Sales Associate (Part Time Seasonal)- The Library Shop

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The New York Public Library is the nation's largest public library system and within its landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, The Library Shop serves hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. The shop contains close to 5000 different items and sells 1500 on an average day. It features books (for adults and children), souvenirs, accessories, desk gifts, and its own collection of totes and tees. Like the Library itself, the shop reflects a passion for knowledge and learning.
The Library shop is seeking a Part-Time Sales Associate working up to 25 hours per week who is the face of the Library and shares our passion for retail together with  knowledge and learning. This person should enjoy and thrive in a hectic high volume store with grace, good humor and courtesy. There is opportunity for growth for bright, talented people able to work hard with good retail skills.

Principal Responsibilities

Reporting to the Manager of the Library Shop, the Sales Associate:

  • Operates with speed, efficiency, and courtesy a POS retail system 
  • Engages customers with product knowledge and store promotions 
  • Effectively communicates store policies and procedures 
  • Maintains and resets shop displays
  • Maintains packaging materials 
  • Creates attractive packages as required 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Key Competencies

  •  Cash handling skills
  •  Excellent communication skills
  •  Enthusiasm
  •  Reliability and Flexibility
  •  Able to scan a room for product placement and traffic patterns
  •  Good visual memory
  •  Thrives in a fast paced environment

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years experience in a retail environment handling cash
  • Proven ability to work effectively and quickly in a hectic, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working collaboratively within a team 
  • Conversationally adept with a range of people 
  • Able to scan a room for product placement and traffic patterns
  • Saturday availability and some Sundays in November & December
  • Flexible schedule
  • Demonstrated computer and related technology skills, including Microsoft Office and Google Applications

Work Environment

  • Retail shop

Physical Duties

  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Light Lifting


Must be able to work up to 25 hours per week, schedule may vary (weekends required) - This is Temporary seasonal position through January 15, 2018.

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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