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Current Job Openings at the Columbus Museum of Art

Thank you for your interest in employment at the Columbus Museum of Art. See below for current job position openings at the Columbus Museum of Art. Please check back frequently for job opportunities at the Columbus Museum of Art, an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic individual with a positive, forward-thinking approach to donor event planning. Under the direction of the Executive Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement, the Donor Events Manager will be responsible for the planning and successful management of all events related to the stewardship and cultivation of Museum donors and members as well as other Development Department activities, projects, and promotions.   The Donor Events Manager will coordinate pre-, on-site and post-event logistics with CMA’s Special Events Department, and will maintain contact with appropriate volunteer groups, committees, and development officers regarding goals and budgets to maximize income.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plan, implement, and coordinate logistics for all donor and Membership events (contributed income). These include but are not limited to:
    1. Major annual evening gala each October. Net goal $300K;
    2. WonderBall, a new event in January. Net goal $100K;
    3. Member Events related to exhibitions, including exhibition openings, Coffee with the Curator, and similar programs that may be established;
    4. Donor events including Annual Meeting, Deshler Society, Bellows Society, and the Kleibacker Film Festival.
  2. Support event details for interest group events, including Contemporaries, ArtNetwork, Sessions and Friends of Jewish Art.
  3. Collaborate with Fundraisers in the development of new event strategies to deepen engagement with Museum members and donors.
  4. Bring a creative approach to rejuvenating existing events and collaborate with staff across the institution to innovate new events.
  5. Initiate a marketing plan for the events and coordinate with staff.
  6. Oversee all aspects of these internal events with an outstanding attention to detail.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ experience in event planning and management. Non-profit environment preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to reach fundraising goals and manage expense budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a diverse range of volunteers.
  • Must have excellent communications skills and an ability to work across departments and in a team environment.
  • Must be a problem-solver and on-the-spot thinker.
  • Must demonstrate a professional demeanor and be adept at working with Trustees, major donors, and community leaders.

This is a full-time position. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes health, vision, dental, life, short and long-term disability, and 403(b) retirement plan. Generous paid time off and holidays.

How to Apply

E-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references (w/emails and phone numbers) to Please submit resumes on or before 5 PM on Monday, November 10, 2014. Only those candidates considered for interview will be contacted. No phone inquiries please.

The Columbus Museum of Art actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action and will not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or veteran or military status. Minority, female, disabled and veteran job applicants are encouraged to apply.


An internship at the Columbus Museum of Art provides college undergraduate and graduate students with practical work experience and in-depth training in the museum profession. While working under the supervision of one of the Museum’s professional staff members, interns contribute to projects, gain insight into the functions of individual departments, and learn about the Museum’s various collections, exhibitions, and programs for visitors.

Internship opportunities may be available in these departments.

(Although internship opportunities are regularly available in many departments, not all will have positions available every quarter.)

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.)

Education: Find out how the museum connects the visitor with the art. Gain hands-on experience with one of a variety of programs dealing with families, students, tours, adults, exhibitions, and more.

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.