Reading Room & Genealogy Institute
Mon-Thurs: 9:30am-4:30pm

Exhibit Spaces
Mon-Wed: 9:30am-4:30pm
Thurs: 9:30am-8pm
Fri: 10am-3pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 11am-5pm

Make sure to check our holiday closures prior to visiting.

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

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 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


  • 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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