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Taxonomist

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Posted: 10/09/2018 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Other Area(s) Job Number: 23047

We' re looking for a senior Taxonomist to develop an ontology that can power content classification and enrich the content graph to improve the feed experience. The right candidate with be self-directed, capable of working independently in ambiguous environments to define deliverables, shape outcomes and lead teams toward successful results. The candidate must be able to thrive in a flat, fast-moving environment that relies on lightweight processes to deliver huge impact.
Responsibilities
- Develop a comprehensive topic taxonomy for classifying social media  content in a natural, interpretable manner, at multiple granularities.
-  Evangelize the project with internal teams and identify new use ways these teams can leverage the work.
-  Work closely with engineers to prioritize and manage projects/deliverables effectively while adapting to changing business needs, processes and requirements.
-  Provide guidance about ontologies and semantic representations, supporting recommendations with data.
-  Analyze and optimize processes, owning data integrity and taxonomy effectiveness.
-  Coordinate and build alignment with teams and stakeholders across family of apps and services to optimize for consistency and interoperability.
-  Partner with PMs, engineers, product designers, researchers, and content strategists to oversee the user experience of a product from conception until launch (and then some).
-  Promote taxonomy and in the broader community of design and content professionals.
-  Help develop a high level, vision for the team, and identify opportunities that solve business and user needs through the taxonomy.

Skills:
Minimum Qualifications
- 5+ years developing and managing product taxonomies
-  Experience using taxonomy management systems to maintain categories, attributes, and other metadata. Ontology development and information domain modeling experience
-  Proven ability to present complex technical and metadata information in a clear and concise way to a range of technical and non-technical audiences
-  Experience working with content systems and establishing the relationship between content topics
-  Proven ability to work on ambiguous projects and deliver effectively in customer-focused, cross-functional teams
-  Ability to think at a high level about product strategy and vision
-  Experience in building and shipping taxonomies and related features for content web sites, apps, or software
-  A portfolio or other work samples showing the impact of your content taxonomy work
-  Ability to partner with data science and comfort with data
Preferred Qualifications
-  5+ years working with and developing content taxonomies
-  Familiarity working across different languages and markets
-  Experience with an international taxonomy, specifically how to internationalize a taxonomy
-  Familiarity with data science and data-driven decision-making
-  Product/UX content strategy experience
-  Experience with social products

Education: Masters Degree in Library Science or Information Management, or related experience preferred
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