Metadata and Systems Specialist Ottawa , ON


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The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very centre of Canada’s economy, in a diverse and inclusive organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in an environment where we are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.

Did you know?

The Bank recently partnered with the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) and created the Partnerships in Innovation and Technology Program (PIVOT) both of which will help us deepen our knowledge of leading Machine Learning and AI technologies.

About the position

Knowledge and Information Services (K&IS) is a business line within the Corporate Services (CS) Department of the Bank of Canada that provides expertise and services to help Bank staff effectively access and share quality data, information and knowledge.

We are looking for a Metadata and Systems Specialist to work in close collaboration with the Systems and Web Librarian to develop, maintain, control and evolve library systems, intranet, web sites and tools that facilitate access to the data and information resources available at the Bank. This position reports to the Manager, Information Resources and Tools.

Your future responsibilities

The Metadata and Systems Specialist is responsible for applying metadata for acquired data and information resources and supports maintenance of library systems and web applications to meet specific user needs.

You catalogue bibliographic and electronic resources by creating and enhancing original metadata to improve the discovery of collections online using applicable standards, such as MARC 21, AACR2 and RDA and Library of Congress Subject Headings. You provide ongoing maintenance and configuration of an integrated library system or library services platform. You offer first-line support for the resolution of problems related to the use of library applications and coach and train staff in the use of these applications and systems.

You leverage system usage data using analytics tools to identify and analyze existing and emerging needs for new applications or systems to improve user experience. You support the development and maintenance of K&IS related content for the Bank’s Intranet and you participate in planned initiatives for the year.

Your education and experience

  • college certification or degree in library sciences or studies
  • a minimum of three years of work experience in a library or information services unit including one year of work experience working as part of a library systems team


  • an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered


  • experience with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo
  • experience using analytic tools such as Oracle BI to run reports
  • knowledge and understanding of emerging standards such as principles of linked data and FAIR

Your knowledge and skills

We are looking for a team player who is an effective communicator, has strong analytical and problem-solving skills and possesses strong attention to detail. You must have strong relationship management skills as you will be required to work closely with system vendor representatives, and you must have strong organization and planning skills that allow you to prioritize and oversee activities to efficiently meet objectives.

Language requirement: English and French essential (bilingual) with a minimum starting level of functional in second official language. Training may be provided to help the selected candidate reach the required level of fully functional in second official language.

What you can expect from us

This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career.

  • Starting salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $61,400 to $72,300 (job grade 14)
  • Depending on performance, you may be eligible for performance pay for successfully meeting (5 to 7% of your base salary) or for exceeding expectations (10% of your base salary). Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.
  • Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health and dental coverage that meets your needs
  • Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
  • Option to join the indexed, defined-benefit pension plan after 24 consecutive months of service

Additional information

  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Must be eligible for secret clearance
  • Relocation assistance is not provided
  • The official title for this position is “Systems and Web Specialist”

To apply:

Closes: 21 November, 2019

Bank of Canada
Ottawa , ON