About the Wende Museum

“Wende” is a German word that means “transformation.” It is commonly used to describe the era of uncertainty and possibility leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Headquartered in a renovated National Guard Armory in Culver City, the Wende Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is an experimental and forward-thinking institution that pairs unparalleled collections from the Cold War era with contemporary artists, filmmakers, musicians, scholars, and others. With a commitment to both international scholarship and local community engagement, the Wende offers wide-ranging programs, from lectures and research access to free yoga classes and art activities for all ages. We are looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and dynamic Development Associate who enjoys a creative, fast-paced nonprofit atmosphere to support the Executive Director in activities related to development and fulfilling the public mission of the museum.

Responsibilities Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (the museum’s founder and lead fundraiser), the Development Associate to the Executive Director offers critical support to the museum’s top executive.


  • Support Executive Director with VIP museum visits by donors and prospects
  • Track and report on gifts to the museum
  • Write and archive development-related correspondence such as thank-you letters and gift receipts
  • Maintain donor-recognition lists
  • Play a leading role in planning and executing development events (in conjunction with the museum’s event team)
  • Maintain updated documentation needed for grant applications and assist the Deputy Director with grant proposals and reports

Direct Support of the Executive Director

  • Provide a wide range of administrative and logistical support to the Executive Director, including schedule management, errands, travel planning, and drafting correspondence, as needed to support the goals of the Executive Director

 Full-time staff position. Normal administrative hours at the museum are Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm. This position requires the flexibility to work an unconventional schedule, including evenings and weekends, to support the Executive Director with donor visits and special events. While days and hours may vary from week to week depending on event and visit schedules, an average workweek of 40 hours is expected. 

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

Position is available September 2019


Ideal candidate

  • Responsive, creative, and resourceful problem solver
  • Enjoys socializing with diverse patrons of the arts
  • Highly organized
  • Detail-oriented
  • Able to multi-task a wide variety of activities, prioritizing conflicting needs
  • Proactive self-starter able to follow projects through to completion
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Able to work effectively independently and also as a positive team player
  • Demonstrates emotional maturity and strong interpersonal skills

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a development position or supporting a senior executive
  • Non-profit experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
    • Advanced expertise in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Experience working in Altru or other advanced CRM system a plus
  • Valid California Driver’s License and reliable automobile with insurance coverage for use on the job

To apply: submit resume and brief cover letter with the subject line “Development Associate” to jhoffmann@wendemuseum.org


Collections Internship Program

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.

Interns are accepted year-round on a rolling basis, 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.

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