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Museum Store Assistant Manager - Full-Time (40 hrs/week)

Join the fun and exciting world of art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Store.  We have a diverse collection of handmade jewelry, art books, and exceptional gifts reflective of Santa Barbara and art in the museum. We are looking for a leader with high standards in the following; E-commerce and in-store sales and marketing, merchandising, creativity, team and community building in the fun and dynamic world of retail. This role can create an environment of camaraderie and further enhance the wonderful customer/Visitor experience while enjoying work with an amazing Store team and with other departments throughout the Museum.  Join us in leading the team to be dynamic drivers of sales and in the staging and processing of new products, invite customers to preview new products, and most importantly be respected as a valued member of a caring and professional team.

In the role of Store Assistant Manager, you will maintain an expert level of interaction with the general public and provide an exceptional customer service experience for our visitors, while effectively demonstrating product knowledge, and effective merchandising. The Assistant Manager represents the Museum to the public and members by creating a full experience and sense of community building.  They create excitement around new products, new opportunities and events.  They work in tandem with the museum to give important information such as exhibition schedules, local events, and membership benefit information to customers.

Job Description:

The Museum Store Assistant Manager role is centered around excellent customer service and leading the store in a positive, productive and engaging manner. To provide excellent product knowledge of store’s collection of jewelry, art books, apparel and all other gifts to our customers, museum members, patrons and visitors.  You will assist the Store Manager in creating a streamlined online presence, dynamic merchandise displays based on important gallery exhibitions, assist with book signings & support our events. The Assistant Manager overseas the primary functions of the retail space; has great customer relations skills and community engagement.

This position is also responsible for re- merchandising, staff scheduling, and creating a fun atmosphere for both the staff and customers. Additionally important, this role involves maintaining clean and vibrant displays, and developing and planning in-store events that are engaging to guests as well as profitable. Supervisory responsibilities include, but not limited to, training and scheduling staff, acting as floor leader, and coordinating daily tasks and processes. This person will display exemplary abilities in sales, overseeing customer special requests, implementing theft prevention, customer service, cashier duties, displaying merchandise on the floor and in windows, and organizing all of the amazing products we sell; all while inspiring the Store team to effectively communicate, empowering their success in these assignments and engagement as well. The ability to motivate and train employees with a positive attitude is essential to this role.


Lead kindly and welcomingly with the SBMA Store team every day, and successfully learn and retain merchandising standards on the floor in compliance with Visual Standards. High school diploma or equivalent is required/college experience and/or knowledge of retail, management, logistics is preferred. A passion for art/art history and the marketing of products relating to the museum is preferred for this role.  Knowledge of Art and Art History is especially helpful.

One to three years’ experience minimum is preferred of customer service in retail, having demonstrated excellent skills and composure when interacting with the general public, accuracy and proficiency in Point of Sale handling and operating a computer inventory system on Shopify. Able to disseminate information to staff and other departments in a clear and concise manner verbally in writing with Microsoft Office proficiency. One to two years in a supervisory capacity successfully leading a team is required. Must possess the ability to lift and carry books, merchandise and boxes (approx. Weight 25-35lb), walk up and down stairs often, stand for long periods, and walk throughout the day.   

  • The position reports to and works hand in hand with the SBMA Museum Store Manager.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency is important for creating store signage and in communicating effectively with email systems.
  • You must have a strong ability to learn and successfully utilize Shopify for specific sales transactions on our POS system and imaging applications.
  • Schedule: Must be available 5 days a week, with some additional hours needed during the holidays.
  • Salary is $19/hour with full benefits: medical/dental/vision/life/long term disability insurance, pre-tax plans, bikestation membership, paid time off, holidays, 403b matching eligibility, store discount and more.
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record is required with reliable transportation for timely attendance.
  • Successful Background Check and proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.

Contact Information

Please email to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Fax: (805) 966-6840

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