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Production Assistant - State Work Study

The Production Assistant contributes to the Mercer Island Thrift Shop’s success by maximizing store sales through skilled and efficient handling of incoming donations. 

Pay rate: $17.00-$18.00 per hour

Essential Job Functions
Provide excellent customer service to patrons and donors
Receive, distribute, and price donations
Maintain a well-organized production and receiving area
Provide information to donator on acceptable donations according to the store’s best practice guidelines
Maintain visual standards and cleanliness of the department
Stock product to the sales floor and rotates merchandise
Provide quick, friendly, and helpful service over the phone
Communicate and cooperate with staff, volunteers, and management
Consistently apply safety, loss control, and prevention techniques
Handle the organization and clean up of work stations and equipment at the end of each shift
Model and act in accordance with the City of Mercer Island Vision and Values
Assist with other projects as assigned
Must be available for weekend and evening shifts
Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

Educational Benefits
This position provides experience working in the retail side of a nonprofit organization, working with a volunteer work force including people with disabilities. Students gain knowledge in merchandising concepts, production processes, maximizing sales for a variety of consumer goods, business planning, and reporting functions. 

Merit Pay
Work study students can increase their hourly rare, up to 3%, every 400-500 hours worked through continuous skills growth, performance improvement, and goal setting.

Minimum Qualifications and Working Conditions
Ability to stand and work an eight hour shift with rigorous physical activity
Ability to lift and carry 60 lbs. using appropriate lifting techniques and moving aids
Ability to use a computer and write or type information for others to read
Ability to listen and communicate verbally to volunteers, staff, and the public in an effective manner
Ability to work in a two story building, going up and down stairs frequently
Ability to work around allergy-aggravating used merchandise
Must maintain an open schedule of availability including evenings and weekends outside of class schedule
Ability to abide by the City’s smoke and drug free working environment policy
Ability to drive a city vehicle; maintain a good driving record and valid driver’s license desired.