Request ID: 13256-1
Start/End Dates: 08/06/2021 - 02/05/2022
Tax Work Location: US - CA - Menlo Park
Job Title: Content Operations - Taxonomist I

Pay Rate: $35-$46/hour (DOE)

Job Description:
We’re looking for an Assistant Taxonomist to support the Ads Taxonomist Team in building and scaling our ads taxonomies to power content understanding and classification to improve the advertising experience on Facebook for people and businesses. The right candidate will be self-directed, capable of working independently and with a team to shape outcomes and successful results. The candidate must be able to thrive in a flat, fast-moving environment that relies on lightweight processes to deliver huge impact.

The main function of the Assistant Taxonomist will be working with other ads taxonomists on the Unified Ads Taxonomy to power ads topic control. The role will directly help to build and maintain a single taxonomy from multiple taxonomies of commercial topics. Additionally, the role will support Facebook’s Responsibility & Privacy (R&P) pillar taxonomy projects.


Working at the direction of a Facebook Taxonomist Lead, validate & maintain entity cluster to taxonomy node mapping and naming.
Support taxonomy review of models to improve output quality, support creation of Q&A taxonomy/model guidelines
Support and maintain policy labeling of entity clusters and taxonomy nodes based on previous and future risk assessment
Perform quality control checks on taxonomy & taxonomy tool updates
Review term translations for disambiguation and approval, provide content design support & best practices for user facing terms
Work to establish daily productivity targets and proactively identify workflows to increase productivity
Collaborate across a small taxonomy team to ensure consistent application of classification and taxonomy governance standards

Strong classification & categorization skills (i.e., “whole system thinking”)
Semantic understanding of how concepts and language represent real world entities and the relationship logic between terms
Excellent communication skills, ability to document guidelines, taxonomy governance as well as articulate taxonomy principles and standards to partner teams
Experience using taxonomy management systems to maintain categories, attributes, and other metadata.
Understanding of ML and how classification supports model outputs
Immaculate attention to detail


2+ years developing and managing product, SEO/SEM, Ad Tech, and/or advertising taxonomies
Masters degree in Library and Information Science, or related field or equivalent training required:
Metadata design experience
Product/UX content strategy experience
Experience with social products
Information Architecture
Experience managing big data sets
Experience with social products
Recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Story Behind the Need – Business Group & Key Projects: Help Facebook implement and scale taxonomy solutions to improve the advertising experience for our users and advertisers. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities — we're just getting started.

Typical Day in the Role:
The crux of this work is supporting the development, maintenance and scaling of multi-dimensional taxonomies that power the back-end ads ecosystem. General tasks include classifying and categorizing terms based on an established logic, identifying and describing concepts and terms, using specialized taxonomy software to map or subsume duplicative terms, run reports and analysis, perform quality control audits, and provide additional project specific support as required.

What makes this role interesting? The forefront of where information science & high tech merge to create advanced solutions to high profile advertising challenges
Competitive market comparison: Facebook sets the high-end market standard
Unique selling points: Work with Engineers, Data Scientists, Content Designers and other Taxonomists to build and improve products.
Value added or experience gained: Entrance into the high tech world of taxonomy! Be the semantic side of ML & AI. Collaborate on building systems that reach billions of people

Candidate Requirements (REQUIRED) -
Top 3 must-have HARD skills:
Deep understanding of taxonomy structure & logic
Classification/Categorization Skills
Analytical Skills

Good to have skills:

Technical Skills
Language Skills
Research Skills

Years of experience required
: 1 professional year of taxonomy experience or advanced degree in Library and Information Science or related field

Degrees or certifications required: MA of Library & Information Science or related advanced degree preferred

no professional taxonomy experience or education