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April 27, 2012 at

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. Columbus Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Executive Secretary

The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of Executive Secretrary in the Director’s Office.  The ideal candidate will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and will be able to work independently, with little or no supervision.  This person must be well organized, flexible and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting the museum’s top executives.

The ability to interact with staff, Trustees, and Donors in a fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role.  Expert level written and verbal communication skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important.

This position provides a unique opportunity for the right candidate to gain valuable experience and insight into the internal operation and management of the museum.  Some key duties are:


  • Answering telephone calls, sorting and prioritizing e-mails, reponding to inquiries and maintaining communication with Board, donors, professionals at other institutions, staff at all levels, and other outside contacts.

  • Maintains daily calendar/schedules of the Executive Director, Deputy Director of Operations, Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement and Director of Community Relations.

  • Maintains museum calendar, exhibition planning calendar, and other planning and budgeting documents.

  • Processes check requests, expense reports, and prepares and tracks the annual budget for Administration.

  • General clerical duties to include sorting, distributing, drafting correspondence; copying; maintaining files and other record keeping; data entry; mailing; making deliveries; scanning; making travel arrangemetns; providing transportation to meetings/events; taking and relaying messages.

  • Greets and welcomes visitors to the Director’s Office.

  • Researches and prepares presentations for the Director’s Office.

  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience providing administrative support at the executive level.  Excellent calendar management skills, including the coordination of complex exectuvie meetings are a must.   The Executive Secretary must have excellent computer skills, including strong knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  This position must have prior experience with creation of PowerPoint presentations.  Database experience desirable. A valid driver’s license is required as well as a willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.  This individual must be professional, diplomatic and discrete in handling sensitive and confidential information. Some knowledge of art history and fine art is desirable.

This is a full-time hourly position.  The pay rate is $14 per hour.  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 resume to employment@cmaohio.org or mail to: Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH  43215.  No telephone calls, please. The Columbus Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Exhibition Design/Production Assistant

The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking candidates for the position of Exhibition Design/Production Assistant.

This position will assist in producing exhibition layouts, formatting and printing labels and text panels, as well as working with vendors and installing exhibition signage.

Qualified candidates will have a bachelor's degree in cultural/arts admininstration, graphic design, interior or industrial design, architecture, or related museum studies or commensurate combination of education and experience. Other qualifications include:

  • Skills to design exhibitions involving CMA and outside collections, as well as to draw, create, and edit images and graphics using digital and traditional methods

  • Sensitivity to elements of graphic design such as type, color and composition, and the ability to think in three-dimensions

  • Strong communication and organizational skills; ability to communicate messages to a broad audience using exhibition design techniques; and ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • Working knowledge of Macintosh computers and related design software

  • Demonstrated knowledge of general museum operating procedures and accepted art handling standards

  • Demonstrated creative problem solving and fabrication skills, including use of hand and power tools. Past preparation experience desirable

  • Knowledge of exhibition lighting desirable

  • Experience fabricating custom mounts and interactive displays desirable


Candidates must be willing to travel by land or air as needed and have a valid driver's license. Candidates should be flexible and must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed. The Exhibition Design/Production Assistant generally will work 40 hours per week, with a salary rate of $30,000 annually plus benefits.

To apply, e-mail resume to employment@cmaohio.org or mail to Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. No telephone calls, please.

Internship Opportunities at the Columbus Museum of Art

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: September 15
Winter/Spring: January 15
Summer: April 15

Download the application here.

Contact Amanda Kepner at amanda.kepner@cmaohio.org with any further questions about internships at CMA.

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