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.

Deputy Director for Advancement

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO, the Deputy Director for Advancement is responsible for planning, managing, and executing a comprehensive, diversified, and strategic development and communications effort that sustains and secures revenue from various constituencies in accordance with annual goals. The Deputy Director leads a team of advancement professionals including development, development operations, membership, campaign, and marketing and communications to achieve key objectives. In collaboration with the Executive Director & CEO and board leadership, the Deputy Director for Advancement will significantly increase contributed revenue, earned revenue, high impact partnerships, community awareness, and powerful connections with both the Museum’s existing stakeholders and emerging audiences. This position requires extensive professional experience in fundraising, preferably including direct involvement in capital campaigns. The position is the advancement leader for the Museum, its fundraising work, and maintains strong relationships with key individual and family donors, corporations, and foundations. As an integral member of the Museum’s leadership team, the Deputy Director consistently coordinates and collaborates with other senior leaders and departments to advance the Museum’s mission efficiently and collaboratively.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversee a short- and long-term strategic development plan and the related tactical plans and activities to achieve the Museum’s development and strategic goals.
• Construct strategies and execute plans that will increase support of major giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation support, fundraising events, membership, and grants.
• Personally manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors at the highest level of giving capacity, including both individual and institutional sources, moving them through the stages of discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
• Direct the marketing strategy and investment to drive visitor attendance and earned revenue streams.
• Steward donor relationships to ensure long-term donor loyalty.
• Provide support to the Executive Director & CEO and board in fundraising activities including development of materials, relationship management, and ongoing donor cultivation efforts.

Marketing and Communications
• Communicate the Museum’s value proposition, impact, and brand to increase awareness and diversify revenue streams.
• Oversee an annual media plan to showcase the Museum’s depth and breadth as a community convenor and educational resources.
• Serve as an ambassador to communities served by the Museum, playing a visible role in advancing new and existing relationships that lead to increased engagement and attendance.

Team Management and Leadership
• Motivate and manage a growing advancement team, directly supervising the Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Senior Director of Institutional Giving, Director of Advancement Operations, and the Director of Marketing and Communications.
• Hire, train, retain, and develop a team of professionals by providing adaptive coaching and support to empower, learn, and develop as advancement professionals.
• Develop and ensure adherence to the advancement team’s budget.
• Build a strong team culture grounded in transparency, inclusivity, and belonging as well as dedication to fueling the Museum’s mission.

Interested, qualified applicants, please send your resume along with a formal cover letter to

Interested candidates may apply here

Membership Manager

Position Summary:
The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) Membership Manager oversees the overall membership strategy. Duties specifically include developing, implementing, and managing membership communications, renewals, upgrades, and acquisitions, as well as cultivation, stewardship, and recognition events. The goals are to retain members, increase and diversify the membership base, and achieve revenue goals from membership sales at the $75-$1,000 levels.

This position requires strong organizational and management skills and effective oral and written skills. Candidates must be able to identify and solve problems, be willing to increase knowledge and skills through ongoing training, work independently with minimal direction, and communicate effectively with people at all levels of the organization, including staff, trustees, donors, volunteers, and members. This individual must be professional, diplomatic, and discrete in handling sensitive and confidential information.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Serve as the primary point of contact for member inquiries and concerns.
• Seek feedback from members to continuously improve the membership experience.
• Manage the fulfillment of memberships; print member cards and materials regularly to ensure timely delivery.
• Plan and implement membership renewal, upgrade, and acquisition strategies to meet revenue goals.
• Monitor membership statistics and work to increase renewal rates, with particular attention to tracking first-year renewal rates.
• Create, manage, and report on revenue and expense budgets for membership funds.
• Stay informed about industry trends and best practices in membership management.
• Join the local Membership Managers group.
• Collaborate with Marketing and fundraisers to develop mid-year and end-of-year Annual Fund appeals and stewardship mailings.
• Work with the Donor Events Manager to coordinate member-specific events, including exhibition member previews.
• Work with Marketing to determine the content and copy for the monthly member insider newsletter and other promotional materials.
• Train Visitor Experience and Museum Store staff on membership sales and promotions and maintain a consistent presence at the CMA Welcome Desk during peak hours and events.
• Identify and recommend new and improved processes and procedures to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
• Provide staff support for donor events.
• Recommended membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals
• Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Interested candidates may apply here

Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow

Position Summary:
The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow will provide curatorial, administrative, and research assistance to the museum’s curatorial staff in support of the curatorial department’s ongoing programs. The Fellow will work closely with the curator of collections and exhibitions on public programs, permanent collection matters, exhibitions, and publications. The Fellow may share responsibility with the museum’s registrars in responding to general collection inquiries and overseeing research requests and scholars’ visits. The Fellow is encouraged to pursue independent scholarly activity pertinent to their own research interests and background, ideally with relevance to the museum’s collections and exhibition program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist in the research, development, and implementation of exhibitions organized by the museum and its curators. This may include drafting exhibition-related texts, coordinating checklists, loan paperwork, written correspondence, photography, and other forms of documentation.
• Lead the development and coordination of selected public programs. Alongside internal museum colleagues, this may involve coordination with local colleagues and other outside partners.
• Maintain an active engagement with art-historical scholarship, including through scholarly publications, occasional writing, conference presentations, public programs, and related endeavors.
• Assist in the development and coordination of exhibition-related publications, including communication with authors, editors, designers, and publishing houses.
• Assist in maintaining documentary files and answer research inquiries about collections and exhibitions.
• Attend Committee on Collections meetings, taking minutes, and providing administrative and research support potential acquisition opportunities.
• Oversee and manage interns within the curatorial department.
• Provide guest curators with in-house curatorial support.
• Assist curators in the management of the permanent collection including research, installations, loans, and didactics.
• Provide curatorial support for the museum’s docent and educational programs as needed.
• Serve as liaison to donors and collectors as needed.
• Communicate across departments to ensure that Marketing, Advancement, and Learning departments have access to necessary information as needed on exhibitions, programming, and collections.
• Assist curatorial staff with administrative duties as requested.

Interested candidates may apply here

Art Bridges Fellow

Position Summary:
The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) seeks applicants for a three-year fellowship position supporting the Art Bridges Foundation’s collection loan program and other related initiatives. The Art Bridges fellowship builds on Art Bridges’ mission to expand access to American art across the United States and to empower museums to broaden traditional definitions of American art. This Art Bridges Fellow position offers a motivated individual the opportunity to gain curatorial and museum education experience in an art museum. The Art Bridges Fellows Program is dedicated to creating diverse museum leadership with a national cohort of emerging professionals and mentors. With its partner museums, the foundation will establish deep career pathways for historically underrepresented groups in the arts.

The successful candidate will work directly with Curatorial and collaborate with Registrar, Learning, and Interpretation and Engagement Departments as needed on various museum initiatives and priorities including the upcoming Aminah Robinson exhibition tour through Art Bridges, and related loans, exhibitions, and public programs. The Art Bridges Fellow will also attend Art Bridges convenings in Bentonville, Arkansas, including a month-long residency and orientation from September 9-October 4, 2024.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist with the preparation and planning of the Aminah Robinson exhibition tour, supported by Art Bridges, including organizing label copy and related content, condition reports of artwork, and shipping arrangements.
• In collaboration with department curators, conducts curatorial research for exhibitions, permanent collection works, publications, including descriptions and didactic materials such as wall text, labels, and social media content.
• Collaborate with CMA Learning and Interpretation & Engagement Departments to develop programming around special exhibitions and the permanent collection, including works on loan from Art Bridges.
• Proposes content for CMA’s social media presence related to exhibitions and permanent collection.
• Provides general curatorial support for the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, department curators, and guest curators.
• Working with the registrars, provides logistical and administrative support related to the collections.
• Assists with photo documentation of exhibitions and individual works from the permanent collection.
• Assists registrars with updating and maintaining the permanent collection database, including the museum’s online collection.
• Other duties as assigned.

Interested candidates may apply here

Maintenance Technician

Position Summary:
Operate and maintains the building heating, cooling, ventilating, electrical, plumbing systems and structure in an efficient manner. Perform carpentry, painting, drywall repairs, snow removal and landscaping duties as required.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conducts inspections and makes necessary repairs to roofs, exterior and interior structures, lighting and fixtures, hot and cold-water piping, lavatory fixtures and refrigeration.
• Perform maintenance duties under the supervision of Facilities Director for HVAC, electrical and plumbing equipment in order to assure reliable, efficient and long-term results.
• Perform general maintenance such as carpentry, painting, drywall repairs, snow removal and landscape duties as required.
• Travel between multiple local locations as needed.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Interested candidates may apply here

Senior Director of Finance

Position Summary:
As the Senior Director of Finance, you will oversee the museum’s accounting and finance operations daily. This pivotal role encompasses a spectrum of duties, including budgeting, financial planning, accounting, grant management, compliance, and reporting activities. Your primary responsibilities entail guaranteeing precise accounting practices in accordance with GAAP standards, establishing and maintaining a comprehensive internal control framework, and providing timely and accurate financial analysis and reporting. Integral to this position is the preservation of institutional financial standards through collaborative efforts with all tiers of staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Financial and Strategic Planning
• Manage cash flow, optimize the use of investable funds, and oversee the organization’s endowment funds to support sustainable financial growth.
• Monitor departmental key performance indicators (KPIs) and provide strategic guidance to improve financial performance and operational efficiency.
• Prepare and deliver timely and accurate financial reports in compliance with GAAP, providing valuable insights to management, the board of trustees, and grant-making organizations.
• Conduct ad-hoc financial analysis and provide operational insights to support organizational goals and objectives.
• Collaborate with the Deputy Director for Finance and Administration to prepare financial information for board meetings, senior leadership discussions, and committee presentations.
• Lead the annual budgeting process in coordination with cross-departmental teams, monitoring variances and providing meaningful analysis to inform decision-making.

Accounting and Compliance
• Develop, refine, and enforce accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), fostering a culture of financial integrity and accountability.
• Coordinate and facilitate the annual audit process, ensuring seamless collaboration with external auditors and internal stakeholders.
• Oversee the preparation and submission of annual tax returns, including IRS form 990 and 990-T, and other regulatory filings.

• Lead and manage the day-to-day operations of the Finance department, providing mentorship, supervision, training, and development to ensure departmental objectives are met.
• Administer and optimize financial databases and accounting systems to enhance efficiency and accuracy in financial reporting.
• Collaborate cross-departmental to recommend best practices and software solutions.
• Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as needed to support the museum’s overall mission.

Education and Experience
• Minimum of BA or BS in accounting, finance, or business administration; CPA and/or MBA preferred.
• Minimum of five years of progressive experience in accounting or finance leadership roles, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
• Hands-on leadership style with a collaborative and participative approach to management.
• Ability to thrive in a dynamic and inclusive work environment, demonstrating adaptability and flexibility.
• Proficiency in accounting software and Microsoft Office suite; experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT is advantageous.
• Strong understanding of nonprofit accounting principles and regulations.
• Exceptional analytical, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills.
• Excellent organizational and time management abilities, with a keen attention to detail.
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to convey complex financial concepts to diverse stakeholders.
• High ethical standards and commitment to confidentiality and integrity.
• Demonstrated commitment to dependability, responsibility, and professional growth.
• Demonstrated respect for cultural differences and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) practices.

Interested candidates may apply here

Line Cook

Position Summary:
The Line Cook will possess excellent customer service skills and be eager to acquire proficiency in the skills associated with the role of a Line Cook II. The Columbus Museum of Art takes pride in the food we serve to our museum visitors and in how we serve it to them. We’re looking for candidates to join our Café Team!

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Experience cooking commercially.
• Prepare foods based on recipes, including cleaning and cutting the ingredients and cooking main dishes, desserts, appetizers and snacks.
• Report food, beverage, and supply needs to the Chef for ordering on a timely basis, daily, if needed.
• Responsible for the orderliness, cleanliness, and sanitation of Café food prep work areas.
• Assisting with stocking and setting up the kitchen stations.
• Plating prepared foods based on the chef’s specs.
• Working with servers to ensure that orders are completed according to request and with ticket times averaging under 12 minutes.
• Washing and cleaning the kitchen and cooking utensils and storing the equipment at the end of shifts.
• Ensuring that the kitchen operation procedures and hygiene meet food safety standards and regulations.
• Follows the posted daily cook cleaning duties.
• Accomplishes all job duties while adhering to all safety guidelines and practices throughout the shift.
• Reports any unsafe condition, unsafe act, accidents and/or injuries to the manager on duty.
• Sweeps, mops, and takes out trash at the end of the evening.

Interested candidates may apply here

Museum Store Sales Associate

Position Summary:
Offer exemplary front-line customer service to all museum visitors, including offering product knowledge and information that relates sales items to the museum’s mission. Maintain aesthetically pleasing displays and ensure proper maintenance of cash-handling procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Ensure that customers feel welcome and engaged.
• Facilitate sales process, create, and maintain environment that ensures excellent customer service for visitors and internal customers.
• Create an exciting, enjoyable shopping environment (well stocked, beautifully merchandised, organized, and clean).
• Assist customers in the selection and purchase of merchandise using an outgoing, friendly manner.
• Using a proactive approach, ensure that customers are aware of exhibition-related merchandise, special sales, and/or events.
• Assist customers with special needs and special orders.
• Ensure merchandise is well-stocked and displayed as advantageously as possible.
• Maintain excellent knowledge of merchandise, including artists’ information, price points, and general stock levels including that of merchandise on the sales floor as well as in back stock.
• Process phone and web orders for payment and shipping including CMA catalogues and general shop merchandise.
• Keep all areas of shop clean and well-organized (work with Facilities Team as needed).
• Maintain awareness and understanding of all special programs and exhibitions at the museum.
• Assist with receiving incoming merchandise and pricing of merchandise.
• Notify management of the need for merchandise re-orders as well as customer requests that cannot currently be fulfilled.
• Understand and facilitate end-of-day closing procedures.
• Assist with CMA Store website to update and maintain inventories, photograph product if needed, and consistently post on our social media.
• Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Museum Store Manager or Assistant Manager.

Interested candidates may apply here

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