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Employment Positions 

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

We are looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented finance professional who enjoys a creative, nonprofit atmosphere to oversee all aspects of the museum’s finances, from accounts payable to top-level reporting, for a 501(c)3 organization with a $1.8M annual budget.

Responsibilities Summary

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Director of Finance offers critical support to the successful operation of a 501(c)3 nonprofit museum with a $1.8M annual budget.

Finance

  • Manage $1.8M annual organizational budget
  • Bookkeeping
  • Management of accounting and auditing records
  • Pay bills and process income
  • Manage and forecast cash flow
  • Manage payroll and payroll reporting
  • Manage all financial accounts, both domestic and international, coordinating with consulting accountant and financial advisors
  • Manage multi-department annual budgeting process and collaborate with department heads to produce all department budgets, including annual and project/grant-specific budgets
  • Produce all organizational annual, quarterly, and department financial reports, including financial reports relating to foundation grants
  • Prepare financial reports for quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and the Board’s Finance Committee
  • Coordinate annual independent audit with outside auditor
  • Oversee production of annual, quarterly, and other tax filings with consulting accountant

Corporate & Administrative

  • Produce all corporate documentation for the organization
  • Manage the museum’s insurance policies, including corporate, property, fine arts/collections, Directors and Officers, employee medical/dental/vision, and other policies
  • Produce annual and other corporate and business filings
  • Manage or supervise city and county permitting and filings
  • Manage HR paperwork

Full-time staff position, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm, with the flexibility to work occasional evenings or weekends

Salary: Competitive salary, with medical/dental/vision benefits and paid vacation and holidays

Position is available March 2019

Qualifications

Ideal candidate

  • Enjoys working in a creative nonprofit environment
  • Highly organized
  • Detail-oriented
  • Able to multi-task a wide variety of activities, prioritizing conflicting needs
  • Resourceful problem solver
  • Proactive self-starter able to follow through to completion
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Able to work effectively independently and also as a positive team player
  • Able to demonstrate emotional maturity and strong interpersonal skills

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years in finance positions, with increasing responsibility   
  • Non-profit experience
  • Extensive experience with financial reporting
  • Strong bookkeeping skills
  • Experience with processing payroll and managing employee benefits
  • Strong computer skills
    • Advanced expertise in QuickBooks and/or Financial Edge
    • Expertise in MS Office Suite and G Suite
    • Experience working in Altru and Financial Edge

To apply: submit resume and brief cover letter with the subject line “Director of Finance Position” to jhoffmann[at]wendemuseum.org. Application deadline is March 31, 2019. 

Volunteer Positions

The Wende Museum offers a variety of volunteer opportunities based on institutional needs and volunteer interests and expertise. For more information on the volunteer program, see our flyer. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please add your name to our Volunteer Interest List.

Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship

The Wende Museum in Culver City is a collections-based art museum, historical archive, and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history from 1945 to 1991 and engages the public through programming and exhibitions, often in collaboration with internationally acclaimed scholars and artists.

The Museum has been awarded a grant from the Getty to hire a full-time paid internship for Summer 2019. Interns will work for a full-time ten week work period between June and August, 2019 with a stipend of $5,700.

Working closely with the Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and the Exhibition and Programming Associate, the curatorial intern will gain exposure to exhibition installation for Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe, and Tito in Africa: Picturing Solidarity opening on June 23, 2019, and the preparation for the upcoming exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain, opening November 9, 2019. 

Interns must meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internships are intended for outstanding students who are members of groups underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including but not limited to individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. 
  • Eligibility for the internships is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates who reside in or attend college in Los Angeles County.  
  • Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2019, and those who will complete their degree by September 1, 2019 are also eligible to apply. 
  • Candidates with an interest in experimental curatorial practices, cultural and political history, and art history are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with German, Russian, or another Eastern European language is desirable but not required.

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, April 26, 2019. To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your interest and a current resume to acanzano@wendemuseum.org. Please indicate that you are applying for the Getty Multicultural Internship in the email subject and cover letter.

Curatorial Intern Positions

The Wende Museum is pleased to offer Collections Internships for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, as well as recent graduates. Positions are part-time, unpaid, and available for course credit. For more information, please see our flyer. We are accepting applications for summer internships, which will begin in July 2019, through April 30, 2019.

Interns are accepted year-round with internships typically beginning in January, June, and September. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to internships@wendemuseum.org.

Internship Program

The Wende offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in museums. Based upon their academic training, interests and language skills, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Wende’s departments. While some projects require reading knowledge of German, Russian, or another East Bloc language, these skills are not necesssary for a successful internship. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We have hosted interns from Bard College, Boston College, California Institute of the Arts, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Freie Universität Berlin, Goteborgs Universitet, Grinnell College, Hampshire College, Loyola Marymount University, Macalester College, Manhattanville College, Occidental College, Otis College of Art and Design, University of California Davis, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, University of Michigan, University of New Hampshire, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, and Wesleyan University, among others.