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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):

Communications Associate

The Yiddish Book Center is currently seeking a Communications Associate to manage and support areas of social media, website and project coordination. This position reports to the director of communications and marketing. The Center offers meaningful and challenging positions, a warm, friendly atmosphere, competitive salaries, and excellent benefits. This is a full-time, on-site position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Social Media/Digital Platforms

  • Manage, generate and publish content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Draft and publish content for the Center’s website
  • Draft content for digital feature stories

Editorial

  • Research, draft, and publish content for website
  • Copyedit communiqués and descriptions across departments
  • Serve as project coordinator for various communications projects
  • Draft content and manage production for story-focused publications

Media Relations

  • Develop and maintain targeted media lists for outreach
  • Assist with drafting of press releases, pitches, editorials, and related copy
  • Participate in media monitoring; review editorial calendars and share timely topics
  • Arrange meetings with sources, interviewees, and journalists

Marketing

  • Oversee event announcements and calendar listings
  • Create and maintain photo banks
  • Assist with advertising strategies and implementation
  • Provide additional support as needed for all of the above sections

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIREMENTS

  • Exceptional writing and proofing skills
  • Experience managing organization-wide social media and website
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive in a deadline driven environment

PREFERRED

  • Knowledge of Photoshop, iMovie
  • Familiarity with Jewish and/or Yiddish culture

TO APPLY

Please e-mail cover letter, resume and three references in a single PDF document to [email protected]. Please also include links to relevant writing samples. Only candidates being considered will be contacted.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT 
The position requires working at desk and using a computer for prolonged periods of time. 

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer

 

 

Volunteer opportunities

We currently have no open volunteer positions.

 

Contract opportunites

Indexing for the Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is seeking assistance to index 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 indexing of English-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 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. 
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 75 indices are to be completed by the end of January 2022 and 75 additional indices must be completed every 6 months, with the full 300 indices completed no later than September 2023.

Payment: Payment for transcript audio editing is a flat fee of $40 per completed index plus $0.20 per minute of interview.

Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to listen carefully and synthesize long, complex interviews and stories
  • 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
  • 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 [email protected]
 

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 [email protected]