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:


Executive Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks an Executive Assistant to join a dynamic cultural organization.  The Center is a 35-year-old nonprofit dedicated to celebrating modern Jewish and Yiddish culture by rescuing endangered Yiddish books and opening them to new generations through translation, digitization, education and visitor programs.  Housed in an architecturally distinctive building adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, the Center offers a fast-moving, intellectually stimulating, and creative environment.  The Executive Assistant will support the President and Executive Director in a range of administrative tasks and provide staff support as needed in other areas at the Yiddish Book Center.
Responsibilities include:
  • Answer phones in President’s office
  • Schedule meetings for President and Executive Director
  • Make travel reservations and organize itineraries
  • Manage voluminous mail and email correspondence and draft responses.  
  • Prepare letters and materials for mailing
  • Coordinate board of directors’ meetings, including accommodations, catering and meeting materials 
  • Record and distribute minutes of meetings of the board of directors 
  • Maintain corporate records and files 
  • Maintain President’s and Executive Director’s records and files 
  • Order office supplies for the entire organization
  • Arrange catering for on-site lunches and meetings
  • Assist other departments as required
Qualifications include:
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Close attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook 
  • Calm and comfortable phone manner
  • Superior problem-solving skills and the ability to think quickly “on your feet”
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet challenging deadlines
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality 
  • Availability for occasional weekend work
  • Ability to lift and move items weighing up to thirty pounds
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to


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:


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:
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
  • 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
  • familiarity with Yiddish Book Center and Five-College area
  • knowledge of modern Jewish culture and Jewish community
  • Two days set-up
  • Seven weeks on site, primarily afternoons, evenings and weekends
  • Two days wrap-up
$3,500 plus housing in Hampshire College apartment-style dorm
Application Instructions:
Applications must be received by January 22, 2016. Send to: Gretchen Fiordalice, director of education administration,
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,
If you have questions, email Gretchen at or call 413-256-4900 ext.#103.

Great Jewish Books Summer Program 2016 Residential Assistant & Senior Residential Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, is currently hiring Residential Assistants (RAs) and Senior Residential Assistants for the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, a weeklong exploration of literature and culture for rising high school juniors and seniors. Now in its fifth 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. The program is lively, full of social opportunities, and intellectually exhilarating. Participants and RAs stay in a Hampshire College dorm and eat in the campus dining hall. This year, we are offering two consecutive Great Jewish Books sessions, starting on Sunday, July 24. Visit for more information.
  • RAs will be in residence and working from Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, August 7.
  • Senior RAs will be in residence and working from Sunday, July 17 – Sunday, August 7.
  • All RAs will also be available for periodic meetings or phone calls with Yiddish Book Center staff in the late spring and summer 2016, prior to the program’s launch.
RA Responsibilities:
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. To this end, RAs will:
  • Live in dorm with students; 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
  • 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
  • Enforce quiet hours and nighttime curfew
  • Abide by the same rules as students, including quiet hours, curfew, and no drinking/smoking policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager
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
  • Ability to lead participants in extracurricular activities (sports, arts, games, music, etc.)
  • Certification in first-aid and CPR (preferred)
RA compensation: $3,000 plus room and board
Additional SENIOR RA Responsibilities:
The Senior RAs will be at the Yiddish Book Center the week before the program begins to assist the Program Manager with preparations. During the program, Senior RAs will perform all of the RA duties listed above and also provide additional support and leadership, including:
  • Help create and collate welcome materials for students
  • Plan ice-breaker activities
  • Organize schedule of free time activities
  • Stimulate conversation in the program’s Facebook group before students arrive
  • Learn and supervise protocols for opening, closing, and using the Yiddish Book Center facility
  • Connect and liaise with Hampshire College dorm and dining staff
  • Organize time-off rotation among RAs
  • Help with orientation of other RAs
  • Ensure that all students are accounted for at all times
  • Serve as primary liaisons between RAs and Program Manager
Senior RA compensation: $3,500 plus room and board
Application Instructions:
All application materials should be sent to: Lesley Yalen, education program manager, at: To apply, send:
1. Resume or CV;
2. Cover letter addressing why you want to work in the Great Jewish Books Summer Program and describing your relevant interests and experiences;
3. Two references that we may call (one academic instructor and one professional supervisor, preferably someone who has supervised your work with teenagers).
Application materials must be received by December 31, 2015. If you have questions, please email Lesley at or call 413.256.4900 ext.142. Note: CORI and SORI checks (criminal and sexual offender background checks) will be required as a condition of employment.

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:

  • 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
  • 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


  • At least 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 minimal supervision
  • Flexibility and sense of humor

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous work experience with digital collections or archives
  • Film production experience
  • 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, BagIt, DiskTracker, TeamViewer
To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Christa Whitney at by September 7, 2015.
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.


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. 

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

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.