Director of Metadata Services

Capstone - Multiple Locations or Remote - Full time

Director of Metadata Services

The Role

At Capstone, our Director of Metadata Services leads a team responsible for managing our product’s metadata and information assets, which is crucial to Capstone’s digital growth strategy. We’re looking for someone who understands how important metadata is to both our external customers being able to find our products and to our internal teams as a partner in product management.

The Director of Metadata Services must be forward-thinking, phenomenal at prioritizing, and skillful at understanding processes and how they work together. In this role you’ll form relationships with every department and be a strategic and decisive leader for the Metadata Services department.

This role requires high-level experience in metadata. Experience in publishing metadata, MARC record cataloging and ONIX are preferred.

Why You’ll Want to Join Capstone

Do you want to join an innovative company whose mission is to improve the educational experiences of children and the educators who serve them? Capstone is a fast-paced growth company committed to cultivating a love of reading and learning.

At Capstone, we believe reading is for everyone. For more than 30 years, Capstone has been a national leader in K-5 educational content including digital products (PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next, Capstone Interactive, Capstone Connect) and award-winning books. We combine a passion for helping foster a powerful love of reading and learning with the talent to create amazing content.

We are a mission-driven company that provides opportunities for professional learning and development and a culture of inclusion, equity, and belonging.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Systems Management

  • Manage system administration of Biblio software and maintenance, including product setup and entry activities in alignment with strategy, process, and quality control requirements. Oversee all final data audits and approvals to meet seasonal milestone dates impacting Capstone product metadata and MARC record data and levelling.
  • Design metadata architecture in support of digital product strategy and user experience requirements (in addition to traditional commerce requirements). Provide current information on best practices on MARC record cataloging rules, routines, and library classifications.
  • Provide high-level ONIX troubleshooting, including Biblio setup and cross-departmental consulting. Oversee the onboarding and delivery of metadata feeds via ONIX. Provide assistance and support to the organization’s Specs on File database program, printed library processing products, and collection analysis program.

Collaboration and Vendor Support

  • Partner with product management and software engineering to create robust back-end metadata systems and provide troubleshooting of product data integration with all relevant systems.
  • Collaborate to ensure cross-functional continual process improvements, best practices for data/asset management, and training for company employees.
  • Oversee vendor relationships associated with publishing product and MARC metadata and act as a company representative on various industry data trade groups.

Metadata Services Team Management

  • Assign, coordinate, and prioritize workload for team members, and establish strategic and annual operating plans. Management of Service Request site and metrics.
  • Serve as Product Owner (hands-on analyst) in the Metadata Services Scrum Team Framework

Leadership

  • Lead, mentor, and motivate the Metadata Services team. Inspire others to create a positive, collaborative, and innovative work environment.
  • Lead, mentor, assess, and support team members in their development and as they perform their roles within the company.
  • Solutions-oriented change leader who exercises positive influence. Acts as a “strategic-doer”, both leading and exercising agility and collaboration throughout the organization.
  • Manages frequent and complex ups and downs, while being open and transparent with employees, fostering trust and being a resource in the middle of change.
  • Excellent communications skills - written, verbal and interpersonal - and an ability to tailor communication style to diverse audiences.
  • Results-driven and agile with the commitment and confidence to assume leadership in an evolving environment.
  • Empathetic and engaging individual, who listens well, is responsive, solutions focused and results oriented.

Education, Experience and Skills

  • MLIS degree from an ALA accredited library school with coursework in cataloging or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in book publishing, K-12 library or EdTech markets, and management.
  • Familiarity with publishing metadata, MARC record cataloging, ONIX, and Biblio or other publishing title management systems.
  • Microsoft Office skills, especially Outlook and Excel.
  • Scrum Certification or experience working in a Scrum framework preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills including via teleconference (Zoom and similar) and by phone.
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced work environment with the desire and ability to work and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Excellent technical skills, attention to detail, goal-oriented, ability to lead, ability to solve problems and share expertise under minimal guidance.
  • Strong quality management, troubleshooting skills, and understanding of business implications and website appropriateness.

Travel Requirements

Work will be via teleconference (Zoom and similar) initially, but up to 10% travel may be required in the future.

Diversity & Inclusion

Capstone embraces diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity, and belonging for all employees and applicants. We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to hrservices@coughlancompanies.com.

Pre-Employment Drug Screen and Background Check Required

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Locations

Edina, Minnesota
North Mankato, Minnesota
Remote

Role

Data Analysis

Experience Level

Mid Level

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