Employment

The Yiddish Book Center offers meaningful and challenging positions, a warm, friendly atmosphere, competitive salaries, and excellent benefits. We are seeking applicants for the following positions (see details below):

• Residential Assistant: Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking a Residential Assistant proficient in Yiddish to facilitate a fun and intellectually stimulating Yiddish-speaking environment for eighteen college students and assist with the daily operations of an intensive summer program in Yiddish language and culture.  

Now in its fourth decade, the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program offers motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Yiddish language and culture. Participants study with renowned scholars and build a community of yidishkayt in a supportive residential setting.

Position Description:

General responsibilities: facilitate a comfortable, fun, and intellectually stimulating Yiddish-speaking environment for eighteen college students; assist with the daily operations of an intensive summer program in Yiddish language and culture; live in a Hampshire College apartment-style dorm with the students. This is a seven-and-a-half week position, with weekends and evenings required. This year’s program runs from June 5-July 22, 2016, and includes a field trip to New York City, July 6-9, 2017.

Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • living in dorm with students; helping students with daily living, such as weekly supermarket trips 
  • assisting with student orientation
  • being the first line of response for students’ questions and concerns
  • staffing evening activities and events for the program
  • enforcing program policies in consultation with Program Assistant and Administrative Director 
  • communicating with Program Assistant and Administrative Director if any concerns about students arise
  • helping to promote a Yiddish learning community among students
  • organizing Yiddish-infused extracurricular and social activities 
  • assisting with driving and picking up faculty, students, or supplies as needed
  • helping coordinate and participating in New York City field trip, July 6-9, and shorter field trips to be determined
  • helping Yiddish Book Center staff with logistics in the days prior to the program launch and following program conclusion
  • assisting with student check-out of dorms
  • other tasks as assigned by supervisor

Required:

  • good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • maturity, flexibility, sense of humor
  • proficiency in Yiddish language
  • valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • minimum 21 years of age

Highly Preferred:

  • experience in college residential support

Preferred:

  • familiarity with Yiddish Book Center and Five-College area
  • knowledge of modern Jewish culture and Jewish community

Schedule:

  • Two days set-up
  • Seven weeks on site, primarily afternoons, evenings and weekends
  • Two days wrap-up

Compensation:

  • $3,500 plus housing in Hampshire College apartment-style dorm

Application instructions:

Applications must be received by January 23, 2017. Send to: Gretchen Fiordalice, director of education administration, gfiordalice@yiddishbookcenter.org.

To apply:

1. Send resume or CV, including Yiddish language background, that describes your relevant interests and experiences and a cover letter that addresses why you want to work in the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

2. Have two professional references (current or former supervisors) send their letters of recommendation directly to Gretchen, gfiordalice@yiddishbookcenter.org

If you have questions, email Gretchen at gfiordalice@yiddishbookcenter.org or call 413-256-4900, ext. 103.\

Residential Assistant and Senior Residential Assistant: Great Jewish Books Summer Program

The Yiddish Book Center seeks Residential Assistants (RAs) and Senior Residential Assistants for the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, a five-day exploration of literature and culture for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Now in its sixth year, Great Jewish Books uses compelling works of modern Jewish literature to help students develop a rich understanding of Jewish culture and history, and to spark discussions about contemporary issues of identity, family, cultural practice, and community. The program is lively, full of social opportunities, and intellectually exhilarating. Participants and RAs stay in a Hampshire College dorm and eat in the campus dining hall. This year, we are offering two consecutive Great Jewish Books sessions, July 23-28 and July 30- August 4. Visit yiddishbookcenter.org/great-jewish-books for more information.

RAs will be in residence and working from Tuesday, July 18, to Friday, August 4. The days leading up to the program will be for staff orientation, planning, and preparation. All RAs will read the required texts for the program prior to arriving in Amherst in July, and will participate (remotely if necessary) in a meeting with Yiddish Book Center staff in spring 2017.

The RA's job is to facilitate a comfortable, fun, and intellectually stimulating environment for participants; to respond to their questions and concerns; to make sure they are present and on time for scheduled activities; and to enforce all program rules and policies. RAs build their own skills as discussion leaders, group facilitators, and teen mentors.

RAs will:

  • live in dorm with students; be the first line of response for students’ questions and concerns
  • lead small-group discussions on assigned readings
  • facilitate informal reflection and discussion among students
  • participate in and lead extracurricular activities for students
  • chaperone students on local field trips
  • eat meals with students
  • attend students’ classes
  • communicate with Yiddish Book Center staff if any concerns about students arise
  • enforce program rules, quiet hours, and nighttime curfew
  • abide by the same rules as students, including quiet hours, curfew, and no drinking/smoking policies
  • perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager

RA Qualifications:

  • minimum 21 years of age
  • college graduate or currently enrolled college student
  • extensive experience and comfort working with teens
  • knowledge of and passion for modern Jewish culture and literature
  • outgoing and energetic personality
  • comfort supporting students from various backgrounds, and with various learning styles and abilities
  • team player, able to communicate well with supervisor and willing to pitch in however needed
  • must have a cell phone and be reachable throughout the week of the program
  • ability to lead participants in extracurricular activities (sports, arts, games, music, etc.)
  • valid drivers’ license and safe driving record (preferred)
  • certification in first-aid and CPR (preferred)

RA compensation: $3,000 plus room and board

Additional Senior RA Responsibilities:

Senior RAs will perform all of the RA duties listed above and also provide additional support and leadership, including:

  • serving as primary liaisons between RAs and Program Manager
  • leading daily RA-staff meetings
  • managing time-off rotation among RAs
  • ensuring that all students are accounted for at all times

Senior RA compensation: $3,500 plus room and board

Application Instructions: 
All application materials should be sent to: Lesley Yalen, education program manager, at:
lyalen@yiddishbookcenter.org. To apply, send:

  • Resume or CV;
  • Cover letter addressing why you want to work in the Great Jewish Books Summer Program and describing your relevant interests and experiences;
  •  Two references that we may call (one academic instructor and one professional supervisor, preferably someone who has supervised your work with teenagers).

Application materials must be received by December 31, 2016. If you have questions, please email Lesley at lyalen@yiddishbookcenter.org or call 413-256-4900, ext. 142. Note: CORI and SORI checks (criminal and sexual offender background checks) will be required as a condition of employment.

​• Internships in Jewish Oral History

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is seeking three paid interns for the academic year to help process more than 200 video oral history interviews. Interns will work at the Book Center, located on the Hampshire College campus, between ten and fifteen hours per week.

The internship has two tracks: interns will work primarily on either the technical aspects of the project (editing and uploading video footage of interviews) or on the cultural content (time-coding full-length interviews, identifying interesting clips, and curating video material to make it more accessible to viewers in our online archive). Applicants with a strong background in both film editing and Jewish history and culture will be able to work on both aspects of the project. Interns will work closely with the Project Director, an oral history Fellow, and other volunteers involved in the project.

Technical Intern
Job Description:
Editing, preparing, exporting, and uploading full interviews and excerpts using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)

Requirements:

  • Video-editing experience, preferably on Final Cut Pro 7
  • Comfort with technology
  • Interest in learning new software/applications
  • Interest in oral history/ethnography/Jewish culture
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision

Cultural Intern
Job Description:

  • Identifying great stories and excerpts of interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)
  • Tracking interviews and post-interview processing in the project’s customized FileMaker Pro database

Requirements:

  • Jewish studies background (or familiarity with modern Jewish and Yiddish culture and history)
  • Interest in oral history/ethnography
  • Comfort with technology and interest in learning new software/applications (cultural interns will receive basic training Final Cut Pro video editing software)
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to update and maintain integrated tracking system for a complex workflow and expansive project
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision

Hours: Interns must work a minimum of ten hours per week. Schedule negotiable during weekday daytime hours.

Work study students preferred. Possibility of continued employment through summer.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Project Director Christa Whitney at tellyourstory@yiddishbookcenter.org as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Docent

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking volunteer docents to greet and orient visitors, answer questions about events and membership, provide support to our staff, and process donations. Volunteers should be comfortable working with groups, speaking with visitors, using a cash register, and should have an interest in Yiddish culture. Training provided. Docents typically work one three-hour day per week. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is necessary. If interested, please email Sarah Bleichfeld at sbleichfeld@yiddishbookcenter.org or call 413-256-4900, ext. 124.

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.