• Full Time
  • NYC

ADL (Anti Defamation League)

POSITION TITLE: Senior Librarian and Archivist

REPORTS TO: VP, Civil Rights

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervise interns and volunteers and oversee the performance of consultants and vendors. 


Grade/Class: Grade F, Exempt, PSA Eligible



ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.



Overall responsibility for ADL’s Library and Archives. Manage, acquire, preserve and make accessible to users documents and other materials that have historical importance for the Anti-Defamation League, with attention to digital initiatives. Assist in long-term planning for ADL’s archival collection.



Oversee strategic planning and management of ADL’s extensive library and archives.
Oversee the fulfillment of all requests requiring the use of archival and library materials, including research and analysis as needed.
Maintain and update the ADL Library’s print and digital collections, and oversee library functions including cataloging, acquisitions, and loans.
Ensure that ADL’s information needs are met, maintaining and making decisions regarding newspaper, periodical, and database subscriptions and coordinating with DI Executive Assistant regarding maintenance of accounts.
Identify and evaluate records for preservation and retention, and implement record retention policies in consultation with General Counsel, IT, and others as appropriate
Oversee distribution, consolidation, and elimination of archived materials in the warehouse.
Arrange for the efficient indexing and retrieval of documents, in accordance with best professional practices (including maintaining, expanding, and improving the archives database).
Recommend and implement preservation and reclamation techniques for fragile materials.
Liaise with DI Executive Assistant regarding warehouse, archival materials suppliers, and other vendors, as dictated by daily archival activities and long-term planning needs.
Set and implement procedures for library/archive staff, including interns and volunteers. Train staff and provide quality control for work completed.
Provide guidance for ADL regional and national staff in sending materials to be archived.


Write finding aids for collections of special significance.
Collaborate with the Information Technology in the use of library software, the archives database and regular office applications.
Use judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential information and apply professional codes of ethics.



Familiarity with library operations and functions, including acquisitions, arrangement and description of materials, and loans.
Considerable knowledge of contemporary archival principles and practices.
Considerable knowledge of creating and maintaining databases; knowledge of indexing systems and practices.
Considerable interpersonal, organizational, planning, and project management and oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work effectively with consultants and vendors.
Ability to analyze and solve complex problems pertaining to archival methods and procedures.
PC and Microsoft Suite proficiency.
Knowledge of ADL’s work and interests.
Knowledge of library automation software, GeniePlus preferred.
Some experience with microfilm conversion.

 Work Experience:

At least five years of experience with archives management in positions of increasing responsibility.


MS in LibraryInformation Science with specialized graduate-level coursework in archives management. Certified Archivist (CA) and/or Certified Records Manager (CEM) certification is preferred.

Work Environment:

ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically): ADL is adhering to public health guidance regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL is requiring proof of vaccination. ADL is a hybrid environment; this role may require 3 days in the office.


This position has a salary range of $66,000 to $86,000. This salary range is reflective of a position based in New York, New York. Please note that actual salaries are commensurate with experience and reflect the budget for a given position, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations. For an overview of our total rewards package, please visit https://www.adl.org/about/careers.


ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of underrepresented ethnic groups, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.    


ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at talentacquisition@adl.org.    


ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 


The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment.  

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