Jobs and Internships

Assistant Manager/Food Outreach Coordinator 

Deadline: July 26, 2016 at 5pm. 

The market is seeking one highly motivated individual with a passion for local food systems and community development to fill two main roles as Market Assistant Manager and Food Outreach Coordinator. This is a part-time, year-round position. Pay is salaried and based off of 30 hours a week at $13-$15/hour. Interested applicants can send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to Market Manager LaShauna W. Austria at by 5pm on Tuesday, July 26th.  No phone calls please. 

Assistant Manager Responsibilities:
•    Special Events and Program Planning – Market special events are designed to promote market vendors, educate customers, create a sense of community and bring in new customers.  Running special events includes marketing, securing supplies, volunteers, and participants as well as setup and crowd control at the events.  Events include kids cooking classes, educational workshops, and various festivals. 
•    Volunteer Coordination -  The Carrboro Farmers’ Market thrives from over 800 hours of volunteer support.  The Market relies on a strong network of volunteers to execute special events and staff the market information booth. 
•    On-Site Setup, Breakdown, and Management of Market  – Depending on the manager’s schedule, the assistant manager will assist with setting up, managing, and breaking down the Market. 
•    Other duties may include behind the scenes work such as newsletters, farmers communication, etc, organization of supplies and files, postings on facebook, media relations, etc. 
•    Assist Market Manager with data collection, writing reports, and customer counts to evaluate market success and impact.

Food Outreach Coordinator Responsibilities: 
•    The position aims to increase access of fresh and local foods to low income community members.
•    Oversee day-to-day operations related on the administration of the market’s SNAP/EBT program. This includes collection, processing, and tracking of tokens turned in from farmers. **More information on SNAP/EBT below

•    Supervise Carrboro Farmers’ Market Interns
o    Coordinate with staffing of the Market Information booth
o    Orient new interns on the EBT program, introduce intern to vendors, etc. 
o    Regular meeting with intern to work on special projects and duties
o    Create training materials and instructions for volunteers

•    Collect and maintain data records for all Food Outreach Programs and regularly report on the status of the programs to Carrboro Farmers’ Market board members

•    Outreach and Partnerships - Keep track of any state- or USDA-level reporting requirements, and serve as a liaison to community and state-level partners. Work with Market Manager and community partners to implement marketing/outreach activities to low income community members. 

Skills and Experience Required: 
•    Candidates must be detail-oriented and highly organized
•    Candidates must thrive in a fast paced environment that requires extensive outdoor work, setup and breakdown of events, etc.
•    Candidates must have some knowledge of cooking with local produce either in a professional or personal setting
•    Candidates must have experience working with children
•    Candidates must have proven project and event management skills
•    Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours
•    Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Office, database management, and Google Documents
•    Candidates must be able to demonstrate a passion for local food, farming and a basic understanding of local food economies as well as a passion for food outreach and health and nutrition.
•    Experience working with the public and proven customer service skills
•    Event management and marketing skills preferred
•    Diplomacy, high energy and great people skills are a must
•    A minimum of a one year commitment is preferred

**More information about SNAP EBT:
SNAP, which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is essentially the U.S. government’s new form of food stamps.  SNAP recipients receive government assistance for food purchases through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) to a personal card.  In 1993 when food stamps were still paper coupons, $9.3 million of food stamps were spent at farmers markets around the nation.  Since the switch from paper coupons to debit cards, farmers markets have had to figure out how to convert electronic funds on EBT cards into alternative currencies that SNAP recipients can spend like cash to buy items at farmers markets.  

The Carrboro Farmers’ Market has accepted EBT since 2010, making healthy, local food available to low-income community members and increasing revenue for farmers.  SNAP customers who shop at the CFM can easily exchange electronic funds for wooden tokens at the market’s Info Booth.  SNAP customers are then able to buy food products and garden starts from any participating vendors.  Token collection and vendor reimbursement occurs regularly.