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Membership/Visitors Center Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Membership/Visitors Center Assistant to join our dynamic non-profit, cultural organization located in Amherst, MA. Membership responsibilities involve supporting the Center’s international network of 20,000 members: responding to inquiries, processing donations, assisting with our online and offline fundraising efforts, and maintaining information in our constituent database. This position also provides public-facing and administrative support for our Visitor Services team, working with docents with museum admissions, visitor orientation, assisting with front desk museum store sales, and other visitor services tasks.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with constituent and gift entry, updates, and report generation in Raiser's Edge NXT, and other constituent databases.
  • Assist with mail processing and batching of donations
  • Provide support for all aspects of the Visitor Center and Visitor Services to include administrative tasks, working with front desk sales systems, occasional docent shifts as needed.
  • Assist with preparations and logistics for membership, public programs and special events
  • Assist with sales and related activities in the Center’s museum store.
  • Prepare and process outgoing mail (information packets, new member packets, letters, etc.).
  • Answer multi-line phone system, forwarding calls as needed, and responding to donor inquiries.
  • Some Sunday work and evening work required.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and ability to work in a team
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Familiarity with computer applications, comfort working with databases
  • Experience and comfort in working with the public
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge NXT or other fundraising or e-communications software a plus

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected] with a subject line of "Membership/Visitors Center Assistant." No phone calls, please.


Development Assistant/Donor Research and Events

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a fulltime Development Assistant to join this dynamic cultural organization and help grow its fundraising program. Now in its 44th year, the Center, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, recovers, preserves, teaches, and celebrates Yiddish literature and culture to advance a fuller understanding of Jewish history and identity. The Center is in the planning stages of a $35 million endowment campaign to secure its vision for the future and celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Development Assistant will support the development office, including events coordination, donor research, correspondence, and data entry.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct donor and prospect research and analysis, and develop modeling of program attendees, donor visit briefings, and a pool of prospects using Donor Search, Windfall and other database and electronic sources
  • Assist with constituent and gift entry, updates, and query and report generation in Raiser's Edge NXT
  • Help manage special projects and maintain donor and prospect pool files
  • Help plan and manage Development events, working with venues, compiling suggested guest lists, invitation production, mailing and tracking; and overall logistics 
  • Assist with mail processing (opening, sorting, documenting, etc.) as needed
  • Responding to donor inquiries
  • Occasional weekend, evening, and travel required


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and ability to work in a team 
  • Familiarity with conducting Internet research, and comfort working with databases.
  •  Experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT and Donor Search a plus

The Center offers a full benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and sick time, and retirement matching.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected] and put “Development Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Web Developer

The Center seeks a full-time in-house web developer to support the Center’s extensive digital projects and programs. The primary initial responsibility is to support the development of the Universal Yiddish Library, a groundbreaking project to digitize nearly all Yiddish books ever published and make them searchable with OCR. This project, already in development, will include opportunities for the candidate to work in the fields of digital humanities, library archiving and cataloging, machine learning and OCR using a wide variety of web technologies and programming languages, such as Python, Java, Drupal, PHP, HTML/SCSS, JavaScript, and other web development tools. The candidate will work with a diverse array of team members within the organization and with external partners.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintenance and development for the Universal Yiddish Library, an aggregated search index of digitized books from multiple institutions with OCR capabilities. Provide maintenance and support for the addition of new collections and features for this major initiative.
  • Work with outside web development vendors as part of a team to manage existing web properties, develop new features, and maintain existing Drupal and custom-built sites.
  • Work with the Director of Web Development to maintain servers related to the Centers’ web projects and properties.
  • Maintain custom harvester and migration scripts (Python) to integrate digital archival collections with the Center’s web properties.
  • Create custom code to integrate internal IT applications (data import and export between multiple applications).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, or an equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • HTML, CSS/SCSS, JS (and modern libraries as well as maintaining legacy Jquery), Python, PHP.
  • Databases, e.g. MYSQL.
  • Structured data, e.g. XML, JSON.
  • Experience with Drupal or similar content management systems.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new languages, applications, and work in a diverse array of contexts on cutting-edge digital humanities projects.
  • Interest and experience with digital humanities projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff, partner organizations, and outside contractors.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Server configuration and management (Apache); Linux CLI; version control (Git).
  • Experience with Lucene search (Solr, Elasticsearch).
  • Amazon web services.
  • Java libraries and applications.
  • Familiarity with desktop database applications like FileMaker and/or Microsoft Access.
  • Knowledge of library cataloging practices and metadata schemas such as MARC, MODS, ALTO.
  • Familiarity with digital preservation and digital archives best practices.
  • Familiarity with non-Roman scripts and/or Hebrew alphabet.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is variable depending on the level of seniority of the candidate, with a flexible salary range of $60–75K, depending on skills and experience.

The Center offers a full benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and sick time, and retirement matching.

We prefer candidates who can work in our office in Amherst, MA but are open to remote candidates with the ability to travel to Amherst at least twice a year as needed.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Residential Assistant, Great Jewish Books Summer Program 2024

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA employs Residential Assistants (RAs) for the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, a five-day exploration of literature and culture for rising high school juniors and seniors. The Great Jewish Books Summer Program 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. Dates for Great Jewish Books are July 28–August 2, 2024. Learn more about the program here.

The RA’s role is to facilitate a comfortable, fun, and intellectually stimulating environment for participants; to respond to their questions and concerns; to make sure they are present and on time for scheduled activities; and to enforce all program rules and policies. RAs build their own skills as discussion leaders, group facilitators, and teen mentors.

RAs will be in residence and working from Thursday morning, July 25 (with the option to move in on July 24) through Friday evening, August 2. The days leading up to the program will be for staff orientation, planning, and preparation. All RAs will read the required texts for the program before arriving in Amherst. RAs will also do some preliminary planning with Yiddish Book Center staff (remotely) before arriving.

Responsibilities include:

  • Live in dorm with students; be the first line of response for students’ questions and concerns
  • Lead small-group discussions on 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 program rules, 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


  • 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 and energetic personality
  • Comfort supporting students from various backgrounds, and with various learning styles and abilities
  • Team player, able to communicate well with supervisor and willing to pitch in however needed
  • 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.)
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (preferred)
  • Certification in first aid and CPR (preferred)

Compensation: $1,800 plus room and board

Application Instructions: To apply, please send:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter addressing why you want to work in the Great Jewish Books Summer Program and describing your relevant interests and experiences
  • Two references that we may call (one academic instructor and one professional supervisor, preferably someone who has supervised your work with teenagers)

All application materials should be sent to Sylvia Peterson, associate director of education administration, at: [email protected].

Note: CORI and SORI checks (criminal and sexual offender background checks) will be required as a condition of employment.

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.