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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," 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:

The Center for Jewish History seeks a diligent, practical individual to become our Systems Archivist. The newly created position will complement our Systems Librarian but focus instead on archival description and digital access to archival materials. Responsibilities include management and troubleshooting related to our shared archives information management system, ArchivesSpace, as well as coordinating remediation projects, training staff, and maintaining documentation. The successful candidate will be able to articulate and promote best practices related to systems-based archival description in addition to access to archival materials available online and in The Lillian Goldman Reading Room.

The Systems Archivist will report to the Senior Manager for Metadata and Discovery. The Metadata and Discovery Services department is tasked with coordinating the interoperability and integration between Center systems that control, describe, preserve, and provide access to the rich physical and digital holdings of the five Partner institutions. The Systems Archivist will work closely with department members, as well as our service provider, LYRASIS, and stakeholders in the Center and Partner community to ensure that the archival holdings available at the Center are discoverable and accurately described.

The salary range for this position is $58,000-$64,000, based on experience.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees the maintenance of ArchivesSpace and peripheral tools related to the description and discovery of the physical, digitized and born-digital archival holdings of the Partners and Center.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves issues with web-based application and/or archival description in collaboration with LYRASIS and colleagues in Metadata and Discovery Services.
  • Provides greater access to digitized and born-digital archival materials via deposit of assets into Ex Libris’ Rosetta, the Center’s digital asset management and preservation system, and subsequent synchronization with ArchivesSpace.
  • Develops, refines, and documents workflows used to effectively describe physical and digital archival holdings within Center library systems and externally with data-sharing partners and platforms.
  • Utilizes and tests a variety of strategies to programmatically extract and manipulate archival description to aid in remediation projects and greater intellectual control of archival resources.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school, accredited graduate degree in archival science, or with a specialization in archives.
  • 2-3 years’ experience working within an archival or a special library setting using archival management or library systems.
  • Strong background in archival description and standards (such as DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF, and/or MARC) and familiarity with controlled vocabularies and authority files.
  • Commitment to programmatic and systems-based solutions for correcting and optimizing archival description in ArchivesSpace and across shared library systems.
  • Basic competency with UNIX, Python (or another programming language), and Application Programming Interface (APIs).
  • Capable of fostering a collaborative environment and developing diplomatic, adaptable approaches to creating and enhancing archival description within shared library systems.
  • Comfort balancing daily and strategic, longer-term systems-based projects and priorities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with ArchivesSpace, another archival collection management system, or digital asset management systems.
  • Comprehension of and comfort with descriptive metadata across library systems, including ability to crosswalk data from different formats.
  • Experience providing access to multilingual collections in any of the following languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, German, or Russian.

Company Benefits

  • 15-21 federal and religious holidays off each year in addition to generous vacation, sick, and personal days.
  • Full health benefits (medical, dental and vision) with minimal employee contributions.
  • Free life insurance and long-term disability coverage.
  • Flexible spending account and commuter benefits.
  • Generous 403b retirement benefits.

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.  To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Eric Fritzler, Senior Manager for Metadata and Discovery, at eafritzler@cjh.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Center for Jewish History seeks a creative, pragmatic, and insightful individual to become our Systems Librarian. Primary responsibilities include the management of the shared integrated library system and discovery layer as well as coordinating metadata remediation projects, generating and maintaining customized reports, training staff, creating and maintaining documentation, and troubleshooting. The successful candidate can see both the forest and the trees, and will be able to balance system-wide implications with a detail-oriented focus and perspective.

The Systems Librarian will report to the Senior Manager for Metadata and Discovery. The Metadata and Discovery Services department is tasked with coordinating the interoperability and integration between Center systems that control, describe, preserve, and provide access to the rich physical and digital holdings of the five Partner institutions. The Systems Librarian will work closely with department members, as well as the Center’s Information Technology department, vendors, and stakeholders in the Center and Partner community to ensure that the physical, digital, and electronic holdings available at the Center are discoverable and accurately described.

The salary range for this position is between $62,000 and up to $70,000, based on experience.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees the maintenance of library systems, technologies, and software related to the description and discovery of the physical and digital holdings of the Partners and Center.
  • Develops and refines workflows to effectively describe physical and digital holdings within Center library systems and externally in OCLC products.
  • Troubleshoots application and software problems in collaboration with Center’s Information Technology department and colleagues in Metadata and Discovery Services.
  • Collects statistics for systems usage to assist with future resource allocation, identifying trends in use of systems, improving the description of resources, and gap analysis.
  • Utilizes and tests a variety of software tools to extract and manipulate data from various sources.
  • Cooperates in the development, creation, promotion, and assessment of system-based policies and best practices.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school.
  • 3-5 years’ experience working within Integrated Library Systems and other library systems software in a special library setting. 
  • Strong background in cataloging and knowledge of descriptive standards (like MARC, AACR2, DACS, RDA, Dublin Core, and/or EAD), authorities, and tools (like OCLC Connexion, Cataloger’s Desktop, and MarcEdit).
  • Commitment to programmatic and systems-based solutions for correcting and optimizing description across library systems.
  • Expertise in organizing and manipulating data using spreadsheet applications, like Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or OpenRefine.
  • Basic competency in UNIX, SQL queries, Python, and/or Perl.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Capable of fostering a collaborative environment and developing diplomatic, adaptable approaches to shared library systems.
  • Comfort balancing daily and strategic, longer-term systems-based projects and priorities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Ex Libris library systems products, such as Aleph, Primo, or Rosetta.
  • Comprehension of and comfort with descriptive metadata across library systems, including ability to crosswalk data from different formats.
  • Understanding of database construction and architecture.
  • Previous experience working in a multilingual environment with bibliographic knowledge in at least one of the following languages (in addition to English): Hebrew, Yiddish, German, or Russian.

Company Benefits

  • 15-21 federal and religious holidays off each year in addition to generous vacation, sick, and personal days.
  • Full health benefits (medical, dental and vision) with minimal employee contributions.
  • Free life insurance and long-term disability coverage.
  • Flexible spending account and commuter benefits.
  • Generous 403b retirement benefits.

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.  To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Eric Fritzler, Senior Manager for Metadata and Discovery, at eafritzler@cjh.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Lead Operating Engineer is responsible for the efficient operation, maintenance, and repair of all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems throughout the building. Each system and all respective equipment must be maintained in accordance with Center policies and procedures, manufacturer recommendations, and operate within current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations. In addition, the Lead Operating Engineer is responsible for maintaining a clean and safe working environment and conducting routine system and equipment assessments.

Working under limited supervision, the Lead Operating Engineer will exhibit considerable initiative and judgement in selecting vendors, equipment, and supplies, and directing installation, maintenance, and repair activities. The Lead Operation Engineer is required to provide on-call flexibility for off-hour and weekend emergencies.

The salary range for this position is between $80,000 and up to $100,000, based on experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operate, maintain, and repair HVAC, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
  • Monitor building management system (BMS), adjust mechanical equipment as needed
  • Verify system and equipment conditions regularly, perform or schedule necessary repairs
  • Maintain accurate and complete records for cooling tower and other required equipment
  • Serve as or willing to obtain Fire, Life, and Safety Director (FLSD) certificate
  • Coordinate and supervise contracted preventative maintenance, repairs
  • Identify high quality, reliable contractors and vendors
  • Manage Engineering department purchasing and inventory control, receive deliveries
  • Timely response to internal client service requests

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Ensure department staff attend required OSHA training in hazardous communication and safety
  • Monitor department staff adherence to safety and infection control policies and procedures
  • Assist with the preparation of annual operating and capital budgets

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, architecture, construction management; or
  • High school diploma or GED and a minimum 3-6 years experience in a related field.
  • Experience working in a museum, archive, or library environment preferred.
  • The below certifications are required:
    A-35 Operation and Maintenance of Air Compressors
    Q-99 Refrigeration System Operating Engineer
  • The below certifications are preferred, or can be obtained while employed at the Center:
    S-95 Supervision of Fire Alarms
    P-98 Fuel-Oil Piping and Storage System
    P-99 Low Pressure Oil Burner
    S-12 Citywide Sprinkler Systems
    S-13 City Standpipe Systems

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.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Melissa Minaya, Director of Operations, at mminaya@cjh.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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