Metadata Lead

Post Date:
February 10, 2022




At the Frick Collection we pride ourselves on promoting an open and welcoming workplace culture that supports diversity and work-life balance. The Frick strives to provide our employees with competitive salaries and exceptional benefits in a beautiful and pleasant work setting while providing an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

The Frick complies with New York City’s Executive Order 225 and requires all employees be fully vaccinated and to have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID 19.

Benefits in Employment with the Frick Collection

Paid Holidays: All full-time employees are eligible for 14 paid holidays, all federal holidays, plus Lincoln’s birthday, Juneteenth, Election Day, and two floating holidays to be used in the last quarter of the year.

Sick and Vacation time: All eligible full-time employees accrue up to 12 sick and 12 vacation days their first year of employment. In subsequent years, eligible full-time employees accrue up to 12 sick days and 25 vacation days/year.

Family leave: We provide all eligible employees with bereavement leave and paid parental leave, and we adhere to federal family leave laws.

Health, Dental, and Vision insurance: All eligible full-time employees and their eligible dependents may enroll in employee-sponsored benefit plans. Employees contribute to the cost of health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected.

Short- and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance: The Frick covers the entire cost of these benefits for all eligible full-time employees. The life insurance benefit is up to three times the employee’s annual salary.

Retirement: The Frick supports all employees in planning for retirement by offering participation in a Tax Deferred Savings Plan – 403(b) and a defined benefit pension plan.

Wellness Programs at the Frick include an Employee Assistance Plan, a discount on Citi Bike memberships, and a discount on bike helmets.

Additional benefits include discounted Metro Cards/Transit Checks and flexible spending accounts for health, dependent care, and commuting costs.


Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum consisting of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is considered one of the world’s most perfect museums, and the residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year to its tranquil mansion on the Upper East Side, encouraging visitors to closely observe, reflect, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library, founded by Mr. Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, in 1920, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world's most complete resources for the study of Western art. Our entire staff ensures that the resources of The Frick Collection are made accessible and inviting to “all persons whomsoever,” in accordance with the wishes of the museum’s founder.

The Frick has moved into its temporary home—Frick Madison—in the Breuer building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue (the former Whitney Museum), while renovations are underway to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street.

Position Summary

In July 2020, the Frick Art Reference Library was re-organized into four clusters – Access, Content, Preservation/Digitization and Archives/Records Management. The Metadata Lead is a key member of the Content Cluster which includes Acquisitions, Digital Art History, Photoarchive, and Web Archiving. This position reports to the Associate Chief Librarian for Content and works collaboratively across the library clusters.

The Metadata Lead is responsible for providing support for the discovery of and access to the library’s digitized content through metadata assessment, creation, harvest, enrichment, and maintenance; contributing records to shared catalogs, repositories, and aggregators; performing metadata audits of existing digital collections and participating in migration of legacy digital collections to new platforms; developing and documenting local workflows in accordance with best practices and staying apprised of trends related to facilitating access to digitized collections from cultural heritage institutions; tracking user engagement of digital collections in local and shared platforms; leading interdepartmental and serving as a member of internal working groups; representing the Library in cross-institutional initiatives.


Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited university and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience. Experience with ExLibris Alma and Primo VE. Alma certification and knowledge or expertise with Alma analytics desirable. Basic understanding of cataloging standards and MARC21. Experience or familiarity using scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation and analysis, including MarcEdit, OpenRefine, Regular Expressions, Python. Experience creating, editing, and transforming metadata and planning, implementing, and managing complex metadata workflows. Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, and learn and apply new technologies and metadata standards. Knowledge of linked data principles such as Wikidata, BIBFRAME, and Linked Art. Ability to work independently and in a team environment with a broad range of library colleagues. Commitment to professional development and growth and excellent written and oral communication skills.


Salary is commensurate to skills and experience. The salary range for this position is $60,000-$65,000 annually.

Application Process

Send resume and cover letter to:

Associate Chief Librarian, Content
at (include “Metadata Lead” in subject line of email)

Frick Madison
30 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

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