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):

Communications Coordinator

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking a Communications Coordinator to provide skilled support to communications efforts in the areas of social media, marketing, promotion, and publication. The Communications Coordinator will report to the Director of Communications.

Responsibilities:

Build and execute social media strategy
Generate, curate, edit, publish, and share daily social media content across platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube
Research, draft, and publish content for the Center’s various communications vehicles – print, web based, e-communications, podcasts, and other
Create and oversee editorial calendars for web content and print publications
Assist with other external and internal communications duties as needed
Monitor and report social and website analytics/metrics
Some evening and weekend work required.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

3-5 years related experience
BA required
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience with social media across various platforms
Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and ability to prioritize among multiple responsibilities
Copy-editing and proofreading skills
Professional, good sense of humor, friendly telephone manner
Flexibility and ability to work as a team member
Solid computer skills, knowledge of social media, experience publishing web content, and database management
Knowledge of Yiddish and Jewish culture a plus

How To Apply:
To apply, send cover letter and resume to lnewman@yiddishbookcenter.org. No phone calls.

 

Volunteer Field Trip Docent

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking volunteer docents to provide support to our Field Trip Program staff. Volunteers will assist in leading student groups on visits of the Center and will facilitate interactive activities and tours.

Requirements:

  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Sense of humor and flexibility
  • Ability to engage with students and subject matter
  • Comfortable working with middle and high school students 
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Jewish studies background (familiarity with modern Jewish history and Yiddish language and culture)
  • Ability to work weekdays

Availability: Field trip visits are typically scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Occasional availability on Sundays is also desired but not required. Field trips typically run for two to four hours and are scheduled upon request during the school year. 

Training will be provided. 

Interested candidates should email resume and cover letter to Gretchen Fiordalice at gfiordalice@yiddishbookcenter.org 

About the Yiddish Book Center’s Field Trip Program:
On a field trip to the Yiddish Book Center—the world’s first Yiddish museum—students explore universal themes such as immigration and cultural preservation through one group’s unique story.
Dynamic, interactive activities engage students in the rich history of Yiddish culture and the ways that culture has been preserved and remains relevant to people’s lives.

 

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.