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:

 

Major Gifts Officer

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Major Gifts Officer to join this dynamic cultural organization and help expand its fundraising program. Now in its 34th year, the Center, located in Amherst, MA, is a non-profit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.

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, and the upcoming endowment campaign.

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 Yiddish Book Center’s programs and activities;
  • Maintain strong relationships with Center program and development staff to understand programs and anticipate funding needs

Candidates should have:

  • A minimum of 3 years of major gift experience, including successful face-to-face solicitation;
  • A Bachelor's degree;
  • Ability to travel frequently;
  • Occasional evening and weekend availability;
  • Superior writing, technology and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Sense of humor, entrepeneurial spirit, and flexibility;
  • Appreciation and ability to articulate the Yiddish Book Center's mission, values, and goals.

Email cover letter and resume to:  jobs@bikher.org and put “Development Search” in the subject line.

No phone calls, please. For more information about the Yiddish Book Center visit:

http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org.

 

Yiddish Summer Program Residential Assistant

(Full-time, June 5 - July 27, 2015)

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Residential Assistant fluent in Yiddish to facilitate a fun and intellectually stimulating Yiddish-speaking environment for 18 college students, and assist with the daily operations of an intensive summer program in Yiddish language and culture.  This is a full-time 7 1/2-week position, including evenings and weekends. 

Now in its third decade, the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program draws college students from around the world for seven weeks of intensive study of Yidish language and culture. Classes and supplementary activities are held at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, with undergraduate college credits available through the University of Massachusetts. Launched more than 20 years ago to teach students about Yiddish language and culture while involving them in the Center’s daily work of collecting, sorting, and shelving thousands of Yiddish books, the program has grown into one of the leading intensive Yiddish language and Jewish cultural education programs in the world. Many students go on from the program to further study of the language and culture and, in some cases, distinguished careers in Yiddish-related fields.  

POSITION DESCRPTION
 
General Responsibilities: facilitate a comfortable, fun, and intellectually stimulating Yiddish-speaking environment for 18 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 7 1/2-week position, requiring weekend and evening availability. This year’s program runs from June 7-July 24, 2015 and includes a field trip to New York City June 18-21.
 
Duties will include but not be limited to:
  • helping to promote a Yiddish learning community among students
  • assisting with student orientation
  • organizing extracurricular or social activities as needed, and infusing Yiddish into them
  • staffing evening activities and events for the program
  • helping coordinate, and participating in, New York City field trip June 18-21, and shorter field trips to be determined
  • living in dorm with students; helping students with daily living, such as weekly supermarket trips
  • being the first line of response for students’ questions and concerns
  • enforcing program policies in consultation with Program Coordinator and Academic Director
  • assisting with driving and picking up faculty, students, or supplies as needed
  • communicating with Program Coordinator and  Academic Director if any concerns about students arise
  • 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
Reports to: Steiner Summer Yiddish Program Coordinator and Academic Director
 
Schedule:
2 days set-up
7 weeks on site including afternoons, evenings and weekends
2 days wrap-up
 
Compensation:
$3,500 plus housing in Hampshire College apartment-style dorm
 
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
Preferred:
  • familiarity with Yiddish Book Center and 5-College area
  • knowledge of modern Jewish culture and Jewish community
  • experience in college residential support
Application Instructions:
Applications must be received by January 5, 2015.  Send to: Amy Leos-Urbel, Education Program Manager, aleos-urbel@bikher.org
 
1. Send resume or CV, including Yiddish language background;
2. Send a cover letter addressing why you want to work in the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and describing  your relevant interests and experiences;
3. Have two professional references (current or former supervisors) send their letters of recommendation directly to Amy;
4. If you have questions, please email Amy at address above or call 413.256.4900 ext.131.
 

Great Jewish Books Summer Program  Residential Assistant

(Full-time, July 31 - August 9, 2015)

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, is currently hiring Residential Assistants (RAs) for the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, a week-long exploration of literature and culture for rising high school juniors and seniors. 
 
Now in its fourth 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. Although the medium is literature, this program is not “school” in any conventional sense. It is lively, full of social opportunities, and intellectually exhilarating. Participants and RAs will stay in a Hampshire College dorm and eat meals in the campus dining hall.
 
The program will run from Sunday, August 2 – Sunday, August 9, 2015, and RAs will be in residence and working full-time from Friday, July 31, through (and including) Sunday, August 9. They will also be available for periodic meetings or phone calls with Yiddish Book Center staff in the late spring and summer 2015, prior to the program’s launch.
 
RA responsibilities include:
  • Live in dorm with students; enforce quiet hours and nighttime curfew; be the first line of response for students’ questions and concerns
  • Lead small-group discussions on students’ assigned readings
  • Facilitate informal reflection and discussion among students
  • Greet students when they arrive; help to break the ice; reach out to shy 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
  • Abide by the same rules as the students during the program week, including quiet hours, curfew and no drinking/smoking policies
In general, the RA’s job is to facilitate a comfortable, fun, and intellectually stimulating environment; respond to participants’ questions and concerns; make sure participants are present and on time for scheduled activities; and enforce all program rules and policies.
 
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 personality, enthusiasm, energy
  • Team player, able to communicate well with supervisor and willing to pitch in however needed
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license and safe driving record
  • Must have a cell phone and be reachable throughout the week of the program
Preferred:
  • Certification in first-aid and CPR
  • Ability to lead participants in extracurricular activities (sports, arts, games, music, etc.)
Compensation: $1,000 plus room and board
 
Application Instructions: 
All application materials should be sent to: Lesley Yalen, education program manager, at: lyalen@bikher.org.
 
To apply:
1. Send your resume or CV;
2. Send a cover letter addressing why you want to work in the Great Jewish Books Summer Program and describing  your relevant interests and experiences;
3. List two references that we can call (one academic instructor and one professional supervisor, preferably someone who has supervised your work with teenagers).
 
Application materials must be received by January 15, 2015. If you have questions, please email Lesley at lyalen@bikher.org or call 413.256.4900 ext.142.
 
CORI and SORI checks (criminal and sexual offender background checks) will be required as a condition of employment.
 

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 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.