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Data Visualization Developer

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Data and Technology team is seeking an experienced Data Visualization Developer to join its growing data analytics unit.

Your main responsibility will be working closely with colleagues across the organization to produce high-impact charts, maps and interactive graphics, which tell the story of our work, and help the organization achieve impact.

Numeracy, statistical thinking and the ability to ‘design with data’ will be central to this role. You should be curious, meticulous and have good communication judgement. You will be working on pieces that are timely and topical, as well as thinking deeply about how to articulate new ideas and tell stories that have not yet been told.  You will be serving both internal clients and developing your own ideas, working from “pitch to publication”.

Above all, you will have a passion for data-driven visual storytelling and the skills to excel in an organization with over 100 years of experience putting data at the heart of its work.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

You will be part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Analytics Team and the organization’s Data Science Community of Practice. Your main responsibilities will include:

Data visualization development: You’ll spend around 50% of your time working with experts and grantees from the Rockefeller Foundation’s initiative areas and operations teams to design and develop data visualization products which meet their needs. You’ll be producing high-impact charts, maps, statistical graphics and interactive features for both online and print audiences. You’ll be involved in every step from design, prototyping, acquiring, wrangling and analyzing data to front-end development and production.

Standards, tools and training: You’ll spend around 30% of your time helping to create a culture of data across the Foundation through generous collaboration with others, developing a distinctive online and physical presence for the organization’s data visualization work, creating data visualization standards and guidelines, and training staff.

Creative and strategic exploration: You’ll cultivate and identify opportunities for how your skills and the Foundation’s growing data assets can be used advance our mission, and to communicate the work of our initiative teams and grantees.

Partnership and representation: You’ll work closely with the Foundation’s central communications team to bring effective data visualization to our external channels. You will also write and publish for the Foundation’s platforms and be encouraged to share your work at conferences and other venues.



Education, Experience and Skills

A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least 4 years of professional experience working as a data journalist or data visualization developer, either independently, or within a newsroom, consulting firm or similar. A varied portfolio of high-quality data visualization work.

Qualifications and Competencies

Design: A good understanding of the design of effective data visualizations and statistical graphics. Highly developed visual and graphic design skills, and experience creating products for the web and print.

Project and client management: Experience managing a variety of data visualization projects from conception to completion. The ability to prioritize, iterate and deliver valuable results quickly, demonstrating good editorial judgement and client relationship management.

Statistics and computing: Working knowledge of statistics and the ability to apply statistical reasoning to data and analysis questions. Strong skills in computational analysis and visualization tools including R and Python; visualization libraries such as ggplot and D3; and a modern front-end web stack. Ability to analyze and visualize geospatial data and use GIS software such as QGIS or ArcGIS. Comfortable using web APIs and relational databases, as well as scraping and cleaning data using automated and reproducible approaches.

Communications, writing and training:  Demonstrated ability to write well and communicate clearly. Able to effectively share knowledge and train others to develop their data literacy and visualization skills. A proven ability to learn continuously and independently in order to keep skills at the forefront of current practice.


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