Student Employment

Reading Mentor - Reader to Reader, Inc.

Agency Name: Reader to Reader

Job Title: Reading Mentor, Work-Study/America Reads

Term/Start Date: September 9, 2015

Job Description: Mentors read and discuss a variety of children and young adult books with public school students using an online forum, encouraging and supporting students who range from enthusiastic to struggling readers. Mentors may also serve as role models and advice gurus for students going through the college process, learning English, or trying to improve their writing. Outside the forums, mentors have the opportunity to be involved in school visits, book drives, literary initiatives, local community engagement, and assisting with the daily operations of the office. This is a great opportunity for college students interested in literacy, education, and non-profit work.

Approximate Number of Hours: 3-10 hours/week


  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and willingness to be a positive role model
  • Log on to the forums and respond to new posts every day, between 5-10pm
  • Attend a small number of mandatory mentor meetings and trainings/check-ins
  • Enjoy reading and working with kids

Hourly Wage: $10.00 to start

How to Apply: Apply online at

An interview will be scheduled based on the application.

Application Deadline: September 25, 2015. Applications after this date will be added to our waitlist in the order they arrive. Waitlisted students will be contacted as soon as a position is open.


Web Management Assistant - Reader to Reader, Inc.

Agency Name: Reader to Reader, Inc.

Job Title: Web Management Assistant

Term/Start Date: September 9, 2015

Job Description: Be our guru! Help manage the Web presence and online activities of Reader to Reader, a non-profit with a long history of collaboration with Amherst College and surrounding public schools. We’re especially looking for someone with a strong ability to explain technical things slowly to an English major.

Approximate Number of Hours: 10-20 hours/month

Stuff we don’t know about that you might:

  • Drupal
  • HTML
  • FTP, security, and maintenance
  • Threaded discussion forums

Hourly Wage: $10.00

How to Apply: Send an email stating interest and qualifications to Dennis Quinn:

Application Deadline: September 25, 2015

Five Colleges, Inc. - Communications Office

Job Title: Photographer

Term/Start Date: September 2015

Job Description: Five Colleges is looking for an energetic self-starter to photograph people, places and events on the five campuses and at Five Colleges. We are seeking a photographer who can highlight the distinct attributes of each of the campuses, who is comfortable working independently and reliable with meeting deadlines and fulfilling assignments.


  • Photographing, retouching and uploading images to online photography galleries
  • Focusing on, understanding, and capturing moments that reflect life on the five campuses and at Five Colleges
  • Creating dynamic images for use online and in print publications
  • Contacting staff and faculty, as needed, to schedule shoots

Approximate Number of Hours: 5/week


  • Experience with on-location imagery and lifestyle photography
  • Strong photography skills with ability to adapt to different settings and subjects
  • Excellent Photoshop and retouching skills
  • Strong work ethic, detail oriented and organized
  • Must own photographic equipment (Photoshop and other software as needed is provided)
  • Must be able to travel between campuses
  • Ability to organize and manage a digital photographic database is strongly desired
  • Video shooting and editing experience a plus

Time commitment: 5 hours a week. Schedule is flexible, but it will include some nights and weekends. Work will be done at the campuses and at Five College offices in Amherst.

Hourly Wage: $10.00, candidates must be eligible for Federal work-study

How to Apply: Send resume and photography portfolio to Taliesin Nyala,

Address: 97 Spring Street, Amherst

Application Deadline: Open until position filled.

Yiddish Book Center in South Amherst - Various Positions

Note: You must have federal work-study and complete an official Off-Campus Work-Study contract between the Yiddish Book Center and your school before you can be officially hired or paid.

The Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. It is located on Hampshire College campus/PVTA bus route, 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002      



Position title: Yiddish Book Department Assistant (2 positions)

Description and qualifications: Unpacking, organizing and shelving Yiddish books, and other tasks involving book collection.  Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet is required.

Pay rate: $9.00/hour

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume by email to Office Administrator Katie Palmer Finn:

Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled.


Position title: Membership Assistant (3 POSITIONS)

Description and qualifications: General administrative duties for nationally based non-profit organization. Data entry, interacting with members over the phone and in person, mail processing, assisting with events, etc.  Candidate must be detail-oriented and have excellent phone and writing skills.

Schedule: 8-12 hours per week during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 9-5).

Pay rate: $9.00/hour

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume by email to Office Administrator Katie Palmer Finn:

Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled.

*************************************************************************************Position Title: Marketing Assistant (1 POSITION)

Description and qualifications: Assist with marketing of Center programs and events, including posting events listings and other marketing support. Assist with visitor services department, including working on scheduling group tours and providing Visitor Center support. Must be detail-oriented, reliable, and comfortable interacting with the public. Schedule: 6-10 hours per week during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 9-5).

Pay rate: $10.00/hour

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume by email to Office Administrator Katie Palmer Finn:

Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled.


Position title: Internship in Jewish Oral History (3 POSITIONS)

Description: The internship has three tracks: interns will work primarily on the technical aspects of the project (editing and uploading video footage of interviews); the cultural content (time-coding full-length interviews, identifying interesting clips, and curating video material to make it more accessible to viewers in our online archive); or on interviews conducted in Yiddish (processing, translating, and subtitling). 18 or more hours per week. Watch excerpts and learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project at For more information, contact

Requirements: Interest in learning new software/applications (all interns will receive training on FileMaker Pro integrated interview tracking system and Final Cut Pro 7 video editing software); Attention to detail; Excellent listening skills; Ability to work independently; Cultural track requires interest in oral history/history/ethnography/Jewish culture; Technical track requires video editing experience, preferably on Final Cut Pro 7; Yiddish language track requires advanced command of Yiddish language

Pay rate: $10.00/hour

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume by email to Wexler Oral History Project Director Christa Whitney at

Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled.


Position title: Development Assistant (1 position)

Description and qualifications: 10 hours/week. Description of Tasks: Conduct research on Yiddish Book Center constituents using a variety of electronic and paper sources, including Raiser’s Edge and Research Point databases; Analyze, summarize and compile research in a clear and comprehensive manner using data analytics

Qualifications: Experience in mathematical and statistical modeling and ability to analyze and summarize data required; attention to detail; ability to follow instructions and work independently; comfortable working with confidential material in a professional manner

Pay rate: $9.00/hour

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume by email to Office Administrator Katie Palmer Finn:

Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled.


Position title: Education Program Work Study (1 POSITION)

Description: Data entry, internet research, and other clerical tasks as assigned. 

Requirements: Must be detail-oriented and reliable.  Familiarity with Raisers Edge a plus.

Pay rate: $10.00/hour

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume by email to Office Administrator Katie Palmer Finn:

Deadline: Accepting applications until position is filled.

Communications Coordinator at Five Colleges, Inc.

Department Name: Five College Schools Partnership

Job Title: Communications Coordinator

Term/Start Date: Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Job Description:

The Five College Schools Partnership is looking for an energetic researcher/writer with strong social media and technology skills to assist with communications and website content development for its current projects. The Communications Coordinator will assist the Partnership Director in researching, writing, and editing content for two project websites under development; updating and maintaining the Partnership webpage; publishing the quarterly Partnership News e-newsletter; and updating and posting on the Partnership Facebook page.

Major tasks include:

▪ Research, review/edit and/or write web content, as appropriate;

▪ Use content management system to update the Partnership webpage and two project websites;

▪ Cultivate new content on the Partnership Facebook page and possibly other social media;

▪ Create and update three quarterly editions of the Partnership e-newsletter.

The Five College Schools Partnership brings Five College and K-12 educators together to improve their knowledge and teaching skills and to contribute to educational quality and opportunity from kindergarten to college. Current programs include Doors to the World: Critical Multicultural Literacies for Global Understanding; Teaching Native American History; and the Western Massachusetts Math Partnership. Both of the first two projects have significant websites under development.

Approximate Number of Hours: 8-10 hours per week; schedule is flexible but work will take place at Five Colleges offices, 97 Spring Street, Amherst.


▪ Experience with web content management;

▪ Experience developing and using social media (esp. Facebook, Twitter);

▪ Strong writing, editing, and research skills;

▪ Good attention to detail;

▪ Ability to follow a project through to completion.

Strongly preferred:

▪ Interest in K-12 education.

Also helpful, but not required:

▪ Experience with Constant Contact and/or other e-newsletter software;

▪ Experience with Drupal web content management systems.

Hourly Wage: $11.00/hour. Candidates must be eligible for Federal Work-Study.

How to Apply: Please send an email explaining your interest in the position, your resume, a writing sample, and a link to one social media site you have created or managed to Marla Solomon, Director of Partnership Programs, at

Application Deadline: September 9, 2015. Applications accepted until position filled.

The Jones Library, Inc.-ESL Center

The Jones Library, Inc.-ESL Center

43 Amity Street

Amherst, MA 01002

Lynne Weintraub, Coordinator

Tutors work one-to-one with adult immigrants in English conversation literacy, citizenship, and cultural orientation. Tutoring can be at the Jones Library (downtown Amherst) or at Amherst College, at whatever time is convenient for you and your student. We ask for two sessions a week (approx. 1 hr. each plus time preparing lessons) and a two-semester commitment. A 4-session training is required.  Contact esl [at] joneslibrary [dot] org, or call Lynne Weintraub at 413.259.3090 for more information.

Amherst Leisure Services

Amherst Leisure Services

70 Boltwood Walk

Amherst, MA 01002


Literacy Project

Literacy Project

401 Main Street

Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 259-1663

Amherst Family Center

Amherst Family Center

121 N.Pleasant St.

Amherst, MA 01002

Located in the rear of the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. The Meetinghouse is located between Bart's and the Amherst Post Office, and is across from Rao's Coffee.

Nancy deProsse, Coordinator

A Better Chance

The ABC Tutoring and mentoring program is composed of Amherst College students who are willing to make a difference in the lives of the young male members of the Amherst Chapter of the A Better Chance Program. Every semester, tutors agree to a weekly shift in which they are expected to aid the young men in their homework, studies, and general activities.

A Better Chance

Amherst, MA




Nancy A. Robinson
Student Employment Coordinator
Office of Financial Aid
B-5 Converse Hall
(413) 542-8228