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GrowNYC – Union Square Greenmarket General Manager

Company: GrowNYC

Salary: $85000 / per year Location: New York City, New York Apply By: 12/08/2023


GrowNYC is seeking an energetic, assertive, and detail-oriented leader to
serve in the role of Union Square Greenmarket General Manager position at our
flagship Greenmarket farmers market. The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket
began with just a few farmers in 1976 and has grown exponentially. During its
peak season, the market hosts over 150 Producers weekly and is frequented by
hundreds of thousands of loyal market shoppers. It is open year-round every
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

The Union Square Greenmarket General Manager will be responsible for the
operation, planning, and promotion of this vital and vibrant market. The ideal
candidate will have strong management and operations skills and an unsurpassed
work ethic and thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Reporting
to the Director of Food Access & Agriculture (FAA), this position requires a
proven team leader who can work collaboratively with fellow staff to execute
all aspects of the Greenmarket mission and strive to continuously implement
market improvements to ensure a successful marketplace.


Operations and Administration

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day market operations, including but
    not limited to market staffing, producer reservations, market security, and
    on-site special events.
  • Manage Union Square Greenmarket Producer relations, including developing and
    maintaining relationships with Producers, serving as the main market point
    person, and sending out operations-related communications.
  • Work with the FAA Director, Greenmarket Operations Manager, and Senior Staff
    to manage and administer market reservations for Producers in the Greenmarket
  • Plan and execute daily market layouts and work closely with Producers to
    support their continued success in the market.
  • Enforce Greenmarket rules and work closely with the Greenmarket Inspections &
    Compliance team, Greenmarket Operations Manager, and Senior Staff to ensure
    that the Union Square Greenmarket is in compliance with federal, state, and
    city health and food safety regulations.
  • Provide oversight and work collaboratively with the Union Square Greenmarket
    Publicity Manager, Assistant FAA Director, and the Union Square Operations
    Manager to plan and execute on-site special events.
  • Ensure all operational equipment, including tents and appliances, are in good
    working order and provide recommendations for repairs, upgrades, or
    replacement of market equipment.
  • Manage the Union Square vehicle(s) with assistance from the GrowNYC Fleet
  • Provide market tours for potential funders, administrative staff, board
    members, and other stakeholders.
  • Perform administrative duties and attend staff meetings in the office and virtually.

Staff Management and Supervision

  • Oversee staff management, including hiring, training, workflow, individual
    work plans, annual performance appraisals, professional development,
    conducting individual and team staff meetings, and reviewing staff time sheets
    as needed to ensure efficient time management.
  • Supervise and train on-site contractual market security guards and manage the
    relationship with our security company.
  • Conduct weekly one-on-one meetings with direct reports and lead Union Square
    team meetings.
  • Work with the Union Square Operations Manager, Greenmarket Operations Manager, and Greenmarket Administrative Manager to develop and execute the Union Square Greenmarket staffing and scheduling plan.

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

  • Maintain relationships and communicate regularly with city agencies, partner
    organizations, and local stakeholders.
  • Represent the Union Square Greenmarket to various organizations, community
    partners, and the media as needed.
  • Attend community and partner meetings as needed.

Ideal Candidate


  • Minimum of five (5) years of work experience in operations and/or program
    management, preferably in a public facing setting, eg retail, agricultural,
    restaurant, or culinary.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing staff (preferably supervisory
    experience similar in scope to current Greenmarket field-based staffing) with
    a people-centered and inclusive leadership style.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a high level of emotional intelligence, and
    experience working with people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race,
    ethnicity, gender, including transgender and nonbinary, sexual orientation,
    class, and religion.
  • Strong written and public speaking communication skills, with a desire and
    proven ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and
    knowledge levels.
  • Highly organized with exceptional time management skills and a proactive,
    results-driven orientation.
  • Creative problem-solving skills with the ability to troubleshoot and use good
    judgment to make on-the-spot decisions.
  • Agile, with the ability to focus on meeting emergent needs, and adaptable to
    continuous change.
  • Dispute mediation, conflict management, and de-escalation skills.
    Willingness to compassionately and firmly manage the complex dynamics of
    operating an outdoor public space in New York City.
  • Strong commitment to a racially and socially just food system.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.
  • A valid New York State driver’s license, with a satisfactory driving record and a willingness to operate a box truck.

Ideal Qualifications

  • Spanish proficiency (preferred but not required).
  • Knowledge of sustainable local agriculture/farming, food systems, food access, and/or food justice.

Physical Requirements

  • This position requires the ability to stand for up to 12 hours outdoors in all
    types of weather conditions (sometimes extreme) and lift heavy/bulky equipment
    and supplies, up to 50 lbs.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates for the Union Square Greenmarket General Manager position
should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references. Interviews will
take place on a rolling basis starting on December 4. The application deadline
is Friday, December 8, 2023. Due to the volume of employment applications
received, GrowNYC is unable to respond to each application individually.
Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. No phone
calls or recruiters, please.

Please apply via link:

P.O. Box 2327 New York, NY
10272 212-788-7900
For additional information, please see our website: grownyc.org