Job Opportunities

Current Job Openings at Columbus Museum of Art

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

The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship at Columbus Museum of Art
In partnership with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Columbus Museum of Art is pleased to announce the Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship. This two-year fellowship in the Museum’s curatorial department is funded by a generous long-term grant from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The position is intended for recent post-graduates in art history or a related field anticipating a career as a museum professional. The Fellowship offers a platform from which to develop museum experience as an assistant on current projects, as well as the potential to develop new projects and programs with both scholarly and public impact.

The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship grant recognizes Roy Lichtenstein’s connection to the Columbus community, and the formative influence of his years living in the city. The artist matriculated into The Ohio State University’s College of Education, School of Fine and Applied Arts in 1940. He received his BFA in 1946 and his MFA in 1949. He also taught studio courses in the School of Fine and Applied Arts between 1946 and 1951. Earlier this year, Ohio State and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation announced the creation of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Endowed Chair of Art History and the Roy Lichtenstein Endowed Chair of Studio Art. 

Applications for the Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship will be accepted starting December 15, 2017. The deadline for all application materials, including letters of recommendation, is March 15, 2018. The proposed starting date for the Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow is July 1, 2018. Click here for description and application details. For questions or to submit your application by email contact Amanda Kepner.

Culinary Team Members
The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking experienced applicants for the following positions for our Schokko Art Café:

  • Line Cooks
  • Prep Cooks
  • Dishwashers
  • Food Runners
  • Cashiers

If you want to be part of a great new culinary team, led by Executive Chef Laura Richmond, please e-mail resume and references to or mail to Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. No telephone calls, please.

Exhibition Design/Production Assistant
Columbus Museum of Art is seeking candidates for the position of Exhibition Design/Production Assistant. This position will be part of the Collections and Exhibitions Department and will provide support to the Exhibition Design and Production Manager. Working in collaboration with other museum departments, this position will assist in the design and production of museum exhibitions and permanent collection installations both on and off site.

The ideal candidate will have the skills to plan exhibition designs involving CMA and outside collections, as well as to draw, create, and edit images and graphics for use in exhibitions using digital and traditional methods. The Exhibition Design/Production Assistant will assist with production of exhibition layouts and formatting and printing labels, text and images, as well as working with vendors and installing exhibition signage and text.

Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in cultural/arts admininstration, graphic design, interior or industrial design, related museum studies, three to five years of museum experience, or commensurate combination of education and experience. The Exhibition Design/Production Assistant should be able to demonstrate knowledge of general museum operating procedures, accepted art handling standards, and exhibition fabrication. Past preparation experience desirable.

The Exhibition Design/Production Assistant must have the abilty to think three-dimensionally and have sensisitivity to elements of graphic design such as type, color and composition, along with the ability to communicate messages to a broad audience through the effective use of exhibition design techniques.

Candidates should have a working knowledge of Macintosh computers and related software such as Photoshop, Freehand, Quark Express or PageMaker. Knowledge of exhibition lighting is desirable as is experience fabricating custom mounts and interactive displays.

The Exhibition Design/Production Assistant must have strong communication and organizational skills and be able to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Demonstrated creative problem solving and fabrication skills, including use of hand and power tools are essential.

This position must be willing to travel by land or air as needed to courier works of art. A valid driver’s license is required. Candidates for this position should be flexible and must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.

The Exibition Design/Production Assistant position is salaried, generally working a 40 hour week. Salary is commensurate with education and relevant experience.

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

Columbus Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.

Maintenance Operations Manager

The Columbus Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Maintenance Operations Manager. With direction from the Director of Facilities, the Maintenance Operations Manager will oversee the daily hands-on operation and maintenance of all museum buildings and equipment, including HVAC and climate control, life safety and affiliated systems, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Additionally, the Maintenance Operations Manager supervises and provides oversight to other Facilities Support staff, including maintenance and janitorial staff.

This position is full-time, working a Tuesday – Saturday work schedule with an on-call and after hours rotation schedule. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising and performing maintenance, repair, remodeling, installations, and similar projects for museum buildings, furnishings and equipment.
  • Makes periodic inspections of facilities to determine condition; diagnoses problems and initiates necessary action.
  • Plans and schedules routine maintenance.
  • Establishes work priorities and issues work orders.
  • Plans and caries out projects, including estimating materials and labor costs.
  • Orders and issues tools, equipment and supplies, and supervises maintenance thereof.
  • Maintains materials and equipment inventories.
  • Performs complex repair and maintenance tasks.
  • Supervises staff or contractors in such maintenance duties as painting, carpentry, masonry, cement work, and general upkeep involving structures, furnishings, equipment, floor coverings, acoustical ceiling, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical and related systems.
  • Trains, instructs and assigns work to maintenance technician(s) and/or contractors and inspects completed work.
  • Trains and evaluates staff; maintains time and cost records; schedules vacation, relief, and emergency coverage.
  • Ensures that safety standards and regulations are observed.
  • Actively plans and participates with Grounds Maintenance activities as required, including debris clean-up and snow removal/treatment of entries.
  • Coordinates and assists with Events Set-up and furniture moving/storage.


  • The Maintenance Operations Manager must have a High School Diploma or GED and/or certificate from a bona fide vocational institution. Advanced training and/or certification, particularly in HVAC, preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of building maintenance and repair methods, materials, tools, methods, and equipment.
  • Experience in operation and repair of building mechanical and electrical systems, housekeeping and janitorial standards, and safety standards and regulations.
  • Knowledge of chiller and boiler systems.
  • Strong team building and training skills.  Ability to grow and adapt with a changing organization.
  • Must be able to plan, schedule, train and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Must be able to effectively use a variety of hand and power tools, read blueprints, and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of parking systems.
  • Basic understanding of water treatment systems.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and establish working relationships with outside vendors.
  • Must have reliable transportation. Valid Driver’s License required.
  • Ability to work in a variety of conditions (Hot, Cold, steep, varied heights and restrictive environments.
  • Must be able to operate snow removal tractor and other heavy equipment as needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a diverse range of people (patrons, staff & visitors).

To apply, e-mail resume to or mail resume to The Columbus Museum of Art, ATTN:  Human Resources, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215. No telephone calls, please. The Columbus Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.