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Museum Shop AssociateJob Profile Title
Customer Service Assistant AJob Description Summary
Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of ancient Egypt; from prehistoric Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.Job Description
The permanent part-time Museum Shop Associate will primarily be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Shop which includes opening and closing registers, ringing sales, assisting customers, and keeping the Shop clean and well stocked. This person will help provide exemplary customer service by becoming familiar with the Shop inventory, Museum space (galleries, bathrooms, classrooms, etc.) and Museum Programs. They will also be tasked with additional duties as the Shop Manager sees fit. This may include taking and editing photographs of merchandise for the online store, writing merchandise descriptions, and assisting in the maintenance of the warehouse.
Weekend availability is essential, as well as flexibility throughout the week.
- Operate the Museum’s POS system to process merchandise sales and Museum memberships, as well as be able to open and close the register. Be able to provide outstanding customer service by promoting the Shop’s products and its mission, and by being knowledgeable about the Museum’s events, layout, and protocols. Securely handle cash, credit, and check payment transactions.
- Assist in the maintenance of the shop by making sure the store is clean, arranging merchandise on the shelves and restocking when needed.
- Additional duties as assigned by the Shop Manager which may include taking and editing photographs of merchandise for the online store, writing merchandise descriptions, and assisting in the maintenance of the warehouse.
Candidates must possess a high school diploma. Experience in retail is preferred. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Superior customer service skills required. Prior exposure to retail merchandising and visual concepts is preferred. The ideal candidate will also have some experience with Photoshop, photography as well as being familiar with Excel and Word. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays, so this person must be able to work flexible schedules. Weekend availability is essential, and some flexibility throughout the week is preferred as well.
A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.
Budgeted Pay Range:
$16/hour -- $17/hour commensurate with education and experienceJob Location - City, State
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaDepartment / School
University MuseumPay Range
$15.79 - $22.76
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