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Director, Fine Books & Rare Manuscripts Department

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks a Director for our Fine Books and Rare Manuscripts department. The Director provides curatorial, business development, auction, and administrative support for the Department. We are seeking a personable, detail-oriented individual who has the knowledge and skills to further the growth of this important area.

Responsibilities

  • Directing a team in a dynamic fast paced environment.
  • Develop and execute plan for new business
  • Appraise, research and catalog items for auction
  • Manage efficient and timely flow of department inventory to auction
  • Oversee inquiries for auction, consignment, and appraisal services
  • Manage departmental marketing communications and public relations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; end user proficiency with online and social media platforms such as Wordpress, Facebook, and Twitter

Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess minimum 5 years experience in appraising books and manuscripts in an auction house, gallery, museum or related field. Computer proficiency, attention to detail, aesthetic sense, can-do attitude, ability to juggle multiple tasks, adhere to strict deadlines, and work collaboratively as a team member a must.
Knowledge of auction house software and systems a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

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Director, 20th Century Department

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks a Director for our 20th Century Design Department. We are in need of a Director to provide curatorial, business development, auction, and administrative support for the Department. We are seeking a personable, detail-oriented individual who has the knowledge and skills in 20th Century furniture and decorative arts to further the growth of this important area..

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a plan for sustaining existing, and creating new business
  • Manage departmental marketing communications and public relations; liaise with Skinner corporate Marketing Department
  • Manage departmental budget, expenses, revenue and profit; liaise with Skinner corporate Finance Department
  • Provide appraisal services including object identification and valuation; liaise with Skinner corporate Appraisal Services Department
  • Oversee inquiries for auction, consignment and appraisals services
  • Provide auction support, including research, estimating auction value, cataloging, supporting photography of items for auction and providing detailed condition reports for prospective bidders
  • Liaise into the full Skinner auction schedule
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; end-user proficiency with online and social media platforms such as Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Ability to learn existing Auction and Inventory Management System 

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate possesses a minimum of 5 years’ experience identifying, appraising and cataloging decorative arts and furniture in an auction house, gallery, museum or related field 
  • Attention to detail, aesthetic sense, can-do attitude, ability to juggle multiple tasks, adhere to strict deadlines, and work collaboratively as a team member a must
  • Computer proficiency, including the Microsoft Office suite and database programs
  • Knowledge of auction house software and systems a plus
  • Responsibility for Profit & Loss a plus

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

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Transportation Assistant

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Skinner is seeking a motivated and talented individual to join our Transportation team. A competitive applicant should have experience in the field, enjoy a dynamic workplace, and have excellent communication skills.

Responsibilities

Pick up and pack property from our customers' homes, storage facilities, museums, etc.; locate property in our warehouse for inventory, assist with photo shoots and exhibition set up, transfer property to Boston Gallery when necessary; provide excellent customer service in a professional manner and problem solve in a timely manner.

Qualifications

The successful candidate should have 1-2 years of related experience but will train the right person; physical strength and stamina required as there is very heavy lifting involved; willingness to endure long days when necessary in order to get the job at hand finished; some night and weekend work, and ability to travel overnight as necessary; must be available to work auctions as requested.

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

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Warehouse Assistant

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Skinner is seeking a motivated and talented individual to join our warehouse team. A competitive applicant should have experience in the field, enjoy a dynamic workplace, and have excellent communication skills.

Responsibilities

  • Pack, unpack and bin property
  • Manage pick ups
  • Help load and unload trucks
  • Prepare and style gallery for auctions
  • Assist clients during auctions and previews
  • Inventory and database management
  • Assist Transportation Dept as needed

Skills and Qualifications

  • Must be able to lift minimum 80 lbs
  • Flexibility in performing different tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Occasional night and weekend work
  • High School diploma or equivalent

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

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Auction Assistant

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks responsible, team-oriented, and driven Auction Assistants to work at the Marlborough Gallery. Weekday shifts with evening and weekend work required. The flexibility of schedule is a must.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare and style gallery for auctions
  • Assist clients with auction previews
  • Participate in fundamental tasks during auctions

Qualifications
• Must be able to lift 35 to 40 lbs and climb a ladder
• Strong interpersonal skills

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Oriental Rugs and Carpets Specialist

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks a specialist in oriental rugs and carpets. We are in need of a specialist to provide curatorial, business development, auction, and administrative support for the Department. We are seeking a personable, detail-oriented individual who has the knowledge and skills to further the growth of this important area.

The successful candidate will need to: provide pre-auction support, including inventory, cataloging, and photography assistance as required; coordinate with Skinner inventory and production departments; receive inquiries for auction appraisals and take in consignment material under supervision of the department head; provide department head with administrative and logistical support as needed; perform auction duties as assigned and liaise into the Skinner auction schedule to provide assistance with sale registration, internet bidding and phone bidding.

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment.

 

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