The Columbia Museum of Art is the premier international art museum in South Carolina with a commitment to exhibiting art from around the world. The collection ranges from antiquity to the present day with a focus on European, American, modern and contemporary, and Asian art. A large gift from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation formed the nucleus of an important permanent collection of more than 6,000 objects of fine and decorative arts across a broad range of centuries and media.

The Museum is in a modern 128,000 square foot facility that opened in 1998 and is a captivating architectural building with 25 galleries, designed by George Sexton Associates of Washington, D.C., with art studios, a 160-seat auditorium, a library, and museum shop. Significant undeveloped space is earmarked for future gallery expansion. The Museum has an annual budget of $3.7 million and a full-time staff of 32. It serves as the cultural anchor of a newly revitalized downtown – blocks from the State Capitol and the historic campus of the University of South Carolina.

Columbia is South Carolina's largest city and the center of culture, government, education, and commerce. It is centrally located and within a two-hour drive of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the beaches and historic sites of Charleston and coastal South Carolina.

Governance and Administration:
501(c)(3) entity governed by the Columbia Art Association with a 24 member Board of Trustees, 5 member Commission and approximately 34 full time staff, a number of part-time staff and many volunteers.
Operating Budget:
$3.7 million
Approximately $4 million
American Alliance of Museums

Full-Time Benefits

  • Health, Dental, Life & LTD plans
  • State retirement plan
  • Vacation & sick days
  • Paid holidays
  • 25% discount in the museum shop
  • Event & program discounts
  • Direct deposit
  • Parking provided

Part-Time Benefits

  • Vacation & sick days (working over 20 hrs./wk.)
  • 25% discount in the museum shop
  • Event & program discounts
  • Direct deposit
  • Parking provided

Resume Submission Policy & Instructions

Please read instructions before submitting your resume.

  • All current open positions at the CMA are listed in the Employment section.
  • The CMA accepts resume submissions via email for current open positions only.
  • No walk-in applications accepted.
  • All resumes and cover letters must be sent by email using .pdf format only.
  • Job openings, the status of job openings, or verification of resumes received will not be verified by telephone.
  • All applicants will receive notice of receipt of their submission by return email; however, only the top candidates for each position will be contacted by telephone or email for a possible interview.
  • If you are not contacted, please be assured your resume will remain on file for one year.

    Employment Opportunities

    • CMA Shop Sales Assistant

    • Museum Shop

    • Posted: 02-19-15
    • Position ID: 76
  • Title: CMA Shop Sales Assistant

    Position Type: Part-Time

    Reports To: Museum Shop Manager

    Purpose: Sales Assistants provide excellent customer service with a goal of increasing sales and repeat visitors to the CMA Shop and museum. Providing a great CMA experience for all customers, visitors, and members is the primary goal of the CMA Shop. Sales assistants help the manager with all aspects of store operations including, greeting members and customers, assisting customers with their merchandise choices and sales transactions, merchandise display, and accurate inventory control.

    Responsibilities: Provides stellar customer service and is sales focused.

    Primary Responsibilities include but not limited to:
    1. Responsible for opening and closing the museum shop on time for regular business hours and special
    2. Responsible for keeping the museum shop neat in appearance.
    3. Responsible for all monies received and for balancing the cash drawer at the end of each business day.
    4. Restock the sales floor.
    5. Familiarity with the museum's exhibitions and programming to answer general questions about merchandise.
    6. Notifying shop manager when inventory is low.

    Secondary Responsivities include but not limited to:
    7. Responsible for process phone orders and/or special orders, or take accurate information for
    referral to the Shop Manager, if unable to help member/visitor.
    8. Assist in pricing new merchandise for display.
    9. Assist in the receiving of merchandise.
    10. Knowledge of museum membership structure. Shop associates should offer visitors the opportunity to
    purchase memberships at the time of their purchase.

    Job Type: This is a part-time, non-exempt position.

    Skills & Experience: A good team player with excellent customer service skills. Must be energetic, friendly, professional and be able to communicate well with members and customers. Experience in the retail business preferred.

    Knowledge & Abilities: Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Point of Sale software. Candidate exemplifies professional demeanor and appearance, as well as exceptional customer service skills. The ability to prioritize and work independently a must. Schedule includes some weekend and night shifts, flexibility a must.

    Send cover letter and resume in .pdf format only to the attention of:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager
    Include Museum Shop Associate in the subject line of the email

    • Education Assistant

    • Education

    • Posted: 02-17-15
    • Position ID: 75
  • Title: Education Assistant

    Position Type: Part-Time

    Reports To: Education Manager

    Purpose: To support all areas of the education department

    Primary Responsibilities include but not limited to:

    1. Manages registrations for education department Art School programming such as, but not limited to, Summer Camps, Gladys Gang, CMA Educator Workshops, In-Service Teacher Programs, Evening for Educators, CMA Summer Institute. Send confirmations and emergency contact forms, provides rosters to instructors, and facilitate check-in of programming. Provide appropriate education staff reporting on attendance and revenue.
    2. Handles data entry for all accounting in the Education department. Keeps annual department budget reconciled, submits check requests, purchase orders, maintain incoming receipts, and provides annual reporting to Director of Education. Creates budget projects of future fiscal year in conjunction with the Director of Education.
    3. Assists Education Manager with tour and studio bookings through taking reservations sending confirmations.
    4. Provides support for Docent Corps, in conjunction with Education Manager. Maintains Educator, Group, Docent, School, Community Partners databases, contact, and availability information.
    5. Lead-teaches Summer Camps, Gladys Gang and CMA Creativity Club when needed. Provide assistance to all education programs. Substitute-teaches school tours and studios.
    6. Assists with the development and implementation of CMA Family Fun Days
    7. Takes minutes
    a. Education Committee
    b. Education Staff meetings
    8. Assists education department staff with logistics of events including, but not limited to, Evening for Educators, Art du Jour, Education Gallery openings, and Docent Corp events.
    9. Presents at Career Days and various educational engagements through the Museum's Speaker's Bureau.
    10. Lead-teaches Summer Camps, Gladys Gang and CMA Creativity Club when needed. Provide assistance to all education programs. Substitute-teaches school tours and studios.
    11. Conducts research as needed.
    12. Works with CMA Communications Assistant to share dynamic information about Education through social media channels.
    13. Other duties as assigned.

    Secondary Responsibilities include:

    o Be an active community participant; attend events, meetings, exhibition and gallery openings, etc. to increase museum presence.

    Job Type: Part-time position 25 hours per week

    Skills and Experience

    Knowledge and Abilities:
    -Fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Quicken. Familiar with Altru a plus.
    -Ability to present programs to an audience.
    -Must be a highly motivated team player, enthusiastic, energetic, people person, customer-oriented, and strong on detail and execution.
    -Exhibits impressive organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills as well as flexibility. Maintains the highest professional and ethical standards.
    -Possesses a good sense of urgency, and can work independently, anticipate needs, and manage multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously.
    -Ability to work collegially with other staff and partner to achieve common objectives.
    -Also should have creative ideas and passion for the job.

    Send in .pdf format only a cover letter and resume to the attention of:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager
    Include Education Assistant in the subject line of the email

    • Education Programs Coordinator

    • Education

    • Posted: 02-04-15
    • Position ID: 73
  • Title:
    Education Programs Coordinator

    Position Type:

    Reports to:
    Director of Education

    To grow CMA education programs and audience participation with a focus on initiatives such as STEAM and partnerships with Title One Schools. As a core member of the education team and working closely with the Director of Education, the Education Program Coordinator will develop and implement programs for K-12 school, educator, and family audiences, as well the CMA Art School. These efforts strengthen the CMA's role as an arts education leader in the state of South Carolina.

    Supervisory Role:
    The Education Programs Coordinator trains the education staff, the CMA Docent Corps and instructors on the implementation of studio lesson plans and coordinates education interns and contract instructors for programs.

    To work as part of the CMA education team to ensure the museum is providing stellar programs for K-12 school, educator, and family audiences, as well as the CMA Art School that align with the museum's mission, values, and strategic plan.

    Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    1. Works with Director of Education and Education Manager on the development and
    implementation of statewide educational initiatives.
    2. Develops and implements standards-based lesson plans for CMA school programs.
    3. Manages all aspects of the CMA summer camp program including lead teaching the majority of
    summer camps and workshops, as well as scheduling all camps, instructors, and interns.
    4. Coordinates the contracts for all adjunct instructors for summer camps, workshops and Art
    School programs.
    5. Contributes to the development of CMA Teaching Kits under the direction of the Director of
    6. Trains interns, the CMA Docent Corps and staff for studio and summer camp programs.
    7. Presents studio lesson plans at Evening for Educators.
    8. Develops, maintains and serves as museum's liaison to the Studio Art Committee.
    9. Represents the CMA at conferences and school career days
    10. Develops art stations for a variety of museum-hosted events such as family-friendly exhibition
    openings and membership initiatives, as well as for community-based partnerships for the Main
    Street district, the City of Columbia, and Richland County.
    11. Other duties as required

    Job Type:
    This is a full-time, exempt position.

    Skills and Experience:
    Candidate should have a minimum of a BA in Art Education. Masters Degree a plus. Candidate must have 3+ years of experience in education program development and implementation. A strong knowledge of art and culture required. Excellent administrative/organizational skills and interpersonal/communication skills, including the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public, vendors, and museum staff at all levels. Ability to meet deadlines and maintain confidentiality. Enthusiasm for handling a wide-range of projects simultaneously while working in a fast-paced, team-based environment. Detail oriented, proactive, and able to execute and manage tasks with little supervision. Able to work flexible hours.

    Knowledge and Abilities:
    -Ability to write CLIA format lesson plans
    -Creative and innovative approach to program development
    -Knowledge of a variety of studio techniques
    -Ability to manage time and organize in a classroom environment
    -Ability to foster a cooperative work environment with staff, including organizing work,
    prioritizing needs, communicating new ideas and demonstrating problem solving skills.
    -Ability to present programs (tours, gallery talks, studio instruction, formal presentation) to an
    -Connected to the cultural and educational community through professional experience and
    personal interests
    -Supervisory skills required to maintain a strong team of docents, teachers and interns for the
    implementation of programs.

    Send cover letter and resume in .pdf format only to the attention of:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager

    Include Education Programs in the subject line of the email

    • Maintenance Specialist

    • Maintenance

    • Posted: 04-17-14
    • Position ID: 61
  • The Columbia Museum of Art is seeking a part-time maintenance/housekeeping specialist.

    Duties include but not limited to: routine maintenance of public spaces, restrooms & catering areas. Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. Flexible hours including weekends & nights required. Should be self-motivated, responsible, reliable & work independently.

    Salary $9.50 & up DOE.

    Email resume in .pdf format to:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager:

    Accepting applications until position is filled.

    • Gallery Guard

    • Security

    • Posted: 02-10-14
    • Position ID: 62
  • The Columbia Museum of Art has openings for part-time gallery guards. Candidates must be professional, reliable, and able to work well with the public. Must be willing to work day, night & weekend hours. Pay rate starts at $8.50/hour DOE.

    Send resume in .pdf format to: Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager at

    Internship Opportunities

    • All Internships

    • Administration

    • Posted: 01-17-14
    • Position ID: 60
  • We currently offer internships in the following areas: Development, Digital Imaging, Education, Family Friendly Initiative, Group Tour Coordination, Museum Shop, Public Programs, Social Media.

    Application Deadlines
    Deadline date refers to the date by which applications must be postmarked or received.
    Internships may have unique application deadlines that can be found in the internship descriptions. If there is no deadline within an internship description, please adhere to the following dates.

    • June 15 for Fall Semester
    • November 2 for Spring Semester
    • April 15 for Summer Semester

    Internships at the Columbia Museum of Art provide opportunities to become familiar with and actively contribute to the inner workings of an art museum. They offer a challenging learning experience and promote awareness of museum careers. Students gain valuable experience working at the Museum and may be able to earn educational credits for their work.

    To Apply:
    Click here to download the application packet.

    For more information please contact our Intern Coordinator at