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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 (Columbus, Ohio) seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable, and highly-motivated individual to coordinate its SURGE Columbus, Art Lab and other teen initiatives.

The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) has earned a reputation as a model for innovative visitor engagement as well as being a hub in Central Ohio for social, creative, and dynamic experiences.  CMA is committed to being a 21st century museum – one we define as “transformative, active, participatory, and impacting the health and growth of the community.”  With the opening of the Center for Creativity (CfC) in 2010, we adopted a social mission to cultivate, champion, and celebrate creativity through participatory experiences, in programs that allow for creative and social engagement, and most importantly, by reimagining the exchange between artists and our community.

In keeping with that philosophy, the Teen Programs Coordinator administers and organizes teen programming that fosters connected learning principles, critical and creative thinking, and active citizenship. This position coordinates, facilitates, documents, and prepares materials and learning opportunities for teen initiatives, and supervises program mentors and interns.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  1. Administering teen initiatives, especially Teen Open Studio as part of SURGE Columbus, as well as Art Lab and other teen workshops by managing internal processes and procedures as well as coordinating with outside partners. Regularly communicates with external partners, parents, teens and the general public.
  2. Overseeing Teen Open Studio on Thursday evenings (and one additional time starting in 2015) including teen workshops/learning opportunities. Duties include being a welcoming presence for a diverse public; serving as a professional and knowledgeable representative of the Columbus Museum of Art; maintaining student records and documentation; supervising teen activities; supervising program interns and mentors; preparing and maintaining necessary supplies and materials; and acting as mentor/teacher as needed.
  3. Serving as primary contact for CMA’s involvement in SURGE Columbus. Duties include:
    1. Maintaining regular communications with all SURGE partners, and assisting with ongoing development and vision of SURGE Columbus.
    2. Sitting on or co-chairing the SURGE Programming Team which meets bi-weekly to plan events for the SURGE network.
    3. Assisting and advising with design and implementation of SURGE City Key, an initiative to develop a tracking program to monitor teen participation in SURGE.
    4. Sitting on other SURGE committees as needed.
    5. Managing SURGE-related budgets, maintaining financial records for grants, and communicating between funders and CMA finance department.
    6. Working with Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Grants and Corporate Relations Manager to contribute to SURGE-related grant writing, final reports, and funder meetings.
  4. Administering and organizing Art Lab, a teen internship program that meets weekly through the school year. Duties include:
    1. Coordinating with teachers and internship coordinators to recruit, interview and select teen interns; share ongoing updates; and communicate additional information.
    2. Collaborating with the Teaching Artist for School and Teen Initiatives, who serves as the lead teacher for Art Lab. Duties include assisting with facilitation, curriculum development, and documentation; coordinating visiting artist and local expert visits; and coordinating field trips.
    3. Develops and oversees Art Lab-related budgets, and assists with Art Lab-related grant writing, final reports, and funder meetings.
  5. Recruiting, managing, orienting, and supervising program mentors and interns as part of these programs.
  6. Working with Director of Learning & Experience and Manager of Strategic Partnerships to plan future teen initiatives.
  7. Committing and actively working to support the philosophies of the Columbus Museum of Art and the Center for Creativity. Will be expected to clearly and professionally articulate values, philosophy, and program outcomes in both writing and public speaking.
  8. May be called upon to represent the Columbus Museum of Art and/or SURGE Columbus at local/regional/national conferences, multi-organizational meetings, or in the media.
  9. Working with other Learning/Experience Department staff, especially Teaching Artists, to select and coordinate visiting artists to work with programs.
  10. Engaging in documentation and assessment of programs, examining program processes, progress and finished work.
  11. Providing support for professional development of teachers as needed.
  12. Other duties as needed.


  1. Undergraduate degree and prior experience in informal learning institutions, non-profit organizations, or after-school programs required. Degree in studio art, digital media, education, or related field preferred.
  2. Demonstrates a welcoming, encouraging, friendly, and people-centered demeanor.
  3. Demonstrates an open mindset and a passion for learning.
  4. Enjoys working with teens and is comfortable working with diverse audiences.
  5. Demonstrated planning, organizational, programming, and budgeting abilities.
  6. Skilled communicator and collaborator both orally and written.
  7. Demonstrated ability to use computers, various software, technology, and studio tools. Experience in video and/or audio editing strongly preferred.
  8. Must be available every Thursday evening during SURGE program hours and potentially during other evening program hours starting in 2015. Must be available for occasional weekend hours.

Performance Standards:

  1. Successful implementation of duties and responsibilities.
  2. Works effectively with museum staff.
  3. Works effectively with partner schools and organizations, students, and general public.
  4. Constant improvement of museum’s programming, resources, and education practices.

This is a full-time position. Work hours will vary depending upon scheduled programming. Compensation 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.

To apply, e-mail or mail to: Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Application should include cover letter and resume, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references. Only those applicants considered for interview will be contacted.


The Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio) seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable, and highly-motivated individual to lead its photography program. The successful candidate for this endowed William and Sarah Ross Soter (Associate) Curatorship of Photography will be responsible for building, utilizing and advancing the Museum’s collection of historic through contemporary photography with relevant exhibitions, programming, and scholarly publications.

This position offers an important opportunity to work with and build upon the Museum’s historic strength in American and European Modernism and already significant holdings, especially its Photo League collection and works by established and emerging photographers. CMA is actively engaged in becoming a model 21st century museum, which the institution defines as-transformative, active, participatory, and committed to impacting the health and growth of the community.

The ideal candidate should be prepared to create, articulate, and implement a vision for an ongoing photography program. Past work should demonstrate creativity in curatorial approach. This should include developing and presenting exhibitions as well as dynamic ways of working with a collection. A proven talent for developing relationships is paramount—these include living artists with established reputations, emerging and under-recognized mid-career artists as well as a diverse network of art world colleagues. The curator will also be responsible for cultivating the local creative community of artists, collectors, and donors.

Equally important is:

  • Commitment to building the collection strategically through acquisitions.
  • Willingness to develop intentional strategies to engage visitors and the wider community.
  • Desire to work collaboratively with a cross-disciplinary team.
  • Interest in expanding the dialogue around socially engaged art.

Qualified candidates will have an MA in art history, art criticism, or similar field of study plus three to five years of experience working in an advanced curatorial capacity with a record of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications in historic, modern, and/or contemporary photography. Preference will be given to candidates with a compelling body of curatorial projects and strong interpersonal and communications skills.

This is a full-time position. Compensation 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.

To apply, e-mail or mail to: Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Application should include cover letter, complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, honors, awards and publications, a published paper or writing sample, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references. Applications must be received by October 1, 2014. Only those applicants considered for interview will be contacted.


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.