Careers

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

We are looking for a dynamic, accomplished individual to serve as Museum Director of Operations. The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) will open its doors in the Spring of 2018 and is now at the beginning of an ambitious strategic plan to fulfill its mission in line with this new national association with arts and education. The successful candidate for this post will be capable of managing and improving all aspects of The MAX’s operations while also providing an important deputizing role to the President/C.E.O. The successful candidate will likely have experience in the field of not-for-profit management, be entrepreneurial, have an understanding of financial management and accounting principles, and will be expected to contribute to marketing and development strategies. This role requires that the operations manager work closely with the President/C.E.O. both to set priorities and to ensure their successful fulfillment. This individual needs to be comfortable addressing groups and adept at interacting with a broad cross section of The MAX’s wider constituency including members, board of directors, museum visitors, community partners, and current and prospective donors.Ensure the proper execution of The MAX budget by assisting the President/C.E.O. in supervising the annual budget and maintaining and/or tracking all Museum financial records.

Provide for continuing operations of The MAX by maintaining all financial records and accounting data and collaborate with the Director of Development ensuring all donations are received, processed, deposited, and credited properly to The MAX.

Collaborates across the leadership team to increase visitor numbers to The MAX, especially paid visitors, and collaborates with the Director of Marketing in The MAX’s efforts to market its activities more widely.

Ensure efficient daily operation of The MAX by supervising support staff in the ordering/purchasing all office supplies and equipment; coordinating telephone, copier, and IT support; supervising the Facilities Manager and assuring that work orders are processed for necessary maintenance and that records of all maintenance are maintained; Supervise the Facilities Manager in arranging for both regular and special custodial support.

Assist the President/C.E.O. in supervising part-time staff and volunteers working in the administrative areas of the museum including:

Supervise the Chief of Security and enable the department to provide safe and secure facilities and work environment.

Supervise the Special Events Manager and ensures the efficient use and scheduling of all Museum facilities by serving as the single point of contact for scheduling all events; by maintaining an up to date calendar of all events in Museum facilities; by determining (in conjunction with the Director of Curatorial Services) appropriate use of Museum spaces.

Supervise the Visitor Services Manager and ensure the effective operation of museum admissions and retail activity through The MAX store.

Monitors emerging trends and best practices in the field of museum management.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct oversight and supervision of the following positions:

  • Visitor Services Manager
  • Special Events Manager
  • Security Chief
  • Facilities Manager
  • Administrative Interns/volunteers

QUALIFICATIONS

College degree in Accounting/ Business Management/ Museum Studies or related field; museum and/or art museum experience preferred. Undergraduate degree in art history, fine arts, museum studies, art education, or related field desirable. A minimum of two years in positions of progressive responsibility in office management, business management, not-for-profit management or Museum management is desired.

  • Strong organizational skills are required.
  • Must possess leadership and management skills to operate a 6-day a week operation with activities scheduled on closed days as well.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have ability to accurately track and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must possess capability of near error-free accounting and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Evidence of success in strategic planning, introducing and managing change in complex environments, budget planning and administration, and evidence-based assessment.
  • Must have the ability to think about problems and be creative in thinking about solutions as well as resolute in their implementation.

 

How to apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to:

Mark A Tullos, Jr. President
Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience
2118 Front Street
Meridian, MS 39301
PO Box 39302

Phone 601.581.1550
alyssa@msarts.org

 

MANAGER OF IT/AV AND INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS

Overview / Summary

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) will be a world-class facility highlighting Mississippi artists and celebrating the contributions of arts and entertainment entrepreneurs in every artistic discipline. It will include cutting edge digital interactives, mobile experiences, and films. Various hardware devices, screen types, and output formats will be used in the museum.

The Manager of AV and Interactive Systems (MAVIS) position will be two fold. During design and installation, the MAVIS will work with the exhibition design firm, AV Designer, and AV Integrator, to learn and understand the reasons behind equipment and configuration choices. The MAVIS will help to facilitate a smooth installation by learning how to troubleshoot, and assisting in troubleshooting during the installation and configuration of the interactive experiences.  Post launch, the MAVIS will provide eyes on the ground to help identify any issues with the digital interactives, and provide first line of defense troubleshooting when an issue occurs. If unable to resolve problems, the MAVIS will need to be able to isolate the issue and determine who the appropriate party will be to remedy the issue. In addition to troubleshooting, the MAVIS will be part of planning out needed maintenance, and as needed, planning future equipment upgrades. Ideally, the MAVIS will have experience using CMS systems and can help in updating and refreshing museum content.

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as a facilitator between the internal MAX staff, exhibit design firm, AV designer, and AV
  • Study and understand design decisions around all digital interactives and related AV equipment.
  • Act as a troubleshooter for digital interactives, isolating issues to subsystems and specific equipment, so that the appropriate group can be contacted for support when the issue can not be resolved on
  • Take long term responsibility over the maintenance of all systems supporting interactive experiences, including long term maintenance plans of large
  • Coordinate with IT staff as needed to ensure compliance of computer equipment and networks.
  • General IT maintenance of museum administrative computer system.
  • AV equipment setup for special events held in the museum.

Dependent on Candidate Background

  • CMS System and updatability
    • Aid in the adding of new content and management of existing

Qualifications and Experience

  • Four-year degree preferred but not required
  • Experience partaking in the deployment of complex AV systems, either from a design, management, or hands on
  • Troubleshooting experience with computer networks, AV equipment, and digital interactives.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in various aspects of digital interactive/museum technologies.
  • Strong organizational skills are required.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have ability to accurately track and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Skills and Abilities

  • Familiarity with OS X and Windows, ideally working knowledge of
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex digital experiences
    • Network level troubleshooting
    • Equipment troubleshooting
    • Basic application level troubleshooting (restarting application, checking logs, etc)
  • Ability to logically break down complex problems and troubleshoot them in a methodical manner.
  • Ability to maintain organized maintenance records of AV systems over extended periods of

How to apply: Interested candidate should send a cover letter and resume via email to alyssa@msarts.org.

 

Alyssa Rose, Administrative Assistant

Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience

2118 Front Street

Meridian, MS 39301

PO Box 148

Meridian, MS 39302

Phn. 601.581.1550

alyssa@msarts.org

msarts.org

 

DATABASE COORDINATOR

A part-time position under the direct supervision of the Director of Development, the Database Coordinator is responsible for maintenance of the donor database.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enter gift and donor information into Donor Perfect donor management system to accurately record donor and prospect activity
  • Verifies and follows-up on gift requests (memorial/in honor of), matching gift contributors, credit card charges, and provides information to donors and prospective donors as required
  • Maintains database files and records to track contributions, maintain accurate mailing lists, and record fundraising events
  • Generates, proofreads and edits reports and other data for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with established guidelines and procedures
  • Supports Development staff in pulling needed donor and relationship information from database for mailings, prospecting and stewardship and assists in training in these areas as scheduled
  • Explores functions of Donor Perfect to establish new best practices and uses to support the agency’s fundraising efforts

Other Activities

  • Attend and participate in weekly meetings and be available to work at development events (many of which are in the evening)
  • Generates thank you letters and supports thank you letter activity of other Development staff as needed
  • Supports mail projects and other communications pieces generated by Development Department as necessary

Qualifications

  • A passion for connecting philanthropists with high impact opportunities
  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience in database maintenance
  • Excellent computer skills as well as enthusiasm and curiosity for computerized databases
  • Detail oriented with strong time management and organizational skills
  • Able to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Experience using Donor Perfect preferred

How to apply: Interested candidate should send a cover letter and resume via email to:

Erica Pannell, Director of Development

Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience

2118 Front Street

Meridian, MS 39301

PO Box 148

Meridian, MS 39302

Phn. 601.581.1550

erica@msarts.org

msarts.org

 

 ABOUT THE MAX

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.

The $45 million Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) will be a world-class facility highlighting Mississippi artists and celebrating the contributions of arts and entertainment entrepreneurs in every artistic discipline. Slated to open in late 2017/early 2018 during Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration in the heart of downtown Meridian, The MAX will be a statewide asset with a mission to recognize and honor legendary artists through hands-on exhibits that visually, auditorily, and kinesthetically educate, inform, and entertain every visitor.

The MAX will be housed in an iconic, two-level structure consisting of over 58,000 square feet with 22,000 square feet devoted to visitor experiences. It is being planned and designed by local architect LPK with exhibits by nationally recognized Gallagher & Associates. The unique and informative exhibit design planned for the facility will educate and inspire visitors, having a tremendous impact on Mississippi’s economy. Exhibits are organized around five themes — the land, the home, the community, the church, and the people. Audio and video stories are planned to tell who, what, where, when, why, and how Mississippians have influenced the arts and the creative economy all over the world. The MAX is expected to draw over 150,000 people annually and it will encourage visitors to enhance their Mississippi experience and rich cultural history by exploring other new and existing museums, historic homes, and cultural activities throughout the state.

A Hollywood-style Walk of Fame, unveiled in 2009, will make its way from the nearby Mississippi State University Riley Center to the MAX site. New Walk of Fame stars will accompany the earlier state legends, including Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers, B.B. King, William Faulkner, Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, Hartley Peavey, and others. Other elements will include a Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Hall of Fame, gift shop, broadcast studio, art studio, multi-purpose room, outdoor stage, and courtyard that can be used by schools, civic clubs, churches, and individuals for special programs and events.

 

COMMUNITY

The MAX is being constructed on one of the most prominent sites in downtown Meridian, the first city in Mississippi with a Designated Entertainment District. The city boasts several architecturally significant historic buildings, including the 1890 Grand Opera House, now fully restored and a part of the MSU Riley Center; the Threefoot Building, an art deco masterpiece that became Meridian’s tallest skyscraper; and Meridian’s Carnegie Library, which now houses the Museum of Art. The Meridian Little Theater and the Dentzel Carousel, which dates from 1896, are other mainstays in the city. The city also has nine recognized historic districts and neighborhoods, including the largest collection of historic buildings in a downtown district in the state.

Meridian is known as “The Strategic Center of the South” and boasts a significant military presence which includes Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field. Manufacturing, including Peavey Electronics, and health care are also major contributors to the local economy. A dynamic multi-cultural community with a population just over forty thousand, Meridian has a broad reach to larger populations in Jackson, Birmingham, New Orleans, and Memphis. The community also offers a relatively low cost of living with the median home price in Meridian at $85,300.

A Mississippi State University (MSU) campus and the Meridian Community College add to the vibrancy of the city and workforce development. The MSU Riley Center, a strategic partner with The MAX, opened its doors in September 2006 to offer cultural, artistic, and educational experiences like no other in the region. The multifaceted center attracts more than 60,000 visitors to downtown Meridian annually for conferences, meetings, and performances. The center includes the fully restored grand opera house theater that seats approximately 950, a 200-seat studio theater, and 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a large exhibit hall, breakout rooms, and boardrooms, all equipped with teleconferencing capabilities and built-in technical features to create the optimal meeting environment.