The MAX - Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience

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About The MAX

The Mississippi 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 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, auditory, 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 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

Security Guard

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a seeking reliable individual to provide security services at The MAX on a part-time basis.  This position is available for immediate hiring.

Essential Functions

  • 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; maintains records and makes reports as required
  • Assist with setup/teardown of tables/chairs/equipment for special events
  • Observe safety and security policies and procedures

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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 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 careers@msarts.org or mail to:

Human Resources
Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience
PO Box 148
Meridian, MS 39302
601.581.1550
www.msarts.org

Administrative Assistant

The MAX welcomes applications for an Administrative Assistant. The person is this position will report to the Director of Operations and work closely with the President/CEO, the Board of Directors and other employees and support groups as needed. The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of managing his/her workload and prioritizing tasks in the fast-paced corporate environment of a museum.  The Administrative Assistant responsibilities includes, but not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions

  • Coordinates incoming and outgoing communications, including telephone calls, emails, and Outlook calendars
  • Serves as staff liaison to The MAX Board of Directors; organizes and coordinates materials for Board and Committee meetings and serves as recording secretary; performs other related duties
  • Assists with internal events and educational programming as needed
  • Schedules meetings and appointments as requested
  • Manages all incoming and outgoing mail and packages
  • Creates and maintains online accounts, such as Amazon.com, iTunes, FedEx, etc.
  • Creates and inputs data into usable spreadsheets (surveys, raffles, etc.)
  • Manages and operates automated mailing system (Pitney Bowes)
  • Maintains an organized filing system of paper and electronic documents
  • Responsible for inventory and ordering of office supplies, dissemination of incoming mail and the collection and processing of the outgoing mail
  • Disseminates museum information internally and to the public
  • Upholds a strict level of confidentiality
  • Performs other related work as required and as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three or more years of administrative office experience
  • Advanced 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

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume’ via email to careers@msarts.org.

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, the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, 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.

The MAX includes 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 the Adult Educator at Elizabeth@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.

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