1544 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501 

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Be part of a dedicated and inspiring team in a creative environment at our retail bead store in Alameda, CA! Those interested in employment can e-mail their cover letter and resume to Bead Inspirations is an equal opportunity employer.

Updated 720/21. If the listing has not been updated in the last 2 months, please verify that it is current before applying.

We can use people to help in these capacities:

  • Part-time - Full-time Sales & Operations Associate
  • Part-time Sales Associate
  • Inventory and Operations Associate
  • Website & Data Entry
  • Volunteer/ Intern

Part-Time - Full Time Sales & Operations Associate 
In this position, you'll wear lots of hats, and necklaces! The ideal person for this job is someone who can be effective with the sales responsibilities along with back of the house operational tasks. Initially, this would be part-time in the Sales Associate capacity (see details below), with number of hours dependent on the skills you bring with you to the position. As you develop more ease with customer service and sales, we'll teach you operational tasks needed to support a thriving business for a 30+ hour/week position. There's lots of variety, including website maintenance & fulfillment, marketing, taking pictures and videos, inventory management support, teaching: it's never a dull moment! You will be rewarded for your commitment!

Part-Time Sales Associate 
You'll have the opportunity inspire people's natural creativity, help them design something beautiful, or select jewelry as gifts. When you're not helping customers, you'll do operational tasks and help maintain the cleanliness of the store. You may need to assist with jewelry repair, sign people up for classes, set up displays, computer work, inventory work and other behind-the-scenes tasks involved with running a retail operation.

The following is required as part of your regular work schedule:

  • Saturday (4-8 hour shifts; current shop hours 12-6)
  • One or more weekday shifts (current shop hours 1:00-6:00pm)

You'll also be needed during these times:

  • Paid staff meetings (approx. 2 hours) outside of your regular work schedule, when scheduled
  • Thanksgiving weekend (1 or 2 days: Friday - Saturday)
  • Week before & after Christmas (you won't work every day, but we need to be able to schedule you during those weeks.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Friendly, outgoing personality
  • Previous beading experience (Does not have to be extensive or professional, but at least some experience is needed in order to help customers with their beading and/or jewelry repair questions.)
  • Good computer skills (Need to operate different styles of mice, experience with Excel and Windows platform, navigate quickly between windows on a computer, learn new programs with a positive, can-do spirit)

Other Qualifications:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to stand, walk, and work on your feet for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds, bend over and climb ladders in order to do floor displays, backroom activities and store maintenance
  • Professional appearance. You get to wear fabulous jewelry every day!
  • Ability to work harmoniously within a team
  • Tendency to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment
  • Willingness to do a variety of tasks to keep the business functioning

Although the position starts as 2 days a week, there may be opportunity for more hours after you're up to speed. Additional work hours may be available if you have skills or are willing to learn website maintenance and and email marketing and social media marketing.

Inventory and Operations Associate  / Website & Data Entry

Interested in being in a creative business, but don't have jewelry-making experience? In this job, you'll help with behind the scenes operational tasks for our webstore and retail bead store in Alameda. All of our inspiring jewelry-making classes will be free to you. Once you learn some jewelry making skills, you'll have an opportunity for a customer-facing position, if that is your interest.

Depending on skills and experience, the associate will have the opportunity to:

  • prepare our beautiful inventory for sale, including counting, bagging, labeling
  • help us migrate to a state of the art new website/ point of sale system
  • create item numbers for new jewelry and label it for sale
  • take pictures of jewelry and beads
  • store opening and closing
  • assist sales associates
  • add products to our website, and othe website maintenance
  • make our store space sparkle with cleanliness
  • set up attractive displays
  • other behind-the-scenes tasks involved with running a retail operation.

Depending on skills, interest, and experience, the associate may have the opportunity to:

  • post on social media
  • assist with marketing
  • light bookkeeping
  • picture modification

Your regular work schedule will start as one day a week (4-5 hour shifts between 1:00 and 6:00), Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. As you grow in your skills and responsibility, more hours may be available. You'll also be needed for paid staff meetings (approx. 2 hours) outside of your regular work schedule, when scheduled.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Detail oriented
  • Dexterity with your fingers, so you can count and bag small items quickly and efficiently 
  • Ability to work independently as well as harmoniously within a team
  • Strong work ethic

Other Qualifications:

  • Interest in learning jewelry making
  • Experience with social media
  • Experience taking pictures with smart phones
  • Good computer skills (Need to operate different styles of mice with ease, previous experience with Excel and Windows platform, ability to navigate quickly between open windows on a computer, ability to learn new programs with a positive, can-do spirit)
  • Experience with Dreamweaver or html is helpful, but not necessary
  • Experience with Photoshop or similar program is helpful, but not necessary.


Volunteer/ Intern:

Make a contribution and be part of our creative community, without making an ongoing commitment. This is a great way to gain job experience to prepare you for a paid job, and work with talented and inspiring co-workers. Tasks vary, but may include the tasks listed in the description above for Inventory and Operations Associate. Store credit available as a thank you.

Why work with us?

  • You are on a team with talented co-workers, who like yourself, are dedicated to doing a good job.
  • We offer the opportunity to learn useful business skills and be part of an inspiring team in a creative environment.
  • Our customers are regularly telling us how much they appreciate our being here. Wouldn't you love hearing that kind of appreciation every day?
  • Many tell us this is their "happy place", and some come here on their birthdays.
  • It feels very gratifying to acknowledge and support our customer's creative spirit.
  • Employees are eligible for free jewelry-making classes, employee discounts, and opportunities to learn to teach classes.
  • If you're into jewelry-making, this is your dream job!

Compensation depends on experience.

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