Applications Due July 25, 2014.

Reports To: Director of Adult Programs & Partnerships
Department: External Affairs Purpose: The Manager of Adult Programs is a strategic audience development position that works seamlessly with a cross-departmental team to create and execute a wide range of programs for a diverse audience, with particular emphasis on programs for an under-40 audience, and focusing on visitor engagement and audience participation.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate logistics for nearly 200 innovative and strategically driven adult programs a year (including lectures, concerts, partner programs, etc.)
    • Assist in program planning, set-up, general support, create floor plans, run presentation and performance technology software, including audio visual equipment
    • Responsible for arranging travel, transportation, hospitality, accommodation needs, and being the direct liaison with the musicians, speakers and artists who perform at the museum. (Including guest lecturers, CMA Jazz on Main and Baker and Baker Concert Series, etc.)
    • Manage development and implementation of the highly successful Arts & Draughts program, which is held quarterly and attracts an average of 1,100 guests per event.
    • Work closely with members of the community while creating new partnerships with diverse organizations, vendors, sponsors, artists, board members and volunteers to expand the museum’s audience reach. Provide an excellent experience to all partners, seeking to cultivate positive and lasting relationships in each endeavor.
    • Manage the Community Gallery (up to 4 installation a year)
    • Work closely internally with each department at the CMA to execute multiple projects including strategic planning, marketing and membership initiatives, and advances to the museum’s website.
    • Collaborate with interpretive team to create content for TAP multimedia tour for the collection and special exhibitions.
    • Organize and coordinate monthly board reports for the Adult Programs Department.
    • Manage program communications with the marketing department (monthly events calendars, CMA website and published materials)
    • Create and negotiate contracts
    • Contribute to appropriate grants submissions in collaboration with the Development department
    • Other duties as assigned.

The Adult Programs Manager will:

  1. Act as an advocate for the Columbia Museum of Art.

Be an active community participant and attend events, exhibition and gallery openings to increase museum presence in the community.Be a positive employee, interacting courteously and tactfully with supervisors, managers, co-workers, donors, prospects, partners and vendors to ensure stellar execution, positive teamwork, and great communication.Job Type: This is a full-time position and includes frequent nights and weekend work outside of public museum hours.Knowledge and Abilities: An extensive knowledge of museum practices and standards. Possesses a good sense of priority and follow-through, and has creative ideas and passion for the job. Exhibits impressive organizational, analytical, and problem-solving strengths, as well as flexibility, and has a strong commitment in collaborating across departments. Ability to meet deadlines and maintain confidentiality. This position will need the ability to manage several projects simultaneously while maintaining a sense of humor and grace under pressure. You should be able to show enthusiasm for handling a wide-range of projects and working in a fast-paced environment. Detail oriented, proactive, execute and manage tasks with little supervision, knowledge of presentation technology, Microsoft Office, database software (Altru a plus), ability to speak in front of an audience, lift up to 15 lbs, light physical labor, to work flexible hours.Education and Training: Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Management or Studio Art.Work Experience: Experience working in arts organizations and non-profits. Two to Three years supervisory experience required.

How to apply

Position Open until July 25, 2014
Application Instructions
Visit CMA website for more details: (
Send Cover Letter and Resume to:Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager
For this position, Email submissions only: TMewhorter@columbiamuseum.orgPlease submit in PDF format only with “Adult Programs Manager Application” in the subject line.