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Human Resources Manager

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; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; 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.

IHME has an exciting opportunity for a Human Resources Manager to join the People and Performance team. This position will provide institute-wide support with talent acquisition and employee engagement by partnering with management to develop, implement, and meet assigned goals and objectives. This position requires previous experience and developed expertise in recruiting. The HR Manager must understand organizational complexities, reporting relationships, and specific roles and responsibilities across IHME and within the broader context of the UW’s administration of policies and procedures. We are looking for someone who is excited to positively, creatively, and strategically contribute to IHME as the Institute continues to grow. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

Regularly meet with hiring managers to interpret the requirements of a diverse array of multidisciplinary research projects to determine needs for new positions or changes for current employees and the budget impact of these needs.
Manage all aspects of the recruitment process for staff and student positions, ranging from job description development to final hire.
Apply knowledge of positions classifications and policies to analyze and recommend options to hiring managers.
Work closely with hiring managers on all aspects to ensure they are appropriately engaged and understand the full process, so that jointly we achieve the best possible hires for different positions.
Continuously look for ways to improve systems that transfer and track recruitment information.
Understand organizational complexities, jobs, reporting relationships, and specific roles and responsibilities across IHME and within the broader context of UW’s administration of policies and procedures and collective bargaining agreements.
Develop and implement recruiting strategies for assigned home team, to include advertising, social media, career fairs, and conferences.
Keep abreast of job description best practices; ensure job descriptions are written for maximum effectiveness to attract the right candidates.
Serve as day-to-day expert providing first-tier advice and guidance to staff, students, and supervisors regarding UW/IHME human resource policies and procedures, personnel issues, and workplace concerns.
Escalate sensitive employee relation matters to Employee Relations Specialist.
Lead the work of HR Coordinators, to include training, managing workflow and guiding priority-setting, and contributing to professional growth and performance assessments.
Ensure all human resource programs and policies are compliant with appropriate UW, federal, state, and local regulations.
Maintain confidential personnel records.
Participate in developing and delivering People-related trainings.
Coordinate with internal stakeholders to ensure that exiting of each employee is timely and complete on employee’s last day.
Meet with exiting employee for an exit interview and on last day to collect University and IHME equipment.

Delegated authority to act on staff personnel actions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, compensation, leave administration, and performance management in the absence of the Assistant Director, People and Performance.
Consistently review processes, procedures, and practices to assess effectiveness and find innovative solutions to increase efficiency in recruiting and accuracy in systems.
Participate in developing PNP team annual goals and initiatives, taking ownership over of one or more of these annual projects.
Develop, review, update, and edit human resources content on IHME’s intranet.
Attend weekly meetings and participate in campus-wide human resources meetings and committees and advocate for IHME’s unique needs.
Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business, Psychology, or other related field plus two years recruiting 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.

Ability to translate stated needs for human capital from faculty, senior researchers, and managers dealing with predominately research-related content into job descriptions and recruitment materials.
Ability to analyze novel needs, assess potential avenues, and implement creative solutions to ensure a steady flow of high-quality, high-achieving staff.
Adept diplomacy and exemplary interpersonal skills required.
Must be agile at forming respectful and rewarding relationships with people with different levels of experience and expertise from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and professional settings.
Outstanding communication skills (written and oral).
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
Effective in a diverse, international community.
Proficient computing skills including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite, OneDrive, Google Suite, Asana, and very comfortable learning new software independently.

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.

Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
This position is open to anyone authorized to work in the U.S. The UW is not able to sponsor visas for staff positions.
The University of Washington requires students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. To learn more about the requirements, please review the following information here.
Office is located in Seattle, Washington.
This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US.

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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