Job Opportunities

The Yiddish Book Center is a great place to work: meaningful and challenging positions, warm, friendly atmosphere, competitive salaries, excellent benefits.  We are seeking qualified applicants for the following:

Administrative Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks an energetic, experienced  Education Program Assistant (full-time) to provide administrative support for its expanding educational opportunities for youth and adults.  

Background: 

For more than 30 years, the Center has overseen the rescue of more than a million Yiddish books and made Yiddish literature accessible in print and online.  We are now offering a range of educational programs to further Yiddish language learning, advance understanding of the content and context of the books we’ve saved, and promote preservation and new uses of a variety of cultural resources.  Offerings  include the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, a seven-week intensive for college students; YiddishSchool, an introduction to Yiddish language and culture for adults; the Fellowship Program, a year-long hands-on learning opportunity for recent college graduates; Great Jewish Books, a week-long summer adventure for high school students; the Field Trip Program for public and private middle and high schools; and onsite and online courses on Jewish history and culture, for adults of all ages.

Position Description:

The Education Program Assistant provides essential support to staff and faculty for a full calendar of dynamic educational programs throughout the year. Periodic weekend/evening work required. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting with program marketing and  publicity
  • Coordinating program admissions and registration
  • Arranging travel and lodging for students and faculty
  • Duplicating and collating course materials
  • Responding to inquiries about educational programs
  • Maintaining participant databases and files
  • Scheduling interviews and meetings
  • Coordinating events; and other tasks as assigned.

Competitive salary and benefits.  

QUALIFICATIONS
 
Required: 
  • Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to program mission
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and electronic communications 
  • Flexibility and sense of humor
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
Preferred:
  • Knowledge of educational programs and environment
  • Familiarity with local academic institutions and Jewish community 
  • Familiarity with modern Jewish history and culture
To apply: 
Send cover letter, resume, writing sample (1-2 pages), and contact information for two references to: Amy Leos-Urbel  Director of Educational Programs, at aleos-urbel@bikher.org.   Applications must be received by June 30; position starts mid-August.
 

Bookstore/Giftshop Manager

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a store manager who will be responsible for developing and creatively presenting onsite and online content, and for day-to-day operations of the gift and bookshop.

Key Responsibilities:
 
MERCHANDISING AND PROMOTION
  • Choose merchandise to reflect and enhance the Yiddish Book Center’s mission, and to support educational and public programs.
  • Create attractive displays and promote Yiddish Book Center products onsite and in online and print media.
  • Recommend products for YBC branding, and support efforts to develop approved items.
  • Plan promotions, trunk shows, and help market shop in other ways.
ONLINE STORE
  • Keep online content fresh and lively, including updating storefront, developing promotions, and presenting new and interesting products in creative ways.
  • Prepare promotions for regular enews, work with others to develop online sales outreach campaigns around holidays and other themes (Hanukkah, Passover, summer reading, etc.)
OPERATIONS
  • Oversee daily operations: morning opening, cashing out, customer sales, daily reporting.
  • Issue, record and receive purchases in retail system to ensure accurate inventory and pricing management.
  • Process mail and web orders and respond to emails, phone calls and other correspondence.
  • Generate inventory reports on a monthly basis, and manage the year-end physical inventory process.
  • Establish and document retail procedures, and train shop staff accordingly. 
  • Ensure displays are well-kept and shelves well-stocked.
  • Staff the gift shop with additional shop personnel as needed.
  • Mentor and monitor sales staff 
  • Ensure accuracy of sales and reporting
Qualifications: Minimum two years of retail experience, including sales, purchasing, and display. Experience with retail systems, marketing and staff management. Familiarity with Jewish history and/or Yiddish a plus. College or Associates degree. EOE.
 
Application Process: Send or e-mail cover letter and resume to: rsilnutzer@bikher.org. No phone calls please.
 
 

Major Gifts Officer

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to join the fundraising team of this dynamic cultural organization.  The Major Gifts Officer will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement, and will have regular interaction with The Center’s staff and board leadership in order to advance the fundraising program. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 125-150 national donors and prospects with the capacity to make leadership gifts in support of the operating budget and building the endowment
  • Plan and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies to meet ambitious fundraising goals under the oversight of the Director of Institutional Advancement; Travel regularly for cultivation and solicitation visits on behalf of the Center is required
  • Develop and produce written communications to enhance donor experience and stewardship
  • Meet mutually agreed upon activity, travel, visitation, and fundraising goals
  • Design, plan and implement development cultivation events

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years major gifts and/or planned giving /or related experience, including face-to-face solicitations
  • Superior writing, technology and communication skills
  • Aptitude with Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize task and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to being a member of the development team
  • Frequent travel nationally on behalf of the Center required
  • Occasional evening and weekend availability required
  •  Sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, and flexibility
  • Must value and be able to articulate the Yiddish Book Center’s mission, values and goals
  • Knowledge of Yiddish and Jewish culture is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required

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

 

 

Internship in Jewish Oral History
with the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is seeking three paid interns for the academic year to help process over 200 video oral history interviews. Interns will work at the Book Center, located on the Hampshire College campus, between 10-15 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 – interest in learning new software/applications*
  • 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

*Note: Cultural interns will receive basic training Final Cut Pro video editing software.

 

Hours: Interns must work a minimum of 10 hours per week.  Schedule negotiable during weekday daytime hours.

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

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

Watch excerpts&n bsp;and learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project.  For more information, contact tellyourstory@bikher.org.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


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 3-hour day per week. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is necessary. If interested, please contact (413) 256-4900 ext. 124 or sbleichfeld@bikher.org.


The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.