: Taxonomist & Information Architecture Strategist: Instagram


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This role will focus on the strategic planning, design, and implementation of taxonomies for Instagrams product teams. Responsibilities will include leading categorization and labeling, collaborating with machine learning engineering teams, and helping to develop content understanding systems. The work will focus on developing, maintaining, and growing multi-dimensional taxonomies to support several product spaces, and collaborating with taxonomists across the company on related taxonomy and ontology efforts. The role will also include creating standards for taxonomy governance and management, standards for vocabulary and metadata, processes and criteria for change management, and development of cross-functional relationships.The person in this role will be expected to have the skills to collaborate with and influence other teams and stakeholders. The right candidate will be self-directed, and adept at partnering with different teams across the organization to contribute to overall business and user experience objectives.

Required Skills

  • Provide thought leadership for information architecture and taxonomy development and adoption.
  • Utilize industry best practices for taxonomy development and maintenance.
  • Coordinate and prioritize taxonomy work by working closely across departments to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Plan and design taxonomy management and maintenance programs.
  • Consult with internal product partners to expand our taxonomy to support product and business goals while building extensible durable structures.
  • Identify requirements through engagement with product partners.
  • Deliver communication plans and training to assist internal users in socialization and adoption of new tools.
  • Serve as point of contact for taxonomy content and structure guidelines.
  • Collaborate with content strategy and product design partners to ensure user-facing taxonomy labels are simple, straightforward, and human, in accordance with Facebook and Instagram content strategy standards.
  • Drive continuous improvements to taxonomy development and processes.
  • Serve as a strategic resource for labeling and model building efforts.
  • Identify, analyze and troubleshoot data quality problems from labeling and modeling predictions for informing taxonomy improvements.
  • Identify features and tools to support taxonomy development and process efficiencies.
  • Research internal data to inform taxonomy improvements.
  • Educate stakeholders on an ongoing basis to champion the taxonomy process, workflows and implementation frameworks.
  • Collaborate with other taxonomists on establishing best practices and editorial guidelines for taxonomy development.
  • Provide internal teams insights on industry best practices around the use of taxonomies for data and metadata management, privacy and business integrity.

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Edward Fagin
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I'm an engineering manager on our real-time infrastructure team, and my team focuses on GraphQL Subscriptions — a component of the widely-used GraphQL open source query language for APIs — that makes it easier for engineers to build real-time features into their products. At Facebook, this framework powers a number of features that people use every day, including comment-typing indicators and streaming reactions on live videos.

At Facebook, you have the opportunity to contribute to an incredibly wide range of infrastructure projects. While our engineers have a variety of expertise, they share a passion for solving complex engineering challenges at scale. It's humbling to know that everything you work on can potentially impact more than two billion people around the world.

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Vaneeta Singh
Engineering Manager

We develop the network software for Facebook applications on iOS and Android platforms. This includes measuring and improving performance, reliability, security, and efficiency of network communication with Facebook servers. Getting the most out of a diverse set of worldwide mobile networks, and millions of handsets with a wide range of hardware capabilities is challenging as well as fun. All this while we play good citizens in these networks and are mindful of the device battery, storage, and data consumption.