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About The MAX
Mississippi's Arts + 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's Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a world-class facility highlighting Mississippi artists and celebrating the contributions of arts and entertainment entrepreneurs in every artistic discipline. The MAX is 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 is housed in an iconic, two-level structure consisting of over 58,000 square feet, with 22,000 square feet devoted to visitor experiences. The unique and informative exhibit design educates and inspires visitors, having a tremendous impact on Mississippi's economy. Exhibits are organized around five themes – land, home, community, church, and people + places. Audio and video stories tell who, what, where, when, why, and how Mississippians have influenced the arts and the creative economy all over the world. The MAX encourages visitors to enhance their Mississippi experience and rich cultural history by exploring other new and established museums, historic homes, and cultural activities throughout the state.
A Hollywood-style Walk of Fame, unveiled in 2009, makes its way from the nearby MSU Riley Center to The MAX. New Walk of Fame stars will join existing stars honoring Mississippi legends, including Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers, B.B. King, William Faulkner, Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, and Harley Peavey. Other elements include a Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Hall of Fame, a gift shop, a broadcast studio, an art studio, a multipurpose room, an outdoor stage, and a courtyard that can be used by schools, civic clubs, churches, and individuals for special programs and events.
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Audio Visual and Computer Technician
The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a world-class facility highlighting Mississippi artists and celebrating the contributions of arts and entertainment entrepreneurs in every artistic discipline. The MAX is seeking an Audio Visual and Computer Technician to oversee technological communications equipment including digital interactives, sound equipment, computers, telephones, and conference systems. This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Operations.
- Primary responsibilities include set up and installation of media equipment such as projectors, speakers, TV/Video monitors and cameras
- Serve as sound engineer for internal and rental events held at The MAX; may also serve as sound engineer for Governor’s Recording Studio
- Provide technical support for teleconferences
- Tag and manage all AV inventory items
- Help to maintain exhibition interactives under the direction of the Curator of Exhibitions
- Coordinate with information technology contractors as needed for maintenance and support to ensure compliance of computer equipment and networks
- Perform general trouble shooting, maintenance and updates of administrative computer systems including Windows-based and MAC workstations
- Assist with oversight of public digital displays
- Maintain all servers with necessary updates and security
- Maintain the operation and functionality of the internal Cisco Meraki network (wireless, switches, firewall)
- Maintain workstation in the recording studio with necessary updates, software and licenses as required
- Provide outstanding customer service and develop working relationships with MAX clients; use communication skills to keep projects moving forward
- Accurately communicate with clients for live sound, video, and IT specifications for concerts, events and projects in a timely manner
- Work a flexible schedule including occasional nights and weekends
Skills and Abilities
- Familiarity with OS X and Windows
- Familiar with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
- Familiar with virtualization (VMWare) for servers and Mac OS workstations
- 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 in a methodical manner
- Ability to maintain organized records of AV systems over extended periods of time
- High School Diploma or GED required
- At least three years of college or technical training or associate’s degree in audiovisual technology or related field, such as digital media; a four-year degree preferred
- At least five (5) years of experience with computer networks, AV equipment, and digital interactives
- At least two years of setup and working knowledge of AV equipment in a festival and/or concert setting
- Strong organizational skills; strong written and verbal communication skills to interact with other users and customers
- Must have ability to accurately track and manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Must be able to lift 50-80 lbs. in addition to standing, walking, climbing stairs and navigating tight spaces
Interested candidates must send a cover letter and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security Guard (part-time)
The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a seeking a reliable individual to provide security services at The MAX on a part-time basis. This position is available for immediate hiring.
- Provide unarmed general security services to The MAX, indoors and outdoors, with frequent patrols
- Preserve the safety of staff, visitors, and The MAX
- Must have some computer skills, with ability to scan and interpret security monitors, radio equipment, telephones, and alarm panels
- Greet, assist, and interact with a variety of people, including employees, visitors, contractors, vendors, etc.
- Enforce rules and regulations in assigned areas; escort visitors when needed
- Respond to all alarms and other emergency situations; maintain records and make reports as required
- Assist with setup/teardown of tables/chairs/equipment for special events
- High School diploma, GED, or high school equivalency diploma
- One year of experience in a facility where customers, visitors, or patients are served (museums/hotel/motel, hospital)
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operational and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
- Ability to use Badge software and produce I.D. Badges for employees
- Ability to write routine reports
- Friendliness, proper grooming, and honesty
- Must be able to spend long periods of time standing and walking around
- Must be able to lift 30 lbs. or more
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to email@example.com.
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 MAX, Mississippi's Arts + Entertainment Experience, showcases Mississippi’s legacy in every area of the arts, honors Mississippi's worldwide legends in arts and entertainment, and inspires tomorrow's artists to follow their own creative passions.
The MAX includes a recording studio and two fine arts studios equipped with materials for 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 their breadth and depth of education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities.
- Commitment to The MAX's mission of providing quality arts education to members of the community
- A bachelor's degree in an art discipline (or an art education degree for children's classes)
- Ability to design and implement lesson plans that follow the Mississippi College- and Career-Ready 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:
- A cover letter
- Resume or CV showing formal training, exhibitions, and awards
- Three professional references
- A portfolio of professional artwork (electronic preferred)
- Brief class proposals that include cost of materials, your facilitation fee, time frame needed to facilitate, and 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 the Adult Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The MAX stands 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 Theatre and the Dentzel Carousel (which dates from 1896), are other mainstays in the city. Meridian also has eight 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 the Key Field Air National Guard Base. Manufacturing and health care are also major contributors to the local economy. A dynamic multicultural community with a population just over 40,000, 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 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.