[COMM-ORG] job: market manager, Buffalo NY, with salary info

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Wed Sep 8 09:59:52 CDT 2010

"Beverly Mclean" <bmclean at buffalo.edu>

Request for Qualifications

Consultant / Market Manager – Broadway Market

Overview: Background of the Broadway Market

Established in 1888, the Broadway Market originally served thousands of 
Eastern European immigrants who populated the City of Buffalo’s 
Eastside. Although the Market has undergone-numerous changes over time, 
the concept of selling fresh, exotic and unusual food products, unique 
merchandise, and services has remained unchanged since the Market's 
inception. Famous for its eclectic urban atmosphere, the Broadway 
Market's fresh food merchant base is comprised of family-owned, 
family-operated butcher shops, poultry stands, produce vendors, delis, 
and bakeries. The Broadway Market also offers free, secure, sheltered 
parking. The Broadway Market is owned and operated by the City of 
Buffalo. The City is seeking a creative and dynamic Market Manager to 
oversee all aspects of the market operation. In addition, given the 
historical and cultural significance of the Broadway Market, the Market 
Manager plays a special role in engaging in discussions about the role 
of the Market in revitalizing the neighborhood surrounding the Broadway 
Market and working with stakeholders groups and the City seeking to 
preserve the essential traditions of the Market.

Hours Required:

This is a salaried consulting position which assumes a minimum forty 
(40) hour work week. The Consultant / Market Manager will be expected to 
work Saturdays. The position will include additional evening and weekend 
hours during peak seasons. The Market is open Monday through Saturday 
from 8:00a.m to 5:00pm. The Save-A-Lot store is open extended hours, 
including Sundays, but can operate from a separate dedicated street 

Education and Experience:

A Bachelors Degree with retail management and marketing experience is 
preferred. Candidates with equivalent work experience will be considered.


Up to $55 with benefits and $65 without benefits. A one year consulting 
contract will be offered (including an initial evaluation period of 
ninety days) with up to two one year renewals based upon performance.


The consultant position will report to the Executive Director of the 
City’s Office of Strategic Planning, or to a designee of the Executive 

Job Duties:

Tenant Relations

1. Oversee all Market daily activities, including vendor and customer 
2. Manage, motivate and bring together a diverse mix of local vendors
3. Work with the Mayor’s Office and Common Council on developing and 
implementing space allocation/management and tenant rent strategies to 
maximize profitability, vendor recruitment, retention and growth
4. Negotiate and execute leases with new and existing tenants
5. Collect and process vendor rents and fees
6. Select new tenants to open businesses in the Market

Business Development

1. Develop a thorough understanding of customer needs across all 
targeted customer segments
2. Formulate an appropriate Market vendor mix that respects the 
traditional nature of the Market, but also takes advantage of any new 
tenant offerings that can benefit the Market
3. Develop, implement and maintain Market standards pertaining to visual 
standards, product merchandising and vendor/tenant trade dress.
4. Work closely with stakeholders to promote the market using various 
promotional strategies; primarily through creative, low-cost marketing 
techniques and effective local partnerships
5. Play a critical role with other key stakeholders in developing and 
implementing a long term strategic plan for the Broadway Market, to 
achieve established goals for growth and long term stability.
6. Recruit financial and in-kind sponsors for Market special events. 
Work with others to identify and secure grant funding to help cover 
operating and capital expenses
7. Engage in discussions regarding the relationship of the Market to the 
surrounding neighborhood for purpose of promoting neighborhood 
developments that also benefit the Market
8. Formulate marketing and development strategies, including special events
9. Solicit new tenants to open business in the Market


1. Develop and manage the Market operating budget in conjunction with 
the City’s Budget Office
2. Work with the City’s Comptroller’s Office to track and analyze all 
income and expenses; in line with accepted standards for financial 
management and reporting requirements

Property Management

1. Manage proper day-to-day repair and maintenance activities in 
coordination with City’s Department of Public Works;
2. Work with the Department of Public Works on establishing an on-going 
maintenance plan and play a key role in developing long term facility 
infrastructure improvement plan.
3. Work with the City on the hiring of maintenance and seasonal staff 
and the supervision of that staff
4. Manage or delegate specific administrative tasks such as website 
updating, database maintenance, data tracking ,vendor applications, 
mailings, and communications
5. Implement and maintain all relevant standards pertaining to health, 
sanitation and safety.

Preferred Qualifications:

Proven leadership and problem solving skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Flexible demeanor
Organized, and able to prioritize
Financial management experience
Staff and volunteer management experience.
Experience in retail or foodservice management helpful.
Knowledge and experience in retail or commercial facility management 
Familiarity with Broadway/ Fillmore diverse community
Computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel)

Send resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Brendan R. Mehaffy, Esq.
Office of Strategic Planning
65 Niagara Square
Room 920
Buffalo, New York 14202

All responses must be submitted by September 17, 2010.

Residence in the City of Buffalo will be considered a preferred 


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