• Associate Director of Retail Sales


    The objective of the Associate Director of Retail Sales is to operate a dynamic, profitable retail operation that supports the goals of the Bowers Museum to expand public access to, and engagement with cultural art. The primary purpose of this position is to learn all aspects of the job performed by the Director of Retail Sales in order to transition into that position as the current Director prepares for retirement within the next year.


    The Associate Director of Retail Sales will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Gallery Store and all retail sales at the Bowers Museum including: business management, buying and ordering, merchandising and pricing, inventory management, product display and floor layout, profitability analysis, store webpage management and marketing, as well as ordering books and catalogs which tie-in to special exhibits, public programs and lectures. The Associate Director of Retail Sales cultivates relationships and works with a variety of contacts including store prospects, customers, donors, members, vendors and museum staff. This position must support and enhance the visitor experience of the museum as a whole, driving sales and profitability while directing all aspects of the retail operation. This position reports to the Director of Retail sales and the Senior Vice President of Administration/CFO; this position is exempt.


    Collaborate with the Director of Retail Sales and Senior Vice President of Administration/CFO on all essential functions, including:

    • Develop annual store budget; proactively manage the store to achieve sales expectations while keeping within budget
    • Purchase merchandise and books in accordance with the museum’s mission and in a financially responsible manner
    • Identify and negotiate with vendors, traders and dealers to obtain best pricing for merchandise
    • Determine profitability of merchandise, pricing, mark-ups and return on investment
    • Utilize store floor space to maximize sales and profits
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with store customers, museum members and donors
    • Performance management of store staff including hiring, training and firing as necessary
    • Coordinate merchandising activity in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit schedule
    • Other duties as assigned
    • Conduct all responsibilities in a safe manner according to regulations (OSHA, IIPP, etc.)


    To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to accomplish each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made.

    Education and/or Experience

    B.A. degree plus extensive high-end retail management experience.

    Other Skills, Abilities, and/or Training

    • Possess knowledge of merchandising trends
    • Ability to analyze and forecast sales, revenue, expenses and return on investments
    • Demonstrated use of inventory control and merchandising skills
    • Knowledge of computerized systems for retail operations
    • Extensive experience in cashiering
    • Prior experience supervising sales staff
    • Extensive high end retail management experience
    • Ability to work extended hours as needed
    • Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings
    • Ability to preserve confidentiality of information
    • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to work within strict deadlines
    • Good interpersonal skills and desire to be a team player
    • Creative problem-solving skills
    • Exceptional customer service skills
    • Excellent written communication skills (i.e. business letter writing, grammar, etc.)
    • Excellent oral communication skills (i.e. ability to deal effectively with others, speak professionally on the phone, etc.)
    • Sense of creativity
    • Familiarity with industry terms and processes
    • Proficient with a ten-key punch
    • Proficient with Microsoft® Office Suite
    • Previous supervisory and management experience

    To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org; no phone calls.

  • Associate Director of Education for K-12 and Family Programs

    Job Summary

    The Associate Director of Education for K-12 and Family Programs plays a vital role in the museum's Education Department assisting in the development, implementation, and assessment of year-round programs for school-age and family audiences, particularly overseeing and participating in day to day operations for Kidseum, the Bowers Museum’s satellite children’s museum.

    Reporting to the Senior Director of Education, the Associate Director of Education for K-12 and Family Programs' responsibilities include daily hands-on management of Kidseum and its staff, K-12 program refinement including the Afterschool Learning Center, and the Teen Arts council. Assist in the development of interpretive materials for school programs; participating in docent training and teacher professional development; recruiting, mentoring and supervising interns as necessary; providing up to date reports for grants with hands on involvement in grant development in partnership with the museums’ grant writing team, and keeping current with museum education best practices and theory. The Associate Director of Education for K-12 and Family Programs works closely with the Education team, as well as with the Collections and Exhibits departments to coordinate special exhibition installations and exhibit management at Kidseum.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Graduate Degree preferred in Museum Education, Museum Studies, Art History, Art Education or closely related subject or equivalent combination of education and extensive experience in museum work with demonstrable interest in arts administration, Art, History, Art History, and/or Youth and Family program management.
    • 3-5 years museum experience or similar cultural organization, including management responsibilities, in developing and planning programs and supervising individuals, teams and projects.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of art history and studio art, especially cultural art, and knowledge and understanding of current practices in art education, museum work, and theories of education and learning
    • Knowledge of a wide range of artistic processes, materials, and tools
    • Strong organizational, and management skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and familiarity with online and social media
    • Excellent verbal, writing and public speaking skills for diverse audiences, including students, educators, and community leaders
    • Knowledge of the needs of art teachers and other educators, including K-12 educators Common Core State Standards, and California State VAPA standards
    • Knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies teaching methods and Play-based early childhood models of instruction (i.e. Montessori, Reggio Emelia, Waldorf, etc.)
    • Experience in using new technologies to deliver educational content
    • Demonstrated history of developing and implementing art-making assignments for various groups

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience in marketing, including social media, print media, email newsletters, and other digital content
    • Classroom teaching experience with single or multi-subject credentials

    To apply, send your resume to HumanResources@Bowers.org; no phone calls please.


  • Security Officer, Part-Time (20 hours per week)

    The Museum Security Officer plays a vital role in the daily operations of the Administration Department to monitor the integrity, safety, and security of all Museum properties. The Security Officer will respond to emergency situations administering first aid or CPR when necessary; interact with and direct outside emergency services while on Museum property; maintain crowd control to ensure the safety and security of artifacts, patrons and staff; ensure compliance with museum policies and procedures; observe, report, and respond to acts which may threaten the safety or security of the facility, its contents, staff, visitors, and their personal property. Under the umbrella Museum Services, Security also assists with Special Event set up and take down; assists Shipping and Receiving with deliveries; and assists the staff as needed. This position requires an individual who will follow directions without question or comment; who is observant; who is willing to confront staff and visitors when security or policy is violated; and, who can work independently under stressful conditions.

    Please email your resume and cover letter to Janet Thompson, Human Relations at jthompson@bowers.org. No phone calls.

  • Volunteer at the Bowers

    Volunteer Application Form

    Please submit your volunteer application with a cover letter of introduction that includes any qualifications and/or experience you may have relating to your area of interest. Email your application and cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org.

  • Bowers Internship Program

    Thank you for your interest in joining the Bowers Museum Internship Program! Our goal is to collaborate with talented students from our neighboring colleges and universities to provide an invaluable hands-on complement to their academic experience. The Bowers Museum offers an array of internship opportunities for students of all disciplines.


    We are currently seeking interns for the Membership, Education and Collections Departments. Please complete the Internship Application Form and submit along with your current resume and a brief cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org.


    Internships are open to undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates. Internships are year round, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We request that all application material be submitted no later than one (1) month prior to desired start date. Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of 15 hours a week for a duration of at least 3 months. Internships are unpaid. Due to the unique nature of each department, the qualifications, responsibilities, and duration of each internship will vary. For a complete description of museum policies and procedures, please contact Human Resources. Additional information can also be found on the internship application.


    Internship Application Form

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