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Job Req ID:  40041

Product Designer, D3 Data Visualization

General Summary/Purpose:

Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact seeks an energetic and curious professional to serve as its Product Designer. This is a full-time position which is being added to our rapidly expanding data science team. Currently, the team is working to build out analysis and visualizations for Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, and in the longer term its focus will shift to recovery related tool and analysis development.


The core responsibilities for this role include the design and development of interactive visualizations to answer policy-related questions, particularly those which are crucially needed by local governments. Our selected candidate will work with Civic Impact’s Data Scientist as well as other data analysts on our team to create, design and execute comprehensible data visualizations, summarize key findings, and uncover insights for the public sector. In addition to possessing D3.js and JavaScript skills, Civic Impact is seeking an intellectually curious product designer and visualization developer committed to unlocking the value of data for the public good.


This position reports to the Centers for Civic Impact Data Scientist.


Civic Impact is committed to working with communities that are focused on ending legacies of structural, entrenched racism and oppression. The Product Designer must be willing to think about reimagined government, knowledge, and engagement models through the lens of dismantling these legacies.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Design and build interactive data visualizations for web applications
  • Create simple, intuitive product experiences for complex data insights and workflows, maintaining UX consistency and visual design in line with our brand
  • Produce data visualizations to support ongoing research projects, and generate insights for a growing portfolio of both ad-hoc and recurring public sector needs
  • Improve existing designs, including the look and feel and layout of data visualizations
  • Work closely with web developers to integrate the visualization in the web applications.
  • Collaborate with data scientists, researchers, policy experts, and other technical and non-technical stakeholders to design and build visuals in order to efectively communicate their insights.
  • Maintain clear lines of communication with Civic Impact’s Data Scientist, leadership, and others on the team
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor's degree in fine arts, graphic design or other related field.
  • Four years related experience.


Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree in computer science, art and design, data journalism, graphic design,  are preferred
  • Experience designing and building interactive data visualizations for web applications
  • Experience with D3.js, JavaScript, and a desire to continue to develop those skills strongly preferred.
  • Experience with data communication within a stats/data science context.
  • Familiarity with public sector data, policies, and stakeholders
  • Experience using project management and collaboration software


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach to problem solving
  • Knowledge of other data visualizations frameworks such as Tableau or PowerBI
  • Experience with version control software (GitHub)
  • Experience pulling and processing data using SQL, R, Python, or other programming languages
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, WordPress, and G Suite and its applications
  • Excellent oral, written, and research skills
  • Commitment to a collegial workplace
  • Capacity to work independently and in a results-oriented workplace
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • At least two years’ experience designing and using D3.js to create easily comprehensible data visualizations for maximum insight (being able to reproduce high quality visualizations like the States timeline at JH CRC).

Classified Title: Website Designer 
Working Title: Product Designer, D3 Data Visualization  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: 5 Days per week, 37.5 hours per week 
Exempt Status: Salaried Exempt  
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department Name: Centers for Civic Impact 
Personnel Area: Krieger School of Arts and Sciences


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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