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Job opening - Pike Place Market Farm Program Coordinator

  • Subject: [cg] Job opening - Pike Place Market Farm Program Coordinator
  • From: "Sandy Pernitz" Sandy.Pernitz@Seattle.Gov
  • Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 11:39:32 -0800
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		 FLSA STATUS:  Exempt
DEPARTMENT:	Daystall/Farm Group
REPORTS TO:	Market Master/Manager of Daystall Programs
Pike Place Market Background:
The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) is a
non-profit public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973
to develop, own and operate most of the properties in the nine-acre Pike
Place Market Historical District.  The PDA is landlord to over 170
craftspeople, 120 farmers, dozens of performers and 275 residential
tenants including low income and elderly, and approximately 225
year-round commercial businesses in 12 buildings.  

The primary responsibilities of the Farm Program Coordinator are to
coordinate the PDA Farm Program, serving as the link between the PDA and
farmers who sell at the Market and to work as a team member with the
Market Basket CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and the
Daystall farm/ craft team performing Market Master duties.  The primary
goal is to ensure that the Pike Place Market continues to fulfill its
historic mission as a working farmers market that provides an
opportunity for Washington farmers to sell directly to local consumers.
To fulfill this mission, the Farm Program Coordinator acts as an
advocate for the Market and undertakes recruitment and support
activities to help growers establish and maintain direct-marketing
businesses at the Market.  These activities include outreach efforts to
attract new growers, compliance efforts, program development, and
technical/marketing support for farmers.

 Recruit and support Market farmers, administer permit applications
for all new and returning farmers, maintain the PDA Farm Program
database, orient qualified farmers in the participation in the Market
Fresh and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, assist with the
planning and implementation of technical assistance and educational
activities for Market farmers and serve as a farmer advocate. 
 Enforce Daystall rules and regulations through inspections of new
Market farmers and periodic re-inspections of current farmers to ensure
that all permit holders are in compliance with PDA Daystall rules and
regulations, coordinate enforcement action as necessary to ensure
compliance, and maintain close communication with all Market farmers
through frequent conversation and daily inspection of products on farm
 Plan and coordinate various events to enhance the daily farm table
operation, such as Organic Farmer Days, Summer Sundays, chef's demos,
produce tastings, and other events designed to increase farmers' sales. 
Communicate with farm permit holders to keep all informed of special
events, promotional or educational opportunities and other relevant
Market matters.
 Work as a team member with the Pike Place Market day stall management
and CSA program as follows:  perform Market Master farm and crafts table
assignment duties, provide backup for the Market Master as needed,
assist with planning the annual PDA Farm Program budget, submit monthly
variance reports, prepare and distribute annual report on the status of
Farm Program, serve as lead staff liaison with the Farm Committee, plan
Farmer Forums, and represent the PDA with the Washington Farmers Market
Association, maintain a travel log and submit a monthly trip report to
position supervisor, and submit detailed monthly report of activities
and accomplishments.
 Perform other duties as assigned.
 HS Diploma required; college coursework or equivalent;
 Knowledge of farming and farm produce marketing experience;
 Self-directed and team-oriented; good judgment and problem solving
 Excellent communication skills and ability to work with and among
diversity of people;
 General computer skills; knowledge of Microsoft Out
look, Excel, Word
and Access;
 Valid WSDL; and
 Willing to work weekends and variable hours.


Work is performed in an office setting which is non-smoking, not
air-conditioned or filtered, and subject to temperature variances due to
western exposure and non-centralized heating system as well as working
outdoors with the daystall community.  Work environment is fast-paced
and requires the ability to work under pressure. Casual dress is the
standard. Work hour flexibility and ability to work weekends to support
the daystall community and the 7-day week Market operation. Job requires
the ability to lift or carry 50 pounds, effectively use computer
terminals, terminal keyboard, telephone system and operate a 2-way

Grade 11 / $29,411--$32,448 Hire In Range (DOE).   Range:
$29,411--$43,521.  Benefits include employer-paid medical, dental, term
life, and LTD insurance for employee, with Section 125 Plan for
un-reimbursed medical/dependent care costs. Pension plan offered after
one year and deferred comp plan available immediately. 
Submit resume and cover letter by 4 pm on the closing date of November
25, 2002.  Fax to (206) 625-0646, email to HR@pikeplacemarket.org or
mail to Pike Place Market, PDA 85 Pike Street Room 500 Seattle, WA

 The Pike Place Market PDA is an equal opportunity employer and
encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and

Thanks for your time,
Sandy Pernitz
Community Garden Coordinator
P-Patch Program/Dept. of Neighborhoods
700 3rd Ave, Suite 400
Seattle, WA  98101
"Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to
pause and reflect."
Mark Twain

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