pm

Virtual Farmers Market: Year Round (Thursdays) 4pm-6pm

Market @ Record: December-March 9am-noon.

Farm Dinners: TBD

Primary Responsibilities:

This is a list of primary responsibilities but is not exhaustive. The Market Manager must be flexible and is required to assist with other DBI events as needed.

Market Governance:

● Execute the Market in accordance with DBI's strategic plan

● Lead Farmers Market Vendor Meeting

● Identify potential Farmers Market Sponsors

Assign stall space to qualified farmers and vendors and maintain optimal market maps

Manage the setup and teardown for Market Events.

● Keeps box truck and pick-up truck organized and clean

● Farmers Market equipment is cataloged, maintained, and replaced if broken

Vendor Development

● Process vendor applicants and notify of acceptances (or non-acceptance)

● Inspect that all products at the farmers market are reflective of the vendor’s application. All products must be approved by the Market Manager.

● Track vendor attendance

● Develop and enforce market compliance guidelines

● Record instances of non-compliance and follow up with vendors or escalate issues as necessary

● Keep vendors informed of market updates and special events

● Conduct farm visits throughout the season to ensure compliance with market guidelines

Programs & Promotion

● Manage and operate WIC, SFMNP, and SNAP market programs

● Execute innovative programs and partnerships that enhance the market experience and drive increased sales such as chef demos, Yarnell’s Freezefest, Dog Days (in conjunction with the Special Events Manager)

● Coordinate sponsor driven events with Special Events Manager


● Record all petty cash transactions for snap, EBT, and market promotions

● Track vendor commission and booth fee payments for all Market events


● Work with Communications Director and Social Media Director to best advertise the Farmers Markets and related activities

● Audit website to reflect events (dates, times, locations are all correct)

Preferred Requirements:

● Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field or Associate’s Degree from accredited college

● 2+ years applicable work experience and interest / experience in agriculture, horticulture etc.

● Exemplary communication, written, and interpersonal skills

● Flexible, positive attitude with a skill for finding win-win solutions

● Valid U.S. Driver’s License

● Ability to drive the DBI box truck and pick-up truck

● Ability to adhere to a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job:

● Employee is able to lift up to 50 lbs.

● Work outdoors 40% of time in varying weather and regularly required to sit and talk and hear.

● Employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands or arms, and travel by auto.

● Employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

● Employee may occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects up to 40 lbs.

● Employee sight requirements include close and distance vision.