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The Kingfield Farmers' Market is Looking for a Coordinator

The Kingfield Farmers' Market, located on Nicollet Avenue at 43rd Street, is looking for someone enthusiastic and talented to run the Market.  In its eighth season, the market provides local food, music, community events, and gathering space to the residents and friends of Kingfield Neighborhood every Sunday morning from June through mid-October.

Supported by event income, community grants, business sponsorship, and NRP funding, the market has continued to grow over the past eight years.  The market has set for itself the goal of becoming independent of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association in the next couple of years.

Opportunities to participate in that transition, to reach out to neighboring communities and farmers' markets, to promote local and sustainable products and businesses abound for the most qualified candidate.  Please see the job description below for more information. Thanks,

David Nicholson, on behalf of the Kingfield Farmers' Market

Questions?  612-823-5980 (Kingfield Neighborhood Association Office)

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Reports to: Executive Director, KFNA

Application Requirements: One-page Letter of Interest, One-Page Resume

Due: March 14, 2008

To: KFNA, 3754 Pleasant Ave. S, MPLS, MN 55409 or email to kingfield@q.comAttention: Kingfield Farmers' Market Committee

Mission: The Kingfield Farmers' Market was established in 2001 by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association. The mission of the Market is to provide access to a variety of high quality locally grown foods in a pedestrian friendly environment that fosters community.

Overview: The Kingfield Farmers' Market Coordinator oversees the year around,day-to-day operations of the Kingfield Farmers' Market in order to serve its vendors, guests,patrons, and volunteers. The regular market season is June - October on Sundays from 9:00am-1:30pm.

Responsibilities:

 - Handle vendor application processing, market licensing, and records keeping. Collect vending fees and donations. Post an accurate and up-to-date vendor list, market schedule, and event schedule throughout the Market season in designated location/s.

 - Direct Market set-up and tear down and provide on site support to all vendors, patrons, bands,artists, Master Gardener volunteers, and other community activity providers for each market.Provide on site supervision to volunteers and assistants as needed.

 - Organize vendor meetings, including the pre-season informational meeting,and others as determined by the Market Committee.

 - Enforce Minneapolis Farmers' Market codes/regulations and the Department of Health Regulations.

 - Participate in all Farmers' Market Committee meetings and sub-groups of the Committee as deemed appropriate to facilitate planning and execution of market events and activities and in order to keep the Committee informed of other market needs and concerns in a timely fashion.

 - Schedule volunteers, musicians and special/seasonal vendors as necessary,providing reminder calls, and thank you cards following participation.

 - Notify the Kingfield Farmers' Market Committee of any time off needed and assist in scheduling and training an approved Market Coordinator substitute.

 - Participate in development by identifying and applying for grants from appropriate funding sources. Help to identify potential market benefactors from amongst community members and market patrons. Work in conjunction with the Market Committee to plan and carry-out fundraising events.

 - Recruit vendors for the market consistent with the market's goals and vendor guidelines using a variety of tools and resources. Take steps as necessary, and with the approval of the market committee and KFNA Board, to ensure vendor retention. Participate along with the Committee and KFNA staff in developing tools to evaluate the market's success and solicit vendor feedback.

 - Act as the market spokesperson for media events. Coordinate regular and routine press releases,email blasts, and other approved means of disseminating information regarding the market.

 - Act as a liaison of the Kingfield Market to other area markets as necessary and appropriate to carry out the goals of the market committee and in order to stay abreast of trends and developments in the Twin Cities' farmers' market environment.

 - Perform other reasonable tasks as deemed necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:

 - Background in food, agriculture, and/or community organizing. Flexible schedule, including availability Sundays during the Market's season. Ability to write grant proposals. Supervisory experience. Experience in positions demanding the ability to successfully resolve conflicting interests and competing goals. Ability to lift up to 50lbs

Questions may be directed to KFNA 612.823.5980 #3 or kingfield@q.com