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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is a dynamic organization at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. A core research area for IHME is the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors enterprise (GBD). A systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time, the GBD is the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. The GBD's aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Technical Program Manager, Research and Technology. The main purpose of this position is to manage the projects and relationship between the Research and Technology teams - ensuring timely and efficient coordination between different teams and team members in the development, delivery and deployment of deliverables, gathering researcher needs, translating them into technology requirements, managing technical workflows and timelines, and creating and managing clear project and action plans to achieve deadlines and produce results.
The Technical Program Manager must navigate multiple teams and complex project logistics while remaining focused on key details of the research deliverables to facilitate effective coordination between teams in order to achieve deadlines. He/she will be part of the IHME Technology Team, while also working closely with faculty and researchers. He/she must develop an understanding of the key elements of the Research projects that they will be tasked with driving to success. The individual will need to monitor and assess adherence to project communication protocols, track progress against deadlines, and help to resolve roadblocks. He/she facilitates strong communication among Research and Technology teams, schedules and orchestrates meetings, and manages action item lists that result from them. He/she must be able to communicate well with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and knowledge bases. Most importantly, the Technical Program Manager must carry out his/her responsibilities with a high degree of accuracy, timeliness, and awareness to help flag priorities and potential problems in order to find solutions that keep the project progressing on tight timelines.
Project Management Analytic Goal-Setting, Coordination, and Implementation
Work with faculty, senior researchers, and modelers to ascertain project requirements. Translate these needs into technology requirements and develop project plans for software engineers, human computer designers, system analysts, and data analysts to implement. Understand and document project goals and translate those goals into action to deliver complex products on deadline.
Design, implement, and maintain quality management processes to track workflow and to make explicit the interdependencies between data, tools, and data visualizations. Track progress against flowcharts and other project management tools in order to identify quickly and accurately issues that must be resolved in order to meet deadlines.
Be a technical resource for data professionals and modelers by understanding various details of the research components of initiatives. Field and address questions and problems identified by research collaborators. Anticipate bottlenecks, assess and prioritize potential issues, and identify and implement solutions.
Standardize and implement project management tools used to ensure high-quality and timely technical coordination among modelers, data professionals, and other team members.
Work directly with IHME faculty and staff to facilitate strong communication and coordination across Research and Technology initiatives. Schedule, orchestrate, and support meetings, devise and track follow-up action item lists, and maintain meeting documentation.
Manage a team of human-centered designers and system analysts.
Coordinate annual expectation setting and evaluation for team members.
Collaborate on career development plans for team members.
Become familiar with substantive areas of expertise to understand the dimensions and uses of health data in complex multidisciplinary analyses.
Work directly with researchers to track and address questions and problems identified.
Create smooth and efficient processes for archiving and maintaining project records, including study protocols, meeting reports, presentations, publications, funding requests, and other materials as needed. Make all materials available as needed to project participants.
Convey technical strategies and describe bottlenecks and proposed solutions to both technical and non-technical staff in order to achieve common understanding and resolution among team members.
Communicate clearly and effectively while contributing as a productive member of both the project team and the Technology Team. Work closely with other team members to help them with relevant tasks, guide them in the development of new skills, and to help resolve emerging problems on different projects. Attend relevant meetings, adhere to deadlines, and participate in collectively advancing team-level objectives.
Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position as a member of the Technology Team.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
| Bachelor's degree in social sciences, sciences, mathematics, engineering, or related field and four years' experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree in related field preferred. |
Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.
Demonstrated facility with analytic tasks and ability to participate productively in interdisciplinary research teams.
Strong quantitative aptitude, desire to learn new skills and information, and ability to interpret complex analytic quantitative information.
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
Interest in global health research.
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
Strong oral and written communication skills and relationship management skills are critical.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.