Art Rental and Sales Associate

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Art Rental and Sales Associate

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Art Gallery of St. Albert, with Arts and Heritage St Albert, has an exciting opportunity for a professional, customer-focused and target-driven individual.

This varied full-time position supports artistic achievement in St. Albert and surrounding communities by managing and developing the Rental and Sales Gallery (ARSG) and Gallery Shop, to generate operating revenue for the gallery.

This position requires a mature individual who can; maintain and build client and customer relationships, effectively manage the day-to-day business responsibilities of the retail areas, and create a friendly, unique and engaging visitor experience.

The Arts and Heritage Foundation hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Indigenous persons.

Job Description:

  • Develop retail areas as revenue generators. Cultivate rental and sales strategies. Sell and rent artworks. Promote retail programs.
  • Maintain and create strong client and customer relationships.
  • Manage and track sales transactions, inventory and correspondence.
  • Collate and analyze sales data to study trends.
  • Curate commercially appropriate selection of artworks for retail areas, answer public queries concerning rentals and sales in a timely manner, provide consultations on and offsite.
  • Maintain strong connections with artists and secure new artists/artisans for retail areas.
  • Act as Saturday supervisor, train staff and volunteers.
  • Create written retail content for website and publicity materials in collaboration with the marketing department.
  • Develop and implement retail exhibition spaces by organizing rotating exhibitions and replacing sold items on display.
  • Contribute to welcoming and engaging gallery visitor experience.
  • Public art gallery representation, participation in gallery programs, events and special projects.

Ideal Candidates Possess:

  • Ability to close sales, increase revenues and meet sales targets.
  • A post-secondary degree or equivalent in visual arts, arts administration and/or business.
  • Minimum of three years experience working in a sales and visual arts administration environment.
  • Understanding of financial systems an asset.
  • Successful sales and business management experience in the cultural sector.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills, especially with the public, clients, artists and staff.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience working with volunteers and supervising staff an asset.
  • Extensive knowledge of and passion for local, provincial and contemporary art.
  • Proficient computer skills, including database (FileMaker), Excel, Photoshop and QuickBooks.
  • Knowledge and expertise in art handling and installation.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and install/transport art.
  • Driver’s license and vehicle required for client meetings, studio visits and transporting artworks.
  • Proficient photography skills.

Work Schedule:

  • 35 hour week: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday, 12:00 – 8:00pm.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required to support gallery activities (outside of weekly schedule).
  • Travel to clients and artists is required, where possible during gallery hours.
  • Position commences July 9, 2019.

Job Type: Term (18 months with potential for extension), full time (35 hours weekly)
Location: Art Gallery of St Alber (19 Perron Street, St Albert)

Deadline for Applications: May 16, 2019

Forward resume and covering letter to Jenny Willson, Director/Curator, by email to, or mail to:

Art Gallery of St. Albert
19 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB,  T8N 1E5

Interviews will take place from May 28 to 30, 2019.

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