Employment Opportunities

Sales Associates @ Center for Maine Craft & Maine Craft Portland

We’re looking for friendly, customer-service oriented people to join our sales team in Portland and West Gardiner!
Sales Associates are responsible for making and processing sales, handling fine craft objects, managing inventory and maintaining display and store appearance, as well as communicating information about Maine Crafts Association’s artist-members, craft objects, mission and programs to the various constituencies who visit the Center for Maine Craft and Maine Craft Portland on a daily basis.
West Gardiner only: Sales associates will also work at the Visitor Information Center located in the Center for Maine Craft. Visitor Information Center operation entails providing personalized, over-the-counter tourist information services to walk-in-visitors seeking travel assistance and tourism-oriented literature about the state of Maine.
 
Benefits: 
  • Dental & Vision Insurance plan with partial employer contribution
  • MCA Professional Membership
  • 25% Discount on store purchases at all MCA retail locations, plus additional staff sale days
  • Discount on MCA Haystack workshop weekend & other MCA programs
Center for Maine Craft – 288 Lewiston Rd. West Gardiner, Maine

The Center is home to a retail gallery and an exhibition gallery together representing more than 300 Maine craft artists annually. The Maine Crafts Association opened the Center in November 2008 in an effort to support Maine artists and organizations through retail sales in a high traffic location. The Center increases awareness of the significant role craft artists play in Maine’s culture, economy and heritage. The Center is located in West Gardiner, Maine at the West Gardiner Service Plaza. The Center is also home to a Visitor Information Center that assists travelers with information, maps, routes and other travel inquiries.
To apply: Submit resume & cover letter to our Application Form
Hours: 15-35 hours/week May through December. Hours may be reduced Oct-Nov and Jan-May.
Must be available nights, weekends and holidays.
Pay: $12/hour

Maine Craft Portland – 521 Congress St. Portland, Maine

A new retail gallery and resource space for the Maine Crafts Association, Maine Craft Portland will open summer 2018 in the Mechanics Hall, located on Congress st in downtown Portland. This new MCA space will promote craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly benefit Maine craft artists through sales of their work. The MCA is currently renovating the space, hiring staff, ordering inventory and preparing for grand opening this summer!
To apply: Submit resume & cover letter to our Application Form
Hours: 15-35 hours/week May through December. Hours may be reduced Oct-Nov and Jan-May.
Must be available nights, weekends and holidays.
Pay: $14/hour

Essential Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Greeting of all visitors into the store
  • Complete cash register sales using Quickbooks Point of Sale, wrapping and packing items for customers
  • Tagging and restocking inventory
  • Talking with and educating customers about Maine craft
  • Accepting the duties of opening/closing procedures
  • “Housekeeping” – dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, taking out trash, etc.
  • Advocate for the Maine Crafts Association’s visibility, stature, and significance within the community.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  • General knowledge, or interest in, handmade craft (or willingness to learn!)
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, nights and weekends as well as on call weekdays
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Knowledge of Point of Sale Systems and comfort with common computer hardware and software
  • Strong Customer Service
  • Retail experience a plus, but we will hire and train smart and friendly folks!