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 open positions at the museum, please review our resume submission policy and instructions before submitting your resume & cover letter.
  • Resumes accepted via email only and 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 also request an application from the Visitor Services Representative at the front desk during normal museum hours. Human Resources do not accept unscheduled or walk-in appointments for accepting resumes or applications.
  • Please do not call to check for open positions within the museum. All open positions at the museum will be listed under the Employment section of our website.
  • All submissions for active positions will receive a notice of receipt of their resume.
  • 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.
  • If you are not contacted for an interview, or there are no open positions when you submit your resume, please be assured that your resume will be kept on file for one year should a similar opportunity arise.

    Employment Opportunities

    • Grant Writer

    • Development & Membership

    • Posted: 06-30-14
    • Position ID: 69
  • Reports To:

    Director of Development


    To write and submit funding applications that are successful in garnering financial support that reaches and/or exceeds the budgeted grants revenue goal, plus provide writing support for other funding solicitations, such as sponsorships.


    The Grant Writer is primarily responsible for researching, developing, and writing grants proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, and will persuasively communicate the CMA's mission and programs to potential funders. In addition, the Grant Writer will be responsible for submitting grant applications in a timely way, establishing and maintaining good personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, keeping an industrious grants pipeline, maintaining a calendar of grant submissions, and other key tasks.

    Primary Responsibilities include but not limited to:

    1. Prepare grant proposals.
      1. Become familiar with the CMA's programs, goals and financial needs
      2. Research potential funding sources
      3. Compile data, program content, and financial information including documentation required to submit grant proposals
      4. Compose grant content
      5. Submit grants with proper approval and signatures
      6. Follow-up with grantor on date award by date
    2. Maintain deadlines and submit mid-year and final reports on time
    3. Keep careful records to track their proposals and maintain good records of finances with program director and director of finance
    4. Establish and maintain personal contact and relationship with foundation contacts and program officers.
    5. Ensure prompt acknowledgement of foundation gifts
    6. Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports
    7. Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
    8. Provide writing support for major donor and individual sponsorship solicitations for the development managers
    9. Coordinate government annual grants
    10. Inputs pledges for grants in Altru, drafts thank-you letters and distributes in a timely manner.
    11. Other duties as assigned.

    Secondary Responsibilities includ:

    • As part of the Development staff, work as part of a team with regard to all aspects of development.
    • Attend museum parties and functions regularly 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 are critical to this position. Outstanding grammar and research skills and first-rate written and verbal communication skills are essential. Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, and Altru (CMA will provide appropriate training). Bachelor of Arts or Science degree preferably in English or communications or a field emphasizing with 3+ years of nonprofit grants writing experience. 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.

    Email resume, cover letter and and writing samples (including examples of grants) in .pdf format only to the attention of:
    Lowndes Macdonald
    Director of Development

    Applications will be accepted until July 25, 2014 or until position is filled.

    • Adult Programs Manager

    • Public Programs

    • Posted: 06-16-14
    • Position ID: 68
  • The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) is a place for lifelong learning in the arts, and the Adult Programs staff is committed to realizing the Museum's mission by offering a diversity of opportunities for engagement. In the past five years, the CMA has served almost 60,000 adults through nearly 1,000 programs.

    The Columbia Museum of Art is the hub in the Midlands that inspires and connects people to their creativity

    • Offering adults life-long learning opportunities for pleasure and personal growth
    • Collaborating with artists and musicians to offer learning and teaching experiences
    • Working with local arts and education organizations to enrich our offerings to the public and to broaden our audience

    Adult Programs are designed to educate, enlighten and inspire a broad range of visitors, from college students to senior citizens. Programs are developed to provide a variety of points of view and meet the needs of different learning styles through exploring themes and content in the CMA traveling exhibitions and the collection, as well as through broader arts programming and partnerships.

    Reports To:

    Director of Adult Programs & Partnerships


    External Affairs


    The Manager of Adult Programs is a strategic audience development position that works seamlessly with a cross-departmental team to create and execute a wide range of programs for a diverse audience, with particular emphasis on programs for an under-40 audience, and focusing on visitor engagement and audience participation.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Plan and coordinate logistics for nearly 200 innovative and strategically driven adult programs a year (including lectures, concerts, partner programs, etc.)
    • Assist in program planning, set-up, general support, create floor plans, run presentation and performance technology software, including audio visual equipment
    • Responsible for arranging travel, transportation, hospitality, accommodation needs, and being the direct liaison with the musicians, speakers and artists who perform at the museum. (Including guest lecturers, CMA Jazz on Main and Baker and Baker Concert Series, etc.)
    • Manage development and implementation of the highly successful Arts & Draughts program, which is held quarterly and attracts an average of 1,100 guests per event.
    • Work closely with members of the community while creating new partnerships with diverse organizations, vendors, sponsors, artists, board members and volunteers to expand the museum's audience reach. Provide an excellent experience to all partners, seeking to cultivate positive and lasting relationships in each endeavor.
    • Manage the Community Gallery (up to 4 installation a year)
    • Work closely internally with each department at the CMA to execute multiple projects including strategic planning, marketing and membership initiatives, and advances to the museum's website.
    • Collaborate with interpretive team to create content for TAP multimedia tour for the collection and special exhibitions.
    • Organize and coordinate monthly board reports for the Adult Programs Department.
    • Manage program communications with the marketing department (monthly events calendars, CMA website and published materials)
    • Create and negotiate contracts
    • Contribute to appropriate grants submissions in collaboration with the Development department
    • Other duties as assigned.

    The Adult Programs Manager will:

    1. Act as an advocate for the Columbia Museum of Art.
    2. Be an active community participant and attend events, exhibition and gallery openings to increase museum presence in the community.
    3. Be a positive employee, interacting courteously and tactfully with supervisors, managers, co-workers, donors, prospects, partners and vendors to ensure stellar execution, positive teamwork, and great communication.

    Job Type:

    This is a full-time position and includes frequent nights and weekend work outside of public museum hours.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    An extensive knowledge of museum practices and standards. Possesses a good sense of priority and follow-through, and has creative ideas and passion for the job. Exhibits impressive organizational, analytical, and problem-solving strengths, as well as flexibility, and has a strong commitment in collaborating across departments. Ability to meet deadlines and maintain confidentiality. This position will need the ability to manage several projects simultaneously while maintaining a sense of humor and grace under pressure. You should be able to show 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 presentation technology, Microsoft Office, database software (Altru a plus), ability to speak in front of an audience, lift up to 15 lbs, light physical labor, to work flexible hours.

    Education and Training:

    Bachelor's degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Management or Studio Art.

    Work Experience:

    Experience working in arts organizations and non-profits. Two to Three years supervisory experience required.

    Position Open until July 25, 2014

    Please email cover letter and resume to:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Human Resources Manager

    Submit as a PDF and include "Adult Programs Manager Application" 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