One Position: Washington, D.C.

Position: Metadata Content Specialist
Location: American Psychological Association
Salary: $50,000

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.


The Metadata Content Specialist (MCS) analyzes and synthesizes content from scholarly journal articles, book, chapters, and other sources to create records for APA’s discovery solutions. The MCS is required to comprehend psychometric concepts and methodology in psychology and social science disciplines to describe and index content properly. This person must demonstrate an understanding of both interdisciplinary and international research to extract data from these publications.

The MCS is responsible for the quality control of records before they are released into products. The incumbent also helps to develop and refine processes and automated tools to enhance the quality of records, while maximizing efficiencies in processing.


  • Performs record creation and quality assurance activities across APA’s online discovery solutions as assigned.
  • Selects articles, books, and chapters, and tests from scholarly publications in psychology and related fields from English and non-English publications.
  • Creates records representing the content of documents or tests, providing users with accurate descriptive information and precision search and retrieval. Such processes may require decision making and problem solving beyond that prescribed in the guidelines or that must be fast-tracked to meet deadlines.
  • Performs Quality Assurance reviews of basic records created by staff, freelancers, and outsource vendor(s) in various databases.
  • Performs duties that support record production, such as templating, contributing to machine-aided indexing, developing and testing quality control methodologies.
  • Collaborates with other staff across OPD/APA on various projects and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

About APA:

The American Psychological Association (APA) represents 122,000 psychologists, students, and affiliates, primarily in the U.S. and Canada but also in other countries around the world. APA is a scientific and professional organization with about 500 employees and is categorized as a 501(c)(3) along with its 501(c)(6) companion organization, APA Services, Inc.

Job Location: Remote: APA jobs may be considered for remote work eligibility as defined in APA’s Flexible Work Policy and are subject to approval. Remote work employees may not work from the following states or U.S. territories: Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington, Wyoming.

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a resume and cover letter specifying your salary expectations. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.

APA has a mandatory vaccination policy. All employees must be either fully vaccinated or receive approval from APA for an exemption (disability/medical or sincerely held religious belief) before beginning work at APA. By submitting your application, you agree that as a condition of employment, you must comply with APA’s mandatory vaccination policy and other health and safety requirements.