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Museum of Art - Store Manager

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Museum of Art

Job Summary

The Museum Gift Shop Manager has full responsibility for the high visibility Museum of Art shop including researching, ordering, receiving, pricing merchandise for resale that relates to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This role oversees the reception of visitors to the Museum and telephone inquiries, and supervises shop and reception staff.

The Museum Shop Manager supervises 6-8 casual staff, and in the summer co-supervises two student employees/interns. In addition to managing the shop, this position manages the reception for the museum galleries and is thus essential for the museum to open its doors to the public. Shop staff are responsible for greeting visitors, ensuring that food, drink, backpacks, wet coats and umbrellas do not enter the galleries. The Museum Shop Manager works closely with the Museum Security to ensure that sufficient trained staff are on duty during student events at the museum, college events (reunion, graduation), and museum programs and receptions. Like that of all other employees of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and Bowdoin College, the work of the Museum Shop Manager will shaped by a commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Manages all daily operations of the Museum shop including: research and selection and quality control of merchandise for resale; maintenance of all inventory, sales, and tax records; fulfillment of mail order requests; schedules sales and promotions for the shop.
  • Manages reception and information desk for the Museum including: greeting visitors, fielding inquiries, and monitoring security in the reception area.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, schedules, and supervises shop/reception employees. Arranges for informed and dependable coverage of shop and reception area for all open hours of the Museum.
  • Supports the educational mission of the Museum by researching and selling inventory directly relating to the Museum collections and temporary exhibitions.
This is a half-time, benefits eligible position. Hourly range for this position is expected to be: Minimum $23.00 – Maximum $26.00/ per hour.

Education/Skills Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Strong organizational and written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent retailing skills and customer service
  • Demonstrated computer skills in order to maintain accurate records and generate reports
  • Ability to work in a public space with frequent interruptions
  • Initiative, dependability, and interest in Art History
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Art History).
Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

  • Minimum of 2 years’ retail, supervisory and management experience
  • Retail supervisory experience in a museum setting or a non-profit organization
  • Experience with public relations and merchandising
Standard Work Days and Hours
  • The shop is open during the Museum’s operating hours (Tuesday – Sunday).
  • The Museum Gift Shop Lead position is a half time role and the 20 hours are generally divided between Monday – Friday on a flexible schedule as agreed upon with the Associate Director for Finance and Museum Operations.
  • Occasional weekend work is required.
About Bowdoin

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.


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Part Time Year Round


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Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on March 27, 2023.

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Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.
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