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Content Writer

About the Role

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and practice. IHME carries out its mission through a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Future Health Scenarios; Cost Effectiveness and Efficiency; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. Our vision is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base so all people live long lives in full health.

IHME is committed to providing the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems. This requires creativity and innovation, which is cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.

About the Team
The Global Impact Group (GIG) serves IHME’s vision of all people living long lives in full health through cutting-edge communication and collaboration. GIG runs campaigns to amplify awareness of the most critical health challenges, and works with scientists and decision-makers to strengthen the evidence base of research and to take informed action. Within GIG, the Global Campaigns team works with media and social media, creating compelling content to help IHME advance policy windows by furnishing evidence to inform decision-making.

About the Role
The Content Writer will achieve policy impact by creating audience-centric content. They will work closely with other team members to understand the needs of policy influencers and policymakers, and will generate materials that raise awareness among these target audiences and increase their engagement with IHME’s work. The Content Writer will be a skilled communicator, able to quickly understand, form conclusions, and articulate key elements of research in a manner that is useful to key stakeholders in the policy sphere and beyond.

This position contributes by cultivating strong relationships with senior faculty and staff at IHME to understand research processes and products, to create content, and to liaise between IHME and external audiences. The individual in this position will need to develop an understanding of specific international target audiences and their information needs in order to develop audience-relevant content. They must be able to understand and translate complex research findings into key messages that inform policy priorities and debates in order to create positive impact on population health.

Overall, the Content Writer will be an essential member of a collaborative team in a challenging and exciting work environment, helping shape the strategy for audience-centered content to meet IHME’s objectives.

This position is contingent upon project funding availability.

Research command and audience awareness
Assess and understand the landscape, stakeholders, politics, and priorities in the global and public health fields, as well as the interest, motivations, knowledge, and information needs of target audiences.
Identify and learn from best practices across similar disciplines for communication strategy to maximize uptake.
Cultivate a strong understanding of the key concepts, methods, inputs, results, priorities, and implications of IHME’s research portfolio, including emergent projects and key issues in population health.

Content Writing
Write and produce custom content such as reports, briefs, web content, infographics, blog posts, and presentations that communicate key aspects of complex research projects in concise and comprehensible ways for decision-makers, policy influencers, and other key stakeholders to help them better understand, communicate, and utilize IHME’s data.
Innovate ways to seed uptake of IHME findings by communicating research concepts, methods, and results to target audiences.
Contribute to the creation of training activities in collaboration with IHME training professionals.

Project coordination/management and content production
Build project timelines and tracking progress.
Communicate with collaborators and target audiences to understand information needs.
Liaise with IHME staff in various departments such as research, visualization, and graphic design to produce visuals and oversee fact checking.
Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position.

Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Communications, Mathematics, Engineering, Public Health, or related field plus three years of work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Superior written, oral, and listening skills with the ability to adjust message and tone for a variety of audiences.
Ability to take complex scientific research and transform it into compelling stories for a variety of audiences, particularly non-technical audiences.
A strong awareness and understanding of power dynamics in population health, and a firm commitment to engaging partners equitably and with cultural humility.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve objectives, and adapt to changing priorities.
Past success at project management, including a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, creatively solve problems, and reliably meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
Strong interpersonal skills
A commitment to working to alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to work within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here.

Previous experience in communications, policy, advocacy, or global health.
Previous experience creating content about science for non-technical audiences.
Skilled at guiding the creation of easy-to-understand visuals.
Proficiency in more than one of the official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).

This position works on a global team and with a global network of stakeholders; as such evening and weekend work may be required to fulfill job duties.
This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the US. The UW is not able to sponsor visas for staff positions.
Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote within the US; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME office hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

Application Process:
The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Employees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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