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(Senior) Product Designer - Data Visualization (Remote eligible)

Job ID 2172

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Learn more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance

About Data Visualization Design at Mathematica:

Mathematica’s Health Solutions Insights (HSI) Data Visualization designers work on teams consisting of policy research experts, project managers, software developers, and data engineers to create professional-quality data applications or deliverables for Mathematica projects.

What you will do in this role:

A designer’s core functionality is to transform large datasets and supporting information into intuitive and intelligible data user experiences for our clients. In support of that, on any project, designers will:

  • Design the entirety of the product user experience (user flows, UI elements, data visualizations, UX content)
  • Develop design artifacts in Figma in support of web application, BI tool, or static/standalone visualization products.
  • Collaborate with clients and subject-matter experts to define product requirements. (At the senior level, designers will lead client conversations.)
  • Coordinate with development teams to ensure successful implementation of the design.
  • Help develop design team assets and best practices.
  • Represent design and the design team among both policy researchers and software developers.

Position Requirements:
We believe having these qualifications will allow someone to succeed in this role.

  • Product Designer – Data Visualization: 3+ years of relevant professional experience designing data-intensive web applications and/or interactive data visualizations.
  • Senior Product Designer – Data Visualization: 5+ years of professional experience designing data-intensive web applications and/or interactive data visualizations; the senior role carries with it significant project leadership responsibilities as well as higher expectations for design skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of data visualization principles and best practices
  • Strong data literacy and a strong ability to transform data into meaningful visualizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to design intuitive and logical site navigation and to systematically deploy layout, typography, color, and other UI design choices to effectively communicate meaning to the user.
  • Ability to create prototypes of varying fidelity in Figma or similar prototyping tool.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the abilities to: facilitate design discussions with clients, subject-matter experts, and other designers; craft precise language to contextualize data displays and interactions; and substantively engage with others’ areas of expertise.
  • Ability to proactively seek out information needed for your work, communicate needs, and problem-solve with others to move work forward.
  • A strong interest in using design to transform data into intelligible information with impact in the public realm.
  • Understanding of web technologies, including HTML and CSS

Other skills and experience that we welcome in a candidate:

  • Strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, accessible web development, and understanding of how design decisions affect development complexity.
  • Experience with responsive design and designing accessible products.
  • Experience designing applications/products involving public policy or healthcare data.
  • Experience facilitating design conversations with public-sector clients.
  • Working knowledge of D3.js, any frontend framework, and professional code development practices.
  • A formal design education.

Please submit a resume and portfolio of design work. A cover letter is optional.

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of:
  • Product Designer – Data Visualization: $75,000 - $100,000
  • Senior Product Designer – Data Visualization: $95,000 – $135,000
    • This position is eligible for an annual bonus, based on company and individual performance

STAFFING AGENCIES AND THIRD-PARTY RECRUITERS: Mathematica is not accepting candidates for this role or any technical role from staffing agencies or third-party recruiters. Please do not contact technical or senior staff at Mathematica or share unsolicited resumes. All agency inquiries go through the talent acquisition team and will be routed accordingly.

Staff in our Health unit will eventually work with our largest client, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Most staff working on CMS contracts will be required to complete a successful background investigation including the Questionnaire for Public Trust Position SF-85 (https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf85p.pdf). Staff that are unable to successfully undergo the background investigation will need to be able to obtain work outside CMS. Staff will work with their supervisor to get re-staffed, however if they are unable to do so it may result in employment termination due to lack of work.

Available Locations: Remote; Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Ann Arbor, MI; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

At Mathematica, we understand the importance of building relationships with colleagues. If you’re not located near one of our offices but would like opportunities to meet up with co-workers, we offer coworking spaces where available. Ask your Talent Acquisition partner for more information about this opportunity and whether it’s an option in your area.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. Additionally, if you participate in/complete the application process and are denied, Mathematica may choose to terminate your employment.

Although Mathematica does not require vaccination from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, various projects or agencies may require documentation of vaccination (or an approved exception/accommodation).

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high quality work.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices—including decisions regarding recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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