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Columbia Association Overview

Columbia, MD
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Membership Organizations
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Columbia Association (CA) is a non-profit corporation that plays an important role in providing services for residents of Columbia, Maryland and its business community sitting in the heart of Howard County, mid-way between Washington, DC & Baltimore ... Read more

Mission: Our Mission is -
Working every day in hundreds of ways to make Columbia an even better place to live, work and play.

Our Vision -
Making Columbia the community of choice - today and for generations to come.

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Columbia Association – Why Work For Us?

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit community services corporation that manages Columbia, MD, home to approximately 100,000 people. Columbia was founded in 1967 by James Rouse and his Howard Research and Development Company. Rouse sought to build a complete city that would respect the land, provide for the growth of people and, ultimately make a profit.

Columbia strives to be a community that welcomes diversity, respects the land and fosters the growth of individuals. To sustain that vision, Columbia boasts a full complement of services. There is a vibrant town center featuring Lake Kittamaqundi, a promenade, restaurants, a mall with a variety of shops, department stores and a multiplex movie theater. There are quality recreational and childcare services, schools that rank among the highest in the state, and acres of parks, lakes, ponds and wooded pathways.

Despite the breadth and variety of our services, what makes Columbia truly special is an ongoing commitment to the vision espoused by James Rouse, our founding father. As he stated, “By creating the image of the rational potential of a city, we generate the power to carry it forward. Without vision, there is no power.” At Columbia Association, we consider ourselves keepers of Columbia’s vision.

In addition, CA maintains more than 3,500 acres of open space as a permanent asset for residents. Neighborhood amenities include lakes, parks, tot lots, basketball and tennis courts and more than 94 miles of walking, jogging and biking pathways.

In support of this vision, Columbia Association offers a vast array of recreational, cultural and community services (see details at

If you're seeking employment with an organization that understands your needs, look no further than the Columbia Association. We value you and your experience. We're looking for bright, friendly people who enjoy working with people, who are hard working and who believe in CA's mission: Working every day in hundreds of ways to make Columbia an even better place to live, work and play.If you see a job you are interested in please download an employment application and send it along with your resume or letters of interest as specified in the announcement.Please note: You must be applying for one of the specific jobs listed here. The Columbia Association is unable to accept unsolicited resumes or applications.

Columbia Association (CA) is a drug-free workplace, an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a member of Healthy Howard.

CA is committed to the efforts championed by Healthy Howard and Healthiest Maryland, believing that a healthy, productive workforce should be a core part of its business strategy. CA has integrated the idea of employee health into its corporate culture, supporting initiatives for employees and their families to make better choices that will help them live happier and healthier lives.

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    Columbia Association has a wonderful work environment with professional and dedicated team members. Compensation and benefits are very generous and competitive with the market. CA values team members and there is plenty of opportunity for career growth and development. Team members are passionate about their work and truly have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the community. Columbia Association offers a wide range of services and programs that provide the community with an amazing quality of life.


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    Lied about the position I was going to have. Made me believe I would have benefits but only a few people get benefits with the school age services program. Was nice in the bring but administrative staff don't know how to talk to adults. Rude staff in the administrative dept working with sas.

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Columbia Association Awards & Accolades

  • #1 Small City in USA, Money Magazine, 2016

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