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Current Job Openings at Columbus Museum of Art

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Docent Programs Coordinator
The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking a full-time Docent Programs Coordinator to oversee the daily operations of CMA’s docent program, including tour scheduling and ongoing continuing education. The Coordinator will model best practices in tour facilitation and develop strong working relationships with docents and docent program partners with the goal of sustaining and growing a high-quality, visitor-centered docent program.

Docent Program Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with Manager of Strategic Partnerships and the Docent Chairperson to implement goals and outcomes of the docent program.
  • Schedules and administers docent continuing education (both weekday and evening/weekend sessions), including scheduling and selection of guest speakers. May teach some sessions.
  • Works with Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Docent Leadership to maintain and improve quality of tours through implementing reflective practices and effective evaluation systems.
  • Develops docent study materials and online resources; provides assistance and information to the museum docents about collections and exhibitions.
  • May coordinate recruitment of new docents as needed, including preparing applications, advertising for candidates, hosting open houses, and interviewing candidates with Docent Leadership. Will also take a lead role in training new docent recruits.
  • Acts as staff liaison to Docent Committee: Attends quarterly Docent Committee meetings; reviews annual docent intent and comment forms; acts as liaison between staff and active docents; implements and enforces Docent policies; contributes to and approves final copy for docent newsletter; prepares summer docent newsletter with pertinent fall information.
  • Responds to individual docent requests and inquiries.

Tours and Facilitated Programs Responsibilities:

  • Works with Manager of Strategic Partnerships to implement agenda for programs and learning outcomes for schools and students.
  • Administers various tour programs that docents facilitate for K-12 audiences and adults and models best practices in tour facilitation.  
  • Oversees annual production and distribution of Teacher Resource Brochure and strategic audience development in conjunction with the Learning Department.
  • Coordinates annual Columbus City Schools Day for Families event at Museum.
  • Collaborates with appropriate staff to develop and present Art Teaches E-Newsletter and educational websites.
  • Maintains and develops relationships with external partners and collaborators.  
  • Interviews and manages interns as needed.
  • Assists with other programming as needed, including school and teacher programs. May assist with teacher professional development and communicate with educator and teacher groups.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Keeps docent files up to date; records participation in specialized groups and leadership roles; compiles yearly docent roster.
  • Provides computer, clerical, and accounting support to the docent program.
  • Ensures adequate coverage of all docent tours by monitoring tours online, recruiting through email and individuals if necessary.
  • Manages all components of tour scheduling process in conjunction with Visitor Experience Coordinator; works with Manager of Learning and Experience Operations to assure all paperwork, billing, budgeting and scheduling is being implemented properly.
  • Works with Administration to secure funding and marketing for programs and materials.

In addition to specific program and administrative responsibilities, the Docent Programs Coordinator must:

  • Support and advance the Museum’s mission, vision and values.
  • Support the Museum’s strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives.
  • Support the Learning Department and Center for Creativity’s vision, principles, and practices.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and experience with volunteers. Experience in museum and/or art education strongly preferred. Demonstrated planning and organizational, programming and teaching skills required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must display poise, diplomacy, positive attitude and enthusiasm. Must be able to collaborate, advise, supervise and motivate staff and volunteers. Must be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule including evening and weekend hours. Salary range is $30,000-32,000.

How to Apply: E-mail a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references (name, title, address, e-mail (if available), and telephone) to or submit in writing to Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Docent Programs Coordinator is an entry-level educator position. CMA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, dental, vision, life/AD&D, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and a generous Paid Time Off program.

Due to the anticipated number of applicants, CMA will directly contact only those applicants being considered for interview.  No telephone calls, please.


Event Utility Associate

The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking an energetic and flexible individual to provide back-of-the-house support for internal and external events.  Reporting to the Event Specialist, the Utility Associate will perform a variety of duties in support of the event.

The ideal candidate will be able to work irregular hours including late afternoon to early morning shifts and split shifts.  Must be available evenings and weekends.  This is a contingent position with no set hours or work schedule.  Flexibility of schedule is essential to being successful in this position.

Candidate should be able to work without close supervision and handle pressure situations and multiple priorities, problem solving when necessary.  Must be able to take written and verbal direction and follow through.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Operation of freight elevator and assistance and directions to vendors loading in and out for events.
  • Greeting incoming vendors, assessing their needs, and coordinating to get all vendors loaded in and out in an orderly manner.
  • Assist the Event Specialist in responding to client requests for supplies or equipment.
  • May occasionally be asked to assist with greeting and wayfinding for multiple events coming in at the same time.

High School diploma or equivalent required.  Must be at least 18 years of age.

To apply, please send resume and three professional references to or mail directly to Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. No telephone inquiries, please.

Internship Opportunities

Administration: Learn how a museum operates and functions as a non-profit institution. Assist with administrative tasks and behind-the-scene work to explore what it takes to make a museum run.

Collections: Work with Museum registrars to monitor, track, and record the artworks in the collection as well as those traveling for exhibitions. Work with the archives and records of the artwork in the collection.

Exhibitions: Discover how galleries and exhibitions come together. This department manages the galleries, makes frames and cases, handles and delivers artwork, and more.

Curatorial: Learn about the artwork in CMA’s collection and how exhibitions are conceived of and developed. Work with the museum collection and traveling exhibitions researching information about art and artists. (Upper-class and graduate students only please.)

Learning & Experience: Connect with our visitors. Gain hands-on experience in front-end operations, public programming, school programming, or drop-in gallery experiences.

Development: This department makes connections with businesses and individuals through endowments, memberships, and donations. Help to keep the museum strong by building key relationships.

All internships are unpaid.
Schedules are flexible.

Internships are offered in the autumn, spring, and summer.

Application due dates:
Autumn: August 15
Winter/Spring: November 30
Summer: March 15

Download the application here.

Contact Amanda Kepner at with any further questions about internships at CMA.