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:

  • Director of Development

    The Director of Development will lead the Center’s Development Department. The Center is seeking an enterprising, passionate, engaged, and committed development professional to expand the development profile of the Center. The successful candidate will report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead a Development Department for CJH.
    • Play a key role in formulating a strategic development plan involving annual giving, grant-writing, planned giving, and a multi-year endowment campaign.
    • Coordinate Center development efforts with the member Partners.
    • Secure financial support from individuals, public and private foundations, and corporations.
    • Oversee stewardship of ongoing relationships with major donors.
    • Develop proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
    • Supervise the management of a donor mailing list and database.
    • Oversee the planning and management of special donor-related events to help expand the base for CJH, including the annual Titans event.
    • Work with and staff the Development Committee of the Board.
    • Represent CJH at meetings and professional conferences, in addition to coordinating site visits and other funder events.

    Attributes & Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years experience (including managerial experience) with proven track record in fundraising required; Master's degree preferred.
    • Exceptional writing and editorial skills required; clear verbal communications skills required.
    • Passion for the work of humanities-oriented and cultural institutions (with a particular interest in Jewish studies welcome).
    • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others to enhance the department and organization.
    • Ability to identify problems, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations to resolve matters.
    • Exhibit high levels of integrity, discretion and professionalism.
    • Strong computer skills: knowledge of Word, Excel, Raiser’s Edge (or similar) and Internet research required.
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends for major campaigns and special events.

    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 cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jordana Renick, Senior Manager of Administration, at jrenick@cjh.org.

    No phone calls, please.

  • Director of Public Programs

    The Director of Public Programs will operate within the Center’s Academic and Public Programs Department. The Center is seeking a creative, self-starting, organized, and passionate person to expand the public programming profile of the Center. Together with the Director of Academic Programs, this position will report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Responsibilities

    • Develop and plan a wide range of stimulating and innovative programs that expand the Center’s reach to a wide general public in the New York area.
    • Work with the Partner organizations to shape a coherent and overlapping set of public programs that draw on Partner/Center collections, exhibitions, and developing themes.
    • Identify trends in contemporary culture, focusing on art, the humanities, technology, and science, and create a dynamic forum to explore these developments.
    • Research, identify and build relationships with potential presenters and performers, including historians, scholars, artists and other specialists.
    • Work with community partners to develop events that connect to the Center’s mission; maintain communication with a network of library, museum, and archival organizations and represent the Center at select meetings
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the Development and Communication Departments to analyze target audiences, develop appropriate outreach strategies, and ensure effective promotion of all public programs using both print and electronic media.
    • Manage the Visitor Services function, including supervision of the front desk staff; responsible for reviewing and improving the overall visitor experience.
    • Prepare budgets and monitor associated expenses, including organizing and supervising registration and purchasing materials necessary for programs.
    • Prepare monthly reports of events and attendance including narrative and/or budget reports when appropriate.
    • Attend and supervise public programs, interfacing with the public, including weekends and evenings, as necessary.
    • Keep up to date with best practices in programming, and seek to strengthen the Center’s position as a thought leader for innovative programming.

    Attributes & Qualifications

    • Advanced degree in liberal arts, humanities, arts administration, business administration or marketing; or equivalent experience. Training in the field of Jewish studies is welcome.
    • 5 years relevant work experience.
    • Passionate commitment to the public humanities.
    • Excellent writing ability and polished presentation skills.
    • Ability to initiate a range of stimulating and engaging programs related to the Center’s mission.
    • Strong organizational and management skills; excellent team player; ability to work effectively with personnel from many disciplines; experience handling multiple competing priorities, and timely, effective decision-making. 
    • Strong computer skills: knowledge of Word, Excel, Raiser’s Edge (or similar) and Internet research required.

    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 cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jordana Renick, Senior Manager of Administration, at jrenick@cjh.org.

    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.