Visitor Services & Safety Manager

Position Type: Full-time, Salary, Exempt
Salary Range: $32,700 – $49,000
Benefits: Eligible

Summary of Position

TAM seeks an energetic and approachable manager to oversee operations of the admissions desk, gallery security and supervise Museum Business Services (MBS) staff members. The Visitor Services & Safety Manager works closely with the other managers to coordinate daily operation of the entire public museum spaces. Department collaboration with Education, Marketing, Development, and Curatorial is also essential.

In addition to the qualifications detailed below, the ideal candidate possesses an enthusiastic and amiable demeanor, exceptional patience, and the ability to respond dynamically to unexpected changes in operations and programming, to maintain a positive attitude under stress, and to proactively problem-solve resolution of visitor issues.


  • Trains, supports and evaluates MBS staff members and works with HR to interview and hire new staff as needed.
  • Oversees master MBS staffing schedule (goal month out), coordinating breaks and other outages, and filling in as needed.
  • Maintains presentation of lobby and entire public spaces. Perform and delegate cleaning duties and upkeep of the museums’ public spaces.
  • Works closely with security and other team members to assess safety and security concerns as they arise throughout the galleries and public spaces, responding or escalating issues in a timely manner.
  • Maintains consistent training and support of ALTRU point of sales system specific to front line staff users.
  • Collect and prepare museum admission data using point of sales software and use Excel to populate monthly and yearly attendance reports for Director of Finance distribution.
  • Provides excellent customer service to ensure that all visitors have a positive museum experience.
  • Heads safety committee, made up of staff members from several departments, which works with management staff to develop and document policies and procedures to ensure safety of employees and visitors. Coordinates staff safety trainings.
  • Respond to security and safety issues as they arise, this may include responding to afterhours security events
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Customer service, retail experience with at least two years supervisory experience.
  • Solid organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to team approach and ability to collaborate openly.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, and Publisher) and familiarity with computer systems.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, oral, visual).
  • Must be able to work evening and weekend hours when necessary.

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

The essential physical requirements of this position include:

  • Frequently reaches with hands and arms and uses hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, machinery, computers, and/or controls.
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community.
  • Some work may be occasionally performed outside where employee is subject to adverse weather conditions.

To Apply

  • Please email a completed  job application, cover letter and resume to: Please send cover letter and resume as a single attachment.
  • Include “VSSM: First Name Last Name” in subject line.
  • No phone inquiries, please.

Closing Date:  Resume review will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

Tacoma Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applicants from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution with nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Named by  USA Today  as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. Founded in 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown university and museum district.

Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes TAM as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections.

Another significant gift announced on January 14, 2016 is the gift of the  Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. The Benaroyas carefully assembled over their 70 years of marriage a collection that  includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures by renowned regional artists. The gift, announced on Mrs. Benaroya’s 93rd  birthday, includes a contribution for the construction of a new 7,390 square-foot gallery addition in which to present the collection.  The new wing has been designed by award-winning architect Tom Kundig of Seattle-based Olson Kundig and opened   in January 2019.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family!

About Tacoma

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, a city that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Close enough to Seattle to take advantage of everything a major metropolis offers, Tacoma is its own distinctly unique and actively engaged community with a clear love of the arts.

Diverse individuals and families continue to invest in Tacoma for its charming historic neighborhoods, schools, parks, waterfront, and amenities. You’ll find the beaches and forests of Puget Sound ideal to bike, run, hike, and paddle – including the nearby Mount Rainier. In addition to sports, theater and other cultural offerings, Tacoma is home to a growing restaurant and pub scene that’s made national press. The thriving Tacoma Museum District lines the downtown core and showcases some of the nation’s best collections. Tacoma is a great place to call home.