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Development Associate

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Development Associate to join this dynamic cultural organization. Founded in 1980, the Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture. Housed in an architecturally distinctive building adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, the Center offers an intellectually stimulating, reflective, and creative environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support all aspects of the Center’s fundraising mission
  • Manage administrative tasks pertaining to the director of institutional advancement and the development office
  • Oversee maintenance and organization of development records and files; produce and edit development materials and correspondence
  • Manage endowment fund listings and our Yerushe Society, those who have included the Yiddish Book Center in their estate plans, track bequest intentions
  • Manage PG Calc Planned Giving Manager database; prepare Charitable Gift Annuity proposals and agreements
  • Conduct donor research on individuals, organizations, and foundations as needed
  • Provide donor briefings for president, executive director, and director of institutional advancement visits and event attendance
  • Run queries, compile reports, maintain and update research profiles and development-related information in Raiser’s Edge database
  • Organize and plan all logistical aspects of development events, attend as needed

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Attention to detail
  • BA/BS or equivalent
  • MS Office & database experience; Knowledge of Raisers' Edge a plus
  • Development experience in a non-profit setting preferred

Note: This position is on-site in Amherst, MA

Salary range based on qualifications and experience: $40,000-$50,000

The Book Center offers a generous benefits package:

  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to: [email protected] Please include Development Associate in the subject line.

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Facilities Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Facilities Assistant to join this dynamic cultural organization. Founded in 1980, the Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture. Housed in an architecturally distinctive building adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, the Center offers an intellectually stimulating, reflective, and creative environment.

Full time, standard hours: 40 hours per week, Sunday through Thursday; 12 months per year. This position reports to the Facilities Manager.

Responsibilities:

Janitorial:

  • Perform cleaning tasks for public and non-public areas: floors, rest rooms, kitchens; includes and not limited to vacuuming, mopping, sanitizing, polishing, dusting
  • Carpet shampooing
  • Trash and recycling collection
  • Periodic window and screen cleaning
  • Other cleaning as needed;
  • Support of off-site premises for programs as needed
  • External: maintain tidy grounds and occasional cleaning of outside installations

Facility support:

  • Receive goods in coordination with Facilities Manager (FM)
  • Perform light maintenance tasks and general support as assigned by FM, including but not limited to:
    • Change light bulbs
    • Move books, pallets, other materials
    • Distribute delivered items to recipients
  • Be available to respond to loading dock deliveries
  • Perform snow shoveling, salting, as needed
  • Have access to transportation for local errands; typically, within, but not limited to, 5 mile radius of Center
  • Perform basic HVAC maintenance (i.e. filters and belts) and monitoring to be alert to system performance
  • Be available for alarm response as needed

Special Events:

  • Be available for scheduled programs and events at various times throughout the year
    • May require work hours in evenings and/or weekends
  • Set up and re-arrange tables, chairs, etc. per event plans and needs

Other duties as assigned

Supervisor: Reports to Facilities Manager

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of best practices for cleaning and basic building maintenance
  • High standards for quality of work and pristine premises appearance
  • Must dress in a manner that is professional in relation to the role due to work in an environment visited by the public
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions in English
  • Ability to work independently
  • Moderate computer skills, including MS Word and Excel
  • Communicate effectively, both oral and written/computer
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and move equipment and furniture
  • Ability to work on ladders and lifts
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Reliability and excellent judgement
  • Current Massachusetts driver’s license

Work Environment:

Work will be performed in a multilevel office environment, museum space, and outdoor areas of the facility. This position requires the ability to lift 50 pounds, move equipment and furniture, and work on lifts and ladders.

The Book Center offers a generous benefits package:

  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off

Work location: Amherst, MA

To apply: email cover letter and resume in confidence to: [email protected]

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Accounting Associate

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a part-time Accounting Associate to join this dynamic cultural organization. Founded in 1980, the Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture. Housed in an architecturally distinctive building adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, the Center offers an intellectually stimulating, reflective, and creative environment. We are seeking a part time Accounting Associate who will be a great addition to our department. We are looking for a dependable person who is available 20-24 hours a week, is organized, and detail oriented. This is not a remote position.

List of responsibilities:

  • Process all accounts payable activities, ensuring transactions are processed timely and accurately in accounting software. Maintains the A/P filing system
  • Process timely check runs on a weekly basis to ensure payment deadlines are met
  • Maintain an updated, accurate vendor database, including W9 forms, assist in preparation of annual 1099 forms
  • Respond timely to inquiries from employees and vendors
  • Prepare bank deposits and corresponding journal entries, and occasional driving to local bank branch
  • Scan deposited checks, filing, and related tasks
  • Complete monthly corporate credit card statement reconciliation
  • Assist with human resources administration including payroll and new employee onboarding
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications of the candidate include:

  • Associate Degree in Accounting preferred
  • Minimum of two years of experience in a comparable role
  • Advanced computer skills, including advanced Excel proficiency, required
  • Accounting software experience, with the ability to learn new software
  • Excellent communication (both written and oral) and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to practice strict confidentiality, discretion, and judgement
  • COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are required
  • Current Massachusetts drivers’ license

Work Environment: 

Work will be performed in a multilevel office environment and museum spaces. The position requires working at desk and using a computer for prolonged periods of time. Carrying books may be required.

The Book Center offers a generous benefits package:

  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off

Work location: Amherst, MA

To apply: email cover letter and resume in confidence to: [email protected]

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.

    Contract Opportunities

    Remote Exhibit Researcher(s) – Independent Contractor

    The Yiddish Book Center has an exciting opportunity for one or more individuals to help source and research content for our new core exhibit, Yiddish: A Global Culture, opening in Spring 2023. Candidates should be self-starters who can work independently. Knowledge of Yiddish literature and culture, and familiarity with Yiddish language is a plus but not essential. These are remote positions.

    Responsibilities:

    • Finding photos and images in archives, libraries, and collections for reproduction in the exhibit
    • Tracking down film and audio footage, both archival and contemporary
    • Researchers may also be asked to assist the exhibit curators with editing

    Qualifications:

    • Excellent research skills
    • Previous experience researching in archives and libraries
    • Strong writing skills
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently

    These positions are to start as soon as possible, with the bulk of the work expected to take place between June and September 2022. We are looking for individuals who can commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week. These are remote positions, with plenty of flexibility regarding working hours. Compensation is $25 per hour.

    Applications are rolling, and positions will be filled as soon as possible. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to [email protected].