Program Development Coordinator – Mill Market – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Mill Market seeks to provide locally grown and harvested food, educate the public about cooking, nutrition, and agriculture, and offer entertainment and special events to create a festive atmosphere in the Canal District of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Though the focus is on locally grown and harvested foods, the Mill Market also features locally produced art, crafts, and wild-crafted herbal products, as well as a hosting the Mill Flea on Sundays

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Mill Market Program Development Coordinator will bring enthusiasm and dedication to promoting and operating the farmers market in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. They will coordinate farmer relations, community outreach, promotions, and fundraising. The Program Development Coordinator will work with market vendors and other stakeholders, both internal and external to the market, to maintain and expand market activity. The candidate should be passionate about food, local farming and agriculture, and be knowledgeable about the Sault Ste. Marie farming community. The Mill Market Program Development Coordinator will report directly to the Market Manager and will coordinate with other Destination North projects.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Establish and maintain relationships with farmers and other market vendors, recruit vendors as needed, and administer vendor applications. Ensure all new vendors are aware of Market Guidelines.
Organize vendor tables and produce a market map.
Maintain accurate and complete records.
Attend Staff meetings as required.
Draft and distribute market e-newsletter for customers and vendors.
Design and execute marketing and promotions plans.
Represent the market in meetings with external stakeholders, building positive community relations.
Initiate media stories on the market; respond positively to media inquiries.
Maintain and update market website and social media accounts.
Respond to market inquiries in a timely manner.
Develop activities for each market – volunteers, music, chef demos, educational events, special events, and community partners.
Develop shopper surveys and crowd counts, to assess customer opinions and satisfaction with the market. Suggest improvements.
Work with Algoma Public Health to ensure vendor compliance with health department requirements regarding food safety.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATION

Knowledge, interest and passion for farmers’ markets, local food, health and wellness
Excellent conflict management skills
Able to communicate well, both in writing and orally, with a variety of stakeholders in a variety of situations
Time management and organizational skills are critical
Experience in food service management and a good understanding and knowledge of food safety and regulatory requirements for food vendors
Strong leadership skills
Able to work with minimal direction
Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, and negotiation ability
Clear and organized work habits, positive attitude, flexible
Creativity
Skill in program development and management
Ability to collect and analyze data about the market
Current food handlers permit

DETAILS

This is a paid, full-time position, requiring approximately 30 hours weekly – work hours and work location are flexible, outside of market hours. The Program Development Coordinator will be paid at a rate of 14$/hour, with incentives available to increase vendor participation.

Candidate must be a University or College graduate who has graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university in the field of Community Studies, Agriculture, Communications, or Business. The candidate must be a graduate of a post-secondary degree or diploma program. The position will be a first full-time employment in the candidates’ field of study.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates should apply with a one-page PDF Resume and a one-page PDF Cover Letter that enumerates how they meet at the above qualifications and one idea on how to improve their community. Please apply by sending an email to:
resumes@millmarket.ca
before July 15th.

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