Lead Metadata Strategist – MIT Libraries

Cambridge, MA
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Salary: $91,350 - $150,735
Created: April 5, 2023


MIT Libraries seeks for its Lead Metadata Strategist a dynamic and thoughtful leader who will set the strategic direction for metadata projects and activities across the Libraries in active collaboration with colleagues both within and outside of the Libraries to further the Libraries’ shared vision, mission, and values. While this position is located within Technical Services in the Collections Directorate, work centered on and driven by metadata is being done across the MIT Libraries, with profound impacts at every point in the information lifecycle. Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, Kim Maxwell, the incoming Lead Metadata Strategist and their team of three direct and six indirect reports will prioritize and address the metadata needs of the organization, and coordinate a wide range of people and activities across several directorates. 

The MIT Libraries are on an exciting journey of transformation, prioritizing a digital-first, open scholarship agenda that includes support for data-intensive and computational research, all in the service of accelerating the progress of science, promoting equity and inclusion across disciplines, elevating  scholars and scholarship from around the globe, and contributing to solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. 

With the end goal of optimizing the user experience, the Lead Metadata Strategist will catalyze an evolving understanding of metadata standards and service models, coordinate and streamline workflows, and uncover novel avenues to providing intellectual and physical access to the information resources and collections in support of the Institute’s commitment “to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.” 

A Master’s degree in library/information science or related field and at least five years of professional experience in an academic or research library, or other relevant setting, with experience in metadata management is required. 

MIT Libraries is an environment that welcomes any body, any mind — including all genders — and particularly encourages applications from underrepresented minorities, women, disabled applicants, and veterans. The MIT Libraries seek professionals who enthusiastically embrace the empathy, courage, self-reflection, and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and have a track record of incorporating those values into their work and interactions. EDDA partners is committed to working openly with all and to recognizing our nation’s histories of prejudicial exclusion. The Institute promotes the principle that every person brings unique qualities and talents to the community and that every individual should be treated in a respectful manner. 

Further information including the full position description is available at https://eddapartners.com/mit-libraries-lead-metadata-strategist.  

The position is MIT pay grade 10; anticipated MIT Libraries salary range is $91,350 - $150,735 with a midpoint of $121,095; actual salary will depend on qualifications and experience; successful completion of background check and educational verification should be anticipated.

Expressions of interest and nominations should be directed to Jennifer Rice and Kristine O’Brien, PhD at EDDA partners via email mit_metadata@eddapartners.com. We request a CV and a letter of interest.


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Published: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 18:36 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 18:36 UTC