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Senior Interactive Designer/Developer

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Our client, an independent nonprofit organization, driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems with a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life is looking for a Senior Interactive Designer/Developer to join their Communications group on-site in their Washington, DC office.

The Communications department plays an instrumental role in positioning in order to achieve programmatic and institutional goals. Their in-house expertise includes: strategy and message development; editorial support; design and creative services; media event planning; digital and video production and social media. The unit oversees all communications policies, guidelines and processes in order to manage the brand, ensure the production of the highest quality work and effectively steward resources.

Position Overview:
The Senior Interactive Designer/Developer reports to the Director of Creative. The ideal candidate applies technical skills, interactive storytelling, communications and problem-solving abilities to advance research and advocacy goals. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively and effectively across a variety of teams and projects with unique topics and objectives. The individual must act independently and report regularly to senior staff and team members regarding major project activities. Daily interaction with editorial, creative, and production staff is required. Good judgment and initiative are necessary in coordinating activities and responding to project obligations.

MUST HAVES:
• You are a Javascript/jQuery GURU
• You have proven interactive data visualization experience
• Conceptual visionary who can clearly communicate on a business level to present ideas/concepts
• Proven ability to lead interactive data development
• Strong team player with an ability to work independently with a keen eye to detail and accuracy

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Interactive data visualization lead from concept to deployment, including all front-end development, QA and data mapping.
• Work as part of the creative team to develop concepts for interactive designs and data visualizations for online resources.
• Advise design team on technical viability of interactive design directions and proposed functionalities on a project by project basis. Includes creative thinking for animations and transitions.
• Monitor development progress to ensure that projects and tasks meet internal deadlines.
• Offer guidance to digital teams’ efforts to standardize front-end code for site integration and overarching technical requirements. Participate in internal data task force to help set institutional standards.
• Assist digital team as needed in development to help maintain and update email newsletter markup.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• A minimum of five years of applicable professional experience required.
• Ability to produce forward thinking, efficient, clean, error-free interactive solutions.
• Strong working knowledge of action scripts such as (X)HTML, JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks (jQuery). Proven ability to translate complex data sets into engaging online interactives. Flash knowledge is a plus, but not a requirement. Understanding front-end development techniques including CSS.
• Solid understanding of front-end development techniques used to optimize presentation layer across multiple devices and channels. Strong working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organization, initiative, and flexibility and responsiveness to changing requirements and conditions. Solid understanding of the interactive development landscape and upcoming trends. Additionally, candidates should work well in a collaborative, team environment, while possessing the ability to work independently as well as set timelines, track progress and lead reviews and feedback sessions.

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