Technical Information Specialist (Indexer) – Washington, D.C.

The Technical Information Specialist (TIS) analyzes and synthesizes content from scholarly journal articles, book, chapters, and other sources to create records for APA’s discovery solutions.

This position requires the collection of specific data elements from scholarly journal articles,  book, chapters, and other sources used in the creation of abstracted records for APA’s psychology discovery solutions. The accurate interpretation, abstracting and indexing of the data, using the precise application of our controlled vocabulary will facilitate highly reliable and valid retrievability. In addition to excellent writing skills, the following are highly desired:  Understanding of why and how thesauri are used,  experience using Boolean logic in database searching, and basic understanding of psychometric methods and research methods used in psychology or other behavioral sciences.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in psychology or related social science field, with significant course work in psychology methods.
  • Two years’ experience in online production in a scholarly publication environment is also required.

Computer Skills Required:

  • Proficient with Adobe Acrobat
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel
  • Familiarity  Web-Based Production Systems
  • Advanced proficiency with Internet Search Systems and Databases


  • 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.

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a cover letter and resume 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, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.

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