Over the past 15 years, Artists & Fleas has created inspired marketplaces for shoppers looking to discover local designers and makers seeking to showcase their creations and build their businesses.
Artists & Fleas is looking for an entrepreneurial individual to oversee the curation, merchant recruitment, programming, operations and shopper experience of the new Georgetown marketplace. This is an A-to-Z position for an intuitive, driven, naturally-born problem solver to lead a brand new marketplace into the future and establish Artists & Fleas’ new home in Georgetown.
Key Responsibilities include:
- Manage the curation and overall merchant mix
- Recruit and prospect new merchants
- Onboard incoming merchants and operators
- Steward the overall brand experience
- Build community & facilitate blend with Georgetown locals
This innovative leadership role requires you to manage and drive a business unit while creating a warm, welcoming and supportive community for merchants and an exciting shopping experience for market visitors and shoppers. This is a dynamic opportunity for an individual who:
- has a passion for the creative and maker community
- has a “producer” mindset
- is an ambassador of Georgetown
- loves to work with a passionate team; and
- is seeking a professional opportunity that supports and impacts thousands of independent makers, creators and artists’ livelihoods
The Market Manager role is part art and part science as you will need to have a deep understanding of your market’s shoppers to best create and manage a pipeline of makers and merchants. This role lends itself to a buyer-meets-curator perspective where ingenuity and emotional intelligence are required. You will utilize business development skills to think broadly and creatively to identify, engage and support merchants along with more traditional sales skills to negotiate and confirm new merchant agreements.
A key aspect of the Market Manager role is to demonstrate a high-touch client service attitude in facilitating a supportive and inspired environment for the merchant community. This specifically requires a consultative approach to help creators grow – grow their businesses, develop their marketing – while providing insights from the broader Artists & Fleas community. Paramount in all of this is to have a finger on the pulse of the market while being tuned in to the larger industry zeitgeist in pursuit of delivering an exciting weekly shopping experience.
The Market Manager also oversees and manages all on-site operations with the support of the local market team. This may include Production Assistants, DJs and supporting team members (street marketers, brand ambassadors & maintenance personnel). Your keen eye for aesthetics will drive the flow, look and feel of the market from the inside out including ongoing thought to the market layout, design and flow. You will have room to be creative and make improvements to the experience on the way to ensuring an inspired and unparalleled shopping experience for all who come to sell and shop. You will work together with the Artists & Fleas in-house Marketing team based in New York to drive local marketing and manage the execution of all company-wide and market specific events, programing and activations.
We are looking for someone who is a creative and strategic thinker and has a proven track record of sales success that includes lead generation, outreach, relationship building and negotiations. To be successful in this role, you must be a problem solver, have a high energy level and be self-motivated and goal-oriented.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills are required. Technically, you need to be proficient in all MS Office Programs, Google Docs and all social media channels.
Compensation package to include annual salary + bonus, health insurance, paid vacation and sick days, 401K and an opportunity to work with a great team and a growing organization. Your schedule will require you to be onsite at the Georgetown marketplace on weekends and work remotely during the week.
*Note: You must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds for this position.
If you are the right person for the job, please send your resume and a paragraph about why you are the ideal fit for this position and the Artists & Fleas brand, which we will consider as a writing sample. Please include your top five places to shop in the DC area, as well as your top five places to drink, dine, or simply hang out. Applicants who have not visited any of our existing markets or have not spent time on our website and social media pages need not apply. Please send application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Georgetown Market Manager” in the subject line.
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