Director of Metadata

Book Publishing
G0200121 Requisition #

Scope of Responsibilities:

The position will report directly to the Vice President, Managing Editor in the Trade division. The Metadata team, led by this position, is responsible for managing the product information (metadata) that allows us to sell books for children, from toddlers to teens, through online retailers. We also manage certain editorial processes and schedules, and some day-to-day marketing projects for paperbacks and ebooks. This position requires organization, initiative, efficiency, great communication, ability to keep track of many moving pieces, and an extremely strong attention to detail.

Specific Responsibilities:

• Maintain, update, and direct the guidelines that govern our retailer-facing metadata
• Organize and direct data quality cleanup and enhancement projects
• Communicate to stakeholders upstream and downstream the full life cycle of each piece of metadata: where and how it should be entered in, how it is transformed, where it goes, and how it’s used
• Train data users on guidelines
• Contact point for metadata vendors, including assisting with new vendor searches as needed
• Represent Trade division in corporate steering committees focused on data and systems
• Advocate data needs for Editorial and Sales, pushing for system enhancements when needed
• Maintain divisional master calendar of seasonal deadlines
• Assist VP, Managing Editor in organizing publishing lists of new/upcoming titles
• Organize seasonal Launch
• Manage direct reports responsible for metadata processes

This position involves multiple workflows, each with many moving parts that require precise handling. Attention to detail is an absolute must! This person must be able to accomplish complex tasks that have very little room for error. She or he must be able to learn, follow, and teach complicated procedures, and take the initiative to discover new and faster ways of completing duties. She or he must be willing to absorb an extraordinary amount of institutional knowledge, and use that to create new processes and change existing ones for the better. This position requires an enthusiastic and energetic person who works well with a team, and who can manage direct reports harmoniously. The ideal candidate is highly organized and self-reliant, thrives under pressure, and can juggle many responsibilities and demands.


Specific Experience/Skills:

• Five years’ experience in data management required (experience with publishing-specific metadata and ONIX a major plus, though not required)
• Solid writing and communication skills required
• Knowledge of various computer systems:
• Excel proficiency a must! If unfamiliar with Excel formulas, must be able to learn quickly
• Must be comfortable using and learning online programs, as all metadata and covers are sent electronically
• Experience with Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat desired, but not required
• College degree required
• Copyediting and/or copywriting experience useful but not required
• Programming background extremely useful but not required
• Experience managing direct reports helpful but not required


Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online. True to its mission of 100 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at

Some benefits that we offer:

• 100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment
• Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount

Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Scholastic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our policy is clear: there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran.

Those factors shall not influence the determination of qualifications for a job or other opportunity within the company. Further, all personnel actions (such as compensation, tuition aid, benefits, transfers, promotions, and dismissals, company-sponsored training, social and recreational programs) shall be administered without discrimination.

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