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Retail Sales Associates, Part-Time Temporary

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks an ambitious and experienced Sales Associate to join the Whitney Shop Team.

The part-time Retail Sales Associates will delight customers with product knowledge and customer service skills, while meeting sales goals and developing a loyal onsite and online audience for the Whitney Museum Shop.  The associates will actively maintain merchandise presentation around a broad museum program and work with other front facing departments, such as Membership, Visitor Services and Security to “own” the customer experience in a fast paced, high traffic environment.


  • Providing impeccable customer service by engaging, understanding and fulfilling the needs of customers.
  • Efficiently and accurately process sales transactions across multiple sales channels and technology platforms.
  • Responsibly handle cash and credit card transactions, and open and close cash drawers.
  • Actively maintain high standards of merchandise presentation; visually and verbally.
  • Assisting  in coordinating the breakdown of the retail shop for events; perform inventory counts as scheduled; and other related duties as assigned.

Successful candidates will bring an appreciation of the shopping experience, an enthusiasm for customer service and professional work habits.


Strong public facing customer service skills; accurate cash handling skills; outgoing and professional attitude; previous POS and inventory experience; ability to lift and carry moderate weights of merchandise; interest in arts & culture; open availability, especially on weekends. An appreciation of diverse audiences and work environments is essential.  BA preferred but not required. Additional languages a plus. Must have flexible availability. Weekends required.

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other factor prohibited by law.  Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

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