Thank you for your interest in careers at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. As a place of memory, the Museum enables Holocaust survivors to speak through recorded testimony and draws on rich collections to illuminate Jewish history and experience. As a public history institution, it offers intellectually rigorous and engaging exhibitions, programs, and educational resources. The Museum mobilizes memory to teach the dangers of intolerance and challenges visitors—including more than 50,000 schoolchildren a year—to let the painful lessons of the past guide them to envision a world worthy of their futures.
The Museum employs a staff of talented, creative, results-oriented professionals, working in a spectacular setting in Lower Manhattan and committed to the vital mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
To learn about how you can join us, please review the opportunities below. The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.
The Museum also offers opportunities to volunteer. To skip to volunteer positions, click here.
Current Openings – Careers
Assist the Vice President for Operations and Operations Department staff with the logistical preparations for internal programs & museum events. The Coordinator will be the point of contact for all building calendar requests and Operations department administrative needs.
- Manage and maintain the Museum’s Building Calendar by coordinating with all related departments their needs in accordance with the internal event policies and procedures via the completion, submittal, and distribution of an event set up form.
- Coordinate all logistical preparations for events, including deliveries, physical preparation of the Museum space, and cleanup of the space following the event’s conclusion.
- Lead the pre- and post- internal event set-up process with all relevant departments to review logistical planning of programs and events.
- Staff all Museum-sponsored programs and events with operational departmental staff.
- Conduct daily walkthroughs of the Museum identifying areas that need work, correction, cleaning, repair and reviewing with VP of Operations on projects as they relate to the findings.
- Order inventory and equipment for everyday operational use as required.
- Assist with the set up and break down of tables, chairs, equipment, etc. as needed.
- Distribute the Venue Schedule to Museum staff on a weekly basis.
- Initial point of contact for Madison & Park Hospitality Group and NYTF (Folksbiene).
- Other ad hoc projects as needed.
- BA/BS and at least one year of experience in event planning, theatrical production, space rental or hospitality industry; excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills; computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, Word, Excel). The work week for this position is Sunday through Thursday. Must be willing to work weeknights.
Position Reports To: Vice President for Operations
Please email cover letter and resume including salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager of Membership Initiatives
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is seeking a Manager of Membership Initiatives to maintain and increase the Museum’s membership program; identify and develop new sources for membership acquisition; solicit annual support; and provide stewardship through member programs and ongoing communication to strengthen involvement and support for the Museum. This individual will be responsible for managing the Young Friends program which is comprised of Museum members between the ages of 21-39.
- Manage Membership Program including working towards annual goals, objectives and budgets
- Liaise and coordinate with direct mail and renewal vendor on appeals and solicitations
- Manage member fulfillment and renewal efforts, recognition and stewardship outreach
- Serve as the Manager for the Young Friends of the Museum, including attendance at all Young Friends board meetings, and the coordination and execution of all Young Friends events and programs throughout the year
- Identify and implement integrated strategies for acquisition, cultivation, and retention of members
- Strategize new ways to recruit members and create, plan, and implement new/existing Member programs, including but not limited to: Members Learn, Member Hours, Member Day, Member Talks, and special exhibition openings for Members
- Coordinate all correspondence on behalf of the Museum to Members, including the management of the email marketing program
- Collaborate with Visitor Services and External Affairs staff to encourage new and upgraded memberships
- Work within the Museum’s database to maintain accurate records to track results and provide reports for analysis and Board updates
- Develop strategies for other special fundraising initiatives and member/donor recognition programs
- Other duties as assigned.
The Manager of Membership Initiatives reports to the Vice President of Development.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred; 2-3 years of experience in a development office and/or overseeing membership-based programs (non-profit preferred); direct mail experience; excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills; team player; proficiency with Blackbaud products (Raiser’s Edge or Altru experience preferred); ability to multi-task; ability to cultivate relationships with colleagues and donors; meticulous attention to detail; knowledge of Jewish philanthropic community, and commitment to the mission of the Museum.
Send resume and letter of interest, including salary requirements, to email@example.com.
Manager of Public Programs
Manager of Public Programs is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Programming and Engagement. They are responsible for creating and implementing public programming, from developing ideas to managing all logistics on the ground. The Manager will be an important member of the Public Engagement department, cultivating audiences and furthering the Museum mission through lectures, performances, events, and commemoration activities.
- Assist in content development and implementation of public programs (research, write proposals, participate in the Museum’s review and approval process, book talent)
- Review submissions and pitches, and answer inquiries from the public
- Initiate contact with publishing houses, film distributors, and academic institutions to generate programming ideas
- Manage all logistical preparation for programs, including: contacting and enlisting talent; drafting confirmation letters, contracts, and post-event notes to all event participants; filing all financial and accounting paperwork; making travel and hotel arrangements; and coordinating equipment and catering needs.
- Draft engaging program descriptions for use in collateral materials, working closely with the Museum’s Communications department
- Write introductory speeches and remarks for events
- Act as stage manager; assist in equipment and facility setup and upkeep; and greet and prepare talent
- Secure production and staffing needs from other Museum departments, including Security, Visitor Services, Development, and Communications
- Maintain and update audience databases, and manage online ticketing
- Reserve event spaces and advise Operations staff on event setup and breakdown, A/V needs, recording, and livestreaming
- Coordinate with the Museum Shop on stocking and advertising relevant books and materials
- Other duties as assigned
- College degree with three to four years of work experience, preferably in theater and/or event production in a nonprofit setting
- Must exhibit strong interpersonal abilities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to write engaging copy for print and electronic formats
- Excellent organizational skills
- Creative self-starter
- Ability to work collaboratively and with staff at all levels
- Ability to handle multiple, time-sensitive tasks simultaneously
- Must have a flexible schedule, with the ability to work evenings and some Sundays
- Strong knowledge of Jewish culture, with a personal and professional commitment to the mission of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Please send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manager of AJC International Programs
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is seeking a Manager of AJC International Programs for a full-time position. The Manager of AJC International Programs serves as the liaison and US representative for the Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC), a wholly owned affiliate of the Museum located in Oświęcim, Poland. This position is based in New York City and requires international travel at least once per year.
- Manage, plan, and implement two signature AJC international programs: American Service Academies Program, an annual 16-day program for cadets and midshipmen in the US Service Academies to study the Holocaust, mass atrocity prevention, and ethical leadership; and the AJC Fellows Program, an annual 3-week overseas Holocaust history study program for graduate students. These program responsibilities include recruitment, application process, logistics, group facilitation, program activities, partnerships, and evaluation.
- Arrange between 2-8 additional international programs each year for university students and/or individual families in close cooperation with staff in Poland.
- Produce publications, including tri-annual newsletters and the annual AJC alumni journal, and edit AJC related materials as needed.
- Work with supervisor to create budgets and monitor finances.
- Supervise one staff member who manages the AJC’s role as proxy for Polish pension applicants.
- Liaise with the Museum’s Development team to increase the donor base and steward funders for the AJC.
- Other duties and projects as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Holocaust Studies, Education, Jewish History or a related field.
- Significant content knowledge about the Holocaust and Polish-Jewish relations required.
- Minimum three years of experience managing educational programs; international program experience preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, team player who enjoys following through on programs with great attention to detail.
- Strong communication skills with the ability to liaison with Board members, other departments, and people of all ages.
- Ability to successfully manage several projects at the same time.
- Available to travel internationally for 2 weeks annually in late May/early June.
Position Reports To: Vice President for Education and works closely with AJC colleagues based in Poland
Start Date: January 13, 2020
To Apply: Please send a resume and letter of interest, including salary requirements, to email@example.com.
Polish Pension Assistant, Auschwitz Jewish Center
This position reports to the Manager of AJC International Programs at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. It is a part time (15-20 hours per week, timing flexible) position, not term limited. This position is based at the Museum in New York City.
- Assist the Manager of AJC International Programs with the AJC’s role as proxy in the Polish pension process for Holocaust survivors;
- Respond to survivor queries by phone, mail, and email;
- Process pension proxies by mail, fax, and email;
- Communicate regularly with AJC staff in Poland;
- Other related duties as assigned.
The schedule can be flexible in terms of days and timing per week. This position is expected to last for at least a year.
- Bachelor’s degree completed or in process.
- Experience working with senior citizens preferred.
- Customer service or constituent-facing experience preferred.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Pleasant and patient demeanor required.
- Proven ability to comfortably work closely with others.
- Excellent computer skills – knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Outlook required.
Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide basic maintenance, repair, labor, and troubleshooting services for the Museum facilities, including setting up and breaking down Museum spaces for functions and meetings, coordinating deliveries of materials to the Museum, and offer general assistance related to the physical space of the Museum.
- Assist with the set-up and breakdown of tables, chairs, equipment, etc. in Museum spaces for Museum events and outside rentals
- Coordinate and receive all deliveries to the Museum through the loading dock, including food, water, office supplies, etc.
- Perform maintenance and repair work to the physical space of the Museum outside the responsibilities of building engineers, including signage installation, shelving, and minor repairs
- Provide support to building engineers, as needed, related to the physical space of the Museum
- Assist with moving of artifact storage and exhibit cases
- Order and purchase supplies as needed
- Assist with a visual inspection of entire Museum facility on a daily basis
- Assist all departments with internal move of equipment and property including desks, file cabinets, etc.
- Perform other duties as assigned
Candidate must be well organized, diligent, and detail proficient; experience in facility management and/or maintenance.
Candidate must also be able to handle multiple tasks successfully and complete projects in a timely manner.
Candidate will also be required to work flexible hours and weekends as needed.
Position Reports To: Vice President for Operations
To Apply: Please send a resume and letter of interest, including salary requirements, to email@example.com.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust seeks a qualified and motivated candidate for the position of Curator, to report to the President & CEO. The Curator is a multi-faceted position, which will work collaboratively with the Senior Manager for Exhibitions and Museum Registrar and the Senior Manager for Collections and Research Services. The incumbent will work closely on strategic planning with other senior staff members and the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will develop dynamic exhibitions for multiple spaces throughout the Museum as well as travelling exhibitions and will play a significant role in helping to shape the collecting practices of the Museum. She/he plays a critical role in building relationships with institutional partners, funders, and supporters.
- Manage and direct curatorial staff
- Work collaboratively with the Senior Manager for Exhibitions and Museum Registrar and the Senior Manager of Collections and Research Services in forming and shaping collecting practices, growing the Collection, as well as in developing exhibitions through scholarly research that are content-driven, respectfully represent Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust, are aesthetically impressive and support an excellent visitor experience.
- Together with the Senior Manager for Exhibitions and Museum Registrar, develop a multi-year exhibition calendar.
- Together with the Senior Manager of Collections and Research Services, identify collection subject areas in need of development, and create strategic plans to develop those areas.
- Develop and manage an annual curatorial budget and fundraising goals.
- Foster relationships with artifact lenders, collectors and other museums.
- Build academic and scholarly partnerships, and represent the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
- Assist and advise other departments, including External Affairs, Education, and Development, with issues involving the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, or intellectual content
- Graduate degree (Ph.D. degree preferred) in Late Modern European History, Holocaust history, Jewish studies, or a related field.
- Seven to ten years professional Museum experience with a principal focus on historical curation.
- Working knowledge of at least one relevant foreign language is preferred (Polish, German, Russian, Hebrew, French, Yiddish, etc.).
- Strong organizational, research/interpretive, writing, presentation/public speaking, and communications skills.
- Strong computer skills, Mimsy experience a plus.
- Must be a self-starter with the ability to thrive in a tight-knit team and while working independently.
- The ideal candidate must be flexible and able to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Must be able to maintain discretion related to confidential or sensitive materials.
- Ability to manage a budget and work within the means of the Museum.
- Knowledge of artifact value and ability to confirm insurance values.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, collectors, lenders, professional colleagues, and other members of the museum community.
- The position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule that may include occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following:
- Sit and/or stand for extended periods.
- Must be able to visually inspect artifacts and artworks, including close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Ability to travel both domestically and internationally.
- The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is able to fulfill its mission with the help of outstanding volunteers. If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities below—with the exception of the Speakers Bureau—please fill out a volunteer application or contact email@example.com. To inquire about volunteering for the Speakers Bureau, please follow the specific instructions in that listing.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage offers tours six days a week to groups of students, adults, and families. These tours are led by dedicated volunteers who enthusiastically share their knowledge of Jewish history and heritage. Volunteer gallery educators engage diverse adults and students in interactive dialogue and provide meaningful educational experiences. People of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by Monday, March 25 for the class that will begin in September 2019.
Requirements: Once chosen for the program, candidates attend a 12-week course of study followed by an 8-week, in-gallery practice course. Candidates should have an interest in learning how to teach using artifacts and the ability to stand for two hours while leading visitors through the galleries.
Time commitment: Gallery Educators give tours during a four-hour-shift once a week. Each month they must commit to one four-hour shift on a Sunday. Alternate times for weekly shifts are available on an as-needed basis.
Public Program Docents
Volunteers are responsible for welcoming audiences to the Museum’s theater, escorting visitors to their seats, providing information about public programs and the Museum, and offering any assistance necessary for a pleasant visitor experience.
Requirements: Strong interpersonal skills, friendly and respectful demeanor, and customer service orientation.
Time Commitment: Volunteers are asked to commit to one three-to-four-hour shift per week. One brief training session is required.
Pickman Museum Shop Assistants
Volunteers assist in the day-to-day operations of the shop as well as support visual merchandising, marketing, and special events. Volunteers are needed Sunday through Thursday, including Wednesday evenings.
Requirements: Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation. Retail experience a plus.
Time Commitment: One four-hour shift per week.
Administrative volunteers assist the Museum of Jewish Heritage with the “behind-the-scenes” work required for the Museum office to run smoothly and support of the crucial mission of representing Jewish life and history before, during, and after the Holocaust.
Requirements: Varies by department.
Time commitment: At least once a week during office hours.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage sends Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans, and children of survivors who volunteer for the Speakers Bureau to address a variety of groups, ranging from schools and synagogues to nursing homes and community organizations. Speakers meet thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds and introduce them to the importance of history, memory, and hope. This program is one of the most important outreach activities conducted by the Museum and is extremely effective in generating awareness of the Museum and its Holocaust education mission.