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Working with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is about more than just paying the bills.  It goes beyond preserving culture and furthering research. It’s about meaningful work - nourishing ourselves as well as the community we serve.

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There are also a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the museum, some working with visitors, others with our natural and cultural collections. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

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Assistant Manager - Retail

Duties include, but are not limited to, overseeing store operations, merchandising activities, ticket box operations, supervision of staff, office/clerical tasks, retail software upkeep and maintenance, e-commerce and control of expenses. Responsible for assisting the Director of Retail Sales & Ticket Box Operations to meet Museum objectives and achieve mission goals as established.

Qualifications and skills: High school graduate, or equivalent. Minimum 3 years prior experience in a retail environment. Previous supervisory experience. 6-12 months previous office experience preferred. Ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and planning ability, detail-oriented with good follow-through. Ability to work effectively in a team context; good supervisory skills. Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to complete tasks with the expected time frame. PC literate, 10-key by touch, type 35-45 wpm. Knowledge of Hawaiian Culture and History. Ability to speak Japanese and/or Hawaiian Language a plus

Salary: $32,000 to $38,000

Hours: Full-time. Flexibility in schedule to meet operational needs.

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Membership Manager

The Membership Manager is responsible for the oversight and implementation of most aspects the Museum's membership program, including acquisition, retention, cultivation, member events, communications, and member benefits, member collateral, acquisition campaigns, member communications and messaging, and is the primary liaison to the Bishop Museum Association Council. With the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, this individual will develop and implement a strategic plan for the growth of the Museum's membership program, including setting goals and objectives, developing tactical plans, segmenting markets, pricing and delivery strategies, market research, and member acquisition.

Qualifications and skills: Bachelors degree or equivalent. Minimum 2 year experience in a high-energy, nonprofit environment or equivalent. Previous fundraising, membership, and event coordination experience preferable. Marketing, graphic design, and web design skills preferable. Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks. Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office. Valid Hawaii Drivers License – must be able to drive to meet with clients.

Salary: $45,000

Hours: Full-time. Flexibility in schedule to handle various tasks, includes night/weekend hours.

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Director of Sales

Seeking an experienced Director of Sales to help rapidly grow the organizations facility rental usage and non-resident admissions. Leadership of the Museum's sales efforts aligned with the institution's strategic plan and business planning goals, serving as primary point of contact and liaison with all sectors of the visitor industry and the development and marketing of new programs that will leverage Bishop Museum's assets and appeal to visitor sectors in the eastbound and westbound markets. The Director of Sales will work with the Museum's senior management, department leadership and staff across the Museum to develop and promote programs that capture sales opportunities and meet revenue goals for the Museum.

Qualifications: 4 year degree/diploma in Travel Industry Management or closely related discipline and/or equivalent combination of education and experience or related experience. Strong knowledge of leisure sales, tour & travel market. Minimum of five years of experience managing or leading a visitor industry sales program. Demonstrated ability to understand customer requirements and translating these into sales solutions. Must also be able to travel as needed to conferences, trade shows, tenant offices and other company offices. Positive service oriented attitude toward our employees, guests and our organization. Have a valid driver's license and vehicle in good working condition.

Salary $60,000 to $70,000 plus commission

Hours: Full-time

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Security Receptionist (Part-time)

The Security Receptionist is a key front line position responsible for serving visitors by greeting, welcoming, directing and announcing them appropriately. The position is also responsible for maintaining campus security by following critical security procedures and controlling access. The Security Receptionist works closely with the Security team and Visitor Experience department and has constant contact with all other departments in the Museum on a daily basis through in person, telephone or email communication.

Qualifications: Minimum two years proven working experience in similar roles. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to work with minimal supervision; self-motivated and task oriented. Solid verbal and written communication skills, including ability to speak clearly in English; knowledge of other languages is a plus. Security experience, ideally in a museum or educational environment, is preferred.

Education: High school graduate or equivalent.

Compensation: $11.00-$12.00/hour

Hours: Weekends, 8 am - 5 pm

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Security Officer, 1st Watch (Full-time)

Provide protection and safety for Bishop Museum visitors, staff, volunteers, collections, and buildings. Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed. Assume responsibility for building, contents, and staff during non-public hours. Complete written reports and logs as required.

Qualifications: Must have experience in security, preferably in a museum or educational environment. Must have patience interacting with children and senior citizens; be tactful in dealing staff, researchers and visitors; able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form; capable of original thinking and planning.

Required Licenses or certifications: Valid Security Guard Card issued by the State of Hawai'i

Education: High school graduate

Compensation: $10.00/hour

Hours: Full-time, 1st Watch (12am-8am)

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Director of Cultural Resources

Responsible for the advancement of the Museum's ethnology, archaeology, library and archival collections through supervision of the collection's management, conservation and research. Provides the direction to ensure the success of division's commitments and priorities. In conjunction with management in the Library & Archives, Ethnology, and Anthropology departments, develops long range plans, and strategies for these departments that: meet the Museum's mission, strengthens its financial and organizational foundation and its relationship with the community.

Salary: $75,000-80,000

Hours: Full-time

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Director of Education

The Director of Education is responsible for leadership of the Museum's informal educational program development and implementation aligned with the institution's strategic plan and operational goals. Under the direction of the Senior Vice President, Public Programs direct responsibilities include management of staff, financial and operational aspects of the department to produce programs in the areas of on-site daily programs, on-site school-age programs, outreach educational and public programs, and on-line/ virtual educational opportunities. As an integral part of content delivery at Bishop Museum the Director of Education also supports selection and development of travelling and in-house exhibitions to ensure educational goals are met. As the role of technology will continue to increase in its importance for delivery of educational and public programs, the Director of Education will also spearhead educational content and programs in virtual environments. In order to build external support and secure resources for programs, this position must work closely and participate directly with the institutional advancement division, senior leadership and other managers to identify and secure grant funding support and beneficial partnerships for the Museum. This person will be asked to assess the Museum's educational programs and initiatives to develop in conjunction with senior leadership a long-range educational growth plan that aligns with the Museum's new strategic plan. S/he must be able to work effectively with the public programs departments and the collections and research areas of the Museum to create unique, relevant, and innovative educational outcomes.

Salary: $60,000-80,000

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Ho'okipa Ambassador (Gift Shop Staff)

This position is responsible for conducting cashier and sales duties with careful attention to customer service, efficiency and accuracy. The successful candidate will ensure customer satisfaction in the museum's retail and admissions environment, and will have a strong sense of professionalism and the Aloha Spirit. As first point of contact for visitors coming into the museum, this position acts as Ho'okipa Ambassador: greeting all visitors with the Aloha Spirit, delivering outstanding customer service and creating an experience unique to the world.

Hours: Casual

Compensation: $9.00-$10/hr

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