Investigative Researcher

Job Locations US-GA-Atlanta | US-FL-Boca Raton | US-LA-New Orleans
Programs - Law Enforcement, Extremism & Community Security
Regular Full-Time


POSITION TITLE: Investigative Researcher

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Center on Extremism


LOCATION: Atlanta, New Orleans, or Boca Raton, FL

Grade/Class: Grade F, Exempt, PSA-Eligible




The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no individual or community suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.    


ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities and pioneering new horizons.    




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 and meticulously document research, investigate and monitor extremist movements, groups and individuals and related activity through primary and secondary public sources.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with law enforcement officials and others with a professional interest in tracking hate incidents/crimes and extremist-related criminality.
  • Develop and draft resources, blogs and reports for public distribution and analyses for internal use on extremist and hate-related subjects.
  • Provide briefings about extremist-related activities and Center on Extremism work in general to both law enforcement, donors and other public audiences.
  • Recommend strategies for responding to extremist activities and developments.
  • Support regional offices by providing information, guidance and assistance.



  • Excellent research, OSINT skills a plus, 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 extremist-related subject area of concern to ADL
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with data and technological tools

 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) or equivalent experience

Work Environment:

  • Office environment. Additional hours may be needed on occasion to keep up with heavy workload and attend special events. Overnight travel required.
  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically)ADL is adhering to CDC, State, local, and Federal orders regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL may require proof of vaccination. This role will start as a remote position but may transition to a hybrid environment when offices reopen. 


  • This position is a Grade F4, which has an average salary range of $57,250 - $71,750. This salary range is reflective of a position in Atlanta, Georgia. Please note that salaries are commensurate with experience, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations. 


ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.  


ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at  

ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 



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