Empty House Traders is a retail business located in an historic Stornoway seafront house and consisting of a local gallery as well as an eclectic mix of Fair Trade goods, books, vintage clothing, vinyl records, and gifts. The number of days worked per week will be variable but will consist of full day eight hour shifts. A typical week would include two to four shifts from 9-5:30 on variable days from Monday to Saturday, so the post requires floating shifts on these days and cannot accommodate candidates who regularly have limited availability. We seek an individual with strong communication skills who is comfortable working without constant supervision in an environment that will require an eye for detail as well as initiative and creativity.
The ideal candidate will have finished school and preferably have significant work experience in a customer-facing role. They will have work experience in (and/or academic qualifications relating to) studio art, fashion design and history, music or literature. They will have a strong interest in and knowledge of the current cultural production going on in our local community (art, music, etc.) While the role will be at first primarily dedicated to sales and customer service, it will also involve working on gallery and shop displays, light cleaning tasks, running errands or other tasks related to the daily functioning of a small business.
The successful candidate would also contribute creatively to the promotion of the shop’s collaborative community of vendors that currently consists of fifteen island microbusinesses. This could take the form of crafting effective social media posts, updating web pages, serving as liaison with various local arts or business initiatives, etc. The ideal candidate will take a vested interest in promoting the business, since their own role and compensation will expand as the business continues to develop.