BereaCorps - Retail Associate

Berea College - Berea, KY4.3

ContractEstimated: $42,000 - $57,000 a year
BereaCorps positions are grant-funded, one-year contract positions from June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020, with the possibility of a one year extension. The positions are only available to 2018 and May 2019 Berea graduates, that have completed all of their coursework by May 2019.

Summary of Position:
The BereaCorps Retail Associate will report to the Director of Retail & Business Development and work directly with the retail leadership of the Farm Store, College Visitor Center & Shoppe, and the Log House Crafts Gallery. The position will need to be able to learn and execute the fundamental responsibilities of operating a retail store such as: scheduling and overseeing labor effectively, direct customer interaction and service on the sales floor, merchandising, advertising, accounting and loss prevention tasks, community interaction and collaboration, website management and social media engagement.

Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education required to ensure success in this position:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Berea College. Experience in a campus retail environment is preferred but not required.
Experience required to ensure success in this position:
  • Providing excellent customer service. Desire to develop this skill is required.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Superior interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Computer skills including data processing and spreadsheet
  • Ability to confidently interact with customers and visitors in an engaging and effective manner.
  • Demonstrable ability and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to learn various software systems including retail store POS system, Ecommerce platform, WordPress and all relevant Social Media platforms.
  • Basic knowledge of photography would be a plus or willingness to learn.
License, certification, or registration necessary:
  • Food safety training and certification will be required within 60 days of hire.
Physical requirements:
  • Ability to use computer for extended periods.
  • Ability to drive a motor vehicle and current driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift up to 20-40 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
Environmental conditions:
  • While most of this work takes place in a retail or office environment, the work requires moving from one retail operation to another across campus daily, as well as participation in outdoors selling or promotional events, which means exposure to differing climatic and weather conditions.
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
  • Computer
  • Standard office equipment
  • Motor vehicle and/or golf cart
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The successful candidate must have superior personal interaction skills, strong/computer skills, and be able to adaptively adjust from one situation to the next.
  • Support and help coordinate strategic direction for merchandising, product placement, pricing, and advertising for each retail store.
  • Support communizing best practices across each retail store where appropriate and feasible by training and development of standard work.
  • Work collaboratively with City and State tourism officials in order to capitalize on the attraction of community offerings, attractions, and events that could increase retail store traffic.
  • Manage the Websites for the Berea College Experience, Visitor Center, Log House, and Farm Store.
  • Manage the On-Line Stores for the Visitor Center (including BC Crafts) and the Log House.
Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has along standing commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together.

Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.

Berea College is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application!

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.