Development Specialist Opportunity

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About the Wende Museum

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

Job Description

We are looking for a collaborative, outgoing professional to play an important role in fundraising for the Wende's programming, operations, sustainability, and expansion.

Reporting to the Executive Director (the Wende’s founder and lead fundraiser), the Development Specialist supports fundraising by engaging and cultivating individual donors and foundations, liaising with the Board of Directors, and assisting in the overall efforts of a small development team that consists of the Executive Director, Development Specialist, and an Assistant to the Executive Director.

With the Executive Director, the Development Specialist plans and implements donor recruitment and development strategies including face-to-face solicitation, grant writing, fundraising events, and donor stewardship.  

This position is ideal for energetic self-starters with previous experience in nonprofit management and development, philanthropy, retail or corporate sales, hospitality management, fundraising event production, or community partnership programming.

Key Responsibilities

  • Meet and communicate regularly with current donors to ensure they are engaged with the programs and activities of the organization

  • Identify and cultivate individual and foundation prospects

  • Liaise with the Board of Directors and manage administrative and logistical aspects of Board meetings

  • With the Executive Director and Head of Visitor Engagement, plan and execute donor cultivation/appreciation events

  • Track all donations and development expenses

  • Write and archive development-related correspondence such as thank-you letters and gift receipts

  • Maintain donor-recognition lists

  • Write compelling proposals, reports, invitations, thank-you letters, and other donor communications; liaise and collaborate with consultant grant writers

  • Maintain updated documentation needed for grant applications

This position reports to the Executive Director and works in direct cooperation with the Deputy Director, Director of Finance, Head of Visitor Engagement, Assistant to the Executive Director, and Communications Manager. This position requires the flexibility to work an unconventional schedule, including some evenings and weekends, to support the Executive Director with donor visits and special events. A flexible, hybrid on-site/remote work arrangement is available, with the understanding that while some of the role can be performed remotely, regular on-site attendance is required for this role, including for some night and weekend events.

Compensation commensurate with experience  

Medical/dental/vision benefits, 10 days paid vacation, paid sick time, and holidays. 

This is a full-time position available May or June 2022. 

Required Qualifications

  • Professional verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (in particular Word and Excel), Apple OS, and Google Docs

  • Familiarity with donor management software

  • Project management experience in a public-facing environment

  • Valid California Driver’s License and reliable automobile with insurance coverage for use on the job

  • Willingness and availability to work some nights and weekends, as needed

Ideal Candidate

  • Responsive, resourceful, and creative problem solver

  • Organized and detail-oriented

  • Excellent time management, emotional maturity and interpersonal skills

  • Able to represent the Wende in public-facing opportunities with donors, community members, and partners

  • Able to quickly acclimate to a fast-paced environment and exercise independent judgment to prioritize a diverse range of projects

  • Can multitask a wide variety of activities, prioritizing conflicting needs

  • Familiarity with cultural organizations or nonprofits

The Wende Museum requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for all new employees unless exempted for medical purposes or a seriously held religious belief. 

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.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter in a single PDF attachment with the subject line “Development Specialist” to