Director of the Archives

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Reflecting more than 175 years of history, the Riverside Archives inside the Riverside cathedral is the central repository for Riverside’s institutional story. The Riverside Archives is comprised of more than 2,200 linear feet of materials, including photography, moving images, audio recordings, newsletters and other publications, committee minutes, ledgers, senior clergy sermons and papers, records of church programs and events, membership records, rare books and bibles dating as far back as 1493, and more. The Archives also houses thousands of open-reel audio recordings from the award-winning broadcasts of the church’s former radio station, WRVR. The Riverside Archives is dedicated to ensuring that Riverside’s history of social justice and action, benevolence, cultural endeavors, and commitment to open and inclusive theological thought and expression is made available for research by all and kept safe in perpetuity.

 The Director of the Archives will:

  • focus leadership in the areas of conservation and preservation, reference/research and exhibits, development and staffing, and inter-departmental collaborations
  • plan, set policy, implement, and manage systems and workflows for accessioning, appraising, processing, preserving, and facilitating access to both the material and digital collections in the Riverside Archives
  • oversee the display of archival items throughout the church and lead the creation of Riverside’s first reading room where material from the Archives can be accessed by the public
  • make institutional connections with a wide variety of cultural organizations both locally and outside of New York City, publicizing the contents of the Archives broadly with an eye for strategic partnerships and revenue generation 
  • work with senior staff colleagues across the institution of the Riverside Church to provide context and insight in the development of diverse projects and initiatives involving materials from the Archives, including website and digital archive development
  • serve as a key outward facing presence and voice in the artistic framing Riverside’s story of past, present, and future
  • control a departmental budget that funds the department’s special projects, student assistants, supplies, and professional travel

Required Education and Experience:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in archival/library information sciences and/or American/public history
  • Three (3) years of archival or library management experience that includes representing the institution throughout the community and interpreting the institution’s collections to the public

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree or advanced degree in archival/library information sciences and/or American/public history
  • Five (5) years of archival or library management experience that includes representing the institution throughout the community and interpreting the institution’s collections to the public

 Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

The candidate must have the ability to interact with a wide variety of constituents including clergy, community members, celebrities, and students. An accomplished writer and speaker of historical themes with proven supervisory and office management ability, the ideal candidate will possess strong written and verbal skills. Strong understanding of databases and working knowledge of a variety of digital content formats and standards and previous experience with Enterprise Content Management systems preferred.

 The successful candidate will also have experience in processing digitized and born digital archival materials, with a demonstrated understanding of archival arrangement and description and the application of archival principles in a digital environment. The Director will be expected to remain current with emerging standards and professional best practices and their real-world application. Duties will also focus on leading an ongoing digital archival project in grant partnership with the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation, which makes experience leading grant-funded projects preferable.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain, a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

 *The Riverside Church is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, The Riverside Church prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.*


We offer a comprehensive paid time off and benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree