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
Endowment:
Approximately $4 million
Accreditation:
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: 04-07-15
    • 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
    events.
    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
    tmewhorter@columbiamuseum.org
    Include Museum Shop Associate 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: tmewhorter@columbiamuseum.org.

    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 tmewhorter@columbiamuseum.org

    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 internships@columbiamuseum.org.