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:


Yiddish Summer Program Coordinator

The Yiddish Book Center seeks an experienced program coordinator to coordinate logistical and administrative aspects and maintain the daily operations of an intensive summer language program for 18 college students. (5 weeks part-time April - May, 10 weeks full-time May - July)
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 Yiddish 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.
This year's program runs from June 7-July 24, 2015. Students are housed in apartment-style suites on the Hampshire College campus, adjacent to the Yiddish Book Center. A fluent Yiddish speaker acts as Residential Assistant, working to promote a socially and intellectually stimulating Yiddish-speaking environment for the students, and assisting with daily operations of the program.
Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
  • Program logistics: preparing and coordinating room assignments, schedule, and other logistics for classes and daily activities; coordinating and participating in field trips and special events; overseeing extracurricular or social activities as needed; and being the responsible staff on-site for occasional evening or weekend activities or events; 
  • Program support: coordinating and responding to faculty and student housing, transportation, and medical issues as needed; driving and picking up faculty, students, or supplies as needed; overseeing student check-out of dorms;
  • Student support: coordinating program orientation; helping to create and maintain a positive social and learning environment for all students; communicating with Yiddish Book Center staff if any concerns about students arise; 
  • Academic program: assisting with preparation of course materials; submission of course credit registration; conducting and collating results of program evaluation; and other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
Schedule: weekdays with occasional evening and weekend hours. Must be available for student arrival Sunday, June 8 and New York City field trip June 18-21. Position is 5 weeks part-time (15-20 hours/week) in April and May, and 10 weeks full-time late May through July.
Reports to: Education Program Manager and Academic Director, and works in collaboration with the Residential Assistant, program faculty, and other staff as needed.
Required: strong organizational and communication skills, minimum 21 years of age, valid driver's license and safe driving record, experience with administration of student activities.
Preferred: familiarity with Five College area; experience with intensive summer language programs. 
Compensation: $7,200 
All application materials should be sent to: Amy Leos-Urbel, Education Program Manager,  Send:
  • cover letter
  • resume 
  • contact information for two references that we can call, preferably who have supervised your work organizing or coordinating programs.
If you have questions, please email Amy at address above or call 413.256.4900 ext.131. Applications will be reviewed as received, and must be received by March 10, 2015.

Custodial Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center, a non-profit cultural organization seeks part–time custodial assistant to maintain our beautiful Amherst facility. Duties include:
  • Regular cleaning of offices, classrooms, and public spaces;
  • Setup and breakdown for programs and events;
  • Other general maintenance.

​Position is ​20 - 30 hours per week, varied seasonally. Custodial or maintenance experience required. To apply, send resume to: Randi Silnutzer, Director of Operations at


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.