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Victor E. Apparel & Gift Co. Manager (Fiscal Business Specialist)

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Memorial Union

Job Posting Title
Victor E. Apparel & Gift Co. Manager (Fiscal Business Specialist)

Job Description

Victor E. Apparel & Gift Co., the official Fort Hays State University store, is seeking a full-time manager. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual looking to build on the foundation of an established retail operation that will soon be expanding product line and services and plays an active role in brand and community building at Fort Hays State University.

The Manager is a full-time, 12 month position reporting to the Memorial Union Director and serves as a member of the Memorial Union’s professional team within the Division of Student Affairs. The Manager provides leadership for the operations of the campus spirit and gift store. Responsibilities include the development of program procedures around customer engagement, procurement of inventory, organization and direction of daily store activities, supervision of student and graduate student store staff, interaction with key campus contacts, and assessment and management of financial goals.

  • State paid holidays
    • New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas
  • Tuition Assistance for you and your family - DAY ONE ELIGIBILITY
    • Employees are eligible for up to 6 credit hours per semester. .
  • Store hours are Monday – Friday with limited Saturday hours during the academic year and on-site stores at football and basketball games staffed primarily by student employees
  • Benefits package with Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription plus Retirement Plans
  • Paid Time Off: Accrue 6.77 hours vacation and 3.7 hours sick leave every two weeks.
Salary: $44,599

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five years of experience related to retail management, college stores, college unions, or auxiliary services in lieu of degree
  • Master’s degree in business administration or related field
  • Demonstrated ability in management, supervision, marketing and financial operations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills along with the ability to multitask and prioritize combined with strong problem solving, troubleshooting, and decision-making skills.
  • Strong technology orientation and aptitude, including experience and proficiency with personal computers and productivity software such as such as Microsoft Office, as well as POS/inventory management systems.
  • Previous supervisory/management experience, preferably in a retail environment.
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team.
Must be able to work nights and weekends if needed for coverage of special events and athletic game sales. This is an active job that requires standing, lifting and sitting at various times of the day. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds computer literacy is a must.

  • Manage daily retail operations through guidance and on-hand support.
  • Hire, train, and supervise student team lead and student employee staff.
  • Monitor sales, inventory, and other financial performance goals against budget, prior history, and other benchmarks, including monthly financial reporting.
  • Responsible for merchandise assortment, identifying collaborative partnership opportunities on campus, analyzing customer and campus needs, and coordinating timely feedback.
  • Ensures proper use of POS and inventory management systems to maintain accurate inventory, using proper receiving, invoice payment, accounts receivable, and customer sales processes, including managing e-commerce order activity.
  • Coordinates the development, implementation, and coordination of marketing and sales promotion activities with the campus calendar, including merchandising display, social media, and advertising.
  • Creating business strategies to attract new customers, expand store traffic, and enhance profitability.
  • Responsible for successful execution of events, which will include author signings, off-site pop-ups, sporting events, Grad Fest, and various partnership events (with campus and local community), open houses, commencement, etc.
  • Orders and manages regalia distribution for students and faculty for Commencement.
  • Along with the Director and Assistant Director of the Memorial Union, serve as part of the Union leadership team and provide direction and vision for overall Union operation
  • Serve as an active member of University and Divisional standing and ad hoc committees, including the Memorial Union Policy Board.
This description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Priority Deadline: January 5, 2024. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Application Process: To apply for this position, please visit . Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Application Materials: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

All application materials should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Edie McCracken
Phone: (785) 628-5305

Community of Hays

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.


 Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School. The institution was originally located on the grounds of Fort Hays, a Nineteenth-Century frontier military outpost. The state of Kansas initially intended the university’s academic programs to focus on agriculture, but it opened as a “normal” or teacher’s college.

FHSU today is a regional comprehensive public university where determined, innovative and caring faculty and staff share a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs today. 

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