Farmers Market Manager


Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation Services (429)


Parks and Recreation Services


Recreation Services 5200









JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Responsible for the management and daily operation of the Overland Park Farmers' Market. In charge of curating and supervising all vendors and staff. Oversees all vendor and staff recruitment, hiring and training. Required to uphold and enforce all city, county and state rules, regulations and ordinances. Ensures the implementation and execution of Double Up Food Bucks and token programs and all related reporting. Plans, develops and directs special events, promotional activities, community outreach, and annual campaigns including establishing an annual marketing and advertising campaign. Coordinates work schedules. Executes all vendor layouts and contracts. Responsible for inventory and condition of supplies, equipment and uniforms. Conducts farm and food inspections. Performs administrative and clerical work including preparing annual budget and all year-end metrics including formal presentations. Develops all operational and safety procedures.


Manages and coordinates the operational success of the Overland Park Farmers' Market by developing and implementing policies and procedures for consistent, clean and safe operations.

Supervises all market staff and coordinates schedules. Recruits, hires, trains, observes, evaluates and promotes staff. Responsible for the overall leadership culture and employee performance.

Curates all vendors, executes contracts and is responsible for daily operations.

Oversees all compliance with federal, state and local health rules and regulations; all city, county and state laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; and standard operating procedures.

Builds and maintains professional relationships with staff, vendors, shoppers and all stakeholders.

Responsible for the Double Up Food Bucks and token program and all related equipment and reporting.

Researches, creates, develops, and implements an annual marketing and advertising campaign. This includes keeping the web and social media media content up-to-date.

Plans, develops and directs special events, promotional activities, entertainment, and community outreach. Promotes public relations by engaging with community partners and/or speaking at meetings.

Conducts on-site farm and food visits.

Prepares and monitors the annual operating budget for the facility. Maintains metrics for the purpose supporting long range planning and budgeting. Responsible for daily deposits; prepares revenue/expense reports; establishes fees and charges to meet revenue goals; and reports on activities and services.

Oversees administrative and clerical work to make sure the market operates efficiently and successfully. Prepares weekly, monthly and seasonal reports for staffing, revenue, expenditures, surveys and presentations.

Responds to patron and vendor requests.

Collaborates with parks maintenance staff to assure proper cleaning, maintenance and safety. Maintains supply and equipment inventories.

Serves as appointed spokesperson for the OPFM as permitted by Communications Manager.

Helps promote and advance the market philosophy, team culture, camaraderie, goals and objectives. The employee must have a strong sense of teamwork and ideas on how to continue to build a team through strong communication skills.

Required to participate and manage the facility in accordance with the City's Emergency Operations Policy.

The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.

The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.



Bachelor's degree in recreation administration or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience or understanding of agriculture is preferred.

Accounting/reconciling skills are preferred.

Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain an insurable driving record. Must maintain an insurable driving record.

First Aid and CPR certification through the City will be required within three (3) months from date of hire.


Five years of increasingly responsible recreation program, operational experience with administration work.

Two years experience managing, organizing and promoting events; and/or working with not-for-profit, community, and agriculture-based groups. Previous experience in facility operations or managing a Farmers' Market is preferred along with supervising and leading a team.


Organizational skills.

Leadership skills.

Supervisory skills.

Project management skills.

Good oral and written communication skills.

Problem solving skills.


Marketing skills.

Interpersonal and customer service skills.

Attention to detail.

Time management skills.

Working knowledge of windows-based PC software applications and Google.


Ability to assess situations and make recommendations.

Ability to learn and understand the emergency action plans for the Farmer's Market.

Ability to use imagination and creativity in developing ideas and materials.

Ability to resolve conflicts.

Ability and enthusiasm for developing and maintaining relationships with participants including farmers, vendors, customers, neighbors and other members of the public.

Ability to exhibit sound judgment.

Carry out assignments through oral and written instructions.

Ability to work independently.


Ability to reach, stand, bend, stoop, climb, push and pull

Ability to make and receive phone calls

Mobility to tour OP Farmers' Market

Ability to lift, move and set up equipment.

Ability to work in inclement weather; hot, cold, rain, snow.

Ability to operate City vehicles and equipment

Ability to lift 30 pounds and transport 20 feet

Ability to push/pull up to 30 lbs.

Alpha & numeric recognition

Hand and eye coordination adequate to operate a office equipment


Direct - Market Coordinator, Senior Market Attendants, Market Attendants and Vendors.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.