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Retail Shop Manager (with future ownership a possibility!)

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PhotoSynthesis is a creative photo retail shop in downtown Ames. We save your most cherished memories, design and make unique photo gifts, as well as provide you with photo services of all kinds. 

Job Type:
Full Time
Posted Date:
July 8, 2024
Deadline Date:
July 31, 2024
Job Categories:
Business Development, Customer Service , Graphic Design, Marketing, Retail
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Salary Range:
$32,000 - $35,000
Job Description:

PhotoSynthesis is a small, creative photo services boutique business that opened January 5, 2009 on Main Street in downtown Ames. We are currently looking for a full-time, long-term person to run the shop with support from Lisa, the owner and founder of the business. Read here for more info about the shop and Lisa here:

Imagine a full-time career with growth potential in a creative, busy, and established shop on beautiful and busy Main Street in the heart of Ames. You'll be helping people across Iowa save and celebrate memories in meaningful ways! You even have dedicated parking behind the shop (very rare downtown!). Plus you will typically always have two days in a row off a week: Sundays and Mondays!

If you enjoy being creative, keeping busy, meeting people in the community, can communicate well, and enjoy working both independently and with others, this may be the career for you!

We need your enthusiasm, energy, and creative thinking to ensure everyone who walks through our door finds the help they need in an efficient, helpful manner.

We think you would be great for this role if you have:

  • Passion for art/design, and helping others
  • Previous retail, service industry, or cashier experience
  • Flexibility to work during “peak” retail hours, including before and after holidays
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills
  • Good listening and communication skills...

 ...And if you are:

  • Friendly, with a positive attitude and outlook
  • Happy to try and learn new things
  • Able to move from task to task with confidence
  • Good with being busy and on your feet
  • Digitally savvy
  • Familiar with social media apps and Adobe programs
  • Naturally creative with a good eye for color and style
  • Innovative and self-driven
  • Able to go up and down stairs, and be on your feet most of the day

Essential Responsibilities

  • Taking orders for photo services and photo gifts, taking passport photos, and providing excellent guest service throughout the experience
  • Making photo gifts and doing what is needed for all orders to be done in an efficient timely manner
  • Ensuring operations run smoothly and effectively
  • Managing a small staff (typically one part time person), and help hiring and training when needed

Advancement Opportunities

  • We want this to be a long term career for you, managing and running the shop with owner support. Future ownership possible.

Starting pay for full-time: $32,000 - $35,000/ year PLUS: perks! 


  • One week paid vacation after one year of full-time employment
  • Insurance available
  • Generous store discount
  • Flexibility with appointments 
  • Sundays and Mondays off
  • Opportunity for advancement, looking for someone interested in the possibility of future ownership
  • Kind, accepting environment with occasional treats!
Associate's, Marketing, Graphic Design, Management, Retail, entrepreneurship
2 years
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317 Main Street
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