Visitor Services Associate


Visitor Services



Position Summary:

This position provides a high level of customer service and satisfaction to ensure an excellent experience for on-site visitors, overseeing the selling of admission tickets to the Museum, handling visitor questions, ticket sales, and reservations. The Visitor Services Associate will work with the Manager of Visitor Services to help ensure the Museum is in compliance with all state and local public health and safety protocols for visitors. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. The Visitor Services Associate reports to the Manager of Visitor Services. Position is part-time, up to 24 hours per week and requires some weekend and occasional evening hours.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides guests with excellent customer service by interacting with guests throughout the museum and exhibition spaces to engage with visitors and provide information about Museum exhibitions, programs, safety procedures, and services including the Hirasaki National Resource Center, facility rentals, and group visits. Also provides visitors with information about the surrounding community.
  2. Check in guests by making sure visitors adhere to all health and safety procedures upon entry. May include: health screening, timed tickets, temperature checks, physical distancing protocol, face masks, and vaccination status/negative COVID-19 test prior to entry. Ensuring guests are informed of code of conduct and safety regulations while inside the museum. Helps to ensure public safety in response to CDC, State, Los Angeles County, and City of Los Angeles requirements. Identifies potential areas for improvement and makes recommendations to the COO to help ensure compliance.
  3. Provides support to JANM Members using Altru donor database software (training provided). Handles membership applications in person and over the telephone. Facilitates membership, gift certificate, and other promotional sales. For other donations, establish lines of communication to the Development department.
  4. Provides guests with current information about Museum exhibitions, programs, and services including the Hirasaki National Resource Center, facility rentals, and group tours. Provides visitors with information about the surrounding community, while highlighting the JANM’s competing programs and services.
  5. Works the Hirasaki National Resource Center in a research position: To be determined on the basis of aptitude, training, and willingness to participate in the exchange of family and cultural histories.
  6. Ensures that the front desk is maintained and orderly. Stocks and maintains printed museum materials including visitor guides, admission stickers, receipt tape, validation stickers, and surveys; alerts Supervisor when supplies are needed.
  7. In conjunction with Security, ensures the opening and closing of exhibition galleries and lobby areas. Additionally, communicates with security to ensure safety of public areas by using radio codes and staying updated on safety procedures.
  8. Receives comments and concerns, while promoting JANM branding, language, and positioning when appropriate. Passes concerns onto the appropriate departments and/or staff person. Remains up to date with language developed by Marketing and Communications.
  9. Oversees check in of staff guests and vendors. Updates staff sign-in/out pages.
  10. Reconciles cash drawer and empties donation boxes at the close of business. Requires a criminal background and credit check.
  11. Interacts with, motivates, and trains volunteers.
  12. Assists with maintaining JANM’s electronic scheduling in Altru and Google Calendar.
  13. Works with visitors of all ages to support the various events sponsored by JANM. Staffs museum-wide events per year:
    • JANM’s Gala and Auction—(off-site) typically held in the Spring (April-May)
    • JANM’s Family Festival Days—Oshogatsu Festival (January) and Natsumatsuri Festival (August)
    • JANM Free Family Day
    • Member Events or Exhibition Receptions/Openings

This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Qualification Requirements

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions as outlined above.


Bachelor’s degree preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum one year of front-line guest services/receptionist experience. Demonstrates flexibility, at all times, in order to ensure a high level of guest service. Has familiarity with reception lobby tasks or similar operations that deal mainly with the general public as guests. Takes guest reservations and answers general inquiries—in person, over the phone, and via email—in a professional manner. Is adept with handling cash and processing sales. Demonstrates strong initiative, follow through, while being detail-oriented. Is able to be a self-starter within a fast paced, team environment, adjusting and providing appropriate action when unanticipated needs arise. Is willing to learn and apply new skills. Prior non-profit, museum experience, and working with volunteers is beneficial. Knowledge of Japanese American history, culture, and community is a plus. Requires availability on weekends and evening hours. 


Demonstrates consistently strong guest service skills to external visitors, co-workers, volunteers, and consultants in person, over the phone, and via email. Conveys a friendly and diplomatic demeanor at all times. Projects a positive image as a representative of the Museum; facilitates discussion on JANM’s unique positioning, branding, and programming. Has excellent communication and negotiation skills. Is able to read, write, and comprehend routine reports and correspondence, including safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals. Is able to effectively present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group format.  


Is computer literate, Internet savvy, and experience with MS Office, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and Altru preferred. Speed, accuracy, and attention to detail are essential. 


Is able to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Is able to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Acts on own initiative, making consistently sound decisions. Must be able to comply with institutional policies and procedures. Performs successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Is able to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well-conceived, and timely manner. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The Visitor Services Associate is a regular, part-time position.  Please note, however, that this is an at-will position, meaning that your employment may be terminated at any time, with or without notice, and with or without cause. There is, in other words, no guarantee that you will be employed until any date in the future.


Reports To: Manager of Visitor Services

Positions Supervised: None but will work closely with department volunteers.