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Public Market Manager

City of Lenexa
Lenexa, KS 66219
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The City of Lenexa is currently accepting applications for a Public Market Manager who enjoys working with both the public and the independent operators within the Market. The ideal candidate will:

  • be highly adaptable and enthusiastic
  • be able to lead a diverse set of independent owner/operators in the Market
  • be able to make connections outside of the Market in the local community to develop relationships with potential tenants, local business and food groups and other organizations
  • navigate the complex role of being a coach/mentor to independent owner/operators while still addressing sensitive situations diplomatically to ensure merchants are aligned with the mission of the Market and City.

If you want to use your talents to grow and succeed as a valued member of our team, apply today!

Position Summary

The Public Market Manager oversees the operations of the Lenexa Public Market. This is a highly accountable managerial position and is responsible for the effective development, implementation, and administration of a variety of programs and functions within the Market, including the planning, tenant recruitment, operation, staffing, programming, maintenance, and promotion of the Lenexa Public Market. The Manager serves as a business coach and mentor to the independent operators within the Market. Furthermore, the Manager is expected to develop and implement a variety of programs and events to drive traffic to the Market.

The Manager directly oversees Market staff and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Public Market. Additional responsibilities include establishing a work atmosphere which promotes high-quality customer service, operational efficiency professionalism, and collaborative partnerships with the private sector and community-based organizations in furtherance of the Market's and City's vision and mission.

Essential Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities:

Executes the Market's operating model and business plan.

Manages the recruitment, performance and retention of Market staff.

Identifies prospective merchants and assists in negotiating operating agreements or leases with short- and long-term merchants.

Serves as the Lenexa Public Market's chief spokesperson and manages communication, public relations, and marketing for the Market with the assistance of Communications Department staff.

Develops relationships with local business and community-based organizations to cultivate the Market's role as a regional attraction, a great place, and an essential piece of Lenexa City Center.

Prepares and manages the Market's budget.

Responsible for maintaining high facility and operational standards within the parameters of local, state, and federal regulations.

Periodically presents Public Market information to the City Council and provides staff recommendations on Public Market issues.

Attends meetings of other groups in the community as it pertains to the Public Market and the overall mission of the City.

Additional Examples of Work Performed

Identifies and responds to community needs and concerns.

Meets with the public, civic groups, and professional organizations to resolve issues or complaints about the Market.

Promotes and oversees strategic relationships between the Public Market and external entities, including other markets, partner governments, vendors, and service organizations.

Oversees any contracts between the Market and service providers.

Provides staff assistance to the City Manager's Office and City Council; participates in a variety of boards, commissions, committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.


Minimum: A bachelor's degree in business, restaurant/hospitality management, or related field and five years of experience in restaurant/retail/wholesale management, business development, marketing, or similar field with at least three years of supervisory experience; or equivalent experience, education or training and possession of a valid driver's license.

Desired: Personal relationships with local entrepreneurs and the local for- and non-profit networks that support them, five years of supervisory experience and experience in managing and operating a hospitality or food/beverage operation.

Compensation and Benefits

Hiring range is from $64,995 to $90,000 dependent on qualifications and directly related experience. The City of Lenexa offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Low-cost premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Free or low cost on-site medical clinic
  • 4% employer retirement contribution with optional 2% match
  • Six weeks paid parental leave
  • City-paid short-term and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $3,500 per year
  • Additional personal leave during first year of employment for new employees
  • Minimum 2 weeks' vacation for first year
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Paid sick leave and personal leave
  • Free membership to the Lenexa Rec Center

Find additional information about the City of Lenexa and the Public Market Manager position in our Public Market Manager Brochure.

Working for the City of Lenexa is more than a job. You will be trained, supported and valued. You'll make a difference in the community, work alongside talented people, have leadership support, and work in a stable and positive work environment. We value work-life balance and will give you the resources to succeed in your position.

Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check.

To apply please complete an online application and include a resume AND cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Lenexa strives to treat all employees fairly, with consistency and respect, while providing a positive, challenging and rewarding work environment. We value and encourage diversity in our workplace.



Posted: 2022-06-08 Expires: 2022-07-09

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