• Investigative Researcher

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Programs - Law Enforcement, Extremism & Community Security
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    POSITION TITLE: Investigative Researcher

    REPORTS TO: Director, Center on Extremism


    LOCATION: TBD                                           


    ADL (Anti-Defamation League) is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, 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 hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. More at www.adl.org.


    The Investigative Researcher is responsible for researching, investigating and monitoring activities of extremist movements and hate groups; developing and maintaining relationships with law enforcement officials and creating resources and analysis for public distribution and internal use.



    • Conduct research, investigate and monitor extremist movements, hate groups and related activity through primary and secondary public sources.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with law enforcement officials and others with a professional interest in extremists.
    • Develop and draft resources, blogs and reports for public distribution and analyses for internal use on extremist and hate-related subjects.
    • Provide briefings and training about extremist activities at meetings sponsored by law enforcement agencies and selected other audiences.
    • Recommend strategies to for responding to extremist activities and developments.
    • Support regional offices by providing information, guidance and assistance.




    • Excellent research and analytical skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams
    • Ability to demonstrate good judgment under pressure
    • Expertise and interest in specific subject area of concern to ADL
    • Meticulous attention to detail
    • Excellent problem-solving skills
    • Familiarity with data and technological tool

    Work Experience:

    • Three to five years’ investigative experience as a journalist, law enforcement officer, in academic research or equivalent experience required.
    • Proven track record of deep research and analysis.
    • Established familiarity with issues related to extremism preferred.


    • B.A. degree in Journalism, Political Science, History, Criminal Justice, or related field (Graduate degree preferred).


    • Office environment. Additional hours may be needed on occasion to keep up with heavy workload and attend special events.  Overnight travel required.

    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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