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

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

This full-time position ensures sound financial management for the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX). 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 Careers@Msarts.Org 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

EDUCATION ASSISTANT

Part Time: Approximately 20 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend hours for special events.

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, The MAX, seeks an energetic and innovative individual who can communicate effectively, research and collaborate creatively with a team to provide engaging and educational programs for the museums younger audience.

Dedicated to celebrating and honoring the lives and works of talented Mississippians who have touched the lives of so many around the world, The MAX will showcase Mississippi’s legacy in every area of the arts, honor Mississippi’s worldwide legends in arts and entertainment, and inspire tomorrow’s artists to follow their own creative passions.

Scheduled to open in April 2018, the iconic, two level structure will total approximately 58,000 square feet and will include a recording studio, and two fine arts studios. The space will be host to a variety of programs for learners of every age.

DUTIES:

  • Assists in designing and implementing K-12 museum programming.
  • Coordinates with Group Reservations Clerk and Events Manager to schedule school tours.
  • Collaborates with Museum Educator and Curator of Exhibits to create engaging youth programs based on changing exhibits.
  • Assists in organizing and scheduling kids’ studio workshops.
  • Works with Volunteer Coordinator to identify and train appropriate volunteers for school programs, and Docents for exhibit experiences.
  • Other duties as assigned that reflect the day to day operations and mission of The MAX Education Department.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Some college required, Bachelors preferred.
  • Commitment to The MAX’s mission of providing quality arts education to members of the community
  • Microsoft Office skills, with an ability to become familiar with museum-specific programs and software
  • Proficiency in collaboration and delegation of duties
  • Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with impeccable multi-tasking abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; friendly and professional demeanor

Submit your cover letter and resume to Careers@Msarts.Org  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

GROUP RESERVATIONS CLERK

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking an experienced, reliable and task-oriented individual to provide excellent customer service to patrons of The MAX.  The Group Reservations Clerk will be responsible scheduling group visits and rooms for events and meetings. This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position and reports to the Visitor Services Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Provide excellent customer service over the phone for patrons making group reservations
  • Schedule groups (school groups, tour groups, scout groups, etc.) and rooms for all tours, programs, meetings and other group activities
  • Sell tickets, memberships and other educational services via telephone
  • Use Point of Sale (POS) software for group sales
  • Answer phones and questions in a knowledgeable and friendly manner
  • Respond in a friendly manner to visitor complaints and concerns
  • Communicate regularly with the Visitor Services Manager, Educator and Events Rental Manager regarding group scheduling
  • Have the ability to be trained for other related functions

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalency; Associates Degree preferred
  • Two or more years of experience in customer services, guest services or reservations, preferably in museums, attractions, hotel/motel or tourism environments
  • Experience working with complex scheduling software is highly desired
  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume’ via email Careers@Msarts.Org 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

MUSEUM STORE SALES ASSOCIATES

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking experienced, reliable and task-oriented individuals to provide excellent customer service to patrons of The MAX.  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 Associates will be responsible for selling merchandise in the Museum Store.  The starting date for training will begin March 19, 2018.

Essential Functions

  • Provide a welcoming environment and excellent customer service to patrons
  • Process retail sales and complete cash register transactions
  • Use Point of Sale (POS) software to look up inventory, sell merchandise and balance cash drawers at end of shift
  • Answer phones and questions in a knowledgeable and friendly manner
  • Respond in a friendly manner to visitor complaints and concerns
  • Assist Manager with monitoring merchandise inventory, stocking shelves and other related supplies and equipment
  • Ability to be trained for other related functions

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED; Associates Degree preferred
  • Retail, customer services/guest services experience preferred
  • Experience in cash handling and working with complex ticketing systems is highly desired.
  • Responsibility, friendliness, proper grooming, and honesty in handling cash and credit
  • Must work a part-time, flexible schedule
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs. and stand for long periods of time

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume’ via email to JoBeth@msarts.org or deliver to:

Jo Beth Bounds
Museum Store Manager
Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience
2118 Front Street
Meridian, MS 39301

VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATES

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking experienced, reliable and task-oriented individuals to provide excellent customer service to patrons of The MAX.  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 Associates will be responsible for selling tickets and memberships at the Admissions Desk.  The starting date for training will begin March – April 2018.

Essential Functions

  • Provide a welcoming environment and excellent customer service to patrons
  • Sell tickets and memberships and other educational services
  • Use Point of Sale (POS) software to sell tickets and balance cash drawers at end of shift
  • Answer phones and questions in a knowledgeable and friendly manner
  • Respond in a friendly manner to visitor complaints and concerns
  • Assist Manager with monitoring inventory of ticketing and other supplies and lobby equipment
  • Ability to be trained for other related functions

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Two or more years of experience in customer services/guest services, preferably in museums, attractions, hotel/motel or tourism guest relations environments
  • Experience in cash handling and working with complex ticketing systems is highly desired.
  • Responsibility, friendliness, proper grooming, and honesty in handling cash and credit
  • Must work a part-time, flexible schedule
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs. and stand for long periods of time

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume’ via email to Aaron@Msarts.Org or deliver to:

Aaron Windham, Visitor Services Manager
Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience
2118 Front Street
Meridian, MS 39301
Mailing Address: PO Box 148, Meridian, MS 39302
601.581.1550

Call for Art Instructors for Workshops

In order to inspire tomorrow’s artists to follow their dreams, The MAX is seeking proposals from talented art instructors in all art forms, from drawing and ceramics, to poetry and acting.

Dedicated to celebrating and honoring the lives and works of talented Mississippians who have touched the lives of so many around the world, the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, The MAX, will showcase Mississippi’s legacy in every area of the arts, honor Mississippi’s worldwide legends in arts and entertainment, and inspire tomorrow’s artists to follow their own creative passions.

Scheduled to open in April 2018, the iconic, two level structure will total approximately 58,000 square feet and will include a recording studio, and two fine arts studios equipped with the materials necessary to offer ceramics study and space to facilitate all fine arts practices.

The MAX seeks qualified instructors, as independent contractors, to teach art classes for children and adults that encourage self-expression and creativity. Instructors must possess an enthusiasm for teaching, extensive experience within their specialized art discipline, classroom management skills, and experience preparing class materials and implementing lesson plans. Candidates should be willing to challenge, engage, and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect.

Applicants will be assessed on the breadth and depth of education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Requirements:

  • Commitment to The MAX’s mission of providing quality arts education to members of the community
  • Bachelor’s Degree* in an Art discipline (or an Art Education degree for children’s classes)
  • Able to design and implement lesson plans that follow the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Arts
  • Ability and willingness to promote classes
  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of people
  • Knowledge of various learning styles and curriculum design

Proposals should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV showing formal training, exhibitions and awards
  • Three professional references
  • Portfolio of professional artwork (Electronic preferred)
  • Brief class proposals that include cost of materials, your facilitation fee, time frame needed to facilitate, length of series (Consider offering unique courses that challenge you as an instructor and your students as artists. Emphasize the skills and knowledge your students can expect to obtain from the course.)

Please direct the above application materials to Tiffany McGehee, the Museum Educator at Tiffany@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 Meridian 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.

On April 28, 2018, The MAX will open to the public.

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