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.


  • 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: and put “Development Search” in the subject line.

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


Education Program Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks an energetic, experienced, full-time Education Program Assistant to provide administrative support to staff and faculty for the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and an expanding calendar of dynamic educational programs for youth and adults throughout the year. Periodic weekend/evening work required. 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 
  • Coordinating program admissions and registration
  • Assisting with program marketing and publicity
  • Arranging travel and lodging for students and faculty
  • Responding to inquiries about educational programs
  • Maintaining participant databases and files
  • Scheduling interviews and meetings
  • Coordinating events
  • Other tasks as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • BA degree
  • 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 Qualifications:

  • 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, and contact information for two references to Gretchen Fiordalice, director of education administration at  Applications must be received by August 14.

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.


Job Description:
Editing, preparing, exporting, and uploading full interviews and excerpts using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)


  • 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


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


  • 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 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

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

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.