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Monday, October 19, 2009

F/T - Enterprise Information Architect - Ford Foundation

Enterprise Information Architect
Ford Foundation
New York, New York

The Ford Foundation is a private philanthropic institution that serves as a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to: Strengthen democratic values; reduce poverty and injustice; promote international cooperation; advance human achievement. This has been our purpose for almost half a century.


The Enterprise Information Architect (EIA) is responsible for developing content architectures; developing interfaces and specifications for applications to facilitate information access and delivery; and integrating content management strategies with organizational applications and digital content preservation initiatives. The EIA also provides expertise in planning and designing the presentation of departmental and shared information on SharePoint sites to ensure that content purpose and goals are clearly articulated for the target audience. S/he works closely with content stakeholders and colleagues to identify, define, and solve user-experience-related issues. This includes collaborating on design concepts, gathering and documenting users' content requirements, and translating requirements them into system specifications. S/he partners with software architects and engineers to propose elegant solutions that enrich users' content management and discovery experiences. The EIA also participates in resolving search-related issues and enriching enterprise taxonomies to ensure efficient information retrieval from internal web sites and internal data repositories. S/he makes recommendations on how to leverage thesauri to enhance searching and browsing. The EIA is a key participant in web-related content management projects, particularly ongoing development of the Foundation's intranet site. S/he understands web projects from the perspectives of content architect, provider, and consumer. S/he is expected to employ research methods including content and task analysis, usability testing, and stakeholder interviews to identify problems and opportunities.


* Three to six years' work experience as an information architect, interaction designer, or user experience designer on large-scale web initiatives.
* Master's or Bachelor's degree or combination of equivalent experience in knowledge management, information architecture, human computer interaction, or library and information science or other relevant field; knowledge of information science principles and practices.


* Significant project management experience
* Solid understanding of HTML, DHTML, CSS, Flash, AJAX, and related web technologies as well as Visual Basic, Java, and other object-oriented languages; substantial knowledge of XML
* Experience in design and development of digital library architecture and tools
* Experience using Smartlogic's Semaphore to develop and manage taxonomies
* Comprehensive portfolio of recent work
* Understanding of principles of good graphic design
* Familiarity with search engine optimization (SEO) processes
* Hands on, front-end web development experience
* Web UI architectural background

Grade: 128 - Exempt
Hiring Guidelines: $62,300 - $74,400

Excellent benefits include Foundation-paid comprehensive medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, generous vacation, and tuition reimbursement.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

To apply for employment, please visit the web site linked below to submit your cover letter and resume including salary information.

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