Digital Archivist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



40 Rector Street
Floor 5
New York
New York
United States


The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

The Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF:

In 2015, LDF celebrated its 75th anniversary with the launch of the Thurgood Marshall Institute. The Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF is a collaborative hub within LDF that combines a multidisciplinary approach to advocacy with LDF’s traditional litigation strengths to advance a modern vision of racial justice. The Institute’s goal is to advance racial equity, justice and a more inclusive democracy through research and public education, targeted policy reform advocacy and communication campaigns.

Through the Thurgood Marshall Institute, LDF will have the ability to generate and integrate innovative research, organizing, advocacy, and communications aimed at educating the public and key decision makers. This added capacity will leverage LDF’s litigation expertise, advocacy experience and unique leadership role on matters of race, law, and policy to shape the narrative on racial justice and equity.

Through targeted policy reform campaigns that attack entrenched problems of racial bias, the LDF Thurgood Marshall Institute will partner with local advocates to advance holistic strategies to achieve obtainable and lasting solutions on issues of criminal justice, political participation, education and economic opportunity.

As part of the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF, the Digital Archivist supports the Director of Archives and Records.


• Managing the acquisition, arrangement, description, and preservation of LDF’s digital records

• Developing and documenting policies and procedures for the stewardship of digital materials

• Identifying, evaluating, and maintaining digital archives tools

• Coordinating digitization projects and managing digital surrogates

• Training new staff in digital archives procedures

• Assisting with staff reference questions and requests for digital records

• Assisting with implementation of records retention schedules and policies

• Collaborating with all departments to transfer inactive permanent digital records to the Archives

• Collaborating on projects for TMI website

• Promoting the archives to LDF and TMI staff

• Occasionally processing paper collections

• Undertaking any other duties as requested by the Director of Archives and Records



The ideal candidate will possess the following:

• Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or related field

• Successful completion of coursework or other training related to digital archives

• Demonstrated knowledge of both traditional archival standards and best practices and current trends in digital preservation

• Experience with one or more of the following tools: ArchivesSpace, Preservica, and Archive-It

• Detail-oriented project management experience

• A collaborative, communicative, and adaptable approach

• Commitment to racial justice and a strong interest in civil rights history

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:


Monica Garcia

Director of Human Resources/Administration NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund 40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.