Careers and Internships


Through a number of different departments, the International Office provides support and guidance to dozens of affiliates granting wishes in nearly 50 countries around the globe. These departments include:

Affiliate Relations
Corporate Alliances
Human Resources and Organizational Learning
Marketing and Communications
Resource Development (fundraising)

We promote diversity in employment and are an equal opportunity employer (E/O/E). All applicants who meet the essential job requirements will be considered.

Available Positions

Managing Director, Make-A-Wish Deutschland
Executive Team, Make-A-Wish Deutschland
Frankfurt, Germany
Closing DateFriday, March 23, 2018

Every year, families of approximately 5700 children in Germany receive the devastating news that their child has a critical illness. Our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child and therefore the ambition of Make-A-Wish is to relaunch a Make-A-Wish affiliate in Germany, in Frankfurt.
The Board of Directors is seeking a Managing Director (MD), resident of Germany, who can lead the Make-A-Wish affiliate in Germany. The German affiliate was created this year with the legal form of a gGmbH.
With lofty yet doable goals, the new MD will be charged with the development of the organization's vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability, community engagement and enhancing the impact of its program.
The MD must bring an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for Make-A-Wish Deutschland, leadership capabilities for staff, board and volunteers. The MD must be well connected and must have a track record of success in fundraising in the philanthropic community of the region of Hessen. With such a worldwide well-known brand, such an impactful mission and the potential to become one of the most important affiliates within Europe, this is a phenomenal and rare nonprofit MD leadership opportunity.

The MD sets up the operations of Make-A-Wish Deutschland. The MD is accountable to and works closely with the Board of Directors to forward the mission of the organization and ensure viability of the organization.


  • Represent the affiliate as its Managing Director in all dealings with other organizations, individuals and the general public.
  • Oversee all programs, services, activities and facilities to ensure that all program objectives are met in a timely fashion.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate and release staff in accord with affiliate policies and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Prepare affiliate budget annually with appropriate staff and board committees; submit to Board for approval.
  • Monitor receipts and expenditures and cash flow; report to Board regularly.  Resolve any concerns or problems in conjunction with the Board.
  • Decide matters of administrative and supervisory detail relative to affiliate operations, in accordance with policies and all applicable laws.
  • Supervise the implementation of all Board and International policies.
  • Participate as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and Board Committees.  Further, contribute expertise and experience in all Board discussions.
  • Solicit, collect and recruit applications for director positions on the Board.
  • Provide Board Committees with competent staff support.
  • Apply, in a timely fashion, for grants and funds budgeted for from outside sources.
  • Research potential new sources of funds.
  • Ensure that the affiliate has a visible and positive public image through media contact, speaking engagements, and presence at appropriate public functions.
  • Remain current on non-profit issues and trends.
  • Actively participate in meetings/calls with the International office and cooperate within the Make-A-Wish community
  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in a social science, business or non-profit management program.
  • Minimum of five years' experience as a chief executive officer working in conjunction with a board of directors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of board committee functions and structures.
  • In addition, a minimum of two years' experience in non-profit or public agency management, including supervising paid staff and volunteers.
  • Working Excellent knowledge of non-profit fiscal management, including accounting and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking, clear and effective written and oral communications, and effective negotiation skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to bring an organization from a start up to the next level.
  • Fluency in German required (written and spoken).
  • Good level of written and spoken English.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
  • Commitment to the mission of Make-A-Wish, with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others.
  • A hands-on, engaged leader who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic, and fair minded.
  • A self-starter with entrepreneurship- and fundraising skills, who is confident enough to express opinions, forging ahead when appropriate and holding back when necessary, and sensitive to the feelings and opinions of others.
  • A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization. Strategic thinker with a hands-on mentality.
  • A decisive and resourceful individual with the willingness to accept responsibility and take charge of results, and is able to work successfully with limited resources.
  • An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills.
Please send your motivation letter and CV in English to Vice President, Affiliate Relations, Harmienke Kloeze, at before 23 March 2018.



We promote diversity in employment and are an equal opportunity employer (E/O/E). All applicants who meet the essential job requirements will be considered.