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          Fri 12

          Member’s Opening Reception: Southbound

          June 12, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
          Sat 13

          Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South

          June 13, 9:00 amSeptember 6, 5:00 pm
          Thu 18

          Brown Bag Lunch Concert: Cole Hill

          June 18, 11:30 am1:00 pm
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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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Director of Development

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking a positive, energetic, experienced, and organized individual for the position of Director of Development. The Director of Development will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts in support of the institutional mission. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of nonprofit fundraising and demonstrates the ability to work well with people and effectively develops, cultivates, and maintains relationships across the organization and in the community. Experience in the non-profit sector is required. Museum experience is ideal, but not required.

The Director of Development will implement a strategic approach to fundraising, which will include: a comprehensive plan for donor and membership development, major gifts, corporate and foundation donations, grant writing and solicitations, fundraising events, membership events, and in-kind resources. The Director of Development is expected to expand and diversify The MAX’s donor base and work closely with the Board of Directors to nurture relationships, steward current donors, and forge new connections that will build on The MAX’s visibility, secure funding, and stability for operations and programs. The Director of Development will oversee a future capital campaign and raise a determined amount annually in operational and other designated funds.

Areas of Responsibility

Development Plan & Donor Cultivation

  • Work with the President/CEO and Board of Directors to implement The MAX’s development strategy.
  • Coordinate efforts to generate income for operations and programs and perform additional fundraising for capital and other special projects as needed.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors throughout Mississippi and the U.S. Continue a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with existing and new donors.
  • Take initiative, make and direct face-to-face, direct solicitations to donors and other funders in coordination with the President/CEO and consistent with approved development goals.
  • Plan and supervise electronic and mailed appeals/communications, grant writing experience, corporate sponsorship proposals, planned giving and other fundraising materials, and membership outreach.
  • Identify, develop, and mentor development interns.
  • Oversee the administration of the museum donor database Versai. Monitor all donor information and provide and present statistical analysis to President/CEO and Board.
  • Supervise and support the Membership Manager and development interns and volunteers.

Sponsorships and Grants

  • Research, identify, and solicit contributions from local and national foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with program officers at foundations, government agencies, and businesses.
  • Develop and implement a robust corporate sponsorship program.

Special Occasions

  • Plan, oversee, and attend special fundraising and donor cultivation opportunities.
  • Gain sponsorships.
  • Understand and adhere to the policies and procedures relating to working and holding events in a museum environment, such as security and collections safety. 

Governance Support

  • Prepare fundraising, data reports, and revenue projections.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Board’s Development Committee.


  • Supervise the Membership Manager.
  • Oversee the execution and management of The MAX’s membership program (1,200 households).
  • Create systems to remain in constant contact with our members.


  • Six or more years of proven professional experience for a nonprofit, including supervisory experience, developing and implementing a significant and successful fundraising effort.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters’ Degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources.
  • Knowledge of broad base of principles for fundraising and planned giving, as well as best practices/ethical standards.
  • The ability to communicate the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience’s mission and interests to a broad audience with genuine enthusiasm.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills are fundamental to this position.
  • Proficiency with budgeting and fiscal oversight.
  • Accountability, attention to detail, and the ability to complete assignments in a fast-paced environment is needed.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as a team and independently, as projects require.
  • Positive attitude and enjoyment working with a range of organizational stakeholders, including high-level corporate and governmental officials. An established record of networking with community stakeholders and businesses in Mississippi is helpful.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as events require.
  • Valid driver’s license/identification and use of personal car are necessary with liability insurance.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with social media.
  • Fluency with Outlook, Google products including docs, sheets, slides, and Gmail.

Interested candidates must send a cover letter and resume via email to careers@msarts.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.

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; maintain records and make reports as required
  • Assist with setup/teardown of tables/chairs/equipment for special events

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 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 careers@msarts.org.


Housekeeper (part-time)

The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is seeking reliable individuals to provide housekeeping services at The MAX on a part-time basis.

Essential Functions

  • Sweep, scrub, mop, and polish floors
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs
  • Dust and polish furniture and fixtures
  • Empty and clean trash containers
  • Dispose of trash in a sanitary manner
  • Clean all public and staff restrooms
  • Maintain all cleaning equipment and supplies in a safe and sanitary working condition

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 (museum, hotel/motel, hospital)
  • Friendliness, proper grooming, and honesty
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

Interested candidates should stop by The MAX at 2155 Front Street, Meridian, MS beginning June 2, 2020 to complete an application, or email resume 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, 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 elizabeth@msarts.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.

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