Food Works is Hiring! Position: Market Manger, Community Farmers Market
Food Works is seeking a manager for the winter season Community Farmers Market. The market takes place on Saturday mornings, December through March, inside the lobby of the Carbondale Community High School.
Vendor recruitment and relations
Coordinating market day logistics, including the layout of the market each week and confirming vendor attendance
All marketing for the market, including posting fliers, social media, email newsletters, and Farm Fan text message service
Communication with local media, including news releases, and potentially interviews with local tv, radio, and print media
Ensuring compliance with all city, county, state, and federal regulations on the sale of food at farmers markets
Ensuring vendors have liability insurance and are up to date with any applicable licenses or certifications
Implementing and tracking SNAP sales and the Link Match program
Keep up to date records on market sales, vendors, customer attendance, etc.
Reporting results for SNAP and Link Match grants, annually in January
Organizing special events at the market, such as the Seed Swap, Plant Give Aways, Kids Days, etc. Special events typically provide a service to customers or encourage customer attendance.
Additional duties as assigned
Strong marketing skills
Attention to detail, with the ability to maintain records
Strong “people skills.” The market manager must work with many different stakeholders, including farmers/vendors, customers, community groups, and funders.
Ability to verbalize the importance of a strong local food system and a passion for local, sustainable food production and/or community building and civic engagement
Experience organizing volunteers or managing staff preferred
This position is compensated at $14-17/hour, dependent on qualifications. Manager duties require 10-15 hours a week. Most work can be completed on a timeline that fits with the applicant’s personal schedule, with the exception of Saturday morning market days which require availability from 7:15am-2pm. This is a temporary, part time position, lasting from November-March. The position has the potential to expand, dependent on funding. The Market Manager reports to Food Works’ Executive Director.
Applications are accepted immediately, until the position is filled. To apply, send a brief letter of interest (no more than 1 page) and resume to Jennifer Paulson at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Market Manger Position” or (618) 307-3287 to express your interest and qualifications for the position. Visit www.carbondalemarket.com to learn more about the market.
Jennifer W.S. Paulson - Executive Director
Phone: (618) 370-3287 ext 101 Email: jennifer (at) fwsoil.org
Jennifer joined Food Works in 2017 to manage the indoor winter farmers market, spearhead Food Works' food access program, and coordinate the Southern Illinois Farming Alliance.
Paulson brings to Food Works over a decade of experience engaging stakeholders and coordinating projects using her skills in management and design. Before coming to Food Works, Jennifer worked at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin where she cared for thousands of objects of art and manuscripts, and managed and trained university students and volunteers. Paulson was also co-owner of Carsonhill Ceramic Studio, selling handmade pottery in farmers markets and art fairs thoughout the Austin area. She has also taught art and design courses in several universities and community colleges. Paulson relocated back to Southern Illinois in 2016 where she lives on a farmstead in Cobden. In addition to growing food with her family, she loves to paint and draw in her art studio, is a passionate home cook, and a strong believer in the importance of a robust local food economy.
Paulson earned a Master of Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Columbus College of Art and Design.
Sandra Sorensen is the Co-Facilitator in Farm Beginnings. Sandy is a farmer with a diverse background that includes horse racing, bookkeeping, shipping and receiving, entrepreneurship, and classroom teaching. She launched Sorensen Heritage Farm due to her personal convictions about the importance of animal health and welfare – an ethic she nurtured on the horse race track. When exploitation became the norm in the racing business, she left, taking her last horse with her. Sandy lives on her farm outside Thompsonville in Franklin County, Illinois where she raises Gloucestershire Old Spot heritage breed pigs from which she makes brats and sausage using an old family Kentucky recipe. She sells Sorensen Heritage Farm pork products at the Benton Farmers Market on Thursdays and at the Carbondale Farmers Market on Saturdays and by appointment.
Dayna Conner - Founder
Dayna has been an active good food advocate since 1998 and has experience as a Biointensive food production teacher, a small business director and child educator. She is the founder of the learning gardens at River Oaks Elementary in Austin, Texas, where she taught sustainable gardening to Pre-K through 5th grades. She is also co-founder and former executive director of the Green Corn Project urban food garden initiative in Austin. Dayna lived most of her life in the central San Joaquin Valley in California and is the granddaughter of migrant farm workers. She believes that access to healthy food is a right of all people, and that the landbase - the water, topsoil, and all living communities that interact with them - should be protected at all costs. In establishing Food Works, Dayna created practical programs to ensure that food grown in Southern Illinois is produced and marketed in ways that respect and honor growers and the living communities of which they are a part. After working in the Carbondale community for 11 years and serving as Executive Director of Food Works since 2008, Dayna moved on in December 2014 and returned to California.
Kathleen Logan Smith
Kathleen is a long time food and environmental activist. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Food Works from 2014-2018. She has consulted on research on Missouri permitted livestock operations and conducted outreach to communities on local food systems. While serving as Environmental Policy Director for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, she edited the 59-county, bi-state St. Louis Regional Food System Study which examined health, food, and farming with an aim to promote local, sustainable food in Missouri and Illinois. Prior to serving as Policy Director, she was Executive Director of MCE from 2006-2013 helping grow the organization and diversify its support. Her work in environmental advocacy revealed the links among soil health, water quality, human health and farm policy and prompted her to turn her attention to food systems.
Reanna served as the Farmers Market Program Manager and Farming Alliance Program Specialist at Food Works. She was responsible for the operations of the Community Farmers Market (CCFM) and provided leadership, oversight and organization for the market. Reanna successfully built partnerships and secured funding for a double value incentive program at the Community Farmers bringing in new low-income customers and increasing SNAP sales at the market. Reanna also facilitated the Farming Alliance.
Reanna relocated to North Carolina in August 2017.