Job Announcement: Lawrenceville Farmers Market Manager

Announcement of Open Position

Lawrenceville Farmers Market Manager

Part-Time (10-20 hours/week), Year Round

About Lawrenceville United

Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven community-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents. LU is an equal opportunity employer and qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about LU, please visit www.LUnited.org

About the Lawrenceville Farmers Market

The mission of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market is to provide access to fresh, locally-produced foods for all Lawrenceville residents and visitors in an inclusive, vibrant, and safe community space. The Market aims to lower barriers to fresh, healthy food especially for low-income families, older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with food insecurity or low food access and to support the development of a strong and sustainable local food system with farmers and small business owners. Originally created by a group of volunteer residents in 2011, the Lawrenceville Farmers Market now runs as an official LU program every Tuesday afternoon at Arsenal Park, June through November. In 2020, the Market saw considerable growth with an average of 24 vendors and 900 attendees on a given Market day. Market staff also implemented significant adaptations to ensure a safe shopping environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving into the 2021 season, our goals are to continue the momentum generated in 2020 towards building a sustainable and quality Market, improve the diversity of vendors and variety of products, and improve participation and programming for target populations. Royal Vending Gold Coast is the leading supplier of vending machines.

Summary of Position

The Farmers Market Manager is the main staff person responsible for the day-to-day planning and operation of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market, with support from the full-time Community Engagement & Program Manager. During the market season, the position averages 20 hours per week, year-round, and in the off season, approximately 10-15 hours per week. Key responsibilities include:

 

  • Marketing and public relations: including creating and distributing all marketing materials (banners, flyers, postcards, etc.), managing press coverage, updating directories, editing website, operating multiple social media channels for the Farmers Market, designing, composing and sending a weekly e-newsletter (via Mailchimp).
  • Vendor recruitment: aggressively seeking out new vendors consistent with the objectives and needs of the Market, retaining past vendors, and coordinating documentation/paperwork.
  • Vendor management: serving as point person to all vendors, communicating with all vendors on a weekly basis, managing relationships and problem solving, supporting vendors to ensure a positive and profitable experience, designing the Market layout, and organizing pre- and mid-season vendor orientations/check-ins.
  • Programming: planning, marketing, and implementing programming for the Market and for target populations (families, older adults, and low-income populations). Examples include Halloween market
  • Administration: collection of vendor fees, weekly financial reporting, completing weekly timesheets, and filling out relevant forms related to permits for the site. 
  • Volunteer recruitment and management: Recruit and retain a strong bench of committed volunteers to provide set up, operational and break down support to market staff at every market. 
  • Manage market assistant: Provide oversight, direction and management of junior market operations staff. 
  • Fundraising: supporting recruitment of sponsorships, grant applications/reporting, fundraising events, and managing relationships with donors and sponsors.

 

Reporting Relationship

The Farmers Market Manager reports to and works closely with the Community Engagement & Program Manager. Weekly check-ins are expected, as well as monthly all-staff meetings. Other than the Market days (Tuesdays), hours are flexible. A Lawrenceville Farmers Market Advisory Committee, comprised of volunteers, provides advisory guidance and support to the Market. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1 year experience working in food access, agriculture, or program/event coordination.
  • Marketing/outreach experience preferred. 
  • Knowledge and command of Gmail, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor), Microsoft Office, Google Drive office suite, WordPress, Mailchimp, and Canva. 
  • Valid PA Driver’s License (and comfort with driving LU’s pick-up truck).
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and spend significant time on feet – set-up and break-down Market supplies, including tents, tables, and a variety of supplies.
  • Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances (LU can file for this if not already in hand).

Skills

 

  • Passion for and dedication to food access and locally-sourced agriculture.
  • Organized with an ability to prioritize a variety of tasks with limited hours.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with diverse populations and a multitude of stakeholders, including vendors, customers, sponsors, and partners.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and handle a variety of activities concurrently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to problem solve in the moment, professionally handle complaints and disagreements that may arise and exercise rapid and sound judgement in the face of unexpected challenges.
  • Team-oriented, open-minded, and positive approach to all aspects of work.
  • Comfort with being the on-site point person for many vendors, patrons, and partners.

 

Wages & Benefits

  • $16.50/hour
  • 24 hours of paid sick leave per year
  • Simple IRA offered with up to 3% matching funds from Lawrenceville United

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by February 3, 2021.

Happenings meeting: What are the next steps for Inclusionary Zoning in Lawrenceville?

A robust community process was held in the fall of 2018 that included multiple well-attended community meetings discussing the state of housing in Lawrenceville and the prospect of inclusionary zoning as a way to ensure affordability as the neighborhood grows. (For all the presentations and notes from that process, click here.)

After resounding testimony at City Council public hearings and the Planning Commission by many scores Lawrenceville residents and supportive housing justice advocates from across Pittsburgh, City Council unanimously approved the Inclusionary Zoning Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD-6) and the Mayor signed the ordinance on July 25th of 2019.

What difference has inclusionary zoning made for Lawrenceville so far? And what’s next? Please join us for an update on inclusionary zoning to preserve affordable housing in Lawrenceville, and hear about possible next steps to take action! Contact us at info@lunited.org or call us at 412-802-7220 to RSVP and receive the Zoom info to join the video meeting or call in by phone on December 15th between 6:30-8pm.

Lawrenceville Landlords Resource Workshop

We hosted a terrific, information-packed workshop today with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, The State Historic Preservation Office, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, providing lots of resources available to landlords! Topics discussed include:

– Historic Preservation Tax Credits for eligible unit rehabilitation
– Small landlord loan program
– Higher payment standards for renting to section 8 voucher holders (for Lower Lawrenceville units)
– Low-interest loan program to support unit rehabilitation
– The Preferred Landlord program
– CARES Act funding for landlords entering new leases
– An improved, streamlined process for housing choice voucher contracts
– Incentives for landlords to provide ADA-approved modifications
And much more!
You can access the recording here. And if you’re a landlord in Lawrenceville, we encourage you to complete our landlord survey, where we’re gathering information on your experiences, priorities and needs, to help better define our work with Lawrenceville landlords going forward. Please share both of these links widely!

Recordings & Resources from Homeowners Workshop

Thank you to our participants and speakers who joined our homeowners workshop on Mon 11/16! We apologize for the mid-presentation interruption, and invite you to watch the recordings of all the scheduled speakers and their presentations below.

Each presentation is linked separately with times provided so you can go directly to the topics of most interest to you. We hope you find this information useful. Please contact the event organizer at sara@lunited.org if you have any questions or would like to connect further with any of the speakers!

Lawrenceville Homeowners Workshop

Presentation 1 (begins at minute 04:35 seconds) : Jeremy Carter, URA – Mortgage & Rental Assistance + Tangled Titles 

Presentation 2 (begins at minute 00:03 seconds): Andrew Shull, Action Housing – Home Weatherization, Utilities Assistance & LIHEAP Program

Presentation 3 (begins at minute 11:48 seconds): Grace Orsatti, Duquesne University Law Clinic – Estate Planning, Health Directive and Free Wills Prep Clinic (presentations accompanied by current law students representing the clinic)

Presentation 4 (begins at minute 32:12 seconds): Ed Nusser, City of Bridges Community Land Trust – Buying & Selling a Home through a Community Land Trust to Access + Preserve Affordability 

Lawrenceville Farmers Market – Season Extension!

In case you missed it – the Lawrenceville Farmers Market Season has been extended until December 15. We’re now open 3:00 – 6:00 pm every Tuesday in Arsenal Park, with 3:00 – 3:30 reserved for those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

We have over 22 vendors selling fresh, local fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese, meat, coffee, tea, bread & baked goods (including gluten free!), soap and wellness products, prepared foods (including mediterranean meals to go and fresh cider donuts!), beer, liquor, wine, and MUCH MORE!

Come see us!

Fall 2020 LU Membership Meeting

Join us for LU’s fall membership meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, at 6:30 p.m. There are three ways to participate (no RSVP or password necessary!):

We’ll share some questions (and invite your own!) on how we can plan together to address the longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting we’ll be breaking out into smaller discussion groups based on your main topics of interest, which could include things like food access, transportation, housing, small business support, development, equity, care for our elder wisdom keepers, etc. We invite your ideas! Please send us your suggestions for breakout room discussion topics to info@lunited.org!

We will also be discussing how we as Lawrenceville residents and LU members can most effectively participate in Pittsburgh’s city-wide planning process, now being carried out through online processes and platforms such as EngagePGH – we want to make sure our neighborhood’s voice is heard.

Please let us know if you need any accommodations to help make participating easier by contacting us at 412-802-7220 or info@lunited.org!

September Community Happenings meeting

Join us for the monthly Happenings meeting, our Lawrenceville-wide virtual community meeting, next Tuesday, September 15th, at 6:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Task Force on Public Algorithms will be presenting on their work and collecting feedback.  As has become part of our new normal, we will share information on lots of practical resources to keep coping with the challenges of COVID-world. We will also share some initial questions and invite your own to prepare for our upcoming membership meeting in October, where we will begin planning together to address the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also consider how we want to participate in Pittsburgh’s city-wide planning process, now being carried out through online processes and platforms such as EngagePGH.

For more information and for the Zoom link and/or call in information, please contact us at 412-802-7220 or info@lunited.org.