Highlander is searching for a dedicated and skilled Library & Archives Assistant (LAA). The library and archives are a critical part of Highlander’s educational work. Housed on-site in the new Septima Clark Learning Center and in several off-site archives throughout the US, Highlander’s library and archives are vital resources for the thousands of grassroots leaders, popular educators, scholar-activists, writers, and other visitors who work with Highlander each year. The primary role of the LAA will be to support the Librarian/Archivist in organizing and managing Highlander’s library, archives, organizational records, and bookstore. With all of Highlander’s staff, this role will contribute to Highlander’s educational and accompaniment work with grassroots organizing and movement building in the US South and beyond.

The right candidate will love library, archival, and records management work and have the ability to translate that work into fulfilling Highlander’s role in social justice movements.    

Learn more about Highlander’s current and past work here: https://www.highlandercenter.org/our-story/   


A successful person in the LAA role will be highly organized, communicate clearly and directly, and will work in close collaboration with the Librarian/Archivist. 

Specific responsibilities will include:


Applicants invited to an initial interview will show evidence of a majority of the following:



This position is directly accountable to the Librarian/Archivist, who is part of the Education Team. The LAA will attend regular meetings with the Librarian/Archivist, other organizational team meetings as necessary/assigned, monthly staff meetings, staff retreats, and three multi-day Board of Directors meetings.


This position is a Temporary Salary position, currently budgeted for 12 months and set at Highlander’s Level 1 salary ($46,725 before taxes/withholdings). Highlander’s ability to extend this position beyond 12 months will be contingent upon available funding. The position also comes with a stellar benefits package, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Tennessee) Health, Vision, and Dental coverage (extended to dependents), a nominal life insurance plan, significant sick and vacation leave, generous holiday leave, and a variety of other policies intended to encourage health and wellness, such as an annual professional development stipend. Work cell phone and computer provided. Highlander offers up to $1,000.00 in relocation reimbursements and, if available, temporary transitional housing in one of Highlander’s lodging facilities.


Highlander is located on 186 acres of land in rural East Tennessee (near Knoxville) and is considered a “movement home” by thousands of people from all over the world. The vast majority of this position’s responsibilities will require daily on-site work at Highlander, and although a few work responsibilities will be possible to complete remotely. Due to the nature of this position’s responsibilities, requests for “remote” work cannot be accommodated. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff whose responsibilities include on-site work are expected to adhere to high standards of safety/health protocols.


Step 1: In one PDF document, compile:

Step 2: Email that PDF document to susan@highlandercenter.org. Write “Library/Archives Assistant” in the Subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Optional: In addition to the required information above, you can send other application content that showcases your skills, interests, and experiences. Make sure to include any explanation needed of the content. The content can come in any form of media, which can include but is not limited to:

Timeline: The application process will be open until position is filled. We hope to fill this position as soon as possible. During the pandemic, all interviews will be via Zoom.

Highlander is an equal opportunity employer, and we especially encourage applications from Black, brown, and indigenous people, women, LGBTQ+ and gender variant/non-conforming folks, and working-class/cash poor people. Folks directly impacted by the criminal justice system are also encouraged to apply.


If you have a question about the position before applying, please send it to Susan Williams (Librarian/Archivist) at susan@highlandercenter.org.