Data Visualization Developer (Office of Communications)

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At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

How you’ll contribute:
The Urban Institute is seeking a data visualization developer to join our vibrant and growing team. To build on our continued success with powerful digital content, we’re looking for a talented and multifaceted visual thinker. This is a unique opportunity to deliver Urban’s vital research to an expanding audience and to explore the possibilities of telling stories with data. The specialist will work closely with research center directors and staff, executive office staff, and the communications team to translate research into user-focused data visualizations, interactive tools, and applications for the Urban Institute website.


Develop creative solutions to communicate complex research findings to the Urban Institute’s audiences (including policy makers, national and local journalists, and the general public).

Collaborate with researchers and communications staff (designers, developers, writers, and editors) on the conception and construction of interactive data visualizations.

Create and refine static data visualizations for a range of digital and print publications based on our comprehensive communications standards.

Grow and refine our data visualization practices and standards—exploring new technologies, developing new style guidelines, or designing and building new templates.

What you’ll bring:
Essential skills

A strong portfolio of data visualization projects, from 2–5 years of combined academic and professional experience.

Bachelor’s or Masters degree in computer science, journalism , statistics, information science/visualization, or a related field, or equivalent experience.

Excellent communication and presentation skills.

The successful candidate must have a working knowledge of the following:

Front-end web development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Creating interactive graphics in d3.js

Cleaning and analyzing data (using R, Python, Ruby, Stata, or others)

Preferred Knowledge

Advanced techniques for charting in Microsoft Excel

Git and Github

Statistics and data science


Online mapping libraries (especially Mapbox) and experience with GIS programs such as ArcGIS or QGIS


What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

The Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees’ Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.

The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans. Engineering Intern, Computer Science Intern, IT Intern, Information Technology Intern

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