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Program Assistant/Farmers Market Manager
The Program Assistant (PA) helps coordinate the operations and administration of Greater Ashmont Main Street. Working closely with the Executive Director (ED), the PA leads the planning and implementation of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market, as well as assisting with internal committee work, regular fundraising and promotion events, and helping manage the administrative processes of the broader Greater Ashmont MS organization.
Hours: 24 hrs/week year round; late June – mid October, Fridays noon to 8pm required for managing the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market; some evening or weekend hours for occasional community events required; otherwise flexible schedule; unpaid time off available with prior approval from the ED.
Wage: $16 -$18/hour starting wage, commensurate with experience
Reports to: Executive Director
Review Schedule: Every 6 months
- Support the ED in the administration of Greater Ashmont MS by maintaining the office environment and taking ownership of maintenance issues related to the Peabody Square public plazas; assisting with the organization’s files, correspondence, and compliance work; and communicating Greater Ashmont Main Street’s priorities, events, and accomplishments through use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
- Support existing events and programs related to Greater Ashmont MS priority initiatives (e.g. district beautification, business networking, community events). Responsibilities include marketing/outreach, volunteer staffing, and evaluating the impact of events and programs.
- Manage the weekly Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market, including permitting, vendor solicitation and selection, staff recruitment (both volunteer and a paid market assistant), artist recruitment, and publicity.
- Build effective personal relationships with Greater Ashmont MS stakeholders, including local business and building owners, residents, and institutions, recruiting new members and volunteers incidentally to this.
- Other tasks to be determined as needs arise and according to the PA’s skills and interests.
Characteristics & Knowledge
- Energetic, dependable self-starter who exhibits leadership and problem-solving capacity.
- Ability to balance multiple responsibilities and projects; meticulous attention to detail.
- Willing to spend a portion of work time “on the street” doing outreach to local business owners, residents, and other stakeholders.
- Knowledge of the Greater Ashmont MS District and the City of Boston.
- Experience or interest in community/economic development; preferably in a grassroots setting.
- Familiarity with the needs of small business owners from various sectors (retail, services, industrial).
Skills & Abilities
- Demonstrated MS Office & social media skills, comfort with web-based tools (e.g, Googledocs), and fiscal responsibility required.
- Well-developed communication skills, both written and oral, required.
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people required; proficiency in Vietnamese, Spanish, or Cape Verdean especially helpful.
- Event planning, graphic design experience, marketing, fundraising, communications background, and/or supervisory experience helpful.
- Valid driver’s license, as well as occasional access to a vehicle.
- Able to lift up to 40lbs unassisted, more as part of a team.
Forward cover letter & resume to Jenn Cartee, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received by September 2 will be reviewed together and later applications only if the position remains open. We hope to fill this unexpected opening as early in September as possible.
Equal Opportunity Policy
Greater Ashmont Main Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with federal and state equal employment laws, equal opportunity will be afforded to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offender status, prior psychiatric treatment or military status.
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NOW HIRING: Market Assistant for 2016 Market Season
with opportunity to advance into year round half-time Program Assistant/Market Manager role starting in November
Part-time position: noon to 8pm, every Friday, June 24 through Oct 14
Compensation: $14 per hour.
Position Description: Greater Ashmont Main Street is hiring! We are looking for a market assistant who will bring enthusiasm and dedication to promoting and operating the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market during the 2016 season. The Market Assistant will be responsible for helping with day-of operations for the market, implementing community outreach/marketing, and participating market programming throughout the market season. The Market Assistant will report to the Market Manager.
About the market:
- Founded in 2009. This will be the market’s 8th season.
- Held on Friday afternoons, 3-7pm from late June-mid October at the Ashmont MBTA plaza.
- Last year, the market had 6 regular vendors – 1 farms, 1 bakery, 1 fish vendor, 1 flower vendor, 1 community organization and 1 arts organization. We hope to increase the number and variety of vendors in 2016.
- The market accepts SNAP/EBT and participates in the Boston Bounty Bucks program.
- Weekly attendance at the market ranges from 400-600.
Desired Qualifications: Candidates should be energetic and committed to the success and growth of the market. The Market Assistant should be passionate about food, local farming and agriculture, and using the market as a tool for community building and economic development. An ability to manage multiple tasks at once is required, as is previous cashiering or money-handling experience. The assistant will need to be comfortable working both independently and as part of the market team.
Detailed Job Duties: Participate in day-to-day operations of the Market, including —
- Partner with the Market Manager to set up and break down on market days (lifting up to 40lbs. may be required)
- Stay onsite during market hours as a general assistant
- Arrange and staff the Greater Ashmont MS information/ merchandise table at market
- Process SNAP/EBT and credit transactions, maintain accurate records
Additional Qualifications: With an eye toward potential advancement into the Program Assistant/Market Manager role in November, the ideal Market Assistant would also possess excellent public communication skills, general Microsoft Office skills, proficiency in social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), fiscal responsibility, basic event planning background, and a demonstrated attention to detail.
To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to:
Jenn Cartee, Executive Director
Greater Ashmont Main Street
Applications accepted through June 1, 2016.
Greater Ashmont Main Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Federal and State Equal Employment Laws, equal opportunity will be afforded to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offender status, prior psychiatric treatment or military status.
Ticket Pre-Sales have closed as we get ready for tonight’s event, but you can still buy tickets at the door with cash or credit card.
An all ages event, featuring a half hour of dance instruction from one of Boston’s best, Edwin Johnson (http://movesandvibes.com/
Toast 2016 and Say Farewell to the Tree!
a winter houseparty fundraiser for St. Mark’s Area Main Street
Come share delicious food and drink with your Main Street district neighbors as we welcome and toast 2016 together! Stop by before or after your evening’s plans to catch up with friends old and new, and see one last gasp of beautiful holiday decorations before they are packed away for another year.
Date: Saturday, January 9, 5pm to 8 pm
Hosts: Philippe Saad (President of the Board of Directors) and Dr. Anil Nair (Back to Life Chiropractic & Wellness)
Location: 80 Lyndhurst Street, Dorchester MA 02124
Advance registration is encouraged! Tickets ($35 for one/$30 each for two or more) can be purchased with a credit card in advance at the link below or by mailing a check with appropriate memo line to SMAMS at 1914 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124. Tickets will also be sold at the door as space allows (credit card, check, or cash).
We hope you’ll join us! For more information, contact Jenn Cartee at email@example.com or 617.825.3846
November District Happenings
November is a busy month in our district, with our Fall Public Meeting, Small Business Saturday, a Pop-Up Holiday Market on the MBTA Plaza, and the Annual Peabody Square Tree Lighting. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Fall Public Meeting at Epiphany School
Thursday, 11/19, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Ashmont/Peabody Square Pop-Up Holiday Market
Saturday, 11/28, 4:00 – 7:00 pm (before the Tree Lighting)
Celebrate the season in Peabody Square at a pop-up holiday market! Holiday music will fill the air as you shop our market stands:
Annual Peabody Square Tree Lighting
Saturday, 11/28, 7:00
After our pop-up holiday market, light the Peabody Square Holiday Tree with Santa, Mayor Marty Walsh, and other special guests on the Ashmont MBTA Station Plaza. Feel free to bring an ornament to add to the ones Dot Art is helping children make to adorn the tree!
7:30 p.m. Holiday Trolley arrives, Tree-lighting Countdown, & Goody Bags for KidsPresented by:
Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association
Ashmont Hill Association
Ashmont Valley Neighborhood Association
Boston Main Streets
Peabody Slope Neighborhood Association
St. Mark’s Area Main Street
Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee
Businesses that wish to contribute to the children’s goody bags can drop off 250 of any coupon or other small goody bag stuffer item at the SMAMS offices by no later than Tuesday, 11/24.
After former Executive Director Meaghan Overton moved to Colorado in May, we spent the summer interviewing several fine candidates who applied to be the new SMAMS Executive Director. Boston Main Streets, the St. Mark’s Area Main Street, our Board Members, and Staff, are delighted to announce that Jenn Cartee will be joining us as Executive Director this August.
Jenn has been a committed and civicly engaged Dorchester resident since 2006. She was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 2002 and practiced as an attorney on staff in the state court system and in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Government Bureau during her early career. More recently, she has maintained a private practice doing contract work for other attorneys, as well as non-legal consulting. Her local community involvement has included connecting Dorchester families in person and online through DotParents, volunteering as part of the Ashmont Nursery School Co-Op, and, most recently, her extensive work at First Parish Dorchester (in Meetinghouse Hill), which she now serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. We know that you will welcome Jenn and will support her as she settles into her new position and makes it her own.
Interim Director Sydney Miller will stay on for the transition in August. She wants to thank the countless volunteers, local business owners, sponsors, and vendors who have worked closely with her this summer. Their commitment and the continuity they provided at a key time of year for SMAMS made it possible for us to keep our doors open this summer.
The St. Mark’s Area Main Street is effective because of our collaboration with the residents and businesses, civic and neighborhood associations, advocacy and outreach organizations, corporate sponsors, elected officials, city offices and programs that support us. YOU are the people who make this neighborhood, this business district, this community, and this city what it is. We humbly thank you.
~ Philippe Saad, SMAMS Board President
[Photo by Jessica McDaniel, Boston Baby Photos]
My name is Jerry Samy, and I am the 2015 Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Manager and intern for ST. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS). I am recent Economics graduate from UMass Boston. This Farmers Market season, I will be my focusing on having a successful Farmers Market and bringing the community together. We’re happy to announce and welcome back our new and seasoned vendors.
You can stay up-to-date on the latest farmers’ market news viaFacebook (search for Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market) and on Twitter @AshmontFarmMkt. Like and follow the market, so you don’t miss announcements of new vendors, entertainment, and more. See you on June 26 for opening day, and every Friday this summer until October 16.
For those who may not know, SMAMS is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen and support local businesses along Dorchester Avenue, from Ashmont Station to Melville Avenue. To learn more about SMAMS, visit www.smams.org
For any inquiries, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at
Jerry Samy, Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Manager
All Saints Ashmont Restoration Project Tour
Saturday, May 9, 11am-12:30pm
209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester MA (map)
The Parish of All Saints and Saint Mark’s Area Main Streets (SMAMS) invite you to Dorchester’s historic Peabody Square for a post-restoration tour of All Saints’ Church, led by parishioner and SMAMS Board member Jeffrey Gonyeau.
Listed on the National Register, All Saints is the first church designed by Ralph Adams Cram and profoundly influenced American church design in the Gothic Revival style. After four years of planning and twenty-two months of construction, the comprehensive rehabilitation of the church and Parish House has resulted in a dramatic transformation of these iconic structures.
The tour will begin in the church parking lot at 209 Ashmont Street.
Free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org: