P-T Gift Shop Manager
Application Deadline: 9.7.16


Gift Shop Manager (Part-Time)

26 hours/week, $12/hour to start

Must be available to start immediately and be able to work nights/weekends

About San Diego Art Institute: Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, San Diego Art Institute is dedicated to showcasing the work of contemporary artists in Southern California, with a focus on San Diego County. Our current programs focus on rotating curated exhibitions, experimental public programs, in-school and on-site youth education, professional development for artists, our premier artist and curator residency programs, and commissions of new work.

Position Description: The Gift Shop Manager is responsible for the retail operations and profitability of Space 1439 in our Balboa Park location. The Gift Shop Manager develops and implements strategies to increase revenues, ensures a positive visitor/customer experience, and performs all back-of-house management. The Gift Shop Manager will be responsible for seeking out new artists, implementing our consignment process, and merchandising Space 1439. Additional duties include maintaining an accurate membership database, maintaining and growing Space 1439 social media, overseeing volunteers as needed, and accurately communicating SDAI’s mission to visitors.

Essential Job Functions: Understand and manage store operations; devise and implement policies, and maintain formal consignment process. Work closely with Bookkeeper to ensure accuracy of all gift shop accounting. Manage POS system and act as primary administrator for gift shop. Oversee artist information, purchasing, product management, pricing, and inventory control. Expand customer base and increase visibility and appeal of gift shop. Inspire customers with unique product offerings that are hand-made by artists in Southern California. Create a visually compelling experience through merchandise presentation. Manage training of gift shop volunteers, ensure that all volunteers are up-to-date on product and organizational knowledge. Liaise with Gallery Manager to ensure adequate shift coverage. Promote a fun and engaging customer experience.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Ability to balance the delivery of a unique buyer experience and a profitable result. A visual merchandising eye for message, design, current trends, color, etc. Solid organizational and time management skills and ability to prioritize and multi-task. Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Ability to analyze reports, manage inventory, and control cash. Demonstrated professional public presence and strong service orientation.

Ability to communicate with a culturally diverse community. Ability to contribute to a positive experience for each and every member and visitor, and assist in communicating SDAI’s mission. A passion for local, contemporary art is a plus!

Requirements: 3+ years relevant retail experience; must be available to work weekends and occasional evenings; proficiency in Mac platforms and Microsoft Office. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

SDAI provides opportunities for advancement after three-month probationary period.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Celia Gold at cgold@sandiego-art.org by September 7, 2016. We will contact you only if we would like to schedule a follow-up interview.