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JOB DESCRIPTION: DISTRICT MANAGER

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Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farmers Markets in urban settings, the Society and the Markets have become Vancouver plazas of fun, discovery, and connecting. We produce our weekly Markets to create healthy food networks that sustain our land, our community, and our homes.

Vancouver Farmers Markets organizes numerous farmers markets in eight Vancouver neighborhoods throughout the year. Our markets attract over 450,000 shoppers and generate over 10 million dollars in sales annually.

Our organization supports over 250 farmers, crafters, and food producers, who make, bake, grow, or catch the products for sale at the market. Through our work, we help keep over 6,500 acres of BC farmland in production and provide business and employment opportunities for hundreds of people in our local community.

Working for Vancouver Farmers Market means getting to work with a group of passionate, dedicated and approachable people. We pride ourselves on being flexible, energetic, and innovative and cutting edge. People love working for Vancouver Farmers Market because you get the opportunity to make a difference in your community.

Vancouver Farmers Market Employees care about their community, have an interest in sustainability and local food, and are innovative and flexible in their ability to achieve the organizations goals. We look for people who are positive, collaborative, full of new ideas and who are motivated to work hard to ensure access to local food in our region.

Summary

The role of the district manager is to ensure their assigned markets have the resources and support needed to operate successfully. This includes support in the following areas:

  • On-going training and support of market manager,

  • Management of budget and distribution of resources among assigned markets

  • Maintenance of existing relationships and building of new relationships with market community

  • Communication with Operations Manager to ensure ongoing planning and smooth operations

    Currently, in all cases, District Managers are also Market Managers for at least one market and emergency backup for all other markets in their district. The role of market manager is to ensure their assigned market operates efficiently. In addition to the above, this includes coordination of:

  • Vendor scheduling, booth assignment and collection of fees

  • Market set up, tear down and operations

  • On-site communication with staff, vendors, customers, and neighbours

    Reports to: Operations Manager

    Direct Reports: Market Manager and Market Crew in assigned district

    Key Tasks and Responsibilities

    HR Management

  • Train, supervise and perform annual performance review for market managers within district

  • Hiring, orientation, training and supervision of market crew

  • Scheduling and delegating responsibilities to market crew

  • Identifying and training of new potential market managers from seasonal staff

    Resource Management

  • Maintain record of equipment and merchandise inventory

  • Ensure equipment is being maintained, and perform basic equipment maintenance based on maintenance schedule

  • Identify opportunities to be more efficient with equipment and resources

  • Communicate needs for new equipment, significant repairs to Operations Manager

    Participant Coordination

  • Recruitment, scheduling and retention of Vendors, initially & ongoing throughout the year

  • Working with the Operation Manager to cultivate pool of vendors appropriate for market locations

  • Support orientation of new vendors

  • Planning market day layout of vendors, community tables and buskers

  • Collection of vendor fees and ensuring vendor policies are followed

  • Community Table, Volunteer and busker program co-ordination and scheduling

  • Office “Point of contact” for participants interested in markets in assigned district Market Operations Support and Communication

  • Market set up and tear down

  • Managing market money and merchandise sales

  • On-site communication with staff, vendors customers, and neighbours

  • Updating sales and inventory counts, communicate needs for supplies to Operations Manager

  • Troubleshoot market site issues with Market Manager and/or Operations Manager and help find solutions

  • Ensure markets are meeting VFM standards for safety, aesthetic appeal and permitted use

  • Ensure market special programs (ie. Sponsor activations, coupon program, master gardeners, donation station, etc.) are properly accounted for with space and equipment

  • Assist Market Manager in communicating rule violations, follow up paperwork

  • Communicate changes in market operations procedures to Operations Manager

    Events and Marketing

  • Plan for and approve special event plans, manage budget and resources

  • Contribute to bi-weekly vendor bulletin and monthly newsletter as appropriate

  • Contribute to annual advertising and promotions plan

  • Ensuring posters and other marketing material are posted for upcoming events

  • Updating social media and event listings

  • Communicate district events and new market features to staff at meetings

  • Contribute to gaining sponsorships for markets under your supervision

  • Contribute to website and social media content pertaining to market events and happenings

Data Entry, Analysis, Meetings and Reporting

  • Ensure Market Manager sales reports are up to date

  • Provide weekly/bi-weekly updates at staff meetings

  • Participate in monthly District Manager meetings

  • Report out monthly, quarterly, annually to Operations Manager, Board as needed

  • Plan and ensure annual surveys take place at your market locations

    Key Performance Metrics:

    Examples of key performance metrics include but are not limited to the following:

    • Achieving district goals for stall revenue and market profit/loss

    • Achieving district goal of booked stalls

    • Achieve district goal of number of shoppers per week (if applicable)

    • Achieve individual markets merchandise and money market sales goal (ie. Markets within district see 10% or greater increase in overall sales)

    • Funds raised balance between +/- $2.00 each market day

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  • Markets are fully staffed with market crew

  • Market supplies and equipment are well maintained and have less than 10% replacement rate per year

  • Connection to community, overall vendor satisfaction (info via vendor survey)

    Skills/Attributes Required

  • Ability to manage people and budgets

  • Ability to forecast and set goals

  • Ability to organize and plan for on site event logistics

  • Ability to hire, train and delegate to staff

  • Ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically with a variety of stakeholders

  • Ability to manage fund of up to $15 000

  • Ability to enforce market policies and contribute to changes to policies via annual review

  • Knowledge of event and food safety, either through the completion of Market Safe or Food Safe or both.

    Education and Experience

  • Completion of High School, with a preference for completion of a college or university program ideally with courses in any of the following: event planning, administration, management, marketing, communications, human resources or community engagement

  • Food Safe Level 1 and Basic First Aid – either currently have or will be able to easily obtain prior to commencing employment

  • Experience managing teams of 5-10 people in a service/retail/operations setting

  • Experience coordinating events including planning logistics, delegating tasks and

    communicating with stakeholders

  • Experience with cash management of funds of up to $15 000

  • Prior farmers market management experience is a must – candidates with VFM market management experience will be considered strongly

  • Experience using vendor scheduling software “Manage My Market”

  • Familiarity with AccountEdge, Excel, Word, Adobe Creative Suite, Better Impact, When I Work, G Suite

  • Valid BC Drivers License with clean driving record. Access to a reliable car an asset.

Email resumes and cover letters to randy@eatlocal.org with “District Manager” in the subject line.

 

 

COMMUNITY PROGRAM WORKER (Cooking) 

UnknownDo you enjoy cooking? Are you eager to make an impact in your community? Are you looking to join a team of fun, dedicated, and passionate people? If your answer is yes, Gordon Neighbourhood House is looking for you!

POSTED: April 1st, 2021
START DATE: As soon as possible DEADLINE: Until position filled

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Two
1 Permanent part-time position (21 hours per week)
1 Temporary part-time position (14 hours per week until fall 2021)

COMPENSATION

Permanent part-time: $17.12/hour + benefits;
Temporary part-time: $17.12/hour + 4% in lieu of benefits.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a public health emergency, Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) in collaboration with our partners started an emergency frozen meal delivery program.

This program is one of several initiatives GNH has launched to improve food access in the community during the pandemic, and seek permanent solutions to the persistent and systemic causes of food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

Every week, we prepare and freeze 250 made-from-scratch meals, which are then delivered directly to participants. Since the program started, our food team has prepared over 9,000 delicious and nutrient-rich meals that feature diverse menu options, while accommodating participant dietary restrictions.

We are looking for two part-time team members who will be responsible for preparing, cooking, and portioning 250-300 meals every week. This is a hands-on kitchen role. Examples of meals could include: vegetarian curries, spaghetti, stews, macaroni & cheese, stir fries, peanut stews, casseroles, chili, tofu bowls, etc.

KEY DUTIES
– Prepare food for emergency frozen meal delivery program

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

– Follow FoodSafe health and safety procedures at all times – Create meals using recipes from our monthly menu
– Prepare ingredients and cook delicious and healthy food
– Heat and cool meals to required temperatures

– Portion and plate meals
– Clean and sanitize kitchen, equipment, and utensils
– Ensure meals are prepared on time and within our budget

TASKS

– Maintain kitchen tidiness and ensure supplies and equipment are clean and organized – Set-up, clean, and sanitize work stations
– Clean, wash, and sanitize equipment, dishes, and utensils
– Complete program-related records and documentation

– Estimate expected ingredient requirements and coordinate preparation
– Prepare ingredients for cooking: washing, peeling, chopping, seasoning, etc. – Safely operate oven, range, dishwasher, appliances, hand tools, and utensils – Ensure prepared food reaches required heating and cooling temperatures
– Portion meals into individual containers

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

– Food Safe Certificate
– One year related experience or an equivalent combination of education and training
– Ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time efficiently
– Ability to work in a team environment or independently
– Self-motivated and directed
– Physical endurance to stand and move during the length of the entire shift
– Ability to stand, sit, kneel, bend, move, complete repetitive motions, and lift up to 25 pounds

LOCATION: Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver)
Gordon Neighbourhood House is open to staff Monday to Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm during the pandemic. Shifts will take place during regular operating hours. The hours of this position are dependent on funding and may increase if additional funding is secured, or if new programs are introduced.

TO APPLY

Please e-mail your resume, and a brief description detailing why you would be a great fit for this position to welcome@gordonhouse.org with ‘Community Program Worker’ in the subject line (no phone calls please).

This is an internal and external posting. We thank all interested applicants; however only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

Gordon Neighbourhood House is a proud member of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC), which is an equal opportunity employer. We place a high value on diversity and encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds and identities to consider applying for the position. Our total compensation and benefits package reflects our commitment to our staff and their family. For more information about Gordon Neighbourhood House, visit www.gordonhouse.org.