Metadata & Research Support Associate

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 16

Position description

Metadata & Research Support Associate. New York. Posting Date: 10/15/2020. Deadline: 11/08/2020

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 cataloging and establish cataloging 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
  • Excellent writing, verbal, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
  • Familiarity with copyright, preservation, and ethical issues related to research publications and practices;
  • A record of delivering excellent service and relationship management;
  • Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism and social justice;
  • Commitment to listening and working with humility; ways of working that are respectful to all people; and that support space and voice for all diverse perspectives in our workplace.


Desirable (but not required):

  • Subject experience in global human rights and justice, law, social sciences, and/or international affairs preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working in complex, hierarchical, and multi-stakeholder organizations.
  • International or cross-cultural experience and proficiency in more than 1 language.


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


See what a day in the life of a Grant Making Support Officer at Open Society is like.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Please note, this position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

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.