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Taxonomist job opening with Disney

  • 1.  Taxonomist job opening with Disney

    Posted 07-19-2021 22:06

    A connection of mine asked me to share this job opening, which is no longer posted on job boards, but still is open. Please respond to Jaclyn as soon as possible, if interested.

    Principal Taxonomist

    Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

    Burbank, CA


    Job Summary:

    The Principal Taxonomist is a member of the leadership team of the DMED Metadata Platforms team. A core function of the Metadata Platforms team is in deploying the metadata that enhances the discoverability and analysis of creative works for business units across The Walt Disney Company. Central to its work are a set of taxonomies that power the classification of content at the work, item, and storyline level.

    As Principal Taxonomist, this person will assume chief responsibility for the development of new taxonomies and the maintenance of existing ones. In that capacity, they will work closely with other members of the leadership team to strategize how best to satisfy client needs and identify current gaps in the taxonomies as configured. The Principal Taxonomist will serve as the taxonomy subject matter expert in representing DMED Metadata Platforms in meetings with clients and other company representatives. As governor of the taxonomies, this person will be chiefly responsible for fielding questions about and adjudicating the correct application of vocabularies by the members of the Metadata Platforms team charged with classification of content, as well as any other teams across the company charged with authoring metadata from our taxonomies. The Principal Taxonomist will manage a team of staff and contract librarians that are charged with classification, title setup and unblocking metadata authoring within and outside the Metadata Platforms team.


    • Work with clients to identify needs and clarify requirements for taxonomies
    • Build, manage, and maintain taxonomies
    • Work closely with vendors in developing, implementing, and managing the auto classification of content for different business units
    • Manage team of librarians


    Basic Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated expertise in the construction of monolingual taxonomies
    • Minimum of 10 years' experience as a working librarian, preferably in a special library
    • Minimum of 5 years' experience in working in relational databases such as DAMs, CMSs, MAMs, and taxonomy management systems. Prior experience with Smartlogic Semaphore a plus
    • Minimum of 2 years working in a large organization with responsibilities for leading others or directly managing others
    • Previous work experience in a media company
    • Understanding of media production workflows, digital video product workflows, and consumer facing digital video product features
    • Excellent presentation skills and ability to clearly communicate goals, status and issues upwards and across organization.
    • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize multiple projects
    • Self-starter who can work autonomously, working to guide personnel and development to avoid issues before they affect team morale or delivery.
    • Interest and competency with regard to information science, graph data/ontologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence and human / computer interaction
    • Enthusiasm and interest in Disney's franchises and the content that Disney can deliver via digital applications.


    Required Education

    • MLS/MLIS from ALA-accredited school, or equivalent experience

    Heather Hedden
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