Work at the CMA

Information for Applicants


Application Instructions

The CMA accepts applications for current open positions via email only; walk-in and resumes sent via U.S.P.S. are not accepted. 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. 

Current Openings

Executive Director

The Columbia Museum of Art seeks an Executive Director with extensive museum business experience and demonstrated excellent leadership skills. Applicants should have a minimum of ten years of senior level experience in a museum or comparable institution with preference given to those with knowledge of art history and/or museum trends in visual literacy. The search committee is looking for someone with a proven record that they can foster a strong working relationship with state and local governments as well as serve as an effective advocate for engagement with, and funding from, diverse constituencies. Candidates must be able to create and maintain productive partnerships. Attention will be paid to demonstrated successes at cultivation, an ability to expand traditional giving formats, and excellent financial management skills. Effective and open communication with staff, trustees, and volunteers is essential, as is an ability to ensure the museum is a welcoming place for all people.

Interested individuals need to address all inquiries and recommendations to the search firm:

Opportunity Resources Inc.
196 E. 75th Street, Suite 144
New York, New York  10021



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, 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