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Front-End Developer / Designer

New America — an innovative nonprofit policy institute in the heart of Washington, D.C. — is seeking a creative and resourceful front-end developer/designer who is excited to shape the digital brand of one of the country’s most forward-looking think tanks.

You will be joining a tight-knit, collaborative communications and design team, working with us to promote new voices and new ideas across New America’s multi-disciplinary issue portfolio. The ideal candidate will be passionate about creating user experiences that clearly communicate often-complex data, research, and policy recommendations to a variety of audiences. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have experience in data visualization, or an interest in doing dataviz work.

As a front-end developer/designer, you will be working closely with a full stack developer to design and build creative user experiences, dashboards, and data visualizations, and with the communications team to strategize on how to make New America’s digital brand and products shine.

To see examples of New America’s recent dataviz work, check out:

This full-time position is based in Washington, D.C. This is not a remote or telework position.


  • Design front-end interactives, including maps and data visualizations in a high-impact setting
  • Function as a problem solver on the design team, working with New America’s programs to understand their data visualization needs and provide advice and support as programs design their interactive and data projects
  • Work with a full-stack developer on front-end development projects on our digital properties, including our main website and occasional one-off projects
  • Coordinate and track project deliverables based on project timelines established with the communications team
  • Contribute to the design and development of our React-based data visualization charting and component library
  • Work with New America’s design team to ensure graphics standards are met


  • Bachelors in a design-related field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 4+ years professional experience as a key member of a design team with a strong focus on digital products
  • 2+ years professional website of professional experience in front-end website development using JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3

Required Skills:

  • Experience with React
  • Experience with D3.js
  • Ability to communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with non-technical clients and internal colleagues
  • Good design sensibilities (eye for detail and typography) and the ability to work within/expand upon established brand style
  • Familiarity navigating Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, and/or Photoshop
  • Basic understanding of UI/UX principles and best practices

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience creating interactive data visualizations such as maps and charts
  • Experience with at least one client or server-side MVC framework
  • Familiarity with build tools such as Webpack or Rollup
  • Experience and interest in working in nonprofits, public policy, research, and/or journalism
  • Experience creating design systems/style guides/component libraries
  • Experience conducting UX research and testing to inform design decision making

Submit a cover letter, resume and links to portfolios of work and/or GitHub repos. Applicants without a cover letter, resume, or samples of work will not be considered. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are recommended.

New America offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package, with a salary commensurate with experience.

Please, no phone calls or emails.

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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