Shop Maine Craft is seeking a full-time gallery manager of the Center for Maine Craft.

Center for Maine Craft
288 Lewiston Rd. West Gardiner, ME 04345

The gallery manager serves as the face and voice of the Center for Maine Craft, the largest and most significant income generating program area of Shop Maine Craft. The manager is the primary contact for vendors, customers, staff and other stakeholders. The manager is responsible for meeting retail sales goals, meeting the needs of various relationships and is most guided by serving Maine’s craft artists through the sales of their work in this high traffic location visited by hundreds of thousands of Mainers and tourists each year. The manager leads their dedicated, professional, trained, sales focused and friendly staff by example. The manager represents both Shop Maine Craft (SMC) and Maine Crafts Association (MCA) and is responsible for communicating the vision, initiatives and opportunities of each organization to our constituencies.

Position Title: Center for Maine Craft Retail Gallery Manager
Reports To: Shop Maine Craft Manager
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Salary: $40,000
Benefits: Health, dental & vision insurance (partially paid), gallery discount, travel reimbursement, vacation, holiday and sick paid time off package & paid parental leave.
Location: Center for Maine Craft / 100% in-person

About our Team

Our staff are best described as creative, dedicated, collaborative-minded individuals. Many of our employees are also working artists; our organization nurtures an environment that supports their creative growth and professional goals. All staff are welcome and encouraged to take part in our educational programming and events as both staff and participants.

About the Center

The Center for Maine Craft is a retail gallery presenting and promoting over 300 artist-members of the Maine Crafts Association. Operated by Shop Maine Craft, the Center acts to increase public awareness of the significant role craft artists play in Maine’s culture, economy and heritage. Since its opening in November 2008, the retail gallery has supported Maine artists and organizations through retail sales, exhibitions, and events in a unique high-traffic location within the West Gardiner Service Plaza. In partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism, the Center for Maine Craft also provides travelers with statewide visitor information, maps, routes and other travel inquiries.

Essential Qualifications

A successful candidate will have experience with the following broad topics. The search committee welcomes applicants who are not currently well versed in all areas and have other valuable proficiencies and transferable skill sets as well as an interest in learning.

  • Knowledge of Fine Craft Traditions and Techniques
  • Retail & Consignment Systems
  • Maine Tourism
  • Diversity, Inclusion & Equity: Best Practices, Concepts, Dedication
  • Arts Administration
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • CRM & Membership Systems
  • Ecommerce
  • Program & Event Planning

To Apply:

Please write a short letter of interest to Whitney Gill at working@shopmainecraft.com and include a resume with references.

No phone calls, please.

Shop Maine Craft does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, ancestry, public assistance, ethnic background, religion, marital status, economic class, age, disability or handicap (mental or physical), sex, creed, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and any other legally protected characteristics in admission or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. Shop Maine Craft complies with all applicable national, state and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity and will take “affirmative action” measures to ensure the enforcement of its policies.

Shop Maine Craft believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling its vision of building and supporting our community of craft artists. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want Shop Maine Craft experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. SMC is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.

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