Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities


Position Opening: Museum Store Manager

Interior view of the Museum Store with toys, games and puzzles

The Museum Store at WAM

The Wichita Art Museum—in the largest metropolitan area in Kansas and with a premier American art collection—seeks a skilled and team-oriented Museum Store Manager to manage the Museum Store and Welcome Desk, providing visitors with an outstanding experience and the highest level of customer service. With a strong regional presence, the museum has a significant American art collection with works across media and history. The prized Roland P. Murdock Collection anchors the museum and features masterpieces of American art from Winslow Homer to Mary Cassatt to Georgia O’Keeffe. Working as part of an energetic and collaborative team, the Museum Store Manager contributes to WAM’s mission to bring “people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community.”

 Responsibilities include:

  • Manage all aspects of the daily operations of the Store to generate maximum profitability.
  • Set and realize annual sales goals and create strategies to increase Store sales.
  • Strategically design merchandising displays to achieve sales objectives.
  • Oversee Museum Store maintenance, product shipping and receiving.
  • Maintain accurate inventory and sales records through Counterpoint POS system.
  • Manage Welcome Desk and Museum Store staff, ensuring coverage for weekends and special events.
  • Train staff on Counterpoint, store policy, procedures, customer service, and active-selling techniques.
  • Responsible for inventory management including physical inventories.
  • Responsible for purchasing inventory.
  • Manage Store recordkeeping, including bank deposits, accounts payable, budgeting, and sales tax.
  • Assist customers with product selections and process all customer orders and returns.
  • Manage inventory receiving, tagging or ticketing and merchandising on the sales floor.
  • Proactively attain product knowledge and be able to share that with co-workers and customers.
  • Meet and exceed Store standards in customer service, product merchandising, and rotation.
  • Work with Public Relations Manager to develop an online presence and E-Commerce site.
  • Promote teamwork by working with other WAM staff effectively, safely, respectfully, and efficiently.
  • These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive. Other related duties may be assigned as needed.

 Schedule:

  • Full-time position (Tuesday – Saturday). Flexible evening and weekend availability a must.
  • Museum Store operates Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm.

 Job Requirements:

  • Retail management experience: 2 years.  Gift store and supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Computer competency in Microsoft Office required. Counterpoint experience strongly preferred.
  • Considerable knowledge of visual merchandising.
  • Ability to effectively plan, schedule, organize and provide instructions for the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Minimal travel may be required.
  • Ability to accurately handle money.
  • Strong, proven experience in retail sales and customer service.
  • Comfortable with interactions at all levels of management, staff, and the public.
  • Maturity to accommodate frequently shifting priorities calmly and professionally.
  • E-Commerce and/or social media experience a plus.
  • An employee will not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds; move about quickly; and stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a valid driver’s license.

For full position description, please visit wichitaartmuseum.org/jobs. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, email (1) cover letter outlining qualifications and salary requirements, (2) resume, and (3) three references with contact information to jobs@wichitaartmuseum.org.  Position will be open until filled.

Offer of employment will be made contingent upon passing a drug screening and background check. The Wichita Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers veteran’s preference to applicants who meet eligibility requirements.


Position Opening: Registrar

Interior image of galleries showing WAM’s Americana collection of decorative arts with two portraits on the wall, two wooden chairs, a rug, two duck decoys, a wooden eagle

WAM’s Americana Collection in the Vollmer Gallery

The Registrar manages all aspects of the Wichita Art Museum’s registration and collections management functions including temporary and traveling exhibitions, incoming and outgoing loans, acquisitions, cataloguing, database management, insurance, inventory, and storage. This position oversees the creation and maintenance of all object-related and exhibition-related records. The position is also responsible for the physical safety of the works of art in the collection. This includes ensuring proper installation of objects for display and in storage, ensuring safe methods of packing and transport of objects, arranging necessary conservation planning and treatment, and monitoring the museum environment. Working as part of an energetic and collaborative curatorial team, the Registrar contributes to WAM’s mission to bring “people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community.”

Responsibilities include:

  • Comprehensive and proactive organization and oversight for the museum’s prized art collection.
  • Oversees physical care of the collection and loans through safe packing and shipping of objects, proper storage, handling, security, and storage methods. Provides condition reports and other necessary documentation.
  • Responsible for all aspects of loans to and from WAM, including loan documentation, packing, shipping, fine arts insurance, couriers, and assisting with budgeting.
  • Manages collections management database.
  • Creates and maintains collection records (including paper and electronic). Responsible for creating records relating to new acquisitions, including donor and purchase records.
  • Prepares and presents reports on collection growth, activity, and care.
  • Recommends and oversees fine arts insurance coverage.
  • Works closely with Facility and Security staff to ensure physical safety of collection and exhibitions at all times.
  • Works with Curator and Director to determine need and options for couriers, manages courier schedule, and couriers artworks nationally and internationally.
  • Oversees the review of facility reports for borrowing institutions and recommends action to Curator and Director.
  • Works in conjunction with Curator and Manager of Imaging and Installation to develop exhibition and project production schedules.
  • Responsible for the organization of the registrarial aspects of multiple venue exhibitions, which includes packing, shipping, insurance, couriers, documentation, and assisting with budgeting.
  • Monitors condition of permanent collection artworks and coordinates with Curator and Director to contract with outside conservators for necessary treatments.
  • Monitors art storage and exhibition spaces for climate, light levels, air filtration, and pest control.
  • Participates with Curator and other staff to plan, implement, and review collections management objectives and to develop policies and procedures, including periodic review of Collection Management Policy, Collection Plan, and Conservation Plan.
  • Works with Curator and other departments to prepare and administer grants relating to collection care.
  • Remains abreast of evolving issues in the art world and museum field as they relate to registration policy and practice and care of artworks.
  • Other duties as required.

      Job Requirements:

      • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
      • At least five years museum registration experience required; additional museum registration experience preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
      • Experience with standard office software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and collections management databases, preferably Mimsy XG.
      • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
      • Exceptional attention to detail; exceptional organizational ability.
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds; climb a ladder; bend and twist; move about quickly; and stand for extended periods.
      • Ability to acquire and maintain a valid driver’s license.

      Salary commensurate with experience; salary range from $36,000 to $60,000. To apply, email (1) cover letter outlining qualifications, (2) resume, and (3) three references with contact information to poynter@wichitaartmuseum.org. Position will be open until filled.

      Offer of employment will be made contingent upon passing a drug screening and background check. The Wichita Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers veteran’s preference to applicants who meet eligibility requirements.


      Become a WAM Docent

      A group of men and women standing together in the Great Hall

      WAM Docents – December 2019

      Are you interested in being on Team WAM? Do you have what it takes to get excited about all forms and genres of American art? Do you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with groups of school children? Are you looking for opportunities to keep engaged and active and give back to the Wichita community? WAM is looking for you.

      WAM trains volunteer tour guides to provide exceptional educational tours for visitors to the museum. Docents undertake training to learn about art history, museum education, touring and interactive strategies, and communication skills. Being a docent at WAM encourages greater visual and cultural literacy, fosters lifelong learning, and creates lasting friendships. For more information, email education@wichitaartmuseum.org.