[CLOSED] Taxonomist and metadata specialist for phila.gov


The Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT) is in search of a Taxonomist and Metadata Specialist for three months.

As an agency, we believe in a City government that understands the needs of its people and empowers them through efficient and effective services. We collaborate with departments, the public, and other stakeholders—employing human-centered design methods—to create digital services that support the success and well-being of all Philadelphians.

One large initiative of ODDT is the redesign of phila.gov. 4.7 million people visit the City of Philadelphia’s website, phila.gov, every year. Whether they’re looking for information on the Philadelphia Marathon, checking whether trash pickup is on-schedule, looking for after school activities, or applying for public assistance programs, for many Philadelphians, their experience on phila.gov represents the image they have of government. For the past few years, we’ve been working closely with content creators, City colleagues, and the public to rewrite service information and to design features that better meet the needs of City residents. You can see the progress so far at www.phila.gov.

In this 3-month role, you’ll work with department stakeholders and will analyze current content to develop a classification system that improves Phila.gov content visibility and usability. You will oversee all aspects of our content tagging and the classification system. This includes editorial oversight of the tagging process as well as coordination with our content, product, and development teams.

Tasks to be completed: 

  • Analyze phila.gov’s current content landscape to ensure its proper classification.
  • Define taxonomy based on content research, populate database with fixed vocabulary of meta-tags, and tag appropriate content.
  • Create maintenance standards to ensure the taxonomy will be maintained through its lifecycle.
  • Document and advocate for best practices in the tagging process to ensure quality.
  • Educate City stakeholders on best practices. 
  • Coordinate work with content and development teams.

Application deadline and process:

  • Please submit an application by 5:00 p.m. ET on October 15, 2019.
  • If you have questions, please post them below by October 11, 2019 at noon. We’ll respond the same day by 5:00 p.m. 

To apply, send the following to oddt@phila.gov:

  • Your resume or curriculum vitae
  • Your hourly rate


  • Contracts will not exceed $34,000.
  • Applications should show that candidates have:
    • An understanding of content classification and metadata schemas.
    • Experience using content management or digital assessment management systems.
    • Experience with information organization and architecture.
    • The ability to collaborate and coordinate with a multidisciplinary team of designers, content strategists, and developers.

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