Art 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.
Accommodations and meals onboard are provided.
Gallery Directors earn a weekly guaranteed base pay in addition to graduated commissions commensurate with team sales performance.
• Passport: Everyone working at sea must maintain an up-to-date passport valid at least through the end of one 6 month contract.
• Visas: United States citizens and Canadians are not required to obtain any visas. Candidates from other countries are responsible for securing any visas required by the itinerary and/or cruise line. This requirement also includes a C1/D visa to travel in and out of the United States.
• Medical Exam: All members of the art team must complete a medical exam and be declared fit for duty by a physician. Each cruise line maintains a list of required medical exam documents. All art team members must bring this medical paperwork onboard the ship with them.
• Background Check: Park West Gallery requires each independent contractor to undergo a full background check. This investigation will include both employment and criminal background investigations.
• Drug Screening: Park West Gallery also requires each independent contractor to undergo a full drug screening. Any individual that tests positive for any illegal substances will not be eligible to represent Park West on board the ship.
• Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly, and cordially with guests.
• Ability to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written procedures. Must be able to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms to present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.
• Other language skills such as fluency in Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, French, Mandarin or Japanese are preferred, but not required.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
• You must be physically able to participate in emergency life saving procedures and drills.
• Full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to follow instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats.
• Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.