Job Opening: Museum Store Retail Manager

Museum Store Retail Manager

DEPARTMENT:  Administration
SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Part-time salaried, exempt
SALARY: $2968/month
LOCATION: Corvallis/Philomath, Oregon

The Benton County Historical Society, headquartered in Philomath, Oregon, is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Our mission is to:

  • Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world
  • Enrich people’s lives through exhibitions and educational programs.

Job Summary

The Museum Store Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for all activities involved in the oversight and delivery of successful operations of two museum stores: the Konick Family Museum Store in the Corvallis Museum, which is the Society’s principal retail outlet, and the museum store in the Philomath Museum. The store manager trains personnel, manages interns and volunteers, acts as lead buyer, is responsible for merchandising, visual merchandising, and financial management including understanding point of sales (POS) systems and executing work in a business-like manner. Digital and on-line marketing a plus. 2-5 years retail or store management experience required. Museum store experience preferred.

Major Position Responsibilities

Fiscal Management
  • Develop and manage a strategy for long-term retail growth which is aligned with the overall mission of the Benton County Historical Society
  • Develop and implement annual buying plan
  • Submit an annual budget for approval to the Executive Director
  • Check and submit all purchase orders, invoices, statements for approval
  • Submit all invoices promptly for approval and payment
  • Responsible for daily sales receipts
  • Determine merchandise price points and mark-up to assure a profit
  • Procurement and Inventory
  • Correctly update and maintain inventory management systems with merchandise receipts and returns
  • Seek merchandise based on contemporaneous museum exhibitions
  • Develops unique merchandise based on museum collections and brand
  • Seeks artists to consign or sell work
  • Check slow movers for mark-downs
  • Check for reorders
  • Work with the BCHS graphic designer to create print and digital publicity and advertising for the store. All communications must be approved for brand consistency by the executive director.
  • Submit an annual report to the Executive Director
Operations and Staff Management
  • Develops an operation manual for the store
  • Develops a volunteer personnel plan for store staff
  • Implements orientation and sales training for volunteers and interns
  • Develops and manages a web-based sales program in connection with the Museum’s web developer. Manages interns who may implement electronic marketing program: Facebook, Instagram, on-line purchasing programs
  • Conducts monthly sales meetings; attends museum staff meetings
  • Develops relationships with venders
Visual Merchandising
  • Design and implement changing and creative displays. Plan and install seasonal     merchandising themes and restocking
  • Oversee physical condition of the store and fixtures. Ensure security of inventory, assets, and personnel

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this Position

  • Understand the mission/vision of the organization and can relate it to others
  • Excellent customer relations skills
  • Must be able to bend and lift up to 30 lbs., hand-eye coordination
  • Strong bookkeeping/QuickBooks skills and attention to detail
  • Respect other people’s viewpoints and skills, good listening and communication skills
  • Computer skills, understand point of sales systems and credit applications (for approval) and electronic marketing sales
  • BA or BS in business, art, or history, or a combination of education and work experience.
  • Must be able to work during Corvallis Museum operating hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and during special extended hours.


To apply, please send cover letter, CV or resume, and a writing sample by July 31, 2019 to:

  Irene Zenev, Executive Director
  Benton County Historical Society
  PO Box 35
  Philomath, OR 97370
  [email protected]