Illinois Farmers Market and Food Access Manager Position

      Posted On: January 16, 2019

Position: Farmers Market and Food Access Manager

Organization: The Land Connection: Champaign, Illinois

Reports To: Executive Director

Employment Status: Part Time, Non-Exempt

Salary: $14-$18/hour

Summary Job Description

The Farmers Market and Food Access Manager will be responsible for developing and running The Land Connection’s Champaign Farmers Market each year from May through October, as well as contributing to food access work and organization needs in the off-season of the market. He/She will be responsible for securing funding in the form of sponsorships for the Farmers Market. In addition to managing the Farmers Market, the Farmers Market Manager will continue to find avenues of food access programming for The Land Connection. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.


The market is Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30pm between May and October. The Farmers Market Manager is required to be present for the set-up, operation, and tear-down of the market. The position will average 25 hours per week and hours are outside of the market are flexible. The position is for the full year.

Primary Job Responsibilities

• Oversee operations of Champaign Farmers Market including set-up and tear-down

• Maintain a vision for the Farmers Market that is focused on sustaining community impact and benefitting market vendors

• Manage all funding related to the Farmers Market and similar activities including (but not limited to) developing and tracking annual budget

• Manage Farmers Market volunteers and staff, as well as any office interns or volunteers

• Manage registration for all Farmers Market vendors and community groups

• Work with TLC staff and community partners to develop and integrate educational programs into Farmers Market activities

• Identify and solicit funding sources for the Farmers Market, such as sponsorships and SNAP donations

• Oversee operation of market SNAP incentive program, which includes tasks like processing vendor reimbursements and tracking data

• Support market-related community outreach, volunteer, social media, and workshop programs

• In collaboration with the Marketing and Outreach Manager, develop Farmers Market materials for education and training events, conferences, and other outreach venues

• Create a Farmers Market annual report

• Provide support for program activities, as needed

• Manage execution of grant funded Farmers Market and Food Access work including writing and submitting grant reports, budgets, financial activity, progress toward grant goals, relationships with project partners, and evaluation of projects. In addition to grant management responsibilities, identify and review new grant opportunities for TLC to consider

• Maintain relationships with local media outlets and maintain a schedule of appearances for market-related promotion

• Attend weekly staff meetings, check-ins, project meetings, etc.

• Contribute to other organization needs as time permits



• Available to work Tuesdays until roughly 8:00pm between May and October

• Ability to lift weights up to 40 lbs and stand for long periods

• Available to work in all weather conditions including high heat and rain

• Strong communication skills and an ability to develop good relationships with a variety of stakeholders including farmers, community members, sponsors, and local media outlets

• Highly motivated

• Great organizational skills

• A positive attitude, outgoing personality, and strong work ethic

• Punctual

• Proven leadership and problem solving skills

• Knowledge of and passion for growing the local food economy


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