Museum Store Manager

Company Name: 

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles


520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Contact Name: 

Nancy Bavor




Job Description: 

Museum Store Manager (part time)

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles


Oversees museum store operations.  Responsible for working to achieve store sales objectives as defined in the Annual Budget, tracking and analyzing sales results, ordering merchandise/product development, inventory management, merchandise display, merchandise promotion, training volunteers, and pricing policy.

Position is responsible for ensuring the following tasks are completed:

Acquire and display merchandise

  • Meet and communicate with vendors, reps and artists and/or attend trade shows to find/review new merchandise
  • Create attractive sales displays that change on a regular basis to keep the store fresh to repeat visitors
  • Stock merchandise appropriate for exhibitions and feature in store during run of exhibition
  • Maintain display fixtures
  • Clean and maintain store space and lighting
  • Receive, unpack, inventory and price all merchandise
  • Change out aged inventory via clearance sales and returning unsold works to consignment artist
  • Authorize payment of invoices


Develop and maintain consignment program

  • Find suitable art works from a variety of sources
  • Develop and execute contracts with each consignment artist
  • Create reports and authorize payments to vendors on a monthly basis
  • Maintain reports/records


Achieve store sales objectives and track and analyze sales results

  • Create regular sales reports to be presented at staff meetings.
  • Analyze sales reports to determine what types of items sell best
  • Create mix of inventory to optimize sales
  • Track sales both in terms of absolute sales amounts and in terms of average sales/Museum visitor.
  • Create and implement strategies to continually improve average sales/Museum visitor
  • Create and implement regular sales promotions to encourage sales


Conduct annual physical inventory at close of fiscal year (June 30)

  • Value inventory: wholesale and retail
  • Work with auditor
  • Maintain records/reports
  • Produce annual inventory reports for audit


Participate with other staff in

  • Budgeting and setting fund development goals for the Museum shop
  • Promoting the Store and specific sales promotions on the website and in email blasts and other Museum communications
  • Selecting merchandise that relates to current exhibitions and the Museum collection



  • Respond to all store correspondence in a timely fashion.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • May require weekend work; some flexibility in weekly schedule


Skills and Abilities

  • Possess a working familiarity with electronic cash registers, computers, computerized inventory systems, manual credit card machines, automated credit card and check approval machines, and telephone answering systems.
  • Mathematical skills and aptitude are required in order to facilitate accurate record keeping and daily sales reports.
  • Initiative.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Ability to follow procedures and instructions.
  • Ability to work quickly and courteously with customers, co-workers, and volunteers.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds

Education: High School Diploma, Bachelor’s degree preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Work experience: Previous experience in retail required. Minimum of one year as sales associate or relevant experience in sales or customer service industry.

Rate of pay: Depends on experience.  This is a part time position (20 hours per week)

Benefits: Six paid holidays and two weeks vacation per year, prorated at the part time rate

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Application deadline March 20, 2019.