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Residential Assistants (RAs) and a Senior Residential Assistant for the Great Jewish Books Summer Program

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA is seeking Residential Assistants (RAs) and a Senior Residential Assistant 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 23–28, 2023. Visit yiddishbookcenter.org/great-jewish-books for more information.

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 20 (with the option to move in on July 19) through Friday evening, July 28. 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.

RAs will:

  • 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

RA qualifications:

  • 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)

RA compensation: $1,800 plus room and board

Additional Senior RA Responsibilities
The Senior RA will perform all of the RA duties listed above and also provide additional support and leadership, including:

  • Serve as primary liaison between RAs and Program Manager
  • Lead daily RA-staff meetings
  • Manage time-off rotation among RAs
  • Ensure that all students are accounted for at all times

Senior RA compensation: $2,300 plus room and board

Application Instructions:
All application materials should be sent to: Sylvia Peterson, Associate Director of Education Administration, at: [email protected]. To apply, send:

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

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

Subtitling Contractor Position

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project seeks a contractor to assist in the processing of Yiddish oral history interview excerpts. The Wexler Oral History Project is a collection of video interviews about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture. Since 2010, we’ve collected over 1,200 interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Subtitling contractors create subtitles (in English) for excerpted highlights from interviews conducted in Yiddish.

Job Description:

  • Create time coded subtitles (in English) for oral history interview excerpts conducted in Yiddish following Chicago style format and adhering to our internal style guide
  • Communicate with video editor/director when drafts are ready for review, implement edits to subtitles as needed
  • Communicate with video editor/director when drafts are ready for review, implement edits to subtitles as needed
  • Keep tracking sheet up to date when drafts are ready for review and when edits have been implemented
  • This is a 1099 part time contract position.
  • Pay rate is $5.00 per video minute completed, rounded to the nearest quarter minute
  • 20-25 excerpts should be completed monthly

Requirements:

  • Jewish studies background (or familiarity with modern American and Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish culture and history)
  • Intermediate/Expert level knowledge of spoken Yiddish
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Interest in oral history/ethnography
  • Comfort with technology, interest in learning new software/applications
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision

To apply, send a cover letter and resume/CV to: [email protected]

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.