Employment Opportunities

The Center for Jewish History is home to five partners—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partner collections total more than five miles of archival material and span nearly a thousand years of history. When the Center opened its doors as the new "Library of Congress of the Jewish people" 16 years ago, it made a commitment to preserve the treasures that live within its walls and make them accessible to scholars, students, and diverse audiences. The Center relies on philanthropic support to do this work.

The Center is currently looking to fill the following position/s:

  • Senior Manager for Collection Services

    The Center for Jewish History seeks a Senior Manager for Collection Services to join a dynamic team of colleagues dedicated to preserving and providing access to the collections. These collections total more than 30,000 linear feet of archival materials, 500,000 volumes, thousands of art and artifacts, and 40 TB of digital assets.

    The Senior Manager will report to the Director of Archive and Library Services and oversee all operations in Collection Services, which is comprised of three departments: Archival Services, Digital and Creative Services, and Preservation Services.

    Responsibilities

    • Oversee the Archival Services, Digital and Creative Services, and Preservation Services Departments, totaling 14 full- and part-time staff. This includes facilitating collaboration among the departments; guiding the development of new services (including exhibition-related services); and continually evaluating and fine-tuning workflows.
    • Determine and monitor spending in the three departmental budgets; invoice for work performed by Collection Services for in-house partners and external institutions; and track payments.
    • Collaborate across Center departments and with partner and external organizations to design, develop, and execute large-scale projects that may include Collection Services, Metadata and Discovery Services, Reference and Outreach Services, and Building Operations functions.
    • Complete tasks associated with grant-funded projects, including proposing and helping to shape new projects; building and controlling all project budgets; supplying information to Finance and Development departments; collaborating with the Development department in writing both narrative and financial grant reports; and managing the writing of proposal sections that are to be drafted by Collection Services staff (as determined by the Director of Archive and Library Services).
    • Promote and advocate for the crucial work undertaken by Collection Services, including participating in coordinated outreach efforts and maintaining statistics on output.
    • Participate in other mission-driven, institution-wide projects as directed by the Director of Archive and Library Services.
    • Stay current on professional trends and participate in professional organizations, and attend relevant conferences and other events/workshops as appropriate.

    Required Qualifications

    • American Library Association-accredited graduate degree or graduate degree in another appropriate discipline (e.g., archival science, digital preservation and curation, or conservation).
    • Minimum of 2-3 years experience managing staff.
    • Minimum of 2-3 years experience managing projects from planning to completion—preferably in digitization, archival processing, digital preservation, and/or conservation areas.
    • Familiarity with current standards used in libraries, archives and museums for description, preservation, and digitization.
    • Commitment to fostering a collaborative work environment and presenting diplomatic and practical approaches to problem-solving.
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Dedicated interest in and awareness of Jewish history.
    • Familiarity with at least one language represented in the multilingual Partner collections, such as Yiddish, Hebrew, German, or Russian.

    The Center for Jewish History is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

    Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter and resume to Rachel Miller, Director of Archive and Library Services, at rcmiller@cjh.org.

    No phone calls, please.

  • Preservation Services Manager

    The Center for Jewish History seeks a Preservation Services Manager to join a dynamic team of colleagues dedicated to preserving and providing access to the collections. These collections total more than 30,000 linear feet of archival materials, 500,000 volumes, and thousands of artworks and artifacts.

    The Preservation Services Manager will report to the Senior Manager for Collection Services and manage all activities in the Preservation Services department which offers conservation treatment and re-housing of archival, library and photographic materials, exhibition consultation, and preventive conservation services for the partners’ collections.

    Responsibilities

    • Plan and manage workflows through the conservation lab and determine priorities for conservation treatment, re-housing, exhibitions and preventive conservation.
    • Develop, maintain and implement procedures and training manuals; evaluate processes and outputs, ensuring that treatment standards are met and implement modifications to improve quality and effectiveness; and train and supervise lab staff, volunteers and interns.
    • Collaborate with the Archival Services Manager and Digital Services Manager around joint processing, digitization and conservation projects.
    • Direct and carry out environmental monitoring and preventive conservation activities.
    • Direct condition surveys on both item and collection level as appropriate, devising and implementing short and long term preservation strategies based on assessment.
    • Advise on exhibition and loan of collection material to ensure its safety and care, including condition reporting, packaging for transport, security, length of display, mounting, lighting and environmental conditions.
    • Provide emergency preparedness and disaster recovery leadership.
    • Examine, document, and conduct complex conservation treatment of a wide range of paper-based archival, library and photographic material.
    • Follow best practices and standards for treatments, and keep current about the latest conservation techniques and practices through research and training.
    • Build and track budgets, maintain department statistics, prepare reports, and maintain treatment records.
    • Assist in identifying grant opportunities and in the preparation of grant applications and funding proposals for collection-related needs.
    • Support staff, patron, and community engagement through outreach activities, including workshops, seminars, and other training for Center and/or external audiences, and social media.

    Required Qualifications

    • Master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program with a specialization in paper or book conservation.
    • Minimum three years experience conserving library, archive and museum materials with a focus on paper-based materials.
    • Experience and interest in preventive conservation and collections care.
    • Experience supervising and managing collaborative teams.
    • Experience managing projects from planning to completion.
    • Knowledge of preservation theory and standards of conservation practice.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
    • Ability to work with diverse constituencies, including collection managers, archivists, librarians, Building Operations staff, and administration.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with budget development and tracking budgets and expenditures

    The Center for Jewish History is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

    Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter and resume to Rachel Miller, Director of Archive and Library Services, at rcmiller@cjh.org.

    Candidates invited for an interview will be required to provide in advance a conservation portfolio of projects and treatments. No phone calls, please.

  • Accounting Manager

    The Accounting Manager will report to the Chief Financial Officer and will work closely with staff across the organization, particularly in the Development department. The Accounting Manager will be responsible for managing activities and development of the accounting staff ensuring that responsibilities adhere to sound internal control practices, work is completed timely and improvements are implemented.

    Essential Functions

    • Maintain Finance calendar;
    • Review reconciliations and journal entries for approval;
    • Work closely with auditors, and participate in preparing requested schedules;
    • Prepare monthly reports for distribution to management and board;
    • Assist preparing the budget and address budget variances with department heads;
    • Work with Development department to track and report grant and funding activity;
    • Various ad hoc analyses at the request of board members or management;
    • Coordinate solicitation registrations in all relevant states;

    Qualifications

    • Degree in Accounting required.
    • 5 to 7 years prior supervisory experience in general accounting. CPA or MBA a plus.
    • Accounting experience in a nonprofit is highly desirable.
    • Strong organizational and communication skills are required. Must have proven skills in managing deadlines and competency in developing clear reports and analyses.
    • Hands-on experience in accounting software. Blackbaud preferred.
    • Proficiency Microsoft Office

    The Center for Jewish History is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jordana Renick, Senior Manager for Administration, at jrenick@cjh.org.

    No phone calls, please.

Internship Opportunities

The Center for Jewish History is seeking interns to assist with research, communications, development and graphic/video design. We seek applicants who are reliable, organized, detail oriented, and comfortable interacting with the public. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking for experience in special collections based research or the administrative aspects of the non-profit sector. Please submit a cover letter and resume, in addition to any requirements for your application, to David Rosenberg, Senior Manager for Communications, at drosenberg@cjh.org.

No phone calls, please.

  • Research Intern

    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Communications.

    Responsibilities

    • Utilize the collections, internet, and subscription databases to research a wide range of topics, including those of interest to the intern.
    • Research and fact check for publications, reference inquiries, and exhibits.

    Prerequisites

    • Strong research and writing skills are required.
    • Knowledge of and interest in modern American, European, and Jewish history is preferred.
    • Proficiency in foreign languages, particularly German, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, or Yiddish is helpful but not required.

    All interested in the social sciences (specifically history) and library science are welcome to apply. Please include multiple writing samples with your application.

  • Communications Intern

    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Communications.

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with communications efforts including press releases, event alerts, social media and email blasts. This includes original writing as well as editing and formatting.
    • Submit event listings to online outlets
    • Contribute to special projects, often surrounding public programs and exhibits

    Prerequisites

    • Strong writing skills are required.
    • Command over the English language.
    • Knowledge of and interest in journalism and public relations preferred.

    Current college students or recent graduates are welcome to apply. Please include multiple writing samples with your application.

  • Graphic/Video Design Intern

    Small Stipend Available
    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Communications.

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with graphic design for a variety of projects including flyers, posters and signs.
    • Edit and post videos to the Center’s YouTube Channel
    • Assist with weekly email blasts

    Prerequisites

    • Strong graphic design skills are required.
    • Interest in the non-profit sector.
    • Knowledge of HTML, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro preferred.

    Current college students or recent graduates are welcome to apply. Excellent opportunity to build a portfolio. Please include samples or a link to a portfolio with your application.

  • Development Intern

    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Communications.

    Responsibilities

    • Obtain familiarity with Raiser’s Edge fundraising software
    • Update records as required
    • Attend meetings with development staff regarding initiatives, projects, and events
    • Make phone calls soliciting information and to thank donors
    • Assist with preparations for major fundraising gala
    • Represent the Center at public programs: staffing a membership/information table

    Prerequisites

    • Personable and friendly
    • Command over the English language
    • Knowledge of and interest in the non-profit sector preferred
    • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus

    Current college students or recent graduates are welcome to apply. Excellent opportunity to explore careers in fundraising.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Tour Guides (docents)

    A tour consists of a visit to the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (Yeshiva University Museum has a separate docent program) and the public areas of the Center (usually the auditorium, Great Hall, Reading Room, Genealogy Institute, Collection Management and Conservation Wing). Guides who lead these tours are knowledgeable about the facilities and the mission and scope of activities of the Center for Jewish History, and they are able to describe the exhibitions in the Partner’s exhibition cases. Tour guides give approximately one 2-hour tour each week, and attend frequent training sessions.

  • Translators

    The Center maintains a list of translators who are willing to help Reading Room and Genealogy Institute patrons translate documents. Staff members give the name of the patron to the translator, who then reaches out to the patron to make arrangements. Translations may be done here at the Center or remotely. Translators are needed in almost any language, but the most commonly requested translations are from Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and German.

  • Ushers

    Ushers work at special events held at the Center. They take tickets and give out programs and may perform other tasks, as needed. The usher is welcome to stay and view the performance. Most events requiring ushers are held weekday evenings or on Sundays. Each usher is responsible for being available 45 minutes before the event to several minutes after the event begins.

  • Office/Library/Genealogy Assistants

    Office assistants work in various offices throughout the Center. Tasks may include coordinating mailings, addressing and stuffing envelopes, filing, answering phones and making phone calls, handling RSVPs to events, data entry and related office tasks. Some offices are seeking researchers and assistants for special projects. The Genealogy Institute needs volunteers who are experienced with family history research to assist patrons. Librarians may need volunteers to catalog books and related tasks. Required hours are worked out with the individual departments.

Requirements For Volunteers

  • Time commitment level: either on a project/event basis, or consistently, with at least one shift per week, ideally same day each week.
  • Attire: professional/casual, unless otherwise specified.
  • Communication skills: must have excellent speaking skills; knowledge of foreign languages a plus, though not required.
  • An interest in Judaism, education, culture, the arts and history.

Benefits For Volunteers

  • Complimentary tickets to concerts, films and other events when available.
  • Free admission to museums in New York City and elsewhere for the volunteer and a guest.
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and other special events.
  • Contact with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Center, please contact Julie Kaplan, Volunteer Coordinator, at cjhvolunteer@cjh.org or call (917) 606-8226.