Opportunities

Opportunities

  • Associate Director of Retail Sales

    Position Title: Associate Director of Retail Sales

    Department: Administration

    Reports to: Director of Retail Sales and Senior Vice President of Administration/CFO

    FLSA Classification: Exempt

    SUMMARY

    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.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    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.)

    QUALIFICATIONS

    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 cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org; no phone calls please.

  • Preparator (Fabricator and Wood Finisher)

    Position Title: Preparator (Fabricator and Wood Finisher)

    Department: Exhibit & Design Fabrication

    Reports to: Vice President of Exhibit Design and Installation and the Chief Preparator

    FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

    SUMMARY

    Under the supervision of the Vice President of Exhibit Design and Installation and the Chief Preparator, this position assists with fabrication, mounting and general handling of permanent and special exhibits. At times, Preparator will be expected to safely handle and work around artifacts.

    Preparator will also assist in the maintenance of museum’s fabrication shop and keep specified equipment in pristine and safe condition. Preparator must be an experienced carpenter. The preparator must be able to safely operate power tools and dust collection systems, as well as assist with installing modular walls, casework and lighting. Preparator must have an eye for detail and know how to complete professional finish work, be organized and able to produce high volumes of work with minimal supervision, move heavy objects, work on ladders and operate scizzor lifts.

    This position is part-time and may lead to full-time, days and hours may vary.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    • Collaborates in the planning and installation of exhibits including fabricating temporary and permanent walls, display casing, pedestals shelving, lighting, signage, labels and other exhibition components
    • Lifts, carries and moves heavy objects such as crates, art work, exhibition furniture and props
    • Performs moderately complex carpentry including leveling, joining, finishing and and painting
    • Assists with art and artifact handling including wrapping, crating, storing and shipping, as well as the construction of crates and storage fixtures
    • Drives Museum vehicle in support of exhibition and collection programs
    • Assist in the installation, maintenance and operation of gallery and showcase lighting
    • Understands and maintains awareness of any precarious situations around artifacts
    • Routinely inspects facility and galleries and corrects deficiencies; maintains appearance of galleries, including cleaning and dusting showcases, frames and pedestals
    • Operates appropriate hand power tools and performs carpentry work as instructed
    • Other duties as assigned
    • Conduct all responsibilities in a safe manner according to regulations (OSHA, IIPP, etc.)

    QUALIFICATIONS

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

    Education and/or Experience

    High School Diploma; plus three to five years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Independent good judgment and decision-making are required in this position.

    Other Skills, Abilities, and/or Training

    • License to operate a variety of vehicles and forklifts
    • Proven skills in the use of power tools, wood and metal shop machinery, and lifting apparatuses
    • Knowledge of best practices for art handling and movement, installation and art object packing and crating
    • Proven skills in woodworking, cabinetry, metalworking, plastics, painting/decorative finishes, and general construction
    • Experience fabric-wrapping panels and boxes
    • Ability to read floor plans and Autocad to communicate through sketches

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

  • 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.

     

    The Marketing Department is currently accepting applications for a fall internship August 24-December 20. Applicants must be available for a minimum of two 4-hour shifts and be available to work select weekend events. Experience in social media and photography preferred.

     

    The museum Registrar is seeking a detail-oriented, organized intern who is available to work on Wednesdays from 10am – 4pm. Please complete the internship application and submit with your resume and cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org.

     

    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.

    HumanResources@Bowers.org.

    Internship Application Form