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:

  • Manager of Donor Relations

    The Manager of Donor Relations will be primarily responsible for leading the Center’s annual giving efforts, setting strategy and executing fundraising plans for sustaining and growing the number of annual donors, the size of individual donations, and converting annual donors to major donors. The Manager of Donor Relations will support major giving efforts of the President/CEO and the members of the Board of Directors.

    Essential Functions

    • Develop and implement strategies for solicitation and cultivation that will grow annual revenue from individuals: coordinate all appeal campaigns, coordinate and monitor online giving initiatives, work collaboratively with other program areas to advance fundraising goals; meet with funders as determined by the President/CEO;
    • Oversee database management, gift processing, development and fulfillment of donor benefits, gift recognition, donor correspondence, and mailings;
    • Coordinate events logistics to ensure an exceptional donor experience, with a focus on cultivation and stewardship.  Oversee membership programs and small donor cultivation events;
    • Assist the President/CEO in implementing fundraising strategy and coordinate logistics for fundraising events, including annual benefit;
    • Coordinate new funder prospecting, including: research, analysis of fit, and proposal/grant writing;
    • Assist the President/CEO in providing support to the Board for fundraising initiatives;
    • Work with communications team to develop strategies for development presence in all communications and marketing. Oversee the development presence on the website;
    • Manage a development staff consisting of a grant writer and development assistant;
    • Maintain accurate and complete records of donor communications. Prepare regular reports on all campaign activities;
    • Monitor revenue and expenses related to membership and individual giving; support CFO in areas of development reporting;
    • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as needed.


    • Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years of fundraising experience; or an equivalent combination of education/experience.
    • 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 makes 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, writing sample and salary requirement to Jordana Renick, Director of Human Resources, 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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


    • 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.


    • 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


    • 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.


    • 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


    • 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.