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Friday, September 17, 2010

F/T - Enterprise Information Architect Manager - The Ford Foundation

enterprise information architect Manager

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) Manager oversees and participates in development of content architectures; development of interfaces and specifications for applications to facilitate information access and delivery; and integration of content management strategies with organizational applications and digital content preservation initiatives. The EIA Manager will help take the Foundation’s SharePoint implementation to the next level, providing expertise in the planning and design of SharePoint collections to enhance findability and ensure clarity of content purpose and goals. 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 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 Manager also oversees and participates in resolving search-related issues to ensure efficient information retrieval from internal web sites and internal data repositories. The EIA Manager leads 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. The EIA Manager provides staff and project leadership for the EIA unit, which includes: establishing priorities, defining requirements, planning and monitoring unit/project budgets, and managing the performance of a diverse staff.


         5–7 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.

         Demonstrated understanding and familiarity with the principles, administration, and mechanics of effective information, document, and web content management—particularly governance and business processes

         Significant experience in managing and coordinating the work of professional staff, as well as strong staff mentoring and development skills

         Demonstrated experience managing complex projects


         Significant experience in MOSS 2007 site governance and content administration; familiarity with workflows and third-party SharePoint solutions

         Background in user-centered design, usability standards, information design, interaction design, and goal-oriented design

         Comprehensive portfolio of recent work

         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

         Understanding of principles of good graphic design

         Experience in enterprise search implementation and search engine optimization

         Hands on, front-end web development experience

Grade:                   130-Exempt

Salary:    is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.

To apply for employment, please visit to submit your cover letter, resume including salary information.

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.