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The Public Engagement Associate assists with all operations at the Museum of Newport History & Shop, including, but not limited to high volume retail sales and giving history tours through museum, historic sites, and walking tours of downtown Newport.  This position operates from the Museum of Newport History at the Brick Market, a highly trafficked public environment.

Activities include but are not limited to:

Assist daily retail operations, with a focus on selling merchandise by connecting product to Newport’s history.
Manage backstock inventory, which includes organizing merchandise, running frequent spot inventories of various departments, and knowing proper backstock location of all stock.
Help manage visitor experience by answering questions, stocking brochures, and familiarizing self with all operations of the Newport Historical Society as well as Newport’s history.
Assist with occasional marketing and promotions of NHS events, including social media posts, updating calendar listings, and communicating with various hotels, visitor’s center, and other high traffic locations.
Open and close store and museum, ensuring that all alarm/detection systems are operating properly; monitor the cleanliness of the building and grounds; report all maintenance needs to supervisor.
Assist with monitoring the safety of visitors, museum collections, and the condition of the sites.
Accurately operate the cash register, ensuring that sales and sales reports reconcile at the close of business each day; sell NHS tour tickets; document daily attendance by recording the number of people at end of the day; enter visitation statistics into computer spreadsheet and help complete monthly visitation report.
Manage non-inventory stock and supplies by performing weekly spot checks and ordering when needed.
Learning the content of all tours and delivering them as scheduled or on demand. Regularly scheduled walking tours, site tours, and museum tour must be learned within the first 90 days of beginning position.

Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.  Must demonstrate high level of sales, interpersonal, and management skills. Proven ability to communicate both orally and in writing with a variety of individuals. This individual must be comfortable prioritizing tasks, managing a high degree of interaction with the public, have an enthusiastic attitude, be self-directed, project-oriented and able to multitask.

Physical Demands

Must be able to comfortably navigate stairs several times a day and carry 30lbs. Must be able to lead walking tours through city streets, and site tours of historic properties.
The position is placed at the Museum and Shop at Brick Market at 127 Thames Street. Schedule is flexible but will include holiday, evening and weekend hours.
Questions and applications should be addressed to Jenna Teachout, 401-841-8770, Chosen applicant will begin immediately, with a 90-day probationary period.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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