Employment

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):

 

Oral History Project Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a motivated and experienced full-time Administrative Assistant to provide administrative and communications support for the ongoing collection and curation efforts of its Wexler Oral History Project.

Program Description:

Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 700 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture. The interviews in our growing collection are conducted in English, Yiddish, and occasionally other languages with narrators of all ages from a variety of backgrounds and are made publicly accessible on the Yiddish Book Center’s website.

Position Description:

The Wexler Oral History Project’s Administrative Assistant provides essential support for the maintenance and growth of the Yiddish Book Center’s collection of in-depth video oral history interviews through:

  • Coordination of oral history interviews and fieldwork
  • Fielding inquiries from the public about the work of the Project
  • Curating content from oral history collection for website, social media, and other communications
  • Managing regular posts and growing audiences on social media accounts
  • Maintaining databases and files
  • Maintaining participant databases and files
  • Administrative support to Project Director and staff
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to program mission
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work efficiently both independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, Google applications, and social media platforms

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with modern Jewish history and culture
  • Familiarity with Yiddish language
  • Experience with archives or data systems

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Christa Whitney at [email protected].

 

Summer Program Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks an experienced program assistant to help with logistical and administrative aspects and the daily operations of an intensive summer program for 15 teachers. The job will be 20 hrs/week for the month of June and 35 hours/week for the month of July.

Program Description:

The Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar is a program for teachers at Jewish middle and high schools interested in enriching their curricula with materials that reflect the breadth and depth of modern Jewish literature. The four-week seminar takes place at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, home to exhibits on Jewish history and culture as well as to a vast collection of Yiddish books.

While in Amherst, participants survey modern Jewish literature from the Enlightenment to the present day, studying with leading scholars in the field. In addition to reading and discussing texts, participants attend films, concerts, and field trips, as well as a conference on Jewish literature pedagogy. This year's seminar runs from July 1–27, 2018.

The program assistant reports to the education program manager. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing name tags, folders, and other welcome materials for participants
  • Coordinating with Hampshire College about participant dining and housing
  • Responding to faculty and participant questions about housing, transportation, and food
  • Preparing and printing course packs and other reading materials
  • Coordinating and participating in field trips and special events
  • Coordinating aspects of the pedagogy conference that will take place during the seminar
  • Driving faculty and participants to events as needed
  • Conducting and collating the results of program evaluation
  • Overseeing extracurricular or social activities, including on evenings and weekends
  • Other tasks as assigned

Schedule:

For the month of June: 20 hours/week, spread out over 3-4 days/week, between 9am – 5pm.
For the month of July: 35 hours/week, with varying schedule, including some nights and weekends.

Qualifications:

Required:

Strong organizational and communication skills, experience with program logistics and support, detail-oriented, responsible, friendly, valid driver's license and safe driving record

Preferred:

Familiarity with the Five College area of Western Massachusetts, interest in Jewish education and culture

Compensation:

The stipend is $4,800. (A reduced stipend plus dormitory housing is also an option.)

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references who can speak to your relevant work to: Lesley Yalen, education program manager, at [email protected].

 

Membership Assistant

Position Description:

The Membership Assistant provides support for the organization's more than 20,000 active members and participants, including mail and donation processing, data entry, and ongoing member communications. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with constituent and gift entry, including updates in Raiser's Edge fundraising database and Luminate online communications system
  • Assisting with mail processing
  • Answering multi-line phone system, forwarding calls as needed, and responding to member inquiries and requests
  • Assisting with member correspondence and fulfillment
  • Supporting smooth operating of membership department, and assisting with coordination of temporary staff assignments
  • Other tasks as assigned

This is a half-time position.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Attention to detail is essential
  • Excellent organizational skills, and ability to prioritize among multiple responsibilities
  • Professional, friendly telephone manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a team
  • BA degree
  • Experience with data entry principles and procedures is desireable

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge fundraising and other constituent management software
  • Knowledge of website admin tools and basic HTML
  • Understanding of non-profit fundraising processes

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Randi Silnutzer at [email protected] 

 

Wexler Oral History Project Internships

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project offers internships for college students and recent graduates during the academic year and summers. Interns work at the Yiddish Book Center, adjacent to the Hampshire College campus, eight to twelve hours per week during the academic year, or more during the summer.

The internship has several tracks: a cultural content track; specific language tracks including a Polish-language specialist and a Yiddish-language specialist; and a special position as part of a NEH grant-funded project.

Technical interns edit and upload video footage of interviews (not available Spring 2018). Cultural-content interns time-code full-length interviews, identify interesting clips, and curate video material for our online archive. Applicants with strong backgrounds in both film editing and Jewish history and culture can work on both the cultural and technical aspects of the project. 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 technical assistant and director.

 

NEH Oral History Project Transcription Assistant

Position Description:

The NEH Oral History Project Transcription Assistant will assist in a new aspect of the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project that is funded through a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Transcription Assistant will do the initial processing of transcripts of English-language oral history interviews, proofreading and copyediting.

Responsibilities:

  • Audio edit (quality check, proofread, and copyedit) interview transcripts
  • Help to populate lists of locations, proper names, organizations, and Yiddish keywords for the collection’s larger metadata project
  • Track transcription progress in Google spreadsheets

Requirements:

  • Interest in oral history, archives, and/or public history
  • Excellent English grammar and spelling skills
  • Ability to update and maintain an integrated tracking system for a complex workflow
  • Familiarity with GoogleSheets and GoogleDocs
  • Experience with transcription preferred
  • Jewish studies background (or familiarity with modern American/Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish culture and history) a plus

Details:

  • Start Date: January 2018
  • Approximate Number of Hours per Week: 8–10  
  • Hourly Wage: $11

 

Cultural-Content Intern

Job Description:

  • Create interview logs for oral history interviews
  • Identify great stories and excerpts of interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)
  • Track 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 and 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

 

Polish-Language Specialist Intern

Job Description:

  • Create interview logs for oral history interviews conducted in Polish or in both Polish and English
  • Identify great stories and excerpts from Polish-language interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)
  • 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

Requirements:

  • Advanced or native Polish 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* 
  • 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

 

Yiddish-Language Specialist Intern

Job Description: 

  • 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 (professional video editing program)
  • 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

Requirements: 

  • Advanced Yiddish
  • 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* 
  • 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

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

Hours: Cultural and technical interns must work a minimum of eight hours per week. Cap on hours per week depends on work-study status and internship track. Schedule negotiable during weekday daytime hours.

Compensation: $11 per hour.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Natalie King, Wexler Oral History Project administrative assistant, at [email protected]. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so apply early.

 

Volunteer Field Trip Docent

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking volunteer docents to provide support to our Field Trip Program staff. Volunteers will assist in leading student groups on visits of the Center and will facilitate interactive activities and tours.

Requirements:

  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Sense of humor and flexibility
  • Ability to engage with students and subject matter
  • Comfortable working with middle and high school students 
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Jewish studies background (familiarity with modern Jewish history and Yiddish language and culture)
  • Ability to work weekdays

Availability: Field trip visits are typically scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Occasional availability on Sundays is also desired but not required. Field trips typically run for two to four hours and are scheduled upon request during the school year. 

Training will be provided. 

Interested candidates should email resume and cover letter to Gretchen Fiordalice at [email protected] 

About the Yiddish Book Center’s Field Trip Program:

On a field trip to the Yiddish Book Center—the world’s first Yiddish museum—students explore universal themes such as immigration and cultural preservation through one group’s unique story.

Dynamic, interactive activities engage students in the rich history of Yiddish culture and the ways that culture has been preserved and remains relevant to people’s lives.

 

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 three-hour day per week. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is necessary. If interested, please email Sarah Bleichfeld at [email protected] or call 413-256-4900, ext. 124.

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.