Visitor Services & Retail Manager

Edsel & Elanor Ford House

To apply email resume, salary requirements, and application to Indicate in subject line “Visitor Services & Retail
Manager.” Please, no phone calls.

Position Description

The Visitor Services & Retail Manager is responsible for management of the admission desk and The Shop at Ford House.

This includes, but is not limited to: day-to-day operations and scheduling, supervision of all Visitor Services Associates, management of merchandising and buying, and the maintenance and monitoring of budgets, inventory, and sales.

This position is accountable for the success of the retail operation; the manager must drive sales and profitability while providing the highest level of service to

The Visitor Services & Retail Manager is responsible for developing a collaborative team that creates positive experiences
through friendly conversations, promotion of events and services, and sales of membership, merchandise, and tickets.


• Communicate with a variety of visitors with diverse abilities and backgrounds. Engage visitors and promote the institution’s
mission and brand through positive onsite experiences in the Visitor Center.
• Ensure all visitor services staff meet the evolving needs of visitors, provide the highest level of visitor service, and help
explain, interpret, and enforce guidelines and policies.
• Collaborate with the Director of Visitor Experience to serve as an advocate for accessibility. Observe and recommend
options to make the environment more inclusive.
• Develop a collaborative team through the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse range of talented staff for
the department.
• Create and manage schedules for Visitor Services Associates, ensuring proper coverage for early opens, events, late nights,
programs, and tours.
• Oversee and perform daily sales activities including cash management, end-of-day reports, and cash reconciliation.
• Participate in effective vendor negotiations to increase store profitability, negotiate credit terms, and develop custom
merchandise and branding opportunities.
• Generate and provide financial records relevant to admissions and retail sales. Communicate and confirm sales analysis for
admissions income and retails sales with the Director of Visitor Experience.
• Establish loss prevention standards for The Shop and ensure all visitor services staff adhere to the policy and inventory
control methods.
• Oversee and manage annual physical inventory for The Shop.
• Use Ford House visitor experience standards when handling comments and complaints that cannot be settled by the visitor
services staff.
• Work effectively with leadership to coordinate events for The Shop in conjunction with events, exhibitions, holidays, and
• Stay apprised of new trends, merchandise items, software, and vendors as they relate to retail strategies.
• Aid in preparing and managing the retail budget.
• Assist security with evacuation procedures from the Visitor Center as required.
• Participate in regular trainings and workshops about accessibility, conversational strategies, customer service, diversity,
exhibition content, first aid, and visitor engagement.
• Maintain confidentiality of museum information.
• Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position supervises the Visitor Services Associates, daily activities at the admission desk and The Shop, and prepares work

Uniform Requirements

This position does not require a uniform, but the manager must present a clean, professional appearance. A uniform shirt will be provided to wear at specific events, and the shirt should be maintained by the manager.

Preferred Skills:

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Willingness and capacity to acquire new skills and knowledge
• Outstanding organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills
• Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and some holidays
• Experience with event scheduling, point-of-sale, or ticketing software
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite