Retail Sales Associate, Part-Time (Temporary)

New York City, NY

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks an ambitious and experienced Sales Associate to join the Whitney Shop Team in a Part-Time Temporary role from October 12th, 2022, to January, 10th 2023.

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 customers' needs 
  • 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
  • The part-time associate will assist in coordinating the breakdown of the retail shop for events; perform inventory counts as scheduled; and other related duties as assigned
  • There also may be times when you will be asked to stay late for an event or an urgent situation
  • 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 merchandise weights
  • 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 are a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Pay rate of $17.00 per hour
  • Commuter benefits - parking and mass transit
  • Admission to world-renowned museums across the city and nationally

The advertised pay rate is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.

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, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates 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.

COVID guidelines:

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.



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