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Pew Research Center is hiring a

Associate Web Developer

  • Washington, Dist. Columbia 20036, United States
  • full-time

The Associate Web Developer will be a member of the Digital team that manages the Pew Research Center web properties and creates interactive data visualizations and other digital features based on the work of the Center . The primary focus of this position will be building interactive web applications atop our custom WordPress web application.

Primary Responsibilities

Collaborate with product managers, research, design , UX and other developers o n the continued development and maintenance of our WordPress news app and custom interactive editorial products using JavaScript and other technologies . Ensure that all code is error-free, maintainable, and scales to handle a high number of concurrent, complex transactions. Provide quality assurance and testing of other team members’ code. Maintain comprehensive technical documentation and contribute to style guides. Work with IT Systems , lead developer and Dev/Ops vendor to ensure application security and stability. Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Expert knowledge of semantic HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript and ability to separate content, presentation and behavior. Understanding of web standards, usability and human-user interaction philosophies and their application to web and mobile development, navigation, information architecture and content hierarchy. Strong customer service orientation and ability to build and maintain strong relationships with project stakeholders. Ability to be creative and innovative, set priorities, organize time and identify resources for projects. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to review designs/wireframes, point out potential development concerns, and create user stories based on designs. Ability to write and maintain user and system documentation for applications and processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 1-3 years professional experience developing web, mobile and other digital projects.
  • 1-3years JavaScript experience required .
  • Experience with React required .
  • Experience with PHP a plus.
  • WordPress plugin and theme development experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience working with REST APIs, preferably in a read/write manner. Understanding of common data storage techniques a plus.
  • Experience with a version management system (Git preferred).
  • Experience with a JavaScript data visualization product ( Highcharts , D3.js, Mapbox , etc.) a plus.
  • Experience with Responsive Design principles and coding (including media queries) required .
  • Experience working in an Agile development environment a plus.

FLSA Status: Exempt


This position is based in Washington, DC. The Center operates in a hybrid model, meaning that staff will be expected to work in the office at least 2 days/week, and can work from home up to 3 days/week.

Application Procedure

Applicant should apply electronically including a résumé , cover letter and links to work examples . Applications that do not include both resume and cover letter will not be considered.

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