• Senior Associate, Digital Strategy (Front-end Developer)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 4 months ago(3/9/2018 6:31 PM)
    Job ID
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


    Communications Department
    The Communications department supports leaders at all levels of the institution to promote project and campaign efforts, inform key audiences and protect and advance the Pew brand. The department provides a comprehensive range of communications services for all programmatic and administrative units and Trusts-operated projects. Our in-house expertise includes: strategy and message development, including digital engagement strategies; editorial support; design and creative services; media relations; and digital, video, and audio production. The unit oversees all communications policies, guidelines and processes in order to manage the Pew brand, ensure production of the highest quality work and effectively steward Pew’s resources.


    Position Overview
    The Senior Associate, Digital Strategy position is located in Washington, DC and is a member of the Digital and Creative team. This position reports to the Manager, Digital Strategy, and is responsible for front-end development of interactive visual solutions for the communications needs of the organization. He/she applies artistic sensibility, technical skills, interactive storytelling, communications, and problem-solving abilities to advance research and advocacy goals. Responsibilities will include translation of the UI/UX design wireframes to actual code that will produce visual elements of the application. This position works with the designers and bridges the gap between graphical design and technical implementation, taking an active role on both sides and defining how applications look as well as how they work. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively and effectively across a variety of teams and projects with unique topics and objectives. Good judgment and initiative are necessary in coordinating activities and responding to project obligations.


    • Serve as the interactive lead from concept to deployment, including all front-end development, QA, and data mapping.
    • Maintain pattern library and build reusable code and libraries for future projects.
    • Create prototypes, mockups, and staging sites for review and feedback.
    • Ensure technical feasibility of UI/UX designs.
    • Optimize application for maximum speed and scalability.
    • Identify and troubleshoot various website issues and coding problems.
    • Work as part of the digital and creative team to develop concepts for interactive designs and data visualizations for Pew’s 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.
    • Stay current and up-to-date trends and emerging technologies related to front-end development. 
    • 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.


    • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of applicable professional experience required.
    • Ability to produce forward thinking, efficient, clean, error-free interactive solutions. 
    • Understanding of the entire web development process, with an emphasis on front end design and development, including the ability to define workflow processes, version control management, environment management, required tools and software.
    • Strong working knowledge of web markup and action scripts such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and JavaScript frameworks (e.g. Vue.js, jQuery, etc.). Proven ability to translate complex data sets into engaging online interactives. Understanding front-end development techniques including server-side CSS pre-processing platforms such as LESS and SASS.
    • Solid understanding of front-end development techniques used to optimize presentation layer across multiple devices and channels. Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud.
    • Experience working with interactive design tools such as Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, Invision, etc.
    • Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them.
    • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.
    • Good understanding of analytics principles and ensuring that applications will adhere to them.
    • 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.

    As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.

    Minimal travel anticipated.


    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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