Part-time Visitor Services Associate - Ford House 

Multiple Positions

Compensation: $15/hr, Non-exempt

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Visitor Services & Retail Manager, the Visitor Services Associate ensures visitors have a positive experience by providing a friendly greeting and orientation, answering frequently asked questions, promoting museum events, membership, programs, and tours, ensuring guidelines and policies are adhered to, answering phones, and processing admission, membership, and retail sales. This position is classified as an essential staff position.


        Welcome visitors while projecting an attitude of openness and access to all visitors.
        Be an ambassador and promote the organization’s mission and brand during each interaction. 
        Initiate dialogue with onsite visitors and answer questions to promote a friendly and engaging experience.
        Provide prompt and accurate responses to visitors who call Ford House.
        Provide visitors with accurate information about the collection, estate, Ford family, and various events, programs, and tours.
        Utilize a variety of strategies to inquire about visitor needs, interests, and questions. 
        Help explain, interpret, and enforce visitor guidelines.
        Use Ford House visitor experience standards when handling comments and complaints. 
        Accurately perform opening and closing procedures for the Admission Desk, The Shop, Main Gate, Reception Desk, and shuttles.  
        Operate point-of-sale system in The Shop and Admission Desk, process financial transactions, balance cash drawers, and prepare deposits. 
        Adhere to loss prevention standards, inventory control methods, and PCI compliance procedures. 
        Demonstrate knowledge of store products to make tailored recommendations in an effort to build sales and minimize returns. 
        Actively promote, sell, and renew Ford House memberships. 
        Operate shuttle buses on the grounds, including loading and unloading visitors with wheelchairs.
        Assist with escorting photography sessions around the estate. 
        Work with staff during events, programs, and tours to provide a positive experience for visitors. 
        Assist visitors with checking bags, coats, and umbrellas. Provide visitors with strollers and wheelchairs as needed.
        Assist other departments with projects and tasks as needed. 
        Assist Security team with evacuation procedures from the Visitor Center as required. 
        Participate in regular trainings and workshops about accessibility, conversational strategies, customer service, diversity, exhibition content, first aid, and visitor engagement. 
        Maintain confidentiality of museum information.
        Other duties as assigned.

Uniform Requirements

This position does require maintaining a standard dress code of wearing all black and presenting a clean, professional appearance. Uniform shirts are provided, but should be maintained by the Visitor Services Associate.

Skills and Requirements

         Excellent interpersonal, conversational, and verbal communication skills
         Willingness and capacity to acquire new skills and knowledge 
         Ability to work on average 20-28 hours per week
         Ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
         Ability to approach and interact with visitors without hesitation
         Ability to use basic internet and Microsoft Office functions
         Ability to participate in virtual meetings, on platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom
         Ability to learn and use event scheduling, point-of-sale, and ticketing software
         Ability to completebasic math functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
         Ability to hear normal conversations; prosthetics acceptable
         Ability to drive a Ford Star Craft Shuttle Bus
         Ability to assist visitors with strollers and wheelchairs
         Physically able to stand for long periods, able to bend and/or stoop, climb, and lift up to 25 lbs. 

Key Characteristics/Traits

         Responsible, reliable, and flexible
         Friendly, courteous, empathetic, and engaging presence with all museum visitors and staff, including those of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds 
         Ability to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and follow instructions  
         Flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations
         Attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment 


         High school diploma or equivalent. College courses in art history, education, museum studies, andU.S. history are preferred. 
         Minimum of one year experience in one or more of the following areas: hospitality, retail, or visitor/guest services.

Other Job Requirements

        Successful completion of background and credit check
        Available to work weekends, nights, and some holidays
        Physically able to sit for long periods of time, stand in the galleries as needed, able to use a computer, able to bend and/or stoop, climb, and lift up to 25 lbs. to perform tasks that may be required in the course of museum operation

Email resume, salary requirements, and application to Indicate in subject line “Visitor Services Associate.”  Please, no phone calls.

Ford House is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or certain state or local laws.

Posted on 2/24/2021

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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