Job Opportunities
The Columbus Museum is an equal opportunity employer which strives to employ qualified individuals based upon job related qualifications regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability or any other classification prescribed under applicable law.


Exhibition Preparator

The Columbus Museum seeks an Exhibition Preparator to assist with all aspects of exhibit preparation, construction, installation and dismantling as part of the museum’s design team.
The museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, has a collection of American art and a collection of regional historical artifacts and a garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in the 1920s for homeowner and noted industrialist W. C. Bradley.

Duties and responsibilities include: working with the art and artifacts handler and registrar in installing and transporting artworks and historical objects, assisting with the exhibition coordinator/designer and graphic designer in producing and installing graphics; assisting the art and artifacts handler in lighting galleries, in matting and framing and in building mounts for art and historical objects, and painting exhibition areas.  The ability to work as a member of a team is essential.  The Exhibition Preparator works under the supervision of the Exhibition Coordinator/Designer.

Skills, education, and experience

Skill in the use of Macintosh computers and programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other applicable CAD software; skill in the operation of power and hand tools used in woodworking; skill in light welding and working with foam core, Plexiglas, fabrics, paints, and other finishes; good communication skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.

Knowledge:  Standards for exhibition fabrication and installation; safety requirements associated with such work; knowledge of American art and regional history objects a plus.

Education:  bachelor’s degree in fine arts or closely related design field, job-related experience desirable.  Associates degree with comparable experience and training may be substituted for bachelor’s degree.

This is a full-time position with full benefits. Interested applicants should visit the Muscogee County School District website at to submit an online application (art preparatory, ).  The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


Shop Manager

Purpose Statement

The job of the Shop Manager is to manage the Museum’s Shop , including: budgeting, accounting, merchandise selection, ordering, receiving, pricing, displaying, advertising and managing sales and staff while promoting good public relations and customer service

This job reports to the Deputy Director, Operations.

 Essential Functions

-Manages inventory for all merchandise for sale in shop, while adhering to the established IRS criteria for merchandise and related goods and staying within budget requirements.

-Maintains shop inventory (Quickbooks) and purchase orders in order to provide necessary paperwork for accounting department.

-Attends annual Museum Store Association meeting and market and Chapter meeting when budget allows and serves as liaison to the Museum Store Association.

-Attends the Gift Market in Atlanta and one other special market each year as budget and time allows. Meet with sales representatives as needed.

-Helps to recruit, train, and manage Museum Shop volunteers to assist with processing sales and other shop functions.

-Provides back up for the Museum Shop when necessary and opens shop during museum functions. 

-Promotes good public relations by also providing visitors with general information and provides back up for the front desk as needed.

-Manages the sales and distribution of the museum’s publications, catalogs and other shop merchandise. 

-Develops products for the Museum Shop from the collection or in conjunction with exhibitions.

-Manages the museum’s website items for the Museum Shop.

-Coordinates all public relations and advertising for the Museum Shop.

Other Functions

-Regular attendance and punctuality are required for the purpose of ensuring that the goals of the work unit can be met,

-Maintain and increase knowledge and skills through attendance at meetings, conferences, training seminars and in-service training sessions for the purpose of supporting the needs of the Museum.

-Perform other related duties listed above which are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position for the purpose of ensuring the efficient, effective functioning of the work unit can be met.


Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Skills are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: demonstrated organizational skills; good communications skills; excellent project and time management skills.

Knowledge is required of: operate computerized sales program, Quickbooks point of sale computer system helpful

Ability is required to: Understanding of business practices, retail management and volunteer management


Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision following standardized practices and/or methods, and working with other persons within a department, large work unit, and/or across several small work units. Utilization of significant resources from other work units is routinely required to perform the job’s functions.


Working Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 50% sitting, 20% walking, and 30% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business, retail management or related field, plus comparable experiences and training.

Experience : Experience in retail management and purchasing; prior knowledge of major markets such as Atlanta Market; experienced in handling vendors and sales representatives. Ability to manage volunteers as necessary and outside experience in the community as a volunteer extremely helpful.

All applicants are asked to submit resumes and cover letters to our Deputy Director for Operations, Kimberly Beck at

Visitor Services Representative     

Purpose Statement       

The job of Visitor Service Representative is located in the Administrative Department of the Columbus Museum. This position is responsible for providing visitors with information about the building and current programs and exhibitions, answering visitor questions and offering appropriate printed materials, and keeping accurate visitor number records. This part time position reports to the Deputy Director, Operations. The hours for this position are Thursday 5pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.

Essential Functions

-Greet all visitors to the Museum and provide them with information about the building and current programs and exhibitions for the purpose of making all visitors feel welcome.
Answer visitor questions and offer appropriate printed materials for the purpose of giving visitors accurate information
Keep accurate visitor number records including zip code data for the purpose of accurately tracking where the Museum visitors are from to help make decisions for advertising and outreach efforts.
– Answer the telephone and be proficient in the Museum’s multi-line telephone system for the purpose of directing calls to the appropriate staff person or answer the caller’s questions.
– Answer general inquiries from staff and outside sources for the purpose of providing information.
– Must be proficient in the Museum Shop’s computerized cash register system for the purpose of providing assistance as needed to the shop volunteers and serving as a backup if a volunteer is not available for a shift.

Other function

– Maintain a neat and clean front desk
Keep desk materials in an organized manner
– Work with security personnel in matters at the desk
– Process Bulk Mailings
Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Skills: This position requires excellent clerical and organizational skills, including typing and must be proficient in Microsoft Office.  Well-developed interpersonal skills are important in working with museum staff and trustees, School District personnel, other museum and professional personnel, museum volunteers, and the general public.  This person must possess poise, courtesy, and diplomacy when dealing with people, both in person and by telephone. Must be organized, able to carry through on tasks assigned and have a facility for work that requires attention to detail.  It is important that this person also be able to handle confidential information with appropriate discretion.

Knowledge is required on all Microsoft Office products. Knowledge of the Museum system of reporting is necessary.

Ability is required to handle several of the above mentioned duties simultaneously. Responsibilities include being self-motivated and being able to prioritize competing requests and deadlines. It is important to be able to work without constant supervision. Utilization of resources from other areas of the Museum is needed to perform this job.

Working Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, balancing and bending. Generally the job requires 50% sitting, 20% walking and 40% standing.

Education: High school diploma is required. Must have knowledge of Microsoft products, good understanding of Excel and Outlook.

Experience: None required, but receptionist experience is helpful.

Equivalency: High School Graduate

Continuing Education /Training Clearances

Requires criminal fingerprint background every 5 years. Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance


All applicants are asked to submit resumes and cover letters to our Deputy Director for Operations, Kimberly Beck at

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