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:

  • Part-Time Public Services Assistant (2 positions)

    The Center for Jewish History seeks two Public Services Assistants to support researchers in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room and Ackman and Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking for experience in special collections and reference.

    The Center for Jewish History provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The successful applicant will join a dynamic team of forward-thinking and professionally engaged Center staff who provide access-oriented services for the collections held by the five partner institutions.

    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Public Services, the Public Services Assistant position can range from 10-20 hours per week at an hourly rate of $20.

    Responsibilities

    • Learning all aspects of reference and genealogy services at CJH, including finding aids, digital collections, electronic resources, and Aeon, a special collections workflow software.
    • Greeting and supervising researchers in the Reading Room and Genealogy Institute.
    • Disseminating and enforcing Reading Room, Genealogy Institute, and CJH partner policies and procedures.
    • Assisting patrons with research.
    • Providing instruction in the handling of archival, manuscript, and rare materials.
    • Paging material from the stacks.
    • Photocopying/scanning materials for patrons.
    • Answering in-person, email, and telephone inquiries.
    • Instructing patrons on the proper use of equipment, including microfilm readers.
    • Assisting with outreach and instruction to visiting groups.

    Required Qualifications

    • Currently or recently enrolled in a library, information or archival science graduate program.
    • Comfortable interacting with the public.
    • Organized and detail-oriented.
    • Ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively in a complex organizational environment comprised of diverse constituencies.
    • Capacity to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both verbally and in writing.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience or coursework in special collections.
    • Background in Jewish history.
    • Reading knowledge of Yiddish, German, Hebrew, Russian or other relevant languages.
    • Flexible schedule.

    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 positions are filled. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to Lauren Gilbert, Senior Manager for Public Services, at lgilbert@cjh.org.

    No phone calls, please.

Summer 2019 Internship Opportunities

This upcoming summer, the Center for Jewish History, is offering enriching internships across its Development, Finance, and Digital Services divisions. Interns will have the opportunity to gain knowledge from professionals in their respective fields of interest. The summer internships have flexible dates and we are willing to work with you on full time or part time hours with the possibility of extension into the fall semester.

In all cases, interns are expected to demonstrate a strong work ethic, and a commitment to the mission of preservation, understanding and supporting the study of history. We will provide an unlimited MetroCard for the duration of the internship and are willing to discuss ‘for credit’ opportunities.

  • Financial Intern

    As a member of the Finance and FP&A team, the Financial Intern will support the Center for Jewish History and assist in maintaining and developing business controls and reports to ensure financial accuracy.

    Your role and responsibilities will include:

    • Financial Accounting: Support the accounting team by learning how to perform bank reconciliations, update investment schedules, generate journal entries for the monthly close, and assist Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. Collaborate with the Development team to improve the process of recording donations.  As the finance department becomes “paperless”, assist with streamlining processes to ensure a reduction in paperwork.
    • Financial Analysis: Work with the CFO and Accounting Manager to generate reports and ad hoc analysis for the CEO and department heads, including reports that analyze our performance and support/drive management’s decision-making, including month-to-date and year-to-date expense and revenue reports against budget. Assist in the design of KPI Dashboards.

    Skills & Qualifications requirements: Working towards a BA or MA degree in a finance-related field; good Microsoft Excel skills.

    For more information regarding this internship, please contact internships@cjh.org.

  • Development Intern

    As a member of the Development team, the Development Intern will support the Center for Jewish History and assist in maintaining and developing procedures within the department, providing improvements to our Raiser’s Edge database and performing prospect research.

    Your role and responsibilities will include:

    • Donation Workflows: Support the development team by learning how to perform regular database and donation related tasks including imports, exports, acknowledgements, mail merges, finance department reconciliations. Work with the development team to improve the process of recording donations. As the development department reduces the amount of paper records used, assist with streamlining processes to ensure a reduction in paperwork. Perform select outreach that may include written correspondence or phone calls.
    • Data Analysis: Work with the development team to generate reports and ad hoc analysis for the CEO and board, including reports that analyze donations in a holistic way; create templates and perform analysis both in Raiser’s Edge NXT cloud-based system and Excel. Assess ways information can be used and mined, including donation history, program attendance, etc. Assist with using wealth screening tools to create short lists for leadership. 
    • Database Improvements: Work with the development department to select a specific database improvement project to implement over the course of the internship. Research and suggest related best practices and independently carry out work in the database environment. Assist with the implementation of “actions” in the membership module and to a lesser degree for recurring gifts.
    • Prospect Research: Using online and paid subscription databases to create reports on current and future available individual supporters, foundations and grants.

    For more information regarding this internship, please contact internships@cjh.org.

  • Photography Intern

    As a member of the Digital Services team, the Photography Intern will support the Center for Jewish History in digitizing collections held by the Center’s five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

    Your role and responsibilities will include:

    • Digital Photography: Capture archival, library, and museum objects utilizing 35mm DSLR cameras, scanning equipment, and other imaging equipment. Learn current digitization standards in the archive and library fields. Collaborate on digitization projects with a creative team of seasoned photographers.
    • Post-Production: Process images (editing, renaming, and exporting to project-specific standards) and prepare for ingest into CJH’s digital asset management system, including creating derivative files when necessary.
    • General File Management: Assist in maintaining on-site storage and local backups.

    Skills and qualifications requirements: Digital photography experience; knowledge of image production and file management (including metadata and color management) using Adobe Creative Cloud (Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge); experience in operating and troubleshooting 35mm DSLR cameras.

    For more information regarding this internship, please contact internships@cjh.org.

Internship Opportunities

The Center for Jewish History is seeking interns to assist with research, communications, development, and library and archival services. 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, the library and archival profession, or the administrative aspects of the non-profit sector.

  • Public History Intern

    We are looking for two interns who will support our educational program in teaching with primary sources. The interns will help with researching primary sources, shadow our instructors during classes, and get training in running workshops with high school and undergraduate students. Interns will learn to develop new conceptual frameworks around primary sources, connect primary source literacy and information literacy, and enhance archival knowledge around public history.

    Compensation is available for interns co-leading workshops in the spring semester.

    Responsibilities

    • Archival research
    • Writing short instructions and assignment sheets for students
    • Participating in workshops for students (shadowing)
    • Participating in monthly seminars on pedagogical methods

    It is expected that interns will allocate at least 10 hours per week to work at the Center.

    Please send your cover letter indicating your academic interests, skills, and your interests and expectations regarding the internship to internships@cjh.org.

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 Leo & Julie Forchheimer Auditorium, the Paul S. & Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall, Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and the Shelby White & Leon Levy 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 1 -2 tours each month and attend periodic training sessions on new exhibitions.

  • 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. They may occasionally be asked to stay after the program to help with a reception or book sales.

  • 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 Ackman & Ziff Family 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.

  • 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 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.

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.