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WORKING AT THE BASS

The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program.

We always have many different volunteer and internship opportunities available year round. We may also have full-time salaried positions or part-time staff openings depending on availability and needs. Please follow the application instructions per each listing and email the required materials to the listed contact.

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JOBS

STEAM Plus Teaching Artist

Contractor/Freelancer

The Bass is seeking an experienced teaching artist to provide arts-integrated curriculum for the STEAM Plus program working with Miami-Dade County Public Schools(M-DCPS). You will report to and work in close collaboration with the Education Outreach and Special Programs manager to create curriculum, deliver lessons, and support K-12 partnered schools participating in the STEAM designation process through interactions, field trips, and exhibitions/showcases.

About STEAM Plus:

Beginning in October 2021, the City of Miami Beach Commission and Mayor Dan Gelber, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System (M-DCPS), has provided yearly funding for the STEAM Plus program, which integrates arts and culture into the core curriculum of local public schools. The Bass manages all partnerships between cultural anchors and Miami Beach public schools, which alleviates pressure on school administrators and provides essential support to ensure schools can attain M-DCPS STEAM designation. The partnership between Miami’s cultural institutions and public schools aims to inspire future generations of inventors, explorers, innovators, artists and leaders.
By engaging students around the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, the STEAM Plus program aims to spark an interest and life-long appreciation of the arts and sciences in children from an early age.

STEAM Plus serves participating schools in earning a M-DCPS STEAM designation through interactions that expand on STEM topics by incorporating the Arts. The program follows a strict rubric to earn points for the designation through partnership interactions, showcases and exhibitions. This program exposes many students to museums and world-class institutions.
Official STEAM Plus Website: https://www.steamplusmiamibeach.org/home.
Last year’s program impact and survey findings can be found within the 2021 – 2022 Final Report.

Role Responsibilities

The STEAM Plus Teaching Artist will develop, prepare and teach foundational development courses designed to support all elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and partnered with M-DCPS. The ideal candidate should be inclusive, knowledgeable, and articulate in art- making practices and materials, and The Bass’ mission of “creating connections between international contemporary art and the museum’s diverse audiences”.

  • Developing and implement 6-12 unique visual arts/STEAM lessons with age-appropriate instructional methods per partnered school
  • Motivate students to think about the subject critically and to actively participate in the educational STEAM process
  • Create a positive and engaging environment for student learning and involvement
  • Evaluate effectiveness of course curriculum and adjust instruction and materials as appropriate
  • Maintain, take inventory, and organize art supplies in your car, home and museum
  • Mount and display student’s work for exhibitions at the museum for STEAM Plus culminating event
  • Maintain appropriate standards of behavior, mutual respect and safety
  • Be an ambassador for The Bass/STEAM Plus and represent the organization positively among teachers, administrators and the community

Role Requirements:

  • 3+ years of experience working with K-12 students
  • Experience in the assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Passionate about teaching school-aged children in public school settings
  • Experience teaching structured art classes that combine artistic technique with personal self- expression
  • Well-versed in instructing in materials, including acrylics, watercolors, drawing, charcoal, pencil, pastels, and mixed media supplies
  • Syllabus development, lesson planning, and project implementation based off of Florida and M- DCPS standards
  • Maintain a safe and supportive atmosphere
  • Highly organized and flexible
  • Ability to work collaboratively with K-12 teachers and assistant teaching artists
  • Excellent classroom and behavioral management skills
  • Above par communication and emotional intelligence skills
  • Maintaining and growing a student following and returning students
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Available to work during school hours, Monday – Friday

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Art History, or Digital Arts or related experience as a practicing artist
  • Experience in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields
  • CPR and First-Aid Certified
  • Level II background clearance with M-DCPS
  • Google Suite (Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.)
  • Previous experience working with Apple products
  • Inclusion strategies for all ages and abilities

Salary: $26 an hour

(Includes professional development opportunities, training, lesson planning, preparation and clean-up. This role is often accompanied by an Assistant Teaching Artist. All materials are provided by The Bass).

The Bass Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. To apply, please send cover letter, resume/cv, and artwork examples to [email protected]. Please, no phone inquiries.

Curator

DEPARTMENT: CURATORIAL 

REPORTS TO: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CHEIF CURATOR 

 

SUMMARY:

The Curator will work closely with the Executive Director/Chief Curator on the organization of various large-scale monographic and thematic exhibitions from concept to installation. The Curator will also independently organize some exhibitions and artist projects, and to contribute to acquisitions and collection displays.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Reporting to the Executive Director/Chief Curator, the Curator major responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement of long-term and changing exhibitions with independently or with Chief Curator/Guest Curators
  • Manage and execute research, writing and oversight of design and production of various publications
  • Write didactic and PR texts for exhibitions, with the possibility for contributions to catalogues
  • Working closely with artists, and their studios and galleries on upcoming exhibitions and projects
  • Work with Education Department with docent training and development of public/educational programming
  • Manage off-site and outdoor art projects (Walgreens etc.)
  • Negotiation of loans; Communicating with lenders and participants in loan shows
  • Overseeing student interns, and working with Education to train docents
  • Giving talks and tours for Educational and Public programs
  • Extensive travel for exhibition and professional development
  • Represent the museum in fundraising and social events on and offsite

 

MANAGERIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Oversee Exhibitions and Curatorial Project Manager, Chief Preparator, and Registrar of Exhibitions and Collections in all logistical planning and installation of exhibitions, as well as seasonal student interns
  • Develop, track and implement annual exhibitions and collections budget of $700,000, and working closely with the Deputy Director, manage grants reporting related to certain aspects of this budget
  • Answer routine correspondence, public and scholarly inquiries
  • Collaborate with Development department on grant applications and management of awarded grants
  • Work with Education to train docents
  • Act as liaison for the Chief Curator in addition to working independently with other curatorial staff and departments in the museum, including Collections, Education, Communications, Operations, and Development, as well as external contacts such as artists, donors, galleries, and other institutions.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Wide knowledge of and enthusiasm about contemporary art
  • 5+ years of curatorial experience in an art museum with a proven record in exhibition making, increasing professional responsibility and measurable accomplishments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Strong organizational, planning and research skills
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed, exercise creative problem-solving, initiative and good judgment to successfully organize and complete assignments
  • Detail-oriented, meticulous, and conscientious in following through on assigned tasks
  • Knowledge of condition reporting and collection care methods and procedures
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, artists, visitors, and community members

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Written and verbal communication skills in Spanish
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., art history, studio art, etc.)
  • At least 5 years of work experience in a museum of contemporary art.
  • Working knowledge of collections management systems

TO APPLY

Please submit the following materials to Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director, at [email protected]. Please include “Curator Job Application” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Resume/CV

Cover Letter, including desired salary range

Please, no phone inquiries or in-person submissions will be considered. 

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. If your qualifications and experience match the needs of the current opening, potential candidates will be contacted for an interview.

This job description describes the general nature of the duties and requirements of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list or to limit the supervisor’s ability to modify work assignments as appropriate. 

The Bass is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, political affiliation or veteran status. 

Guest Services Associate

FLSA Code: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

SUMMARY

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, seeks dynamic, outgoing Guest Services Associates to provide reliable and effective front-line service to the museum. As the “face of the Bass,” Guest Services Associates are responsible for delivering outstanding customer service and being positive representatives of the Bass at all times. Guest Services Associates report directly to the Operations Manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Perform general museum reception, greeting the public, special guests, members, and groups in a cheerful, positive manner at all times.
  • Ensure a positive and safe experience for all museum users including exhibition visitors, program participants, café/shop visitors, event attendees and those participating in on- site rentals.
  • Provide and maintain accurate information about the museum, exhibits, programs, and services.
  • Process admissions, program fees, membership fees, and various payments through a Point of Sale system (Altru); balance all intakes at close of business before submitting to Senior Guest Services Associate.
  • Answer all general phone inquiries and/or transfer callers to the appropriate staff member.
  • Capture accurate statistical, marketing and membership data.
  • Assist with administrative tasks as needed: mail pick up and processing, and purchasing staff supplies, maintaining forms, supply sourcing and ordering, correspondence, and filing.
  • Maintain a clean, business-like front-of-house environment.
  • Assist with other duties as required and assigned by the Operations Manager

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

  • Positive team player with excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution
  • Proficient organizational and time-management skills and strong multi-tasking abilities
  • Strong computer skills required, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong mathematical skills, attention to detail and significant use of memory

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Experience in cash handling with knowledge of Point-of-Sale systems preferred
  • Museum/Art experience not required, but preference will be given to candidates with an interest in the field

WORK SCHEDULE

  • 20-28 hours per week, with potential for more based on event needs
  • Scheduling TBD, but flexible

COMPENSATION

  • Commensurate with experience

DATE OF HIRE

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

TO APPLY

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please, no phone inquiries.

Note: This description indicates, in general terms, the type and level of work performed and responsibilities held by the team member(s). Duties described are not to be interpreted as being all-inclusive or specific to any individual team member.

No third party agencies or submissions will be accepted. 

Our company is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, political affiliation or veteran status. DFWP

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. If your qualifications and experience match the needs of the current job or internship opening, potential candidates will be contacted for an interview.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

OPPORTUNITIES

Internships

The Bass’ intern program is aimed at college juniors, seniors and recent graduates, graduate students and young museum professionals. The program provides an introduction to the inner workings of specific departments and theoretical training in a museum. The Bass encourages applicants from a wide range of disciplines in an effort to realize a well-rounded team for the intern program. Internships at The Bass are unpaid unless otherwise noted.

For more information on internships, please contact us at [email protected].

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Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of The Bass. The volunteer program offers positions in various departments ranging from events, programs, membership, marketing and clerical projects. Teens, college students, and members of the community are all encouraged to join as volunteers to support the museum’s programs.

For more information on our volunteer program, please email [email protected].

APPLY!

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Docents

Docents are an integral part of the visitor experience at The Bass. Trained by museum education staff as tour guides, docents give interactive tours to individuals as well as visiting groups of children and adults. Docents receive educational tutorials on the exhibitions and attend group outings, as well as gain access to a behind-the-scene look of the museum.

For more information on our docent program, please email [email protected].

APPLY!

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The Teen Board

The latest addition to our volunteer opportunities is the Teen Board, aimed at bringing teens together to help plan events and activities for the community. Open to students aged 13 through 18.

APPLY!

For more information:
[email protected]