Director of Finance

Wende Museum

Culver City, CA

“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 is a cultural laboratory that pairs unparalleled collections from the Cold War era with contemporary artists, filmmakers, musicians, scholars, and others. 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.


  • 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



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 [email protected]

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