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):

​• Development Officer

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Development Officer to join this dynamic cultural organization and help grow its fundraising program. Now in its thirty-sixth year, the Center, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, has launched a $50 million comprehensive campaign to safeguard its collections, improve access to Yiddish literature (both in Yiddish and in translation), advance its innovative educational programs, and build an endowment commensurate with its vision.

This position will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement and will have regular interaction with members and donors to further the individual giving program and overall fundraising efforts.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of donors and members
  • Collaborate with the Director of Institutional Advancement to meet mutually agreed upon activity, travel, and ambitious fundraising goals
  • Establish personal relationships with members and donors, identifying their interests and matching them with the Yiddish Book Center’s programs and activities
  • Maintain strong relationships with Center program and development staff to understand programs and anticipate funding needs
  • Design, plan, and implement development events 

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years of fundraising or related experience
  • Ability to travel frequently 
  • Superior writing, technology, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, and flexibility
  • Appreciation and ability to articulate the Yiddish Book Center’s mission, values, and goals
  • BA required

Email cover letter and resume to:  jobs@yiddishbookcenter.org and put “Development Search” in the subject line. 
No phone calls, please.

 

Development Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Development Assistant to join this dynamic cultural organization and help grow its fundraising program. Now in its thirty-sixth year, the Center, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, has launched a $50 million comprehensive campaign to safeguard its collections, improve access to Yiddish literature (both in Yiddish and in translation), advance its innovative educational programs, and build an endowment commensurate with its vision. The Development Assistant will support the development office, including events coordination, donor stewardship, correspondence, and data entry.

Responsibilities include:

• Coordinate development-related events, including invitations, logistics, guest lists, etc.
• Special projects, such as maintaining bequest tracking information, donor lists, and prospect pool list
• Assist with donor and prospect research; track key information on prospects, solicitations, and next steps on major donors in database
• Assist with donor and prospect research using Research Point
• Assist with constituent and gift entry, updates, and report generation in Raiser's Edge and other constituent databases.
• Assist with mail processing (opening, sorting, documenting, etc.) as needed
• Answer multi-line phone system, forwarding calls as needed, and responding to donor inquiries
• Occasional weekend and evening work required

Qualifications:

• Excellent written and oral communication skills 
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and ability to work in a team
• Bachelor’s degree
• Familiarity with conducting Internet research and comfort working with databases

Email cover letter and resume to: jobs@yiddishbookcenter.org and put “Development Asst. Search” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

 

Maintenance Supervisor

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Maintenance Supervisor to oversee care of its facilities, including an architecturally distinctive building with public exhibit and performance space, staff offices, classrooms, student areas, and a book repository, as well as beautiful grounds located amid a historic apple orchard with a view of the Holyoke Range.

Responsibilities include:

  • Makes periodic inspections of building and grounds to determine condition 
  • Diagnoses problems and initiates necessary action 
  • Plans and schedules routine maintenance 
  • Performs repair and maintenance tasks regarding structures, furnishings, equipment, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and related systems 
  • Maintains high standards of cleanliness and appearance throughout the building, including public spaces, offices, and restrooms
  • Ensures that preparations are made for programs and public events, including cleaning, furniture setup, equipment, etc.
  • Oversees building security and trains staff on alarm system and entry/exit procedures
  • Responsible for making sure replacement parts and tools are maintained at adequate levels and work and storage areas are neatly organized, clean, and safe
  • Supervises contract workers in such maintenance duties as painting, carpentry, electrical work, etc.
  • Recruit, select, and train additional maintenance staff as needed

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of building maintenance and repair methods, materials, tools, and equipment
  • Experience troubleshooting and correcting electrical or mechanical problems, maintaining inventory levels, and scheduling work
  • Minimum three years maintenance experience
  • Willingness to work when and where needed when emergency maintenance activities are required, including evenings or weekends and in inclement weather
  • Ability to work independently and to identify and respond to issues that need correcting
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple requests
  • High standards for quality work and pristine appearance
  • Awareness of safety standards and regulations

Email cover letter and resume to:  jobs@yiddishbookcenter.org and put “Facilities Search” in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.

 

​• 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.