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Are you entrepreneurial, self-motivated and looking for something outside of the cubicle? Shed that 9 to 5 and learn to manage an international fine art program.

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Careers

Park West Gallery caters to an ever-changing demographic of clientele worldwide, so candidates with diverse backgrounds will be considered. Due to the unique talent and skill set required of this position, we provide comprehensive training, a paid apprenticeship and an incredible sales organization with opportunity for advancement to ensure your success.

Prior auctioneering experience is not required. Knowledge of art history and art mediums is a plus, but also not required. Additional language skills outside of English, such as in Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, French, Mandarin or Japanese are preferred, but not necessary.

We’d like to hear from you if you:

  • Are a natural entertainer
  • Are entrepreneurial in spirit
  • Are a good public speaker
  • Are competitive
  • Perform your best when in a fast-paced and exciting work environment
  • Enjoy traveling, experiencing other cultures and taking on a high level of responsibility
  • Enjoy educating others
  • Appreciate being rewarded through performance-based compensation

Qualified candidates should:

  • Possess strong public speaking skills
  • Be extremely outgoing, full of energy and enthusiastic
  • Be coachable and have the willingness and desire to learn
  • Have the ability to manage a staff and work in a multinational environment
  • Have a personable demeanor and professional appearance
  • Have the ability to work four to six months consecutively, worldwide, on a luxury cruise ship
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Have demonstrated sales experience (preferred, but not required)
  • Have a college degree (preferred, but not required)

Selection is highly competitive, but is not limited to experienced sales professionals. We do extend offers to entry-level applicants with the appropriate qualifications. New candidates are hired into the Art Associate and Art Preparator positions.

Ambitious candidates should view the Associate position as training for Gallery Director and/or Art Auctioneer. By honing art history knowledge, product knowledge, auctioneering and selling skills, as well as an ability and desire to take on additional responsibility, Associates can rise through the ranks.

Once the Art Associate has consistently demonstrated mastery of each of the aforementioned tasks, they will be considered by shore-side management for promotion to the Gallery Director position.

The time it takes an Art Associate to advance to Gallery Director or Art Auctioneer varies depending on ability and performance. Some Art Associates advance in as little as a few months, whereas some may remain in the Art Associate position for several contracts while developing the necessary skills to effectively manage a cruise ship’s art program.

To embark on your new adventure, please apply to one of the following positions:

  • Art Preparator

    Art Preparators are an integral part of our shipboard art programs. Successful Art Preparators are able to assist with operations and logistics of the art program and its various art events. Main responsibilities include gallery and art auction artwork curation and setup, maintaining art and supply inventories, and managing the quality and integrity of the onboard art collection, art gallery, and art storage lockers in keeping with shipboard standards. Art Preparators have an opportunity to advance to Associate Art Auctioneer when the necessary skills for the Associate job are demonstrated.

    Job functions of the Art Preparator include, but are not limited to:

    • Lead art display setup for gallery events and art auctions according to best practices for handling and displaying art in accordance with shipboard safety requirements
    • Maintain the quality of the onboard art collection
    • Lead and manage a team of hired art movers, educating them in best practices of art handing in accordance with shipboard safety requirements
    • Assist during the art auction: gather requested artwork to be auctioned, help with bringing work on or off main easel quickly and safely, lead setup of art and safe return of art to storage in a timely manner
    • Ability to recognize our various artist’s work and their style
    • Ability to distinguish artwork “lot” types as well as mediums, and know where to find these works on the ship
    • Assist with onloads (and offloads) of artwork onto (or off of) a ship
    • Manage artwork, marketing collateral, and supply inventory
    • Package “Take Off” works safely for clients

    Art Preparators are selected from a variety of backgrounds and countries worldwide. The strongest candidates are chosen based on a number of personal and professional characteristics:

    • Coachable and has the willingness and desire to learn
    • Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests
    • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
    • Professional demeanor

    Compensation

    Accommodations and meals onboard are provided, as well as travel to and from ship assignments.

    Art Preparators are given a weekly base salary and branded polo shirts to be worn while performing work duties.

  • Art Associate

    Art Associates work directly with the Art Auctioneer and Gallery Director in developing, maintaining and executing the art program onboard as part of a team effort. Daily job functions range from marketing to administrative to sales. An Art Associate’s primary function is to market the onboard art program, support the Art Auctioneer and team, perform sales, and arrange gallery and auction displays, all while maintaining a positive attitude and enthusiastic work ethic.

    Art Associates are selected from a variety of backgrounds and countries worldwide. The strongest candidates are chosen based on a number of personal and professional characteristics:

    • Personable demeanor and professional appearance
    • Extremely outgoing, full of energy and enthusiastic
    • Coachable, with a willingness and desire to learn
    • Ability to exercise extreme flexibility and work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
    • Aptitude in performing basic work functions via computer

    Job functions of the Art Associate include, but are not limited to:

    • Assisting with auction preparations, including artwork curation and room setup
    • Setting up displays in high-traffic areas to market our onboard gallery, and to generate awareness and interest among guests
    • Initiating and engaging in consultative conversations with guests, educating them about our artwork, determining level of interest, and developing leads
    • Ability to assist in, or independently manage, the full sales process with aforementioned leads
    • Creating invoices for our clients via computer and making payment and shipment arrangements
    • Working the front desk at our gallery or art displays
    • Ensuring that every guest event or interaction generates gallery traffic and furthers interest in our art auctions
    • Developing and maintaining a promotional mindset: constantly marketing the artwork, our gallery and yourself
    • Working with the team to devise marketing strategies, and executing these marketing strategies
    • Presenting a professional demeanor and appearance at all times

    Art Associates are given real-time feedback daily, and are formally evaluated once per month by their Principal Auctioneer. Within the Associate role, there are regular promotions. For the first 90 days of time worked onboard, Art Associates are at Level 1. After 90 days of time worked onboard, Level 1 Art Associates are eligible to advance to Level 2. After an additional 90 days (180 days total) of time worked onboard, Level 2 Art Associates are eligible to advance to Level 3.

    For ambitious candidates, the Associate position should ultimately be viewed as training for Gallery Director and/or Art Auctioneer. Additional honing of art history knowledge, product knowledge, auctioneering and selling skills, as well as an ability and desire to take on additional responsibility, can lead to promotion. Once the Art Associate has consistently demonstrated mastery of each of the aforementioned tasks, they will be considered by shoreside management for promotion to the Gallery Director position. The time it takes an Art Associate to advance to Art Auctioneer or Gallery Director varies depending on ability and performance. Some Art Associates advance in as little as a few months, whereas some may remain in the Art Associate position for several contracts while developing the necessary skills to effectively manage the art program on a cruise ship.

    Compensation

    Accommodations and meals onboard are provided, as well as travel to and from ship assignments.

    Art Associates at Level 1 earn a weekly guaranteed base pay. Art Associates at Level 2 and Level 3 earn the same weekly guaranteed base pay in addition to commission based on targets achieved.

  • Gallery Director

    The Gallery Director is “second in command” within the onboard art department and plays a critical role in the success of program. Their chief function is to manage the retail art gallery onboard and to actively enrich the art program through supplemental lectures, gallery exhibitions and other events. The Gallery Director also supervises the daily performance of Art Associates and Art Stewards.

    Gallery directors are chosen from the pool of Art Associates who consistently achieve high performance ratings and sales successes. Specifically, qualified gallery directors will possess the following:

    • Strong public speaking skills and the ability to conduct educational seminars or sales presentations for potential collectors
    • Ability to manage the logistical and financial aspects of the shipboard program
    • Ability to manage international staff in a positive and productive manner by motivating, developing and supervising employees as they work
    • Exceptional understanding of how to engage with and provide excellent customer service to all shipboard guests
    • A promotional mindset that constantly markets the artwork and Park West gallery

    Job functions of the Gallery Director include, but are not limited to:

    • Assisting the Auctioneer in developing and executing a comprehensive marketing plan designed to generate awareness and interest among guests
    • Functioning as a strong, collaborative, one-on-one sales professional, including hosting clients who request personal appointments to discuss potential acquisitions
    • Supporting the art program through supplemental enrichment lectures, gallery exhibitions, and other events
    • Managing and scheduling front-of-house registration staff for auctions
    • Supervising auction preparations, including artwork curation and room setup
    • Maintaining accurate and full inventory of all artwork and marketing collateral
    • Cultivating business relationships with other shipboard concessionaires
    • Participating in auctions as a special guest speaker on certain artists/collections, or conducting select auctions onboard in conjunction with the Art Auctioneer

    Gallery Directors are given real-time feedback daily, and are formally evaluated once per month by their Principal Auctioneer. They are also expected to practice their auctioneering and oration techniques continually. Once the Gallery Director has consistently demonstrated mastery of each of the aforementioned tasks, they will be considered for promotion to the Auctioneer position.

    Compensation

    Accommodations and meals onboard are provided as well as a stipend for travel to and from ship assignments.

    Gallery Directors earn a weekly guarantee base pay in addition to open commissions based on targets achieved.

  • Principal Auctioneer

    The Art Auctioneer is the Department Head of the shipboard art program and is ultimately held accountable for the art program’s success. They engage in promotion, direct selling and platform sales through live auctioning, and generate revenue through the sale of Park West Gallery artwork onboard their assigned ship. All events including auctions, exhibitions, and seminars, are planned and carried out under the Auctioneer’s guidance. The Auctioneer delegates responsibilities to their Art Preparator, Art Associates and Gallery Director as they see fit.

    Auctioneers are chosen from the pool of Gallery Directors who consistently achieve high performance ratings and sales successes while onboard vessels around the world. Auctioneers possess the following qualifications:

    • Represent Park West Gallery with utmost integrity and professionalism at all times
    • Ability to be accountable and responsible for all sales activities related to art provided by Park West Gallery onboard assigned ship, and exhibit professional selling skills
    • Full understanding and knowledge of all works of art onboard their vessel; ability to educate guests on these works
    • Possess extensive knowledge of artistic mediums, artist biographies, and art history
    • Ability to oversee all logistical and financial aspects of the onboard program

    Job functions of the Art Auctioneer include, but are not limited to:

    • Conducting auctions in an enthusiastic and entertaining fashion
    • Managing an international staff in a professional and motivational manner, much like an entrepreneur or small business owner, and empowering their team to achieve results greater than those of one person
    • Maintaining relationships with shipboard & shore-side management, and functioning as the “point person” for the art program onboard
    • Cultivating business relationships with other shipboard concessionaires
    • Continually strategizing and improving programming
    • Participating in all required safety training courses and performs any other job-related duties requested by shipboard management
    • Designing and presenting educational seminars highlighting artwork, artists and/or art history
    • Creating and executing an effective marketing plan and gearing all activities toward the implementation of this plan
    • Accurately documenting all sales transactions for each voyage and transmitting client invoices to Park West Gallery
    • Completing all appropriate documentation in accordance with shipboard/corporate regulations
    • Receiving and offloading art inventory, and maintaining accurate records of all inventory transactions
    • Managing appearance of gallery and art displays throughout ship and ensuring all gallery functions are conducted within appropriate guidelines as per cruise line and Park West Gallery guidelines

    Art Auctioneers are appointed by shore-side management and selected from upper echelon Art Associates and Gallery Directors. Selection is based on demonstrated experience, acquired skills and recommendations from mentoring auctioneers. An Auctioneer’s effectiveness is evaluated through the following:

    • Sales goals achieved week-over-week
    • Feedback solicited from Associates and Gallery Directors relating to the Auctioneer’s professionalism as a manager
    • Critique of shipboard auctions by the company’s compliance department
    • Feedback received from shipboard management
    • Feedback received from the Auctioneer’s clients post-cruise

    Compensation

    Accommodations and meals onboard are provided as well as a stipend for travel to and from ship assignments.

    The Principal Auctioneer’s earnings are determined by an uncapped commission structure with guaranteed base earnings. A six figure yearly income is common under this model.

    CSS covers costs under an approved budget designed to properly operate the art program. Auctioneers may, at their own discretion, exceed the budget (typically on high revenue cruises) and may incur expense. These are typically more than offset by an Auctioneer’s weekly earnings.

    There are additional advancement and management opportunities available to Principal Auctioneers with a proven track record in running a successful onboard art program.