1677 Associate Retail Buyer

Website Minnesota Historical Society

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JOB TITLE: #1677 Associate Retail Buyer

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: History Center – 345 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

SALARY: $3,816.00 monthly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,088 annual hours) position.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays.

DEPARTMENT: Metro Sites & Operations

CLASSIFICATION: 08L Professional


HIRING MANAGER: Director, Metro Sites & Operations

POSTING DATE: September 1, 2022

DEADLINE DATE: Open until filled. *Priority will be given to applications received before September 15, 2022

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to assist in the purchasing of merchandise for the Minnesota Historical Society’s (MNHS) metro sites and museum retail store locations. The Associate Retail Buyer will also assist with the management of the MNHS online store and serve as the Metro Sites retail operations technology expert.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Support MNHS Metro Site retail stores and units by purchasing and monitoring inventory, making adjustments to the sales plan as necessary; 2) Lead the product selection, online product updates, promotions and order fulfillment for the MNHS online store; 3) Assist in daily operations of the History Center museum store; and 4) Work closely with the retail team to develop the Shopify/Stocky retail platform.


● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

● Experience purchasing products relevant to a company’s overall programmatic themes and objectives.

● Experience evaluating store inventory and making inventory decisions based on sales and market data.

● Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule.

● Valid driver’s license.

● Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.


● Developing effective working relationships with vendors, artists, and designers.

● Customer service and interpersonal communications skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

● Working with diverse audiences of varying cultural backgrounds, ages and abilities in a customer service environment.

● Thinking imaginatively and problem solving.

● Multitasking, working effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritizing and adapting to changing priorities.

● Working independently and taking individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment.

● Communicating clearly and accurately both orally and in writing.

● Strong analytical and organizational skills with a demonstrated results orientation.

● Record keeping skills sufficient to maintain thorough and accurate records.

● Analyzing data, making recommendations and preparing summary reports.

● Computer skills and technical proficiency.


● Retail management, product development and selection, market trends and consumer preferences, business management.


● Overall knowledge of Minnesota history and cultural resources, as well as exhibits, and programs related to the Minnesota History Center, and at Historic Sites to develop venue specific merchandise.

● Experience preparing specifications and to evaluate merchandise for price and quality.

● Creativity and artistic ability to conceptualize and design products.

● Experience using MUNIS and Shopify for processing purchasing requisitions, inventory receiving, cash management and daily sales reporting.

● Experience providing lead work direction to staff.

Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org.

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.mnhs.org.