Metadata & Research Support Associate

New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 20, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Metadata & Research Support Associate

Competitive salary + excellent benefits

New York

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your descriptive metadata and research skills? We’re seeking a Metadata & Research Support Associate based in New York to facilitate efficient discovery and access to information.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. 

Research Services is a rapidly evolving research and knowledge management resource for OSF’s global network. By tracking, curating, facilitating access to, and preserving authoritative resources, Research Services assists staff in staying current in their fields and making informed decisions. In turn, this better positions them to improve upon the development, implementation, and assessment of their programmatic strategies.

As a Metadata & Research Support Associate at Open Society, you will:

  • Perform original and copy cataloguing and establish cataloguing standards and procedures;
  • Maintain and improve the discovery, usage, and preservation of a diverse array of information resources;
  • Provide secondary research support through consultations and user-friendly service;
  • Collaborate with research and data-focused colleagues to promote knowledge sharing and dissemination;
  • Support collection development and information sessions on research and information practices. 

What we are looking for:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in creating, enhancing, and updating metadata, ideally in an academic library or research institution;
  • Knowledge of MARC21 bibliographic and authority formats, metadata standards, taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, database structures, and Linked Data concepts, with exquisite attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary software systems and applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, Google, OCLC, CRM, and digital asset/information management systems;
  • Familiarity with copyright, preservation, and ethical issues related to research publications and practices;
  • A record of delivering excellent service and relationship management.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website:

Closing date: 8 November 2020.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

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