Developer - iDeas Lab, External Relations

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 28

Position description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


The iDeas Lab, CSIS’s award-winning creative and digital production department, enhances CSIS's policy research and analysis with the latest in web development, design, and video. You can see some of our latest at or The iDeas Lab is a creative environment composed of developers, designers, and video producers who are eager to bring information to life on the web. We work with some of the most respected foreign policy experts and researchers.

We seek a highly motivated and creative web developer to join our dynamic and fast-paced environment to start immediately. The core of this position is to create websites, visualizations, and interactive features for policy audiences. The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills, in addition to technical skills, and brings a passion for bridging the intersection between design, technology, and public policy.

This is an ideal opportunity for a budding coder who is eager to bring complex policy issues to life on the web and has a drive to improve their skills. 

We want to do more. The successful candidate will be eager to shape a vision that focuses on telling knowledge-driven public policy stories. You’ll be asked to:

  • Maintain and improve current websites and projects;
  • Create new websites, interactive data visualizations, and tools that explain and enhances our research in engaging ways;
  • Improve your current knowledge, but also stay current with the latest trends in web development and design;
  • Notice what we’re not doing but should be, and do it.


  • Develop, implement, and learn new methods of creating interactive tools, visualizations, and maps;
  • Create custom websites and functionalities, including for our WordPress sites–using code, not just plugins;
  • Write smart, well-documented code and turn designs into code;
  • Handle projects from start to finish, project representation is an important aspect of this role;
  • Work closely with research programs and department staff to develop digital projects to suit stated goals and needs; communicating effectively with non-technical stakeholders is critical;
  • Other duties and projects as needed



  • B.A./B.S/A.B. in relevant field along with other relevant experience;
  • Knowledge and experience in applicable software and computer applications (see more below), we often build with WordPress, so familiarity with its API is a plus;
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; including effectively presenting information to non-technical partners, operating in a fast-paced environment and managing competing priorities;
  • Strong attention to detail, initiative, and follow through skills;
  • Strong interest in global affairs and public policy is a plus.


  • HTML5, CSS3, SASS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python;
  • JS frameworks like Angular, React, Vue, Highcharts, and D3;
  • Open-source content management systems (WordPress, Drupal, Jekyll);
  • GitHub

You don’t need to be proficient in all of these, but you should know a section of them, and be able to learn others.

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