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. 

Current Openings

Executive Services Administrator

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina is seeking a dynamic, experienced Executive Services Administrator to serve as the key coordinator for administrative functions of the CMA including human resources, CMA Board, state and local government, and the office of the executive director. Primary duties include providing Human Resource support to organization and staff of 60+ full and part time employees; handling all communications and the coordination for meetings and assigned interactions with the CMA Board, Commission, and Board Committees, and stewarding relations with CMA related government officials and partner entities and providing support to CMA Executive Director. 
To apply, applicants must send both a cover letter and resume to Della Watkins, Executive Director,

Posting for this position closes at 5 p.m. on November 21, 2018.

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Full-Time Benefits

  •     Health, Dental, Life & LTD plans
  •     State retirement plan
  •     Vacation & sick days
  •     Paid holidays
  •     25% discount in the CMA Shop
  •     Event & program discounts
  •     Direct deposit
  •     Parking provided

Part-Time Benefits

  •     Vacation & sick days (working over 20 hrs./wk.)
  •     25% discount in the CMA 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 33-member board of trustees, five-member commission, approximately 60 staff,  and many volunteers.

Operating Budget

$4 million


Approximately $9 million


American Alliance of Museums