Now hiring a new manager for the 2019 market season!
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (DFP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a diverse, prosperous and healthy downtown district. The DFP manages two outdoor farmers markets in Downtown Fond du Lac every Wednesday and Saturday. The Saturday Market runs from the second weekend of May through the end of October. The Wednesday market runs from the first Wednesday in June through the end of September.
- Coordinate opening and closing of the market every Saturday from 6:00 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Enforce the rules and regulations.
- Problem solve issues that arise during the market.
- Handle all emergencies and complaints.
- Serve as the quality control person for produce and craft items, as well as for the market’s general appearance and cleanliness.
- Maintain and run the EBT/Credit/Debit credit card system; collect tokens from vendors as well as reimbursing vendors.
- Maintain an information booth including displaying and distributing educational materials, displaying and selling any DFP merchandise.
- Keep a daily market log including vendor attendance, EBT totals, and music/entertainment.
- Write and email a weekly newsletter to customers and vendors, as well as providing the vendors with information about events in the downtown and other pertinent information.
- Contact all vendors via phone or internet if special circumstances arise as well as receive messages from vendors as to their weekly attendance. It is the manager’s responsibility to fill in vacant spaces with weekly vendors.
- Manage any volunteers/interns.
- Develop a positive relationship with vendors.
- Assist customers with any questions or concerns they may have pertaining to the market.
Qualities of a Good Manager:
The market manager is crucial to the market’s success. As evidenced by the responsibilities just described, the market manager must be a leader who possesses a complex blend of skills that are both interpersonal and organizational. The market manager needs to be an effective problem solver, self-motivated and a good communicator. An interest in local agriculture including how to rate produce quality and know when certain foods are local and when they mature and become available is essential. Excellent communication skills with different groups including growers, regulatory authorities, the media, and the community. He or she must be able to relate well with others, feel comfortable addressing groups, and write well. The manager will need to have, or quickly gain, an understanding of regulations pertaining to the farmers market and how those regulations affect its operation and performance. The manager also must keep up to date as regulations are modified and new ones are imposed. The manager largely creates the market’s atmosphere, so the market needs someone who has a good aesthetic sense and can create an upbeat atmosphere. Catchy logos, innovative events, and effective promotional ideas all come from creativity.
Experience in the use of all Microsoft Office products. Familiarity with QuickBooks and website management, preferred.
The Farmers Market Manager of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership must meet the following physical requirements: lift up to 50 pounds, stand, sit, walk, for various amounts of time, and must have valid driver’s license in order to operate a motor vehicle.
This is currently a seasonal position that will involve part-time work during the market season from the second Saturday in May through the last Saturday of October. We are looking for a Manager who can commit to 14.5 hours each week; Wednesdays 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturdays 6:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1.5 hours weekly as needed. Position will begin in May of 2019 with the potential to train during October of 2018.
Reports directly to the Director of Communication and Special Events of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership and works in concert with the Board of Directors for the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership.
Email resume with a letter outlining why you believe you are the right candidate for this position. Send to Dusty Krikau, Director of Communication and Special Events at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries will remain confidential.
Revised September 2018
Meet the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership Staff
Amy Hansen, MSARP
Amy joined the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (DFP) as Executive Director in 2007. Amy's primary responsibilities include the continued coordination of all aspects of downtown development including: business attraction and retention, business assistance, special events, streetscape enhancements, marketing and organizational management.
Prior to joining the DFP, Amy was employed with Joann Stores, Inc. where she served as District Team Leader for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Her duties included business management, personnel management and financial accountability. Amy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Industrial Relations and Marketing.
Amy has been a board member of the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council since 2010; serving as president from 2013-2015 and is currently chair of the Advocacy Committee. She serves as the State of Wisconsin Legislative Liaison for Wisconsin Main Street and is a certified Main Street America Downtown Revitalization Professional.
She also serves on the advisory board of the Fond du Lac Recreational Loop, the Wisconsin Main Street Director's Advisory Board, the steering committee of the Fond du Lac Marketing Professionals, chair of the City of Fond du Lac Arts Board and is a founding member and business coach of IGNITE! Business Success of Fond du Lac County, a resource network for innovators and entrepreneurs.
Amy is a member of Fond du Lac Noon Rotary, 'Fondy 100 Gives' and a 2009 graduate of Leadership Fond du Lac.
Director of Communication and Special Events
Dusty joined the team at the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (DFP) in April of 2015 as the Director of Communication and Special Events. She serves as the primary contact for media relations, organizational communication and special events, including the downtown Farmers Market and Fondue Fest.
Dusty has previously served as Volunteer Coordinator at The Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County. In addition to her non-profit work, Dusty has also worked as an administrator at universities in Colorado, Virginia, and Indiana. In these various roles, she has organized and promoted numerous large scale events and fallen in love with the Downtown environments of numerous communities. Dusty is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (B.S. Public Communication) and James Madison University (M.Ed. College Student Personnel and Administration).
She and her family made Fond du Lac their home in 2013.
Research Assistant & Bookkeeping
Crystal joined the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (DFP) in February of 2017 as a Research Assistant and Bookeeper.
Her primary responsibilities at the DFP include website maintenance for available properties, new businesses and business programs in the Fond du Lac Business Improvement District. She also manages the bookkeeping, accounting and payroll duties for the DFP along with assisting at downtown events and programs.
Crystal and her husband Adam reside in Fond du Lac with their son.
Farmers Market Manager