Leo Baeck Institute–New York|Berlin Job Location: New York Date Created: 02-25-2022
The Leo Baeck Institute–New York|Berlin (LBI) invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. LBI is an archive and research library focused on the history of German-speaking Jewry. Its extensive collections, 80,000-volume library, and art holdings represent the most significant repository of primary source material and scholarship on Jewish life in Central Europe before the Holocaust. These materials reflect the Institute’s core mission to preserve the documents, books, art, objects, and ephemera that record the history of German-speaking Jewry. The organization prides itself on adapting, expanding, and seizing opportunities as they arise. Most notably, LBI is now digital, with nearly four million pages of documents from its collections (from rare renaissance books to the personal correspondence of luminaries and ordinary people alike to community histories and official documents) accessible in digital form. This digitization allows for the broad dissemination of information to scholars and the general population. While support of scholarship remains a critical part of LBI’s mission, the Institute is eagerly expanding into the realm of public history, focusing on bringing its holdings closer to a wider, non-academic audience.
Based in New York and a founding partner of the Center for Jewish History, LBI also has an office and staff in Berlin. The next Executive Director will oversee a team of 20 and a $3 million budget and will build upon the success of Dr. William H. Weitzer. They will also deepen LBI’s commitment to engaging the public in history and reinforcing LBI’s role as a transatlantic connector and a repository for memory that links the past to the present and Jews and others to the once-vibrant culture of German-speaking Jewry. Ideal candidates will be passionate about LBI’s mission, bring a deep understanding of German-Jewish history, possess highly effective communication skills, inspire creativity amongst staff, and demonstrate financial and fundraising savvy. They will bring strong leadership skills, strategic thinking, and innovation. Familiarity with the German language is desirable.
For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:
Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director
Anne Koellhoffer, Senior Associate
For more information, please visit the Leo Baeck Institute’s home page at lbi.org.
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