Taxonomist & Information Architecture Strategist

Menlo Park, CA | Seattle, WA | Remote, Contiguous US | New York, NY

This person will focus on the strategic planning, design, and implementation of taxonomies to help achieve goals for the Interests & Communities Taxonomy team, such as supporting the categorizing and labeling, machine learning and content understanding systems at Facebook & Instagram. The crux of this work is in developing, maintaining, growing a taxonomy for a number of complex, many-faceted products while integrating it into our broader taxonomy/ontology infrastructure. The work also includes following taxonomy management best practices, metadata and vocabulary standards, and building cross-functional relationships. This role will be focused on extending our Taxonomy to work with Instagram content and will be an amazing opportunity to help users find interest based content in a dynamic and rich content set. The person in this role will be expected to be an experienced taxonomist able to quickly expand knowledge domains.


  • Establish a strategy for extending our taxonomy to Instagram’s unique set of content.
  • Lead collaboration with Instagram’s product, engineering and data science teams.
  • Utilize industry best practices for taxonomy development and maintenance.
  • Help build out and establish a taxonomy program for Interest based content.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience leading design changes for extending taxonomies to new domains.
  • 5+ years of experience in developing taxonomies/or ontologies to support a variety of systems both for front-end and back-end use.
  • Experience with developing complex taxonomies, thesauri, and ontologies.
  • Experience with evaluating and implementing taxonomies to support systems such as search systems, content management systems, digital asset management systems, or product classification.
  • Experience building taxonomies for machine learning classification systems.
  • Experience with a variety of topic/domain types and complexity of taxonomies.
  • Experience with systems and business analysis.
  • Highly experienced communicating and presenting taxonomy principles and standards.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or Information Management.
  • Experience with a scripting language such as Python or SQL.

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