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The CMA accepts applications for current open positions via an online submission process only; walk-in, email, and resumes sent via U.S.P.S. are not accepted.  All applicants will receive a notice of receipt of their application by an electronic auto-response; however only the top qualified candidates will be contacted. Your application status or status of an open position will not be verified by telephone. If you are not contacted, please be assured your resume will remain on file for one year. Potential applicants will be asked to create a secure profile prior to applying for open positions. 

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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

About the CMA

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 $4 million and a  staff of 60. 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 Museum of Art with a 28-member Board of Trustees, five-member Commission, approximately 60 staff,  and many volunteers.

Operating Budget

$4 million


Approximately $9 million


American Alliance of Museums