The Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) Navy Exchange (NEX) is aiming to fill approximately 200 positions over the next three months to prepare for the opening of a new 150,000 square foot facility.
"The grand opening is Nov. 10," said Rick Pimentel, general manager of the NSAB NEX. "One of our main goals is to hire within the military community. We love to hire spouses and wounded warriors. This is why we are here - to support [service members] and their families, and improve their quality of life."
The new facility is being designed as a joint service facility that is also accessible to individuals with special needs.
"Elements of the store's construction are tailored for the wounded warriors, such as extra-wide aisles and handicapped accessible counters," said Pimentel. "We want to accommodate everyone in the military and not just certain groups of people."
Pimentel said there are a variety of jobs available, and the goal is to have all positions filled prior to the store's opening. "We have full-time, part-time and flex positions," said Pimentel. "Flex positions are people who are not committed to any one set of hours, but may be able to adjust their hours around other part-time jobs that they might have."
Preparing for a new facility's opening takes a lot of manpower, said Pimentel.
"We hire in teams and phases, so these teams can help put the store together by assembling fixtures and stocking shelves. Then, the entire staff will be here for the grand opening," he said.
To aid in their hiring efforts, the NEX will be participating in several upcoming job fairs, including a job fair hosted by NSAB, said Pimentel.
"We have several job fairs planned, including the 100,000 jobs fair on Aug. 25," said Pimentel. "We will have a stand with information about the Navy Exchange, the types of jobs that we have, and how to access our website and apply for those positions. We will have people from Human Resources there along with key management staff, ready to hire."
The 100,000 Jobs Mission hiring event will bring approximately 50 companies to NSAB, and attendants will be able to interview and possibly even be offered jobs on the spot, said Paul Grossman, regional work and family life coordinator for Naval District Washington.
"Everyone who comes will definitely have an opportunity to talk to the many employers that will be there, and may be given opportunities for employment and job offers while at the event," said Grossman. "The companies that are coming are looking to hire, because they know the value that military, wounded warriors, veterans and spouses bring to their companies."
In addition to the job fairs, the best way to see what positions are available at the NEX is to go online, Pimentel said.
"Individuals can apply by accessing our website, mynavyexchan ge.com, and clicking on the link 'Work For Us.' Then, you can see what jobs are available as they open up. New jobs will be posted as we enter different phases of hiring and preparing for the store's opening. If you create a profile and check back frequently, then you will see when the jobs are posted."
The new NEX will be more than three times the size of the previous 45,000 square foot location. The larger facility will offer expanded services, such as a food court, pharmacy, barbershop, beauty salon and a flower shop. Pimentel encourages anyone who is currently on the job market to submit an application.
"If someone is interested in a position, they should follow the procedures to apply, because we are ready to hire," said Pimentel. "We like hiring the great people in the military community, and I am very excited for what lies ahead."