Farmers Market

Homer, Alaska


The Board of the Homer Farmers Market invites applications for the position of:

Market Director

Position Summary: 

The Homer Farmers Market (HFM) is entering its 22nd  season and is in search of a new Market Director. We  are looking for a candidate that is passionate about local foods and building community, with experience in customer relations and event management. The market has grown a lot since its inception and is now an important aspect of our local food systems community. The HFM Board of Directors (BOD) are looking for someone who can work effectively and compassionately with staff, vendors, volunteers and the general public. We are a non-profit organization and strive to maintain connection between local producers and healthy food consumers in and around our community of Homer. There is great opportunity for growth and flexibility in this management level position and we excitedly await your application! 

PAY: $18/hr starting
POSITION: Part time (10 hours/month, offseason, 16 hours/ week during market season, with potential for more), variable hours throughout year
OPENING DATE: Upon Release
CLOSING DATE: 12/10/2020 or until position is filled

Responsibilities may include and are not limited to:

  • Design and develop annual HFM season with BOD and staff
  • Hires and manages staff of approximately 5 people (recruiting, training, scheduling)
  • Manage daily operations of a healthy, safe and secure HFM environment
  • Recruit, train and manage a diverse team of Volunteers
  • Fundraising and grant research/application/management process
  • Supervise Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT/Alaska Quest Card) Program
  • Oversees management of community programming and partnerships 
  • Manage budget and demonstrate proficiency in Quickbooks
  • Represent HFM throughout the year for all community, statewide and national correspondences
  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity (even on cloudy days). We are a diverse bunch
  • Tasks may include and are not limited to: 
  • Conduct evaluation of Market consumers- vendors and customers- on annual basis
  • During market season- enforce all policies and rules agreed upon by BOD
  • Provide clear verbal and written instructions to staff, volunteers, vendors and public 
  • Attend Board of Directors monthly meetings 
  • Assist in development and implementation of HFM policy and procedures
  • Maintain market correspondence year round
  • Plan and manage fundraiser events as needed
  • Apply for appropriate and relevant grants on an as-needed basis
  • Participate in continuing education/leadership trainings (ex” annual Farmers Market Conference)
  • Track market stats and generate yearly end report 
  • Create Annual Meeting mailing and content
  • Manage correspondence with Bookkeeping services
  • Maintain close working relationship with Treasurer/Bookkeeper to ensure proper records keeping and financial management
  • Update website and maintain HFM social media presence
  • Correspond regularly with Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure legal, ethical and safe operation of HFM (proper permissions, licenses, insurances, permits)
  • Correspond with Homer Police on issues related to any violations of BOD policies and land rights
  • Manage post-season clean up

Required Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Strong interest/passion for supporting sustainable food systems and community resilience
  • Ability to be tactful, courteous, and compassionate with the public, staff, volunteers and BOD’s at all times; occasionally in difficult customer service and interpersonal situations
  • Manage varying tasks simultaneously in an organized and efficient manner
  • Ability to be flexible with schedule and transitional roles as seasons shift (on season/off season)
  • Demonstrate strong organizational, administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Encourage and participate in creative problem solving and teamwork
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions  
  • Demonstrate sound and professional judgment 

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and three references to:

Thank you, 
Homer Farmers Market Board of Directors

12/10/20 - We have extended our search through January; please apply ASAP as we'll begin interviewing in early January 2021.