Work with us! Program Assistant Job at CLIR/DLF

Program Assistant, Digital Library Federation, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) 

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) seeks a focused, friendly, and highly organized Program Assistant to support DLF’s vibrant practitioner community and the inter-institutional work of our member organizations, which include libraries, museums, research labs, publishers, and allied groups.

This position reports to the Director of the DLF and will combine administrative, communications, and event-planning responsibilities with opportunities to support meaningful work across CLIR and DLF programs and initiatives. It’s ideal for a person who is service-oriented, responsive, and methodical. We’re seeking someone who enjoys a fast-paced work environment with a variety of assignments to track and accomplish independently, and celebrate collectively.

This is a full-time position, based in CLIR’s Washington, D.C. offices, with excellent benefits, including full health coverage, liberal leave and other employment policies, and a generous retirement plan. Anticipated salary is $45,000 per annum. Review of applications will begin immediately, with a desired start-date in August or early September.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support for the annual DLF Forum and other DLF and National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) conferences and meetings. This includes business and logistical aspects of event planning in collaboration with CLIR colleagues, managing our online submission and registration system, providing participant support and regular communications, and coordinating the evaluation of events.
  • DLF and NDSA website maintenance and routine content creation. This includes proactive updating and maintaining of calendars and websites, regular posting of job openings and relevant news/announcements, and periodic updating or adding of new information in collaboration with DLF’s Director, Program Associate, and community interest group volunteers.
  • Communications. This includes close collaboration with CLIR/DLF and NDSA colleagues on lively administration of our social media accounts, listervs and newsletters, webinar and conferencing systems, and online communities. Requires knowledge of organizational use of a wide variety of social media tools and a desire to engage in a friendly and helpful way with members online and sometimes in person.
  • Occasional assistance with related CLIR initiatives and regular logistical support for the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, in a collaborative and collegial office environment.
  • Occasional travel, particularly for annual DLF Forum and CLIR/DLF Fellows’ events (2 weeks/year), with the option of additional travel to represent the organization at national and international meetings and conferences

Required Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years’ relevant experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated comfort with typical office software packages and platforms, and with issue-tracking or other task management systems
  • Familiarity with website content maintenance using WordPress and Jekyll/GitHub or a proven ability to learn quickly

Desired Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Familiarity with one or more DLF-related fields: libraries, archives, museum studies, digital humanities, data science, and/or information science.
  • Eagerness to learn about and contribute to the digital library and data curation community
  • Willingness to experiment with new systems and tools


About CLIR and DLF
The Digital Library Federation ( represents a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. DLF is a membership organization established in 1995, currently comprising 151 institutional members, and based in the non-profit Council on Library and Information Resources (

CLIR/DLF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We especially encourage applications to this position by people of color and members of other under-represented groups.

To Apply
Please send an email with a single PDF attachment containing your cover letter and resume to, using the subject line “DLF Program Assistant.” Cover letters may be addressed to Dr. Bethany Nowviskie.

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