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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 depending on availability and needs. Please follow the application instructions per each listing and email the required materials to the listed contact. No phone calls please.

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JOBS

Chief Curator

Full-Time

The Bass seeks a creative museum leader with expertise in contemporary art with a minimum of 10 years of active curatorial practice and management-level museum experience.

Our ideal candidate possesses a sense of adventure and creativity with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary art, museum curatorial principles and institutional practices. Applicants must demonstrate experience as a thoughtful risk taker with a record of converting vision into working programs and inventive exhibitions. Candidates should be able to demonstrate their collaborative managerial approach, flexibility, collegiality, and enthusiasm for engaging a diverse community through art and creativity.

Applicants must have superior presentation and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to demonstrate strong leadership presence. This position requires constant engagement with a variety of stakeholders, including the museum’s Board of Directors, Collections Committee, colleagues, press, donors, external partners, as well as the general public. Candidates must hold themselves and their work to the highest ethical standards. Strategic thinking, financial acumen, organizational effectiveness, and a passion for staff development are fundamental functions of the position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the development of a full, balanced and dynamic exhibition program in tandem with the Executive Director and curatorial staff.
  • Organize and coordinate all exhibitions and projects presented at The Bass.
  • As a member of the museum’s senior staff, the Chief Curator is expected to both attend and participate in Board of Directors and Collections Committee meetings.
  • As supervisor for the museum’s curatorial and exhibitions department, the Chief Curator must oversee the planning, development, implementation, and management of the department’s approved budget, resources and programs.
  • Collaborate with staff on opportunities for donor cultivation and assist in the development of grant proposals/applications.
  • Work closely with the education department and museum operations team to ensure all programs and events are aligned with the overarching curatorial vision.
  • Maintain regular workflow with the museum’s communications department to ensure messaging on exhibitions and programs is aligned with the curatorial vision and updates to exhibition schedule are communicated in a timely and effective manner.
  • Serve as the museum staff liaison to the Collections Committee of the Board of Directors on all matters related to the collection, including providing analysis and recommendations for acquisitions and deaccessioning.
  • Organize and collaborate with staff to produce museum programming (lectures, workshops, etc.), as may be required.
  • Lead curatorial team to produce interpretive text for each exhibition/project, including brochure copy, catalogues and wall-text.
  • The Chief Curator serves as a public facing member of the museum and is expected to represent The Bass within professional organizations, the community, regionally, and nationwide to ensure the museum has a lively and productive relationship with peer professionals and institutions, as well as the creative community and the general public.
  • Perform other duties as may be required to support the effective operation of the museum’s curatorial department.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should have an advanced degree in Art History or a related field with a particular concentration in contemporary art. Candidates must have no less than 10 years of active curatorial and management-level museum experience.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter describing interest and experience, along with a resume and the names of three references to [email protected]. Suggestions of candidates are also welcome.

DATE OF HIRE: IMMEDIATELY

The Bass Museum of Art offers competitive salary and health benefits.

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.

Special Events Coordinator

Full-Time

The Special Events Coordinator plays an integral role in The Bass’ Operations Department. S/he is responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordinating special events including both in-house events initiated by The Bass and those initiated by facility rental clients who host events at The Bass. The Special Events Coordinator will be a dynamic, proactive, and sales-oriented individual committed to achieving revenue goals for the institution. This position requires a flexibility to work on weekends, early mornings, and late evenings as necessary. The position reports to the Operations Manager.

Responsibilities

Special Events

  • Coordinate and execute The Bass’ institutional events calendar through internal database (Altru); book and oversee event dates in institutional calendar with high level of accuracy.
  • Produce financial reports, department budget forecasts, production schedules and event related materials on regular basis.
  • Be on site at events and/or available as a resource and point person for clients, vendors and staff.
  • Coordinate with Operations Manager to determine and secure event related requirements, such as security, A/V technician(s), equipment and museum maintenance.
  • Coordinate logistics of events with Operations Manager.
  • Coordinate committee and staff meetings to include training event staff and coordinate volunteer assignments.
  • Administer processing, tracking and execution of all event contracts, ancillary agreements, contract riders, insurance certificates, permits or other event documentation.
  • Produce museum wide events such as exhibition openings, The Bass Ball, and staff-wide outings and events; provide support to all departments in connection with conceiving, scheduling, planning and implementing Bass cultivation and stewardship events including major membership events.

Facility Rentals

  • Develop sales strategies in order to achieve revenue goals.
  • Meet weekly with the Operations Manager to assess progress towards revenue goals.
  • Develop and maintain vendor relationships including in-house exclusive / preferred caterers and preferred A/V vendors.
  • Work with Communications Department to identify marketing strategies to secure new rental clients.
  • Market rental business to corporations, fashion, film, photo and travel industry and other appropriate potential customers.
  • Enter all client related information into the event sales database Altru. Provide periodic summary analysis of client data to assist in developing targeted sales strategy.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience in special events/sales.
  • Experience in non-profit events management a plus.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; good presentation skills.
  • Outstanding follow up skills and attention to detail is a MUST.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills including ability to effectively create and monitor departmental budget.
  • Strong computer and database management skills, ability for immediate follow-up on all invoicing. Altru knowledge preferred, but not required.
  • Industry knowledge of special events, preferably in a results-oriented setting.
  • Experience with production/technical operations and services. Knowledge of special event processes.
  • Ability to work productively with diverse constituencies.
  • Flexible schedule is required.
  • Fluency in Spanish language a plus

TO APPLY

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected].

DATE OF HIRE: IMMEDIATELY

 

The Bass Museum of Art offers competitive salary and health benefits.

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.

Exhibition Coordinator

Full-Time

The Exhibition Coordinator will provide support for the organization and project management of all exhibition production and installation. The position reports to the Assistant Curator and Registrar of Collections and Exhibitions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assisting the curatorial and collections team with the development of upcoming exhibitions and off-site projects
  • Coordinating logistics for exhibitions, including permitting, fabrication, sourcing of materials and equipment, and assisting all visiting artists, couriers and contracted labor
  • Providing prompt and consistent support by booking travel, managing calendars, and budget administration
  • Creating, maintaining, and distributing accurate exhibition files, floorplans, and checklists
  • Assisting Registrar with shipping coordination, equipment rentals, and scheduling preparators
  • Assisting with Registrar with condition reporting and gallery maintenance
  • Assisting Assistant Curator and Registrar in the planning and maintenance of exhibition schedules and timelines

OTHER DUTIES

  • Assisting with the accurate administration departmental budget, including processing financials, credit card statements and reimbursement requests
  • Obtaining proper permissions for reproductions for exhibitions
  • Prepares labels for permanent collection galleries and temporary exhibitions
  • Preparing materials for exhibition-related meetings and interdepartmental meetings
  • Assisting Registrar with collections management and maintenance of C
  • Administrative and clerical support of the Assistant Curator and Registrar as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelors degree, preferably within the field of Visual Arts, Art History or Humanities.
  • Familiarity and continuing interest in contemporary art
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational, planning and research skills
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed, exercise initiative and good judgment to successfully organize and complete assignments
  • Detail-oriented, meticulous, and conscientious in following through on assigned tasks
  • Proficiency with computers in standardized word processing, spreadsheet programs, and basic knowledge of graphic and web design programs
  • Proficiency with technical equipment, such as A/V systems
  • Knowledge of collection cataloging methods and procedures
  • Working knowledge of collections management systems preferred
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, artists, visitors, and community members

TO APPLY

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected].

DATE OF HIRE: IMMEDIATELY

DEADLINE: JANUARY 26, 2018

The Bass Museum of Art offers competitive salary and health benefits.

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.

Tour & School Programs Coordinator

Full-Time

The Bass is looking for an individual with strong organizational and administrative skills, a passion for art, and a desire to provide innovative education programs as part of a creative and collaborative team.

Education Department Vision and Philosophy

The Bass’ educational mission is to stimulate creative interpretation of contemporary art and process and provide an environment that encourages inquiry, exploration, and dialogue.

About The Bass Education Department

The education department actively promotes participation by a broad spectrum of people, embracing those of varying races, genders, ages, socioeconomic levels, sexual orientations, physical and mental capacities, education levels, and learning styles in its programs to set community standards of excellence. The Museum encourages everyone it reaches to be experimental and active in their understanding of its collection and exhibits by offering interpretive materials and learning interventions that employ the use of our Design Thinking methodology, IDEAS, which was developed in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design via a year-long collaborative process in 2009-2010. The IDEAS system, which stands for Identify, Discuss, Envision, Apply and Share, serves as an implementation process for all of The Bass’ educational programs and interpretive materials. Design thinking techniques use process-based learning to stimulate critical observation and an inquisitive examination of artists’ ideas, materials, and processes. By providing participatory experiences that offer diverse perspectives, build empathy, and encourage exploration, The Bass endeavors to foster a lifelong love of learning in all its visitors.

Position Objective

This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week Monday through Friday with some evening or weekend hours. This non-exempt position reports to the Director of Education. Primary responsibilities are to plan, implement, market and evaluate school programs and museum tours for pre-K-12 students and educators, college/university students, and adults. Serving as the lead museum educator, this candidate will lead the museum’s docent and museum educator program. Primary areas of responsibility include creating curriculum to enhance the tour experience, both for adults and students, pre/post visit activities as an online tool for educators using Florida Standards, and developing/coordinating training program for docents.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Prepare museum docents and contracted educators to teach student and adult programs in the galleries and in schools.
  • Follow up with tour groups before and after their visit to the museum to maintain partnerships with Miami Beach schools and other museums and cultural organizations in Miami.
  • Assist in updating and managing education sections of the website.
  • Identify curricular connections between exhibitions and regional education community needs to design and develop school & tour programs for a growing audience of K-12 and college level students and teachers.
  • Coordinate with other internal museum departments on special events, membership events and facility rentals to schedule docents or museum educators.
  • Develop professional development for pre-K-12 teachers, launch regularly scheduled teacher workshops.
  • Participate in professional development to remain informed regarding new research and practice, to develop new skills and enhance existing skills.
  • Act as museum ambassador at community outreach events as needed.
  • Flexibility to work special events held in the evening hours and/or weekends as needed.
  • Prepare and process invoices, contracts, payments within the parameters of the School Programs and Tours budget, and maintain department records and databases through the Altru system.
  • Track program expenses to stay within department budget.
  • Other duties related to education department as assigned.

Candidate Requirements

  • Bachelors degree preferably within the field of Education, Visual Arts, Art History, Humanities, Museum Education and/or Non-Profit Management.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience at a museum or other informal education setting, planning and implementing relevant and creative museum education programs for intergenerational audiences, but specifically for K-12 students and teachers.
  • Strong knowledge of the K-12 school environment, current theories and practices of object-based museum learning, and the Common Core curriculum.
  • Familiarity with contemporary art highly desired.
  • Experience with project and personnel management and program evaluation.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and presentation skills.
  • A collaborative, energetic, pro-active work style.
  • Ability to see, speak and hear clearly, and lift 25 pounds.
  • Valid driver’s license. Access to personal transportation preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of new educational technologies, budget management and grant reporting.
  • A high degree of computer proficiency and database management, attention to detail, and familiarity with professional office procedures and protocol.
  • Must be capable of undertaking multiple projects simultaneously and balancing long- and short-term priorities, with equal attention to big-picture goals and small logistical details.
  • Ability to work well with staff, artists, schools, and the public to promote the philosophy and goals of the Education Department and The Bass as a whole.
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Extremely strong computer skills including expertise in Microsoft Office Suite.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and sample informal lesson plan using the guidelines below to [email protected]:

The Bass education programs uses a design thinking approach to create and develop art-making experiences. Using the IDEAS principles explained in the education philosophy section, create an activity/experience that includes IDEAS.  The activity description must not exceed one page.

DATE OF HIRE: IMMEDIATELY

The Bass Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer. Positions require standard background check. Foreign nationals who are not American citizens or lawful permanent residents of the IS need a work visa, as well as a permit to work, officially known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), in order to work in the USA.

No phone calls or in-person visits, please, except when scheduled in advance.

Education Assistant

FLSA Code: Part-Time Non-Exempt

SUMMARY

The Bass is looking for an individual with strong organizational and administrative skills, a passion for art, and a desire to assist with the development of innovative education programs as part of a creative and collaborative team. This is a part-time position, 25 hours per week. Candidates must be available 5 days per week (including weekends and holidays) for 5 hours per day. This non-exempt position reports to the Director of Education, and will serve as a program assistant for our various programs in the Education Department. Primary areas of responsibility include serving as the initial public contact for the department during weekends, managing registrations and invoicing for all education programs, maintaining department records and databases, guiding tours and other staff support as assigned.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Facilitate guided experiences to a variety of audiences.
  • Supervise group management from arrival to departure.
  • Assist with audience evaluation as needed.
  • Facilitate or assist in set-up of in-house education programs, workshops and/or meetings.
  • Serve as primary public contact and drop-in family activity facilitator for the education department on weekends.
  • Maintain inventory of tour materials and resources, including coordinating with the development department for any membership benefits.
  • Fulfill supply orders based on education staff requests.
  • Assist with compiling and organizing department records and databases
  • Assist in updating and management of education sections of the website
  • Provide general administrative support to the department, specifically leading up to and during art camp programs.
  • Other duties related to education department as assigned

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Requires a high degree of computer proficiency and database management, attention to detail, and familiarity with professional office procedures and protocol
  • Individual must possess strong interpersonal skills and be diplomatic in working with diverse constituencies
  • Flexibility and reliability to multi-task and meet deadlines; strong ability to prioritize
  • Ability to work well with staff, artists, schools, and the general public to promote the philosophy and goals of the Education Department and the Bass Museum of Art as a whole
  • Knowledge of and interest in editing and design of print and online materials
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • FL State driver’s license and access to personal transportation preferred.

Qualifications

  • At least two years of work experience in a related field; prior museum experience desirable
  • Bachelors or associates degree
  • High level of written and oral communication skills
  • Extremely strong computer skills including expertise in Microsoft Office Suite.

COMPENSATION

  • The education assistant will be hired at $15 per hour.

DATE OF HIRE: IMMEDIATELY

TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls or in-person visits, please, except when scheduled in advance.

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.

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

ESSENTIAL ABILITIES

  • Ability to work under general direction
  • Ability to process information accurately and within a deadline
  • Aptitude for performing work requiring close attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize workload and to change priorities on short or little notice

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • 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.

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.

OPPORTUNITIES

Internships

The Bass’s 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.

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].

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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].

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