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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

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.

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.

Assistant to the Executive Director

The Bass Assistant to the Executive Director will play an integral role in the museum. S/he will be responsible for all administrative tasks involving the executive office, including record keeping and filing, coordinating the director’s schedule, miscellaneous research, and organizing materials for meetings. The Assistant to the Executive Director will actively participate in the museum’s development activities, specifically writing, managing and tracking the grants calendar, interacting with the Board of Directors and liaising with the City of Miami Beach.

This position requires maturity, discretion, and the ability to multitask, as well as superior organizational skills. It requires prior experience in grant writing and the flexibility to work on weekends, early mornings, and late evenings, as necessary. The position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Administrative Tasks

  • Handle all communications required of the executive office: answer telephone, check main fax line, email and mail correspondence and in many cases, serve as liaison between Executive Director and staff.
  • Perform routine administrative tasks: letters, memoranda, agendas, forms, reports, power point presentations, etc. using word processing, spreadsheet, database and/or other presentation software such as Microsoft Office, Power Point or other programs.
  • Filing, maintaining, and sometimes creating all records of the executive office including board documents, contracts, etc.
  • Schedule and coordinate appointments for Executive Director (with Board members, City of Miami Beach, committees and other). This includes making arrangements for onsite and offsite meetings/dinners including catering, water, coffee, AV equipment, office materials, and follow up tasks. Minor clean-up after meetings might be necessary.
  • Arrange travel for the Director and others as needed.
  • Assist with Development tasks such as fundraiser and fundraising events, attend meetings and represent the museum on and offsite.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Grant Tasks

  • Conducts the full range of activities required to research, write, prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations and state, local, and federal government sources.
  • Maintains current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting. Tracks statistics relevant to development and provide department with necessary written materials.
  • Attends grant meetings on and offsite.

COMPENSATION

  • The Bass offers competitive salary and health benefits commensurate with experience

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

Guest Services Associate

FLSA Code: Part-Time Non-Exempt

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

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

Building Supervisor

FLSA Code: Part-Time Non-Exempt

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Performs general building maintenance; cleans restrooms, empties trash, maintain grounds, cleans closets, cleans storage areas, cleans kitchens, vacuums, perform some heavy cleaning (pressure-cleaning) when necessary, in-house painting (doors, platforms, and pedestal as necessary), change light bulbs as needed,
  • Set-up and Break-down of chairs, tables, and podiums for concerts, films, lectures, special openings, special parties, facility rentals, and other events throughout the week
  • Work with City of Miami Beach maintenance on repairs; process all property management requests in a timely manner
  • Open/Close building as needed
  • Deliveries and Pick-Ups: Post Office, Costco, Publix, etc. Mileage reimbursement is provided
  • Perform related work as required

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to maintain, clean, and service public buildings
  • Ability to perform a variety of repetitive tasks
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public
  • Ability to receive, retain, and execute detailed instructions
  • Ability to operate a computer, projector, and other museum equipment
  • Ability to communicate fluently in both English and Spanish

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Substantial standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling
  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

WORK SCHEDULE

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

COMPENSATION

  • Commensurate with experience

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.

For inquiries or to apply, please email [email protected] or fax (786) 485-1524. Please, no phone inquiries.

OPPORTUNITIES

Portfolio Development Teaching Artist (ages 13-18)

The Bass is seeking an experienced teaching artist for teens on Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Portfolio art instructor at The Bass is responsible for supporting student success by creating an optimum learning environment, responding to student needs, managing effective instructional activities, modeling employability skills, demonstrating professionalism, and supporting administrative and institutional requirements. He/she will be responsible for quality and effective instruction for the development of high school student’s foundational art making skillset.

This individual will develop, prepare and teach foundational portfolio development courses designed for ages 13-18. The ideal candidate should be inclusive, knowledgeable, and articulate in art making practices and materials that support The Bass’ mission: “to present contemporary art to excite, challenge and educate.”

Educational and Professional Requirements

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art from a regionally accredited university, or equivalent experience
  • Deliver exceptional instruction in foundational drawing practices
  • Availability on Saturdays in November and December
  • Experience in working with Teen demographic
  • Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes

Preferred requirements

  • MFA, practicing artist, exhibition experience
  • Proven record of student retention

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Professional Experience

  • College/University Portfolio requirements
  • Technology competencies to document the production of finished portfolio artwork
  • The use of resources that prepare students for college readiness in the art making field

WORK SCHEDULE

  • The Bass is seeking an Independent Contractor (3.5 hours per week) to serve as a teaching artist for teens on Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

COMPENSATION

  • Commensurate with experience

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 Lisa Quinn, [email protected]. Please, no phone inquiries.

Portfolio Development Teaching Artist (ages 7-12)

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum is seeking an experienced teaching artist for ages 7-12 on Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. The Portfolio art instructor at The Bass is responsible for supporting student success by creating an optimum learning environment, responding to student needs, managing effective instructional activities, demonstrating professionalism, and supporting administrative and institutional requirements. He/she will be responsible for quality and effective instruction for the development of elementary student’s foundational art making skillset.

This individual will develop, prepare and teach foundational portfolio development courses designed for ages 7-12. The ideal candidate should be inclusive, knowledgeable, and articulate in art making practices and materials that support The Bass’ mission: “to present contemporary art to excite, challenge and educate.”

Educational and Professional Requirements

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art from a regionally accredited university or equivalent experience
  • Experience in foundational art practices, including drawing, painting, and methods in 3D
  • Experience in working with the elementary demographic
  • Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes

Preferred requirements

  • BFA, Teacher’s certification
  • Proven record of student retention

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Professional Experience

  • College/University Portfolio requirements
  • Technology competencies to document the production of finished portfolio artwork
  • The use of resources that prepare students for college readiness in the art making field

WORK SCHEDULE

  • The Bass is seeking an Independent Contractor (2 hours per week) to serve as a teaching artist for teaching artist for ages 7-12 on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

COMPENSATION

  • Commensurate with experience

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 Lisa Quinn, [email protected]. Please, no phone inquiries.

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.

For more information on internships, please contact us at [email protected]. Please, no phone inquiries.

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Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of The Bass as our programs are continuously expanding. 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. Please, no phone inquiries.

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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]. Please, no phone inquiries.

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