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Director of Education and Engagement

The Columbus Museum seeks an experienced, highly organized, and creative Director of Education and Engagement for one of the largest museums in the Southeast. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Columbus Museum has a collection of 18th- to 21st- century American art, decorative arts, and contemporary design, as well as a collection of historical artifacts related to the Chattahoochee Valley. The museum’s grounds feature the beautiful Bradley-Olmsted Garden, designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in the 1920s for homeowner and noted industrialist W. C. Bradley. The museum is part of the Muscogee County School District, a relationship that offers unique opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.

With a population of 200,000, Columbus is experiencing a renaissance that includes a thriving, beautiful, and historic downtown riverfront. Cultural amenities include the Springer Theater, the River Center for the Performing Arts, and, at Columbus State University, the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, Schwob School of Music, and Bo Bartlett Center.

The Director of Education and Engagement is responsible for the management, implementation, and evaluation of all educational programs, including broadening and developing new museum audiences through engaging, inclusive, and participatory programming. The Director of Education and Engagement promotes and advocates for the educational mission of the Museum within the community. The Director of Education and Engagement has the opportunity to collaborate on a new interactive educational space within the museum, now in its earliest planning stages.  As part of the Museum’s senior management team, this position reports to the Director and leads a departmental staff of four that includes the Academic Programs Manager, Youth and Family Programs Manager, part-time Community Outreach Coordinator, part-time administrative assistant, and a docent corps of 30.

Education and Experience

The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of American art and/or history, current educational theories, museum education methodologies, and administrative experience.

-A master’s degree in art history, history, or museum studies or commensurate experience in combination with a bachelor’s degree.
-Five or more years’ experience designing and managing quality educational programs for diverse audiences
-Expertise in current educational theories, methodologies, and curriculum standards.
-Ability to cultivate a collaborative team environment.
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ease in connecting with visitors.
-Commitment to collaborating with community partners and working with diverse audiences.

This full-time position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits.  Interested applicants should visit the Muscogee County School District website at to submit an online application. For further information, please contact Patricia Butts at This position is open until filled.


Membership Manager

Purpose Statement

The Membership Manager reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for stewarding existing members and business partners and cultivating new members and business partners for the purpose of generating philanthropic revenue for The Columbus Museum.

Essential functions

– Manage the Museum’s membership program, seeking effective and creative ways to make membership attractive to a broad audience.
– Build relationships with members and business partners, working closely with the Director of Development and Executive Director.
– Develop strategies for soliciting new members and business partners and encouraging membership upgrades.
– Responsible for meeting annual membership goals outlined in the development plan.
– Work closely with the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for product development and event promotion. Gather and proof all required documents ensuring they are complete and accurate.
– Research, plan, and conduct trips through the Museum’s travel program.
– Create and maintain a membership volunteer committee.
– Responsible for creating and managing Membership budgets.
– Serve as the principle liaison between the Museum and the Young Art Patrons affiliate group.
– Maintain detailed records of action steps related to stewardship of potential or current members, including meeting notes, documents, and other substantive communication.
– Initiate or support stewardship activities for current members, including donor recognition events.
– Maintain adequate reporting and record keeping using donor database software.


Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

– Professional or volunteer experience in fundraising.
– Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
– Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
– Some event planning experience.
– Ability to monitor and meet revenue goals.
– Familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
– Strong contributor in a team environment.
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office; knowledge of donor database software preferred.


Working Environment
The usual and customary physical demands generally 50% sitting, 25% walking and 25% standing. Some night and weekend work is necessary. The job is performed in a clean and healthy environment.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in related field.

Required Testing: None specified

Clearances: Required criminal fingerprint clearance check every five years

Salary based on experience

Please submit all resumes, cover letters, and additional documents for this position to our Development Director, Carmen Overton at


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.  



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