Job Opportunities

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


Steiner Summer Yiddish Program 2016 Residential Assistant

 
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.  
 
This is a full-time seven-and-a-half week position (June 3 – July 24, 2016), with evenings and weekends required. 
 
Program Summary:
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: yiddishbookcenter.org/steiner-summer-yiddish-program
 
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 7-10, 2016.
 
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 Academic Director 
  • communicating with Program Assistant and Academic 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 7-10, 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:
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.
 
 

Oral History Technical Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project seeks an experienced and committed full-time Oral History Technical Assistant to provide technical support for the ongoing oral history collection and processing of the Wexler Oral History Project’s rapidly expanding digital collection of one- to two-hour in-depth oral history interviews about Yiddish language and culture.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Videography for on- and off-site oral history interviews
  • Process and edit video oral history interviews
  • Edit oral history features and short films
  • Assist in development and promotion of oral history short film series
  • Train post-production oral history interns in videography, video editing, and Project-specific workflow
  • Coordinate day-to-day priorities within post-production and archival processes, in conjunction with Project’s long-term goals as defined by Project Director

Requirements:

  • Minimum three years of production and post-production film experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Commitment to program mission
  • Proficiency in Final Cut Pro 7
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and electronic communications
  • Experience working in Mac environment
  • Ability to update and maintain integrated tracking system for a complex workflow and expansive project
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision
  • Flexibility and sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience with digital collections or archives
  • Familiarity with Jewish culture
  • Film production experience
  • Travel experience
  • Proficiency in any of the following software programs employed by the Project: FileMaker Pro, Compressor, Handbrake, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid, Drobo Dashboard, Carbon Copy Cloner, BagIt, DiskTracker, TeamViewer, MPEG Streamclip
To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Christa Whitney at tellyourstory@bikher.org by January 25, 2016.
For more information, explore the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project.
 
 

Oral History Digital Collection Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project seeks an experienced and committed full-time Oral History Digital Collection Assistant to provide on-site technical support for the ongoing processing of the Wexler Oral History Project’s rapidly expanding digital collection of one- to two-hour in-depth oral history interviews about Yiddish language and culture.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage on-site and off-site storage and back-ups of large and expanding digital video archive
  • Process and edit video oral history interviews
  • Manage and help to develop oral history internship program
  • Assist in development and promotion of oral history short film series
  • Train post-production oral history interns in video editing and Project-specific workflow
  • Supervise oral history interns in daily work
  • Coordinate day-to-day priorities within post-production and archival processes, in conjunction with Project’s long-term goals as defined by Project Director

Requirements:

  • Minimum three years of video editing experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Commitment to program mission
  • Proficiency in Final Cut Pro 7
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and electronic communications
  • Experience working in Mac environment
  • Ability to update and maintain integrated tracking system for a complex workflow and expansive project
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision
  • Flexibility and sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience with digital collections or archives
  • Film production experience
  • Experience with editing platform migration
  • Supervisory experience
  • Proficiency in any of the following software programs employed by the Project: FileMaker Pro, Compressor, Handbrake, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid, Drobo Dashboard, Carbon Copy Cloner, BagIt, DiskTracker, TeamViewer, Amazon Glacier, MPEG Streamclip

To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Christa Whitney at tellyourstory@bikher.org by January 25, 2016.

For more information, explore the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project.

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. 

For more information, explore the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project.

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.