The Yiddish Book Center offers meaningful and challenging positions, a warm, friendly atmosphere, competitive salaries, and excellent benefits. We are seeking applicants for the following positions (see details below):


Accounting/HR Administrator

The Yiddish Book Center seeks applications for the position of Accounting/HR Administrator. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day accounting and human resource operations for an organization with a $5 million annual operating budget and 40 employees. This is a full-time, exempt management position reporting to the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer that offers competitive pay, generous benefits, and the opportunity to be a major contributor to the ongoing success of a dynamic cultural organization.

The Accounting/HR Administrator is responsible for managing accounting and human resource functions of the Yiddish Book Center in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. This position reports to the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Responsible for the accounting operations of the organization, including but not limited to the production of financial reports, maintenance of a compliant system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the organization’s reported financial results. This position will prepare and maintain records that are reviewed and used by an independent auditing firm to prepare tax returns and perform the annual financial audit.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Oversee processing of accounts payable and receivable
  • Prepare accounting reports related to payroll
  • Oversee and maintain relationships with service providers
  • Maintain an orderly and accurate financial filing system
  • Record transactions consistent with the chart of accounts
  • Work with the Treasurer/CFO to prepare monthly and annual operating budgets
  • Prepare accurate monthly financial statements
  • Supervise the recording of cash receipts and bank deposits
  • Perform monthly reconciliations of bank accounts
  • Help monitor cash flow
  • Comply with GAAP and state and federal government reporting requirements
  • Assist managers in fulfilling their financial responsibilities
  • Ensure all bills and invoices are paid in a timely manner
  • Prepare reports for the Treasurer/CFO and senior managers as requested
  • Work with the Treasurer/CFO and auditors to facilitate the completion of the annual audit and tax filings
  • Prepare bank transfers and work with the center’s broker to receive and sell donations of stock
  • Develop, issue, and monitor internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all policies and reporting requirements
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by management


Ensure compliance in day-to-day operations of human resource and payroll functions.  Duties include but are not limited to the following areas:  employment, payroll, employee benefits, compensation, and administration.    
Principal Responsibilities:    

  • Process payroll in an accurate and timely manner using an outside payroll provider
  • Ensure accurate and timely compliance with all state and workers compensation regulations, IRS, and other federal requirements
  • Ensure timely processing of all year-end documents including but not limited to W-2’s,1099’s, etc. 
  • Maintain employee personnel files    
  • Manage group benefits enrollment and administration including health and life insurance, 403B program, paid time off, and COBRA administration consistent with all federal and state rules and regulations
  • Manage worker’s compensation administration, including accident reporting requirements and claims management 
  • Assist in maintaining and updating the Employee Handbook 
  • Serve as point of contact with employees for all payroll/benefits inquiries and complaints, ensuring prompt, courteous and appropriate resolution 
  • Ensure all W-9’s, visas, background checks and other required documents are on file prior to employment
  • Reconcile monthly benefits statements 
  • Perform payroll/benefit related reconciliations to the general ledger and other accounts 
  • Be familiar with all required insurance policies including but not limited to liability, vehicle, Workers’ Compensation, etc. 
  • Assist with hiring, orientation, and termination of employees
  • Work with contractors and vendors to solicit and evaluate quotes, oversee contracts as requested
  • Perform other related duties as assigned 

Preferred Qualifications    

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or related field
  • Three to five years of experience in accounting/human resources in a position with similar scope and responsibilities
  • Hands-on accounting experience and knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
  • Proficiency in Sage or similar accounting software, Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office Suite programs
  • Ability to perform mathematical computations accurately as well as the ability to identify and correct errors    
  • Familiarity with state and federal employment related laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of employer responsibilities and employee rights
  • Ability to research, analyze, and retrieve data necessary to complete duties 
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with a wide range of personalities and manage conflict in a professional, productive manner 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail    
  • Skilled at managing time and multiple priorities to carry out assignments in a timely and thorough manner 
  • Commitment to professional and ethical standards Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

The Yiddish Book Center provides a generous fringe benefit program including:

  • 403B Retirement Plan
  • Paid time off (vacation, sick-time, parental leave, and Jewish and federal holidays)
  • Health Insurance
  • Flexible benefits program
  • Life and Disability Insurance

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Yiddish-language Specialist Intern for the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Role and Responsibilities:

Language specialist interns work on processing, translating, and subtitling interviews that are conducted in Yiddish, Polish, or other languages in the collection. All interns work closely with the Project's editor or NEH oral history project coordinator and director. Specifically the Yiddish-language Specialist Intern will be asked to:

  • Create interview logs for oral history interviews conducted in Yiddish or in both Yiddish and English
  • Identify great stories and excerpts from Yiddish-language interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro (professional video editing programs)
  • Translate into English and subtitle excerpts for online publication
  • Contribute translations and subtitles to short films
  • Track interviews and post-interview processing in the project’s customized FileMaker Pro database

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Jewish studies background (or familiarity with modern American and Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish culture and history)
  • Interest in oral history/ethnography
  • Comfort with technology, interest in learning new software/applications*

*Note: Cultural and language specialist interns will receive basic training in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software.

Preferred Skills:

  • Intermediate to Advanced Yiddish language skills
  • 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
  • Transcription and/or translation experience a plus

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

For more information, explore the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project.


The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.