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Thursday, August 7, 2014

F/T - Taxonomy & Metadata Specialist, Scholastic (NY)

Taxonomy and Metadata Specialist

Scholastic Inc. is currently seeking a Taxonomy and Metadata Specialist to join the Software and Technology Services’ Taxonomy and Metadata Services Group (TMSG) to support channel-specific and enterprise-level initiatives. This is a full-time, permanent position located in Scholastic’s New York City offices.

Job Description
The person filling this position joins the TMSG with responsibility for designing and implementing taxonomies and metadata structures for a variety of applications with a high degree of usability for both internal and external Scholastic clients.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
        Develop, refine, and implement multi-faceted taxonomies and thesauri to enable consistent description, discovery, and reuse of company assets.
        Collaboratively develop and implement an Instructional taxonomy that aligns with Common Core State Standards and Scholastic skills vocabularies.
        Conduct iterative evaluations of taxonomy design based on feedback from internal users and external customers.
        Assist with the definition and modeling of structural and descriptive metadata frameworks for content management (CMS), digital asset management (DAM), and centralized book marketing systems.
        Support on-going enhancements to CMS, DAM, and centralized book marketing systems to include automated metadata feed rules, data transformation and normalization, classification and enrichment, and search and discovery.
        Create tagging workflows and documentation.
        Coordinate, assemble, and maintain business metadata across a variety of product and asset types, to include books, articles, videos, instructional collateral.
        Lead and support tagging projects staffed with both internal and remote tagging teams.
        Advise on search and navigation projects.
        Educate stakeholders and advocate for taxonomy and metadata best practices.
        Participate in and oversee data governance at both a business and enterprise level.
        Work collaboratively, plan, and lead meetings and working sessions across all parts of the organization including, but not limited to: TMSG team, DAMs and CMS teams, Technology support (development and QA), eScholastic (customer-facing website), Education Group (Instructional taxonomy development), and other lines of business such as Trade, Reading Clubs, and Classroom Magazines.

        Strong understanding and experience with taxonomy and thesaurus standards and best practices; information organization and architecture; content classification and enrichment; metadata modeling, mapping, and transformation; and, digital asset management and/or content management.
        Demonstrated initiative and flexibility to work both independently and as part of teams to develop new strategies and improve existing strategies for information organization, management, and retrieval.
        Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to clearly articulate strategies, benefits, and requirements to both technical staff and business, always reflecting and promoting customer service and professionalism.
        Comfortable working through ambiguity to assist businesses in understanding and defining their requirements.
        Comfortable working on multiple projects simultaneously across a complex organization and product/content base.

        Library Science degree or equivalent education and experience
        Minimum of 4 years’ experience and demonstrated success with taxonomy, thesaurus, and metadata framework development, using standards and best practices
        Experience working with digital asset management or content management systems
        Subject indexing (tagging) and cataloging experience
        Detail-oriented, decisive, self-motivated, and calm under pressure
        Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
        Strong ability to build credibility with business leaders
        Excellent analytical and communication skills
        Ability to quickly understand complex ideas and communicate them in simple language
        Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
        Background in publishing is a plus
        Understanding of K-12 instructional materials is a plus

For consideration, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to