Temporary Archivist Associate, NY

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Jun 25, 2019
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Temporary Archivist Associate, NY


Title:  Temporary Archivist Associate

Office:  National Offices

Location:  New York, NY

Posted:  June 21 2019


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The Archives and Records Management Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY seeks applications for the full-time position of Archivist Associate.  This is a temporary role, scheduled to conclude on 3/31/2020.


The mission of the ACLU’s Archives and Records Management Department is to support the ACLU and ensure access to its records throughout their lifecycle. The department works in collaboration with the administrative, financial, legal, technical, and business staff of the organization to store, manage, and retrieve documents from creation to either disposal or retention.   In addition to the 2,000 cubic feet of records kept onsite, the department maintains an extensive collection of ephemera, publications, photographs, and audiovisual materials.   The Archives and Records Management Department also manages the regular transfer of records to the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library of Princeton University, which houses ACLU records in its Public Policy Papers collection and serves as the archival repository for the ACLU’s national offices.




  • Accession and catalogue inactive records, chiefly from the Legal Department, as well as ACLU publications and ephemera
  • Assist Archives and Record Management office staff with their day-to day work, including:
    • Maintaining and building on-site archival collections, such as board records and press releases;
    • Preparing records for transfer to Princeton University;
    • Digitizing archival materials as needed;
    • Providing assistance to ACLU staff by responding to circulation requests and reference questions
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commit to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts




  • MLIS degree (or equivalent graduate-level program with a concentration in archives and/or records management) OR be currently enrolled in such a program
    • students must have completed at least six courses, including an introductory archival course 
  • General knowledge of archival principles and best practices for archives, including basic preservation measures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on special projects to improve access to archives and ensure preservation of records in all forms




  • General familiarity with, and interest in, U.S. history
  • Prior work or internship experience in archival and/or records management capacity




For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.


The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.


The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.






The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.