About the Wende

The Wende is a nonprofit art museum, historical archive of the Cold War, and center for creative community engagement that explores and inspires change.

Responsibilities Summary

The Wende is looking for a knowledgeable Director of Finance with experience in the non-profit sector. The Director of Finance reports to the Deputy Director. The Director of Finance will lead all financial functions, including accounting, budgeting, overseeing contracts and providing oversight of payroll and benefits administration, for the Museum, the Institute for Archival Research at the Wende and the Glorya Kaufman Creative Community Center (under construction).


Manage $3.5M annual organizational budget
Management of accounting and auditing records
Responsible for the accounting of revenue (including pledges), investments, fixed assets and creative community center construction project
Prepares journal entries and provides proper supporting documentation
Account reconciliation, quarterly close and year-end close activities
Manage and forecast cash flow
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
Liaise with outside HR consultants on payroll and payroll reporting
Prepare and present financial reports for quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and the Board’s Finance Committee; Director of Finance is staff liaison with the Finance committee.
Oversee endowment transactions and reporting
annual independent audit with outside auditor and assist with 990 preparation
Oversee production of annual, quarterly, and other tax filings

Corporate & Administrative

Manage the museum’s insurance policies, including corporate, property, Directors and Officers, employee medical/dental/vision, and other policies.
Liaise with outside HR consultants on health insurance and HR paperwork
Produce annual and other corporate and business filings


Supervise Accountant


Full-time staff position. Location is on-site in a COVID conscious environment.

Pay: $95,000 – 120,000 depending on experience
Benefits: Health Insurance, Vacation, Sick and Holidays, parking

Position is available immediately

To apply: submit resume and brief cover letter to opportunities@wendemuseum.org


Ideal candidate

Highly organized and detail-oriented
Critical thinker and effective communicator
Problem solver who is at ease with rapid change
Possesses a positive attitude and ability to look for creative solutions within the structured world of finance
Good time management skills and ability to work independently

Skills and Experience

Nonprofit accounting experience required
Minimum of 8 years of accounting experience
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
QB experience preferred
Advanced in gmail, Excel, Adobe Acrobat. Proficient in Apple operating systems, Word

Recognizing that this is an ongoing process, the Wende Museum is committed to continually increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and sustainability. People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people without formal education, and others who may have been marginalized by conventional hiring practices are encouraged to apply.

Adult Volunteers

Volunteering at the Wende Museum is a great way to learn about the Cold War period, meet people with similar interests, and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors.

To learn more about getting involved, please email our Education department at education@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, paid at $15/hour for 120 hours, and available for course credit.

Potential interns must meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • have completed at least one semester of college by the time of application
  • possess an avid interest in museum studies, history, and/or the material and visual culture of Cold War-era Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia
  • be comfortable working with databases and computers
  • be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and independent with excellent communication skills
  • a reading knowledge of German, Russian, or an Eastern European language is helpful but not required.

Internships are offered year-round, typically beginning in January, June, and September. For more information, please see our flyer. We are accepting applications for Summer 2023 through May 5, 2023. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to internships@wendemuseum.org.

Curatorial Internship Program

The Wende offers opportunities for Curatorial Internships to college and graduate students interested in careers in museums. Interns work in one of the Wende’s departments based upon their academic training, interests, and language skills, as well as the availability of projects. While some projects require reading knowledge of German, Russian, or another East Bloc language, these skills are not necessary for a successful internship.

To inquire about Curatorial Internship opportunities, please contact jsegal@wendemuseum.org and ediffley@wendemuseum.org. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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