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John Moran Auctioneers brings together buyers and sellers of decorative and fine art, jewelry and fine furnishings. We operate from core principles of approachability, transparency, and honesty in words and deeds. We strive to treat every consignment as our own and offer a customizable, boutique approach towards consignment, estate liquidation, and valuation services.

OVERVIEW

This position is responsible for the complete lifecycle management of property consigned to John Moran Auctioneers (JMA) as well as mentoring and supervision of Art Handlers; Ensure all procedures related to property pickup, storage, and its ultimate release are executed efficiently and safely; Manage centralized receiving and storage systems; research and respond to inquiries; oversee disposition of SOLD, UNSOLD, RE-OFFER, and RTO property.

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In your role as Property Manager you will be required to carry out the following:

GENERAL OPERATIONS:

• Work with Specialists to schedule the pick-up and receipt of consigned property as well as delivery of sold and RTO property

• Assist in establishing and continually maintaining JMA best practices for: Property movement, inventory, storage, and receipt & release procedures

• Travel to client locations and oversee property pickup and deliveries

• Unload/load trucks while maintaining proper paperwork & inventory procedures

• Unpack / pack artwork & fragile items carefully while maintaining proper inventory procedures

• Assist photography by preparing and moving property onto and off of photo sets, returning property to warehouse inventory locations

• Meet with specialists and Business Director to plan the timely setup and staffing of all previews, exhibitions, and events held by JMA

• Assist customers during previews

• Assist customers with pickup and delivery of items while maintaining proper inventory and release procedures ensuring correct and complete deliveries

• Maintain company security procedures and standard operating procedures

• Establish and maintain warehouse inventory standards

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Schedule, supervise and lead Art Handlers

• Appropriately staff art handlers for pick-ups, preview and sale day operations

• Maintain pool of part-time / casual Art Handling staff. Alert Business Director and schedule as needed

• Communicate the need for overtime when it arises and obtain pre-approval from Business Director

• Ensure employee time-off calendar is kept up to date for all supervised staff.

• Ensure Art Handlers are properly trained in every aspect of the art handling process including but not limited to: Movement, packing, transport & storage

GALLERY AND EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE:

• Properly maintain moving equipment

• Oversee and schedule regular maintenance of company all company vehicles. Inform Business Director and obtain approval for repairs.

• Store and maintain preview cases and equipment including but not limited to: Cases, pedestals, whitewalls, chairs, tables, table cloths, etc…

• Recommend and assist scheduling gallery maintenance including but not limited to: patch & paint walls, polish floors etc…

PROPERTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE BEST PRACTICES:

• Maintain an in-depth working knowledge of JMA software

• Maintain complete knowledge of property pick-up and release procedures

• Establish and continually maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry standards in specialized Art handling including but not limited to: The ability to properly identify various mediums & materials in order to tailor handling, packing & storage accordingly

• Stay abreast of new property handling equipment and practices. Research and recommend new equipment, warehouse configuration and transport practices continually improving the safety of JMA employees and consigned property

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

• Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

• 3-years’ experience handling fine art or antique furniture desired

• 1-year supervisory experience desired

• Inventory management experience preferred

• Ability to perform physical tasks including: lifting, pushing, pulling items using proper lifting/moving techniques – minimum weight lifting capability of 40 lbs

• The ability to safely lift and maneuver large furniture items with the appropriate furniture moving equipment, and with assistance from other staff as needed

• Ability to drive and operate up to 26’ commercial moving trucks

• Ability to utilize appropriate lifting and moving equipment (i.e., pallet jack, hand truck, etc.)

• Forklift certification or ability to pass a forklift certification

• Basic PC computer skills including the ability to use Microsoft Outlook

• Ability to work overtime, as required, to meet auction schedule deadlines

• Good communication skills, and ability to work with a variety of personalities

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $17.00 to $20.00 /hour

Benefits:

• Health insurance

• Dental insurance

• Vision insurance

• Retirement plan

• Flexible schedule

• Parental leave

• Professional development assistance

• Tuition reimbursement

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Job Description


Summary: Hands-on position requiring the packing/unpacking and storing of works of any size, configuration and weight. Must be comfortable installing a range of artwork. Capable of planning and implementing solutions to various logistical issues as they arise in the storage and transportation of art works. This is a part time position that requires a minimum of two days per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) plus extra hours as required for operational needs.


Essential Functions:



  • Installs and uninstalls exhibitions

  • Properly hangs artwork
    • Must be comfortable handling high value works of art and using ladder and basic power tools


  • Receives and prepares outgoing shipments

    • Unpack/unwrap incoming shipments as well as wrap, pack and label artwork for storage

    • Wrap and crate artworks for outgoing shipments



  • Accurately reports condition of artwork

  • Demonstrates an appropriate degree of physical strength

  • Demonstrates care and accuracy while performing job duties

  • Performs all other job related duties as required


 


Qualifications:



  • High school diploma or equivalent strong preferred;

  • Basic knowledge of fine art and mediums

  • 2+ years of related art handling experience

  • Working knowledge of gallery lighting

  • Basic mathematics skills, including measurements

  • Basic computer skills: Word, Excel & Outlook

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Completes tasks with accuracy and attention to detail

  • Highly organized and able to complete tasks independently and in a timely manner

  • Maintain high level of professionalism


Company Description

For over 40 years, Martin Lawrence Galleries, division of Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts, Inc., has set the standard of excellence in the world of fine art. Our distinctive galleries nationwide boast a matchless collection of art from modern masters, including Picasso, Warhol and Chagall, to today's most popular and talented artists.


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