Careers

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 April, 2018 in 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 — land, home, community, church, and 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 MSU Riley Center to The MAX site. New Walk of Fame stars will join existing Mississippi 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.

 

 

JOIN THE MAX

 

RETAIL STORE MANAGER

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking an experienced, reliable and task-oriented Store Manager.  Slated to open April 28, 2018 in downtown Meridian, Mississippi, The MAX will be a statewide asset with a mission to recognize and honor legendary artists through hands-on exhibits that use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods to educate, inform, and entertain visitors. The Museum Store Manager will be responsible for inventory purchasing and control, store layout, retail sales, and supervision of part-time sales associates and store volunteers. The position requires a resourceful and experienced professional who can provide a welcoming environment and excellent experience for all of The MAX visitors who shop and make purchases in the store. The starting date for this position is January 2018.

 

Essential Functions

  • Recruit and hire sales associates and train in areas of product knowledge, customer service, promotions, merchandising, secure cash handling and daily reconciliation
  • Manage product inventory, damaged and overstocked merchandise
  • Manage sales targets for the store
  • Manage store procurement budgeting and ordering
  • Manage in-store and on-line promotional activities
  • Respond immediately to customer complaints and concerns
  • Manage the collection and processing of daily receipts, accounting, posting and reconciliation of cash and charges
  • Identify sales trends and create regular and periodic reports
  • Provide staffing and support for special events and programs
  • Work a flexible schedule including some weekends, evenings and holidays

 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Retail, Hospitality, Management, Marketing or equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of three (3) years of experience in retail store management and leadership, preferably in museums/attractions. Experience working in a fast-paced retail environment.  Experience with e-commerce sales a plus.

 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume’ via email to [email protected]  or deliver to:

Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience

2118 Front Street

Meridian, MS 39301

Mailing Address: PO Box 148, Meridian, MS 39302

601.581.1550

www.msarts.org

 

 

VISITOR SERVICES MANAGER

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking an experienced, reliable and task-oriented Visitor Services Manager.  Slated to open April 28, 2018 in downtown Meridian, Mississippi, The MAX will be a statewide asset with a mission to recognize and honor legendary artists through hands-on exhibits that use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods to educate, inform, and entertain visitors.  The Visitor Services Manager will be responsible for the supervision of ticket sales and group reservations. The position requires a resourceful and experienced customer service professional who can provide a welcoming environment and excellent experience for all of The MAX visitors from arrival to departure. The starting date for this position is January 2018.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee the Ticketing area and supervise Visitor Services Associates
  • Oversee and supervise Group Reservations Clerk
  • Recruit and hire staff; prepare work schedules; authorize leave and overtime; conduct staff meetings; ensure staff are properly trained
  • Respond immediately to visitor complaints and concerns
  • Manage the collection and processing of daily receipts, accounting, posting and reconciliation of cash and charges
  • Serve as The MAX’s liaison with the POS system provider, analyzing and identifying sales trends and creating regular and periodic reports
  • Manage inventory of ticketing supplies, lobby equipment and other supplies
  • Provide staffing and support for special events and programs
  • Work a flexible schedule including some weekends, evenings and holidays

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Hospitality, Management, Marketing or equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in customer service/guest services preferably in museums, attractions, hotel/motel or tourism guest relations environments. Experience in cash handling and management and working with complex ticketing systems is highly desired.

 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume’ via email to [email protected] or deliver to:

Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience

2118 Front Street, Meridian, MS 39301

Mailing Address: PO Box 148, Meridian, MS 39302

601.581.1550

www.msarts.org

 

 

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

This full-time position ensures sound financial management for the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX).  Slated to open in April 2018 in downtown Meridian, Mississippi, The MAX will be a statewide asset with a mission to recognize and honor legendary artists through hands-on exhibits that use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods to educate, inform, and entertain visitors.  The Director of Finance will lead all finance and accounting functions of The MAX, including functional responsibility over accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll.  The Director of Finance reports to the President & CEO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Supervises all accounting functions, including accounts payable and receivable, chart of accounts and general ledger, ensuring compliance with state regulatory requirements
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports in a timely manner
  • Prepares the required reports and budgets for Finance Committee and Board meetings
  • Working with the CEO and other directors, prepares annual budget and reviews financial plans
  • Manages The MAX organizational cash flow and forecasting
  • Manages and monitors Lines of Credit, maintaining relationships with creditors and banks
  • Oversees grant project budgets assuring they align with grant contract
  • Oversees annual audit process by organizing financial records for use by the auditing firm
  • Interfaces with City, County and State agencies on financial matters and prepares and submits required financial requests and reports
  • Supervises the Bookkeeper/Comptroller
  • Monitors all ticket sales revenue, museum store revenue and expenses, and revenue generated from facility rentals, program fees, donations, memberships, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance required; MBA, MPA and/or CPA preferred
  • Experience as part of a senior leadership team with 5-10 years of managerial experience
  • Thorough and working knowledge of non-profit accounting including, but not limited to:
    • Fund accounting
    • Unrestricted, Temporarily Restricted and Permanently Restricted net assets
    • Unrelated Business Income and How to Identify It and Set Up Cost Centers
    • Accrual vs. Cash basis accounting
    • Donor restricted contributions, pledges and reconciliations
    • State and Federal charity and tax filings
  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks and Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational and follow-through skills
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance; may be required to work on occasional weekends and evenings in support of special events
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong work ethic and high ethical character

 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to [email protected].

 

 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (THE MAX) is seeking an experienced and reliable professional to serve as Volunteer Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the ideal candidate is highly self-motivated and capable of managing his/her workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced museum environment while sustaining a high level of professionalism among staff of THE MAX and the general public.

 

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for creating a climate of service excellence with volunteers, interns and THE MAX staff.  The Volunteer Coordinator may also assist with museum events and educational programming as needed.  This is a full-time salaried, exempt position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCIONS

  • Recruits, supervise, trains, supports and evaluates all volunteers for The MAX
  • Establishes goals and objectives for the volunteer program and monitors progress
  • Assures sufficient number of volunteers to consistently provide service to visitors
  • Assigns volunteers to meet museum program needs appropriate to volunteers’ interests and skill levels
  • Tracks and records volunteer hours and comprises accurate volunteer cost-saving reports
  • Assists with Grand Opening and Annual Gala as well as other events requiring volunteers
  • Represents THE MAX with internal and external groups as designated
  • Works collaboratively with other staff and managers of THE MAX to ensure programs implemented by volunteers are effective and enhance visitor experience
  • Performs other related duties as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. required; some college education preferred
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a position which required professionalism, such as receptionist, administrative assistant, recruiting, etc.
  • Proven ability to train and motivate volunteers and other staff
  • Microsoft Office skills, with an ability to become familiar and learn new computer software
  • Proficiency in collaboration and delegation of duties
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with impeccable multi-tasking abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; friendly and professional demeanor
  • Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends and during special events

Interested candidate should send a cover letter and resume via email to [email protected] or deliver to:

Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience

2118 Front Street, Meridian, MS 39301

Mailing Address: PO Box 148, Meridian, MS 39302

601.581.1550

www.msarts.org

 

 

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. Meridian 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 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, Atlanta, 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.