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

Resume Submission Policy & Instructions

Due to the high volume of requests we receive in regards to employment at the Museum, please review our resume submission policy and instructions prior to submitting your resume and cover letter.

  • All submissions for active positions will receive a notice of receipt of their resume.
  • Resumes accepted via email only in .pdf format unless otherwise stated in the job position.
  • If listed in the job position, resumes will be accepted via mail or taken at the front desk by a Visitor Services Representative. Or you may request a museum application from the Visitor Services Representative at the front desk during normal museum hours.
  • Do not call Human Resources to verify that your application has been received or to check on the status of the interview process.
  • Do not call to check for open positions within the museum; all available positions are listed on this page.
  • Dependent on the number of resumes received for each position, it may take several weeks before we begin the interview process. However, only the top qualified candidates for each position are contacted via telephone or email for interviews.
  • If you are not contacted for an interview or there are no open positions when you submit your resume, your resume will remain on file for one year.
  • Human Resources does not accept unscheduled or walk-in appointments for resumes or applications.

    Employment Opportunities

    • Development Assistant

    • Development & Membership

    • Posted: 12-04-14
    • Position ID: 71
  • Title:
    Development Assistant

    Reports To:
    Director of Development

    To assist in the development efforts to support the Director of Development and development department staff.

    Provides administrative support primarily for the Director of Development and helps the development department achieve their immediate and long-term fundraising goals through assisting development staff with daily duties including event and meeting coordination, mailings, assembling packets, and take committee meeting minutes, in addition to maintaining the annual department budget and department records. This position will also assist with the coordinaton of the annual fund initiative Be the Curator to raise $30,000 through volunteer support. Supports other members of the development department as directed by the Director of Development.

    Primary Responsibilities include but not limited to:
    - Provides administrative support for Director of Development to include:
    --- Assembling solicitation packets for donor calls.
    --- Managing schedule and assists with setting up meetings.
    --- Coordinating meeting details.
    --- Other duties as assigned.
    - Assists with the planning, preparation and staffing of membership programming and special events; coordinates information with the CMA Special Events department.
    - Maintains and updates department Policies and Procedures Manual, helps to identify new policies and procedures for the department to document, and serves as a point person for managing the manual.
    - Inputs and maintains current and accurate donor information in database.
    - Supports Development Committee and their meetings, including scheduling, contacting committee members, preparing agenda and handouts, and taking notes to construct minutes.
    - Coordinates the Annual Fund Be the Curator initiative under the direction of the Director of Development that includes regular communication and encouragement to all volunteers, coordinating marketing and social media with the CMA Marketing staff, scheduling interviews and filming with volunteers, and working with curatorial to schedule the art selection, display and unveiling at the end of the initiative.
    - Keeps annual department budget reconciled, submits check requests, purchase orders, and manages office supplies for department.
    - Accurately updates development events calendar for development staff on the Master Calendar.
    - Drafts monthly report for the Director of Development, in coordination with department staff, for the Executive Director.
    - In the absence of the Membership Manager, support the membership duties to run batches, coordinate and execute member mailings, acknowledgements and gift entry.
    - Maintains inventory of department brochures, membership materials, and related items. Orders supplies as needed and when requested.
    - Pulls weekly Action Reports from the database to send to Development team and Executive Director.
    - Collects monthly attendance numbers from Development staff to report to Visitor Services.
    - Works with Membership Coordinator to coordinate mailings and volunteers for large renewals and other activities that may require the use of volunteers.
    - Coordinates all weekly meetings for development department and monthly meetings between the development department and other CMA departments.
    - Other duties as assigned.

    Secondary Responsibilities include:
    - Conducts prospect research sourcing and grants research as requested.
    - As part of the Development staff, work as part of a team with regard to all aspects of development.
    - As requested, attend museum parties and functions to meet new members and donors, and maintain relationships with current members.
    - Be an active community participant; attend events, meetings, exhibition and gallery openings, etc. to increase museum presence.

    Job Type:
    This is a part-time non-exempt position. This position reports to the Director of Development.

    Skills and Experience:
    A good team player with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. First-rate written and verbal communication skills. Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, and Altru (CMA will provide training). Bachelor of Arts or Science degree with 1+ years of administrative experience, or 2+ years of administrative experience may substitute for degree. Professional demeanor and appearance, and strong interpersonal skills. Interest in development and fundraising is important.

    Knowledge and Abilities:
    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 Cover Letter and Resume to:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager

    Email: Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager:
    Please submit as a PDF document and Include "Development Assistant" in the subject line.

    • Creative Age Assistant

    • Public Programs

    • Posted: 12-04-14
    • Position ID: 70
  • Under supervision of the Director of Adult Programs and Community Relations, the Adult Programs Assistant works to support the efforts of a four person Adult Programs Department as well as the responsibilities of the Creative Age Initiative, to assist in execution of programs and events at the Museum. Serves as an integral member of the Adult Programming team working seamlessly to create a wide range of programs for a diverse audience.

    This position is funded through a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services "Museums for America - Learning Experiences" program to support the planning, creation, and implementation of the CMA's Creative Age Initiative, a learning and social program for older adults (primarily age 70 and above) living in the central region of South Carolina.

    The Creative Age Assistant will serve as a critical community resource that brings together the CMA and three local strategic partners to provide innovative programming for senior citizens. Creative Age will combine high-quality art programs and encourage the use of the CMA as a source of inspiration.

    Department: External Affairs
    Supervisor: Director of Adult Programs and Community Relations
    Job Type: Part-time, 20-25 hours per week

    Essential Responsibilities:

    - Assist in programs: works to support the Adult Programs Department to conduct a variety programs including weekly gallery talks, monthly film series, concerts, and lectures

    - Assist in program planning, set-up and general support: provide transportation for artists and speakers, photograph events, run presentation and performance technology

    - Reporting: compile and contribute to monthly reports, report attendance numbers, assist in reporting on and supporting the Creative Age Initiative, as well as grant reports

    - Accounting: Manage and reconcile Creative Age budget records, ensure payments and checks are sent out in a timely manner

    - Program Communication: Edit and check the CMA calendar, website and published Creative Age materials for accuracy

    - Work to help foster community relationships and grow the Museum's audience: reach out into the community to: distribute flyers, posters and postcards, research other museum Creative Age programs

    - Coordinate meetings for Director and Manager of Adult Programs, including Creative Age focus groups, programs committees and partner walk-throughs, take meeting minutes when necessary, assist the Director of Adult Programs in a variety of activities

    - Conduct and facilitate surveys

    - Coordinate Volunteers for events

    - Manage Creative Age files and shared drive

    - Create supplemental information and handouts for programs

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Education and Training: Bachelor's degree
    Work Experience: Experience working in arts organizations and non-profits

    Skills and Abilities:
    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. Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and maintain a sense of humor and grace under pressure. Enthusiasm for handling a wide-range of projects and working in a fast-paced environment. Detail oriented, proactive, execute and manage tasks with little supervision, knowledge of Microsoft Office, must have their own transportation, lift up to 15 lbs, do some physical labor, to work flexible hours. An interest in art and art history is a plus.

    Position Open until December 31, 2014.

    Send Cover Letter and Resume to:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager

    Email: Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager:
    Please submit as a PDF document and Include "Creative Age Assistant" in the subject line.

    • 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