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Junior Specialist, Photographs
Junior Specialist, Photographs
Post Date: 10 Feb 2023


The Company
Christie’s, the world’s largest Art Business, is an incredibly exciting & enriching place to start or continue your career. Whether you work within one of our Specialist Art Departments or in our more Operational focused teams we are all working together with one common goal in mind: to continue the success of this 250 year old company, steeped in history, bringing constant innovation whilst not forgetting our age old values; Passionate Expertise, Exceptional Client Service, Teamwork, Integrity, Business Judgement & Innovation.

The Role
The Junior Specialist is primarily responsible for supporting the Specialists in the department with business-getting. They also collaborate with the Head of Sale and the Cataloguer to research and process property that comes in to the department for auction and private sale. Supporting business-getting within the department year-round, they review auction estimate requests, attend on-site appraisal visits, determine values and auction estimates for photographs being appraised or pitched for sale, and support the International Head with complex projects involving important collections and objects being sourced for auction and private sale. When the department approaches major auction deadlines, or faces concurrent deadlines, the Junior Specialist will contribute to cataloguing, research, photography scheduling, and varying duties as dictated by the Head of Sale.

Specific duties & responsibilities will include but are not limited to

  • Assist business-getters with appraisals and “selection for sale” lists: liaise between Trust & Estates and department; undertake research for appraisal documents
  • Assist business-getters in preparing proposal documents for potential consignments
  • Responsible for client correspondence, including auction estimate requests, general enquiries, sale proposals and post-sale communication to clients
  • Assist in business generation and long term client development in association with, and supervision of, senior specialists; work to manage a network of clients and contacts.
  • Greet/visit clients on-site and off-site to support appraisal, consignment and sale efforts
  • Develop own specialist knowledge in order to build credibility in a specialist area, build an understanding of the current Photography market and the key players.
  • Coordinate with internal departments including (but not limited to) Marketing, Production, Proposals, and Web Production to produce catalogues, assets for website, and other marketing materials.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Sale & Cataloguer to research property for bibliography, provenance and exhibition history using libraries, on-line databases, the internet, and outside experts (such as curators, dealers, publishers, etc.), as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Sale & Cataloguer to monitor photography progress, liaise with photo studio on missing images, and manage deadline constraints, as needed
  • Flag any authenticity concerns and condition issues to Head of Sale in a timely manner
  • Collaborate with the Head of Sale & Cataloguer to coordinate restoration and framing, as needed
  • Collaborate with the Head of Sale & Cataloguer to prepare property for hilling sessions (meetings to determine value, condition, and marketability of property); amend catalogue sheets after hilling sessions, when necessary
  • Collaborate with the Head of Sale & Cataloguer to prepare condition reports in the system and review with Head of Sale
  • Contribute to enhanced lot page essays, production and exhibition set-up
  • Keep all property details organized and filed in specific folders
  • Write and prepare specialist speaking points, as needed
  • Assist clients in galleries during preview weekend, exhibition view dates, and sale week
  • Send out special interest letters to market each upcoming auction, as assigned
  • Participate in Telephone Bidding with clients during live auctions
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager

The Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree in the fine art category preferred, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 2 years paid experience in the Arts, ideally at an auction house or gallery specializing in photography
  • Knowledge of E-mail, Spreadsheet, Word Processing and Presentation software (Microsoft Office preferred)
  • Ability to learn Christie’s systems including JDE, Canvas, COS, intranet and website.
  • Strong typing skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior written and spoken communication
  • Superior client service skills
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail
  • Required to handle, inspect and/or take photographs of works of art for appraisal and consignment.
  • Required to create written or recorded descriptions of inspected items.
  • Required to attend events, exhibitions, art fairs locally, domestically and possibly internationally.
  • Required to travel (local, domestic and possibly international).

The Benefits

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision care plans for employees and dependents (On average, Christie’s pays 80% of total premiums)
  • 401(k) Savings Plan – Christie’s provides a matching contribution up to 5% (subject to IRS limits)
  • Life Insurance – 3x base salary up to $400k (100% paid by Christie’s)
  • Disability Insurance (100% paid by Christie’s)
  • Generous time-off and leave policies; including 100% Paid Family Leave up to 16 weeks.
  • Fitness Reimbursement Program: reimbursement of eligible fitness fees and memberships up to $600 per year
  • Annual Discretionary Performance Bonus Plan
  • Commuter Benefits – Pre-tax money towards your daily commute with a Christie’s contribution of $21 per month
  • Back Up Child & Elder Care – up to 10 days of back-up Child or Elder Care through Bright Horizons
  • CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Day- Each employee receives one paid day per year to dedicate their time to a charity of their choice.
  • Perks and Discounts through Zo and Plum Benefits

Christie’s, Inc. is committed to principles of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, Christie’s Inc. ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants, regardless of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability status for service in the United States Armed Forces.

  • Posted salary range does not include discretionary bonus compensation and overtime pay.

Compensation Range
Salary: $50,000.00 – $56,000.00


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