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The New York Public Library Retail Associate (Temporary) PT - Library for the Performing Arts in New York, New York

Retail Associate (Temporary) PT - Library for the Performing Arts

Department: Branch Libraries

Employment Type: Part Time

Location: Manhattan

Reporting To: Paulette Bellins

Compensation: $15.00 / hour



Do you love books and the performing arts? The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years.

We are seeking a Part-Time Retail Associate who functions as a cashier and is both the face and personality of the shop. Enthusiasm, product knowledge and customer engagement also play a part in performance as well as recognizing when getting through the line should be the focus. Above all, this person finds no job too big (“Help me select gifts for my 11 grandchildren”) or too small (wiping down computer screens or giving directions) not to attend to with good humor.

This person should have a great visual memory and should be curious to learn and share all that the shop has to offer. Accuracy and speed on a POS system are critical. A flexible schedule is preferred as is speaking more than one language, although neither is absolutely necessary. Saturdays, however, are a must. If you are a self-starter with excellent timekeeping, please send us a cover letter with your resume. Tell us about your connection to the performing arts and why you’re especially suited to this position.


Reporting to the Manager of The LPA Shop, the Part-Time Retail Associate::

  • Engages customers with enthusiasm and product knowledge

  • Communicates effectively to customers as well as management

  • Utilizes a POS retail system with speed, efficiency and courtesy

  • Maintains inventory and restocks displays

  • Enjoys operating independently

  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Certifications

  • High school diploma or GED is required

  • At least one year of sales experience, preferably in a busy museum/book/lifestyle shop

Required Skills

  • Operates the register and POS system as required

  • One year minimum in retail environment handling cash

  • Proven ability to work effectively and quickly in a hectic, fast-paced environment

  • Experience working collaboratively within a team

  • Excellent communication skills with a wide range of customers

  • Saturday availability

  • Flexible schedule (15-25 hours week)

  • Cash handling skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated reliability and flexibility

  • Quick Study; able to absorb quickly/clearly

  • Able to scan a room for product placement and traffic patterns

  • High energy

  • Excellent Timekeeping

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some college

  • Foreign language a plus

  • Visual merchandising experience


Please Note: Effective August 2, 2021, absent a qualifying exception for medical or religious reasons, newly hired employees of the New York Public Library must present proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination and may not begin employment at the Library until 14 days after their receipt of their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Newly hired employees who need additional time to receive their vaccination prior to their start date may request an adjournment of their start date with their hiring manager. The Library will consider such requests on a case by case basis, depending upon the Library’s operational needs, among other factors. The Library will further consider exemptions for prospective employees who cannot become vaccinated due to a qualifying medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief or practice. Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment and who seek a medical or religious exemption to the Library’s vaccination policy will be provided with additional instructions at the time of the conditional offer.

Core Values

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues

  • Be Resourceful in solving problems

  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

  • Be Welcoming and Inclusive

Work Environment

  • Office setting

  • Public library setting

Physical Duties

  • Limited physical effort is required

  • Light lifting required

  • Lifting up to 40 lbs. Required

Pre-Placement Physical Required?


Union/Non Union


FLSA Status



  • 15-24 hour work week

  • 11am-6pm M-S