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Human Resources Published: November 21, 2019
Washington, Dist. Columbia
Job Type


The Brookings Institution

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

Visuals Editor (Job ID: 2019-2204)


Job ID: 2019-2204
Type: Regular, Introductory
# of Openings: 1
Category: Communications


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

The Communications Department's mission is to provide the tools, strategies, products and programs to support the brand and its content, and to continually grow Brookings's impact and effectiveness as a change agent for public policy in the United States and around the world. This purpose is realized if we help our scholars raise awareness, set the agenda and shape the debate around the public policy issues they choose to address.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

The Visuals Editor has a journalistic eye and excels at visual storytelling through writing, data editorial and visual design. The Visuals editor is able to synthesize data and information to find salient stories, and translate them to elegant visual stories through writing, visualization and front-end development.

Visual Editorial & Data Visualization (40%)

  • Working with scholars & communications staff, synthesize long-form copy and whitepapers to develop short-form visual stories for digital formats
  • Write short-form copy treatments, digital copy for web-based interactive experiences, and annotation for information graphics
  • Working with scholars & communications directors, work to identify compelling stories and assist with the research of data and information for informational graphics
  • Create information graphics, data visualizations and cartographic-driven visuals that explain and show processes, timelines, flows, comparisons and more
  • In collaboration with stakeholders, ideate and present design concepts and solutions to a range of staff, including high-level internal stakeholders
  • Participate in design sprints and discoveries

Design & Development (40%)

  • Working with the front-end developer, prepare visual mockups for data visualizations, information graphics and other web experiences for the Brookings Website
  • Collaborate with the video team to support multimedia projects, including the creation of visual storyboards and creation of assets for motion graphics & animations

Design Systems & Other (20%)

  • In collaboration with senior digital & creative staff, grow and refine our data visualization practice; create and maintain visual guidance systems such as visual guidelines, user interface kits, and platform templates that empower non-design staff to create on-brand content
  • In collaboration with the creative director and design lead, explore opportunities to enhance and reinterpret the visual language of the Brookings brand
  • In collaboration with the creative director, design surveys and use other information gathering techniques for stakeholder analyses of Brookings staff to identify systems needs and solutions


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:

Minimum bachelor's degree required, BA/BS degree in design, journalism, multimedia journalism, data journalism, library sciences, data science or similar. Five years of work experience – 2 years of experience with data visualization design. Must present online portfolio of work that includes examples of data visualizations.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

REQUIRED: Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign. Working knowledge of HTML, CSS & JavaScript libraries such as d3.js (Proficiency strongly preferred); Strong writing ability and comfort with the AP stylebook.

PREFERRED: Knowledge of wireframing/prototyping tools such as Sketch, InVision and/or Adobe XD and familiarity with design/UX best practice for the range of display types from desktop to mobile; data analysis & visualization tools such as R and STATA..

Demonstrated competency in industry standards and best practices in the areas of color theory, typography, layout & composition and presentation design. Open mindedness, adaptability, a passion for turning chaos into order, and a good sense of humor.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


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