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The Reher Center is a little institution with big vision that offers opportunities for skilled, collaborative, and imaginative individuals from all backgrounds to plug in to meaningful volunteer and career opportunities. The Reher Center is currently a fiscally-sponsored organization awaiting our 501 (c ) (3) designation by the IRS. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage anyone who has a passion for what we do to apply.

Here are some ways you can be involved:

Volunteer with a Committee

Our volunteer committees provide day-to-day person-power and advisory insight into the Reher Center’s operations. Committees we are looking to expand include: fundraising, buildings and grounds, and communications.

 Contact us at Info@ReherCenter.org with ideas and questions

Job Posting: Historic Bakery Tour Field Trip Program Pilot Teacher

About:

The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History seeks an experienced teacher to help our small team to develop and pilot Historic Bakery Tour field trips for 2nd and 8th grade classes over the next school year. This position would be perfect for an experienced K-12 museum educator or a part-time or retired teacher. Made possible with funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this is a unique opportunity to help build a Museum Education program from the ground-up, in collaboration with area teachers.

The stipend for the first year of this position (September 2021-June 2022) is $2,000.

Historic Bakery Tours visit the Retail Shop ca 1959 to learn about Sunday mornings mid-century, when Kingstonians from the German, Irish, Italian, and Polish communities converged at Reher's Bakery to pick up rolls for breakfast on their way home from church. In the oven room, we explore the historic 1916 oven and 1947 dough mixer, and learn how Frank Reher and his six children each played a role in running this business and supporting the family.

We began piloting our public weekend Historic Bakery Tours program in July, 2021. Over the next two years, the Reher Center Educator will work with a Teacher Advisory Committee and the Reher Center Director to develop and lead 2nd and 8th grade field trip programs. We will adapt the tour script to meet curricular needs and incorporate age-appropriate content and activities. We will also develop an accompanying in-class, on-site, or virtual activity to connect the historic narrative to relevant, contemporary themes.  This position is a starting point, based on our current size and financial capacity. For the right person, there would be significant room to grow alongside the institution. (We are also hiring a Development Associate and Tour Programs Coordinator, and these positions could be combined.)

Position Description:  

This is a two-year, grant-funded position. In the first year, it includes:

  • Meeting with Teachers Advisory Committee, learning, drafting and tweaking tour content, and planning (est. 50 hrs)
  • Lead bakery tours (on site or virtual) for ten classes during the 2021/2022 school year

Qualifications:  

  • Experience teaching 2nd/8th grade (or similar age) in the classroom or museum environment. 3+ years preferred
  • Comfort with using an Ipad and Bluetooth speaker on tours
  • Comfort using Zoom and google drive on the computer, as we use these platforms to meet and share training and scheduling materials.
  • Availability during the school days to teach (10 classes in year one)
  • Applicants fluent in English and Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience teaching virtually is a plus.

Physical Considerations 

  • Applicants must feel comfortable standing for long periods of time.
  • As 99-101 Broadway is a historic space with minimal climate control, applicants must be prepared for hotter and colder days.

Application period will end September 10th.

How to Apply: 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Info@ReherCenter.org. In your cover letter tell us why you want to work as a Pilot Teacher, how your experience is relevant, and why you feel connected to the work we do here. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Job Posting: Development Associate and Tour Programs Coordinator

The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History is hiring a Development Associate and Tour Programs Coordinator to work in this quickly-growing new museum and cultural center located in Kingston, New York. The mission of the Reher Center is to preserve and present stories with universal appeal about immigration, community, work and bread. It uses its historic bakery building in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood to forge emotional connections among all peoples through tours and programs.

This summer, we opened our Historic Bakery Tours to the public. This Fall, we will complete construction work on our Gallery space, and this winter we will set up the Reher Center’s office, gallery, and visitors center in our newly-renovated second-floor Gallery.

This role is ideal for someone who has experience in a Museum or non-profit, who is excited to learn on the job as we build a new institution, and is able and willing to wear many hats. You will work closely and collaboratively with our Director, Dr. Sarah Litvin as well as our board and volunteer committees on a variety of projects and programs. You will do both behind-the-scenes work and interface closely with visitors and donors. You will be a vital public face of the institution and be physically able to coordinate on-site events (climbing indoor and outdoor stairs, setting up chairs and tables, etc.). You will feel comfortable providing leadership in some aspects of your work and offering assistance in others. This position is a starting point, based on our current size and financial capacity. For the right person, there would be significant room to grow alongside the institution. (We are also hiring a Historic Bakery Tour Field Trip Program Pilot Teacher, and these positions could be combined.)

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Reher Center donor database (Little Green Light), membership, and communications
  • Coordinate fundraising campaigns and events, both online and in-person
  • Assist with grant writing and administration
  • Manage tours scheduling, ticketing, scheduling of tour guides
  • Provide visitor services support and manage Saturday tours
  • Assist in setting up, organizing, and coordinating events in the Reher Center Gallery and on Zoom
  • Take meeting minutes at board and executive committee meetings (2/month)

Qualifications:

  • Physical comfort climbing stairs and working both on-site and remotely
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter able to work independently and also closely with a variety of volunteers
  • Comfort with Google suite and Microsoft suite as well as knowledge or facility learning web app’s such as Eventbrite, Mailchimp
  • Little Green Light donor database experience a plus
  • 2+ years experience in Museum or non-profit work preferred
  • Spanish language literacy preferred

Hrs: 20/week

Remote work often flexible. On-site Saturday afternoon work through November required

Pay: $18/hr

Start Date: Mid-September, 2021

Please send a letter of interest and CV to info@ReherCenter.org by Friday, September 10th. No phone calls please.

Volunteer/Internship Posting: Historic Bakery Tour Guide Intern or Volunteer

Description:

The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History seeks storytellers from all backgrounds to join our Volunteer Historic Bakery Tour Guide community. Because our Historic Bakery tours are accessible via guided tour only, guides are the face of the museum.

Historic Bakery Tours visit the Retail Shop ca 1959 to learn about Sunday mornings mid-century, when Kingstonians from the German, Irish, Italian, and Polish communities converged at Reher's Bakery to pick up rolls for breakfast on their way home from church. In the oven room, we explore the historic 1916 oven and 1947 dough mixer, and learn how Frank Reher and his six children each played a role in running this business and supporting the family.

We began piloting our public weekend Historic Bakery Tours program in July, 2021. We are seeking volunteers to lead these tours for the public weekends through this November. We intend to offer several content and skills-based trainings throughout the winter for interns and volunteer guides, and recommence our weekend public tours program on site in the Spring.

Position Description:  

You will lead weekend Historic Bakery Tours at least two weekend days each month during October and November, 2021. Our tours focus on narrative history, storytelling, and visitor engagement. You are an enthusiastic and engaging storyteller who is interested in history, migration, and related contemporary issues. You are committed to visitor engagement, flexible and creative in adjusting your tour to meet the needs of visitors.

You also must have comfort with using an ipad and Bluetooth speaker and doing basic trouble-shooting of these devices during the tour. Also, please be comfortable using Zoom and google drive on the computer, as we use these platforms to meet, and share training and scheduling materials.

For interns: This project can be expanded to include additional research and curatorial tasks, depending on the number or hours required and interest/experience of the intern.

As a Guide you will: 

  • Provide an inclusive museum experience for all visitors and exhibit a genuine desire to work in a front-facing education role
  • Engage visitors of all backgrounds in interactive tour experiences.
  • Maintain open and professional communication with managers
  • Attend mandatory meetings

Qualifications:  

  • Candidates must be available to observe two weekend tours during the months of August or September, and attend a 2-hour training in September, date tbd.
  • Work as a guide at the Reher Center on Saturdays from 11:30-2:15 or Sundays from 1:30-4:15 on two weekend days in both October and November.
  • Applicants fluent in English and Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.  Individuals with experience in museum or K-12 education, or with ELL teaching experience are encouraged to apply and will be given preference.
  • Applicants with at least a high school diploma, a GED, or relevant experience are preferred.

Physical Considerations 

  • Applicants must feel comfortable standing for long periods of time.
  • As 99-101 Broadway is a historic space with stairs and minimal climate control, applicants must be prepared for these conditions.

Intern and volunteer application period will end September 10th.

How to Apply: 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Info@ReherCenter.org. In your cover letter tell us why you want to volunteer/intern with us, how your experience is relevant, and why you feel connected to the work we do here. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.