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Employment opportunties

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):

 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer 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. The Center has an annual operating budget of more than $6 million and a growing endowment of $42 million.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all aspects of the financial, human resources, and facilities operations for the Center. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the CFO is a member of the senior management team. The CFO directly supervises the Manager of Finance and Administration and the Facilities Manager.

Specific Financial responsibilities include:

  • Oversee financial transactions and maintain a financial records system that ensure accuracy, data integrity, and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state tax, employment and other pertinent laws and regulations
  • Develop financial and business policies and procedures
  • Staff the Board Finance and Investment Committees
  • Manage and invest the endowment in compliance with Board of Directors’ policy and maintain endowment unit pool
  • Manage investments and operation of charitable gift annuity program in compliance with individual state regulations
  • Serve as principal liaison with external auditors
  • Develop and manage budget in consultation with the President and Executive Director
  • Oversee risk management program to ensure protection of all organizational assets
  • Maintain banking, payroll, fringe benefit and insurance relationships with external providers

Specific Human Resources responsibilities include:

  • Serve as sponsor for employee pension plan
  • Develop personnel policies and procedures in consultation with Executive Director
  • Oversee annual health insurance plan selection

Specific Facilities Responsibilities include:

  • Direct the Facilities Manager to ensure the maintenance of all building systems and care of the grounds
  • Develop budgets and long-range facilities plans
  • Oversee building security systems
  • Hire and supervise contractors involved in facility projects and delivery of services

Qualities of the successful candidate include:

  • 7-10 years experience in a senior financial management position
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or similar field. Advanced degree or CPA preferred
  • Experience with automated financial systems and software
  • Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, control and reporting
  • Strong organizational ability and analytic skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sense of humor and flexibility
  • Human Resources and facilities management experience preferred
  • Non-profit experience preferred.

Work location: Amherst, MA with some remote work possible.

To apply: email cover letter and resume in confidence to: treasurer@yiddishbookcenter.org

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Director of Communications

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Director of Communications and Marketing to promote and raise awareness of the Yiddish Book Center and its programs on a national and international levels using public relations, marketing, social media, the Center’s website, and advertising to achieve goals. This position will work with the President and Executive Director to shape, enhance, and refine the image of the Center. This position will report to the Executive Director and supervise the Communications Manager.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement a comprehensive communications plan for the Center to build and sustain public interest, awareness, and support for the Center’s mission.
  • Develop strategies and relationships to generate national visibility and media coverage and obtain print, broadcast, and digital coverage.
  • Create and implement social media strategy to engage audience and lead to measurable action.
  • Curate web content, update and maintain website content in collaboration with staff across the organization.
  • Oversee writing, editing and distribution of press releases, and develop other promotional and collateral materials.
  • Plan and implement public relations campaigns. Develop individual story pitches for key journalists.
  • Conduct media research, plan, and coordinate advertising buys for branding, exhibitions, public programs and events across multiple platforms including: radio, print, digital platforms, and social media.
  • In collaboration with senior staff, develop institutional messaging and oversee consistency in press and other marketing and communication vehicles.
  • Serve as member of website team overseeing ongoing design and development.
  • Provide marketing feedback on public programs and audience development initiatives, providing insight on audience trends interests, and commercial feasibility.
  • Oversee design and production of promotional and collateral materials.
  • Develop and manage department budget.
  • Develop strategic partnerships including cross-promotion campaigns.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in communications and marketing in a leadership role or in positions of progressively increased responsibility, ideally in a museum, cultural or educational organization.
  • Intellectual curiosity and depth necessary to understand and communicate the Center’s mission and programs.
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • A track record developing, implementing, and maintaining a press strategy and tactics that result in coverage.
  • Understanding of digital media and the ability to develop and implement digital strategy with analytical skills to interpret data.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Highly collaborative style and the ability to work with staff and external consultants, partners and constituents.
  • The ability to multi-task while meeting deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The position requires working at desk and using a computer for prolonged periods of time. The position also requires standing, walking, bending, climbing, and reaching. Work will usually be performed in an office environment and museum spaces. Some travel required. Some work may be conducted remotely.

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualified individuals can send their resume with cover letter to the attention of the Executive Director to: comm-director@yiddishbookcenter.org

 

Volunteer opportunities

  • We currently have no open volunteer positions.

 

Contract opportunites

 

Transcription Audio Editing for the Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is seeking assistance to audio edit (quality check, proofread, and copyedit) oral history interview transcripts. The successful applicant will be engaged under contract with the Yiddish Book Center to complete the scope of work within the required timeline.

Project Overview:

Founded in 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of over 1000 in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity. The collection of interviews is available to the public on the Yiddish Book Center’s website: yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. 

In the spring of 2021, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to enhance the accessibility of the collection, including through the transcription of 150 English-language interviews. 

Scope of Work:

The contractor will do the initial quality control of the 150 transcripts of English-language oral history interviews. This includes quality checking, proofreading, and copyediting the transcripts to ensure that the transcripts are in line with established project style guides and accurately reflect their corresponding interviews. The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project’s interviews average 1.5 hours in length.
The contractor will also populate lists of locations, proper names, organizations, and Yiddish keywords for the collection’s larger metadata project and track transcription progress in shared GoogleSheets.

Timeline: The timeline for this work is divided into 3-month increments. The first 25 transcripts are to be completed by the end of November 2021 and 25 additional transcripts must be completed every 3 months, with the full 150 transcripts completed no later than the end of February 2023.

Payment: Payment for transcript audio editing is a flat fee of $50 per transcript plus $0.50 per page of the draft transcript provided.

Selection Criteria:

  • Excellent English grammar and spelling skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Familiarity with modern American/Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish culture and history
  • Ability to update and maintain an integrated tracking system for a complex workflow
  • Familiarity with GoogleSheets and GoogleDocs
  • Familiarity with oral history, archives, and/or public history preferred
  • Transcription experience preferred
  • Familiarity with Yiddish language preferred

Submission requirements:

  • Resume 
  • Letter of interest including a description of previous experience and/or education that addresses your ability to perform the scope of work, and conformity to the selection criteria

For more information, contact NEH Project Manager Carole Renard at crenard@yiddishbookcenter.org

Bilingual Indexing for the Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is seeking assistance to create bilingual indices for Yiddish-language oral history interviews. The successful applicant will be engaged under contract with the Yiddish Book Center to complete the scope of work within the required timeline.

Project Overview:

Founded in 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of over 1000 in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity. The collection of interviews is available to the public on the Yiddish Book Center’s website: yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story.

In the spring of 2021, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to enhance the accessibility of the collection, including through the bilingual indexing of Yiddish-language interviews.

Scope of Work:

The contractor will index 300 oral history interviews through the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS). The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project’s interviews average 1.5 hours in length.

Each index, which acts as a table of contents of sorts, is unique to its corresponding interview and includes descriptive segment titles, relevant keywords for each segment, geo-tagging, and hyperlinks to relevant artifacts. The format for titles and keywords will follow established project style guides. The contractor will generate a bilingual index for each interview, with Yiddish and English titles and keywords for each segment.

Each index will ultimately be published to the Yiddish Book Center’s website alongside its corresponding video interview, allowing viewers to click through each interview thematically as well as search through our collection by keyword. (See Jewish dancer Noami Leaf Halpern’s full-interview page for an example)

The contractor will also populate lists of locations, proper names, organizations, and Yiddish keywords for the collection’s larger metadata project and track indexing progress in shared GoogleSheets.

Timeline: The timeline for this work is divided into 6-month increments. The first 25 indices are to be completed by the end of December 2021 and an additional 50 by the end of April 2022, after which 75 additional indices must be completed every 6 months, with the full 300 indices completed no later than December 2023.

Payment: Payment for bilingual indexing is a flat fee of $100 per completed index plus $0.50 per minute of interview.

Selection Criteria:

  • Excellent Yiddish grammar and spelling skills Excellent English grammar and spelling skills
  • Ability to listen carefully and synthesize long, complex interviews and stories
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Familiarity with modern American/Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish culture and history
  • Ability to update and maintain an integrated tracking system for a complex workflow
  • Familiarity with GoogleSheets and GoogleDocs Experience with translation preferred
  • Experience with organizing metadata preferred Familiarity with oral history, archives, and/or public history preferred
  • Familiarity with Yiddish preferred
  • Familiarity with OHMS: Oral History Metadata Synchronizer software preferred

Submission requirements:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest including a description of previous experience and/or education that addresses your ability to perform the scope of work, and conformity to the selection criteria

For more information, contact NEH Project Manager Carole Renard at crenard@yiddishbookcenter.org