Reading Room & Genealogy Institute
Mon-Thurs: 10am-4pm

Exhibit Spaces
Mon-Wed: 10am-4pm
Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri: 10am-3pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: May 22, June 26, July 24 and August 28: 11am-5pm

Please note: Entry to the Center is by appointment only.

Last entry to the Center for Jewish History exhibition spaces is 30 minutes before closing.


212.294.8301 ext. 5101

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 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.


  • 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.  For priority consideration, please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Eric Fritzler, Senior Manager for Metadata and Discovery, at eafritzler@cjh.org by June 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Audio Video Support Specialist (AV Specialist) will provide support to an array of teams at the Center related to their use of audio and video equipment in the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Auditorium and several meeting rooms throughout the facility. The AV Specialist will provide professional-level live event and video production services for high-level meetings and events with advanced proficiency in all AV disciplines. The AV Specialist should be well-versed in event or project management, be comfortable working in a fast paced, problem-solving environment, and be able to communicate effectively with several stakeholders to ensure seamless events and meetings.


  • Optimize and develop workflows for scheduling, budgeting, and executing events and meetings
  • Support the Center and its Partners and third parties in AV planning, set up, testing, and support
  • Temporary installation, operation, and maintenance of in-house audio, lighting, and video equipment
  • Coordinate rehearsals and presentations, manage presenters, and all AV event and meeting materials
  • Complete support requests submitted via email and SysAid Help Desk in a timely manner
  • Troubleshoot, repair, or escalate issues related to our integrated AV systems
  • Interface with myriad vendors to rent, maintain, or replace AV equipment
  • Additional responsibilities as required or requested


  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar role
  • Collaborative team member with a customer service-oriented approach to work
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, with special attention paid to details
  • Ability to manage stakeholder expectations, practice patience working with others
  • Handle concurrent events and deadlines, capability to work in a high-stress environment
  • Competence in event and project management

Systems and Equipment

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, Outlook and Excel, also One Drive and SharePoint, required
  • Expertise in collaboration tools—mainly MS Teams, Zoom, YouTube Studio, Vimeo
  • Experience with Asana or similar project management software preferred
  • Experience with NewTek TriCaster TC-1 required
  • Experience with Yamaha TF Series digital mixing consoles preferred
  • Knowledge of BiAmp, Crestron, Extron, and Lutron auditorium and meeting room equipment
  • Knowledge of ETC/EOS lighting systems preferred

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 email cover letter and resume to Ian Gray, Manager of Strategic Projects, at ian@cjh.org. No phone calls, please.

The Maintenance Staff Team Member will report to the Operations Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with department members in Maintenance, Engineering, and Operations to ensure that maintenance of the Center’s buildings and infrastructure. The position is permanent and full-time.

Job Description

  • Salary: $16/hour
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Duration: Permanent, employed at will
  • Location: On-site at 15 West 16th St., New York, NY 10011

Main Duties

Maintenance staff’s primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Sweep the 16th street and 17th street sidewalks. 
  • Vacuum mats/carpets within 16th street lobby, coat check area and orientation theater, 
  • Sweep, mop, vacuum, buff all floors within public areas 
  • Clean all glass within all public areas 
  • Clean/disinfect and service all restrooms 
  • Pick up boxes and recycle 
  • Mop all stairways once a week 
  • Clean/disinfect elevators 
  • Vacuum entire Auditorium when need be 
  • Pick up the garbage and pass vacuum in all the office space 
  • Clean/disinfect galleries, such as sweep, mop, and clean glass in galleries A, B, C and D and sculpture garden (every Friday) 
  • Clean/disinfect Engineer offices, Conservation Lab, digital Lab, Micro Film offices and AV office 
  • Clean/disinfect the Reading Room tables and computers Disinfect 
  • Monitor and clean all exit egresses on daily basis 
  • Sweep and mop all the stacks and pick up garbage once a week 
  • Multiple various jobs (paint, moving furniture, etc.) 
  • Setup and breakdown all events and programs and provide proper cleaning of restrooms 
  • Shovel snow from sidewalks and sprinkle salt on surface 
  • Identify and report possible leaks 
  • Fix minor plumbing issues 
  • Move heavy equipment and furniture


Prior experience on a maintenance team, either in offices or cultural organizations, is required. Proven capacity to work well with other maintenance team members.

Essential Skills

  • Ability to work independently throughout the building, and see maintenance projects through to completion.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with employees of the building and the public in a pleasant manner.
  • Attention to detail to ensure that all jobs are completed in an exemplary manner and any potential hazards or warning signs of problems are not overlooked.
  • Physical stamina to handle a full shift of being active and working on the building
  • Commitment to working in and fostering a safe environment.

Preferred Skills

Experience with simple plumbing and/or carpentry tasks.

Company Benefits

  • 15-23 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.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Natalie Frenkel, Operations Manager, at to nfrenkel@cjh.org, or phone Natalie at 212-294-8331.