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:

 

Development Officer

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Development 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 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.

The Development Officer will:

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit assigned prospects;
  • Establish personal relationships with members, donors, identifying their interests and articulating programmatic aspects of the Yiddish Book Center’s work that would appeal to them;
  • Manage portfolio of assigned donors to increase their giving level to the Center;
  • Ensure appropriate acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship of donors;
  • Participate in research and writing of grant proposals and reports;
  • Prepare written materials, including donor correspondence and newsletters;
  • Provide fundraising support for the Center’s overall development efforts, which may include but not limited to tracking and managing donors and prospects with Raiser’s Edge and supporting the Center’s communications and fundraising events efforts;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2-4 years of experience in development or related field;
  • B.A. or B.S. degree;
  • Ability to communicate the Center’s history, mission, programs, and goals;
  • Ability and willingness to travel nationally on behalf of the Center;
  • Superior writing, technology and communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to being a member of the development team;
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other customer relationship software.

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.

 

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.