For new nonprofit 501(c)3 organization


Mission: To provide local, organic, and craft foods for our community.

Vision:  Create a food market that promotes personal, community, and environmental nourishment by supporting local/regional and organic food production, as well as consumer education, with access for all. 


The Prairieland Market in Salina, Kansas is re-inventing itself!  We are expanding and moving to a new location in downtown Salina, with a whole different look and feel.  Prairieland will be set up as a nonprofit organization to provide local, organic, and craft foods for our community, with a focus on food education and access for all.   We are seeking a dynamic individual to lead this re-launch and to work with the board of directors and other volunteers in developing meaningful charitable activities to nourish our community. The successful candidate will have a passion for local food, the ability to develop and implement strategic initiatives, and excellent supervisory and communication skills.  Experience in the retail grocery industry is preferred, along with a successful track record in a managerial position. 

Reports To:     Board of Directors

  • Paula Fried

  • Barb Goode

  • Matt Hemmer

  • Tom Hemmer

  • Lisa Hodges

  • Katie Platten

  • Jim Trower

  • Guy Walker

  • Monte White

Core Responsibilities:

  • Oversee day to day operations of Prairieland Market

  • Develop and oversee the Market’s program of charitable activities 

  • Be the “face” of the Market; promote and expand business volume

  • Supervise Market employees and volunteers

  • Ensure that the Market has sufficient inventory stocked to support sales goals

  • Maintain financial records and reports, working with the Market accountant

  • Develop and maintain relationships with local producers and vendors

  • Oversee the CSA program

  • Assist with marketing and promotion of the Market


  • Associates degree or equivalent

  • Experience in the retail industry

  • Understanding of the goals and mission of a nonprofit organization

  • Successful track record in a managerial position

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Capacity to build strong community relationships / create excitement around the new Market

  • Ability to manage finances

  • High level of integrity, passion, and commitment to the mission of the Market


  1. Procure local/regional meats and produce, plus organic bulk food items. This requires tracking inventory and placing orders to maintain stocking levels

  2. Receive stock into the point-of-sale system as it arrives from various vendors

  3. Set prices on goods sold

  4. Train, schedule and oversee employees and volunteers

  5. Provide exceptional customer service

  6. Receive and follow-up with customers on special ordering requests

  7. Monitor emails for web orders

  8. Keep the market clean and tidy

  9. Perform maintenance on utilities as required

  10. Maintain required licenses

  11. Manage waste and keep it to a minimum


  1. Maintain financial records and reports (daily, weekly, and monthly) as requested by the market’s accountant

  2. Submit financial records, reports, and payment to agencies, as needed

  3. At the first of each month, pay vendors for their commissioned items sold in the previous month

  4. Manage the Market’s finances, monitoring cash flow, etc.

  5. Assist with fund-raising activities and special events


  1. Create a unique store experience – great inventory displays and a positive customer experience

  2. Build strong relationships with farmer vendors

  3. Build strong community relationships

  4. Attend / join social and civic groups as needed to promote market

  5. Develop robust group of volunteers:

  • Prepared food cooks

  • Store assistance

  • Marketing /social media /newsletter help

Charitable Activities:

  1. Work with board of directors to develop program of charitable activities, including educational classes and partnerships with other local non-profits (e.g. donating food, providing cooking classes)

  2. Implement, manage, and modify as necessary   

Physical Demands:

  • Be able to put in a full day on your feet

  • Be able to lift 30 pounds

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • 10 days paid vacation

  • 5 sick/personal time days

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Put "Manager Position" in the subject line.