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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, auditorily, and kinesthetically educate, inform, and entertain every visitor.

The MAX, located in Downtown Meridian, 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 Finance

This full-time position ensures sound financial management for the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX).  The MAX is 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 Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk
  • 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 or public accounting experience
  • Thorough and working knowledge of non-profit accounting including, but not limited to:
    — Fund accounting
    — Unrestricted and Donor 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
  • Payroll Reporting Compliance
  • 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.

 

Sound Engineer

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a world-class facility highlighting Mississippi artists and celebrating the contributions of arts and entertainment in every artistic discipline. The state-of-the-art Governor’s Recording studio allows The MAX to fulfill its mission of educating and inspiring the next generation by providing a venue for artists to capture their own works.

The Sound Engineer is a 1099 contract position that will work on an as-needed basis with artists to record their work using the Governor’s Recording Studio as well as the hardware and software designated and available for the studio.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all audio aspects of recording projects from start to finish including but not limited to consulting, pre-production, recording, mixing, and post-production.
  • Plan client sessions according to the project’s needs, budget, and available time.
  • Coordinate with The MAX staff and clients on timelines, space, and equipment needs for recording sessions.
  • Communicate with The MAX staff on updates, equipment maintenance, IT maintenance, and any equipment failures.
  • Oversee studio layout for clients including equipment placement, mic placement, recording intervals, special sound needs, etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Associates degree in Audio Engineering required. Bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills are required.
  • At least two years of experience using Pro Tools, mixing, and mastering projects.

Skills and Abilities

  • Troubleshooting experience with Mac Computers, Pro Tools Software, and other media and recording applications.
  • Experience in all aspects of a recording studio including tracking, equipment operation, mic placements, software applications, etc.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to accurately track and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

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, 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.

Requirements:

  • 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

Community

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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