Taxonomist (Temporary), NYT Cooking

Job Description

NYT Cooking is seeking an experienced taxonomist to establish a new classification system for the product. This role will be responsible for setting the strategy for an ideal taxonomy and tagging system for NYT Cooking, leading the implementation of those new metadata standards across the site, and creating tagging best practices and guidance for the broader Cooking team.

  • Create normalization amongst tags on site and a controlled vocabulary
  • Refine NYT Cooking's schema to reflect industry standards and ensure it aligns with top competitors in the recipe space
  • Consult with internal product partners to expand our taxonomy to support product and business goals while building extensible durable structures.
  • Partner with the SEO team to develop a taxonomy and tagging system that is search-friendly in its foundation
  • Collaborate with Edit, Design and Audience Insights partners to ensure user-facing taxonomy labels are simple, straightforward, accurate, and reliable, and help us meet our users' needs
  • Establish a taxonomy that is inclusive and accurately reflects the diversity of the world of cooking
  • Utilize data and consult with DIG to ensure extensive data tracking
  • Collaborate with product leaders to help determine how taxonomy will be incorporated into site search and allow users to seamlessly find the specific categories they are looking for
  • Help NYT Cooking determine what new tags have begun to emerge and are missing from our database
  • Establish guidelines for consistent tagging and train Cooking team to correctly tag new recipes moving forward
  • Clean up our archive of recipes to accurately reflect the new tagging system
  • Set requirements for how these content classifications should be incorporated into Cooking's CMS

  • At least three years of experience in content classification and taxonomy management
  • Familiarity using controlled vocabularies governed by tagging guidelines and scope notes
  • Experience with a variety of topic/domain types and complexity of taxonomies
  • Experience partnering closely with editorial, product, data, and SEO teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teammates. Self-disciplined when working alone
  • A degree in library science, information management or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience working in the recipe space a plus

This is a temporary position. As a temporary employee, you are not eligible for the Company's paid time off policies or to participate in the Company's benefit plans.


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