About the Role

We are looking for a creative, design-oriented thinker who can translate complex and abstract ideas into well communicated messages. At Surgo, the designer plays a central role in designing user-centric solutions to global development. Their core role is to create and maintain a consistent visual language and ensure that user-centric guidelines and standards are followed during the development of our tools. This includes creating and standardizing visual assets across both web and print formats, as well as managing and creating content for Surgo’s website.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Translates data from complex and abstract concepts into simple, easy-to-understand visualizations.

  • Crafts graphic elements, assets, and visual treatments that adapt and flow with responsive design systems.

  • Lays out and designs print, web, and marketing materials, including type specifications, illustrations, photography, print design, multimedia, UX, and other creative processes.

  • Creates compelling visual solutions that optimize user experience across various interactions.

  • Develops innovative user-centric designs in response to project requirements, user analyses, product innovation, and Foundation marketing.

  • Creates a consistent visual language and ensures that design thinking and standards are followed during the development of tools.

  • Delivers compelling and comprehensive visual materials to help market and promote tools so that partner organizations will understand their value.

  • Trains team members on data visualization best practices.

  • Manages and creates content for our website and social media.

  • Performs other duties or special projects as required or as assigned by a supervisor.

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong ability to translate complex and abstract concepts into simple and well communicated visual presentations

  • High level of proficiency in design, UX, data visualization, and web and multimedia software applications, such as Squarespace, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office.

  • Competence in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming

  • Ability to create and design a consistent site wide experience across multiple features

  • Portfolio that showcases excellent design skills in both print and web

  • Strong collaborating skills, and an ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to multitask, and be flexible with regard to workload and assignments

  • Ability to exercise judgment 

Reporting:  The Program Manager will report to the Director of Programs.

Location: Washington DC, USA

Compensation: Competitive

About Surgo

Surgo Foundation is an ‘action tank’ focused on bringing the latest innovations around behavior, tech, and data to global development.  With a laser focus on uncovering the ‘why’, we partner with organizations and governments to help unlock some of their biggest challenges. Surgo works on major global issues from maternal health in India to housing in the US. Our multidisciplinary team includes development experts, data scientists, behavioral scientists, and technologists who are skilled in collecting and interpreting data on why people behave the way they do and how complex systems work, and in developing scalable tools. We are a small but diverse team with big plans.  

Surgo Foundation is working on several large-scale development programs in areas such as reproductive health, maternal health, HIV/AIDs, and tuberculosis.  For example, Surgo has a Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH) program in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Another example is Surgo’s Causal Machine Learning Initiative for Precision Public Health which is testing applicability and feasibility of applying machine learning approaches to analyze large public health data sets.

Our Hiring Philosophy

We hire for passion and core competencies. We look for problem solvers and lateral thinkers. We love it if you have done different things with your time. If you think you are ideal for this position, write to us even if you don’t have all of the above requirements.


We ask….

Do you have a deep passion for improving the lives of people who live in extreme poverty around the world?

Do you want to work in one of the most entrepreneurial development organizations?

Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and be part of a core team that grows this organization, and grow with it?

Are you a problem solver by nature? Do you live and breathe data and see patterns in it that others don’t?

Would people say you are one of the most analytic, curious and creative people they know?

If yes…we look forward to hearing from you…

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policy

Surgo believes a diverse, inclusive staff makes us a stronger team and more impactful organization. We’re committed to a diverse team, and qualified people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, ages, sex, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, languages, social class, marital status, religions, veterans status, and disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates: Please send resume, cover letter, and portfolio to with “Designer” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: Accepted on a rolling basis

Desired start date: As soon as possible