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Technical Project 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; 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 are 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 outstanding opportunity for two Technical Project Manager positions. One on our Enterprise Data Management team and the other on our Central Computation team. The Enterprise Data Management team works to reduce the mechanical work in producing research results by identifying and resolving pain points through engineering and training and reducing data movement within environments. The Central Computation team is responsible for developing disease and risk factor modeling software, data analysis pipelines, and database tools that interface with up to 1 PB of data across dozens of databases and a network file system. Central Computation’s culture is ambitious, innovative, and collaborative. Specifically, these positions will focus on development of tools supporting data collaboration with institutional partners.

The Technical Project 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. They must develop an understanding of the key elements of the Data Engineering projects that they will be tasked with driving to success. The individual will need to monitor adherence to project communication protocols, track progress against deadlines, and help to resolve roadblocks. The TPM facilitates strong communication among Functional and Technology teams, schedules and orchestrates meetings, and manages action item lists that result from them. They must be able to communicate well with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and knowledge bases. Most importantly, the TPM must carry out their 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. This position is contingent upon project funding availability.

Project Coordination
Work within the team to understand and communicate goals and products to be delivered to determine associated tasks.
Understand project work plan and translate that plan into tasks.
Understand and flag dependencies to be managed across teams.
Track progress in order to quickly and accurately identify issues that must be resolved in order to meet deadlines.
Prepare JIRA board for sprint planning. Track bugs, feature requests, and resolution of user issues.
Provide status updates to stakeholders and request required information.
Coordinate release of new versions of central software and tools.
Utilize project management tools to ensure high-quality and timely technical coordination.
Facilitate meetings, devise and track follow-up action item lists, and maintain key meeting documentation.
Act as a point of contact throughout IHME between technical and non-technical staff.

Team Management
Work across supervisory structures to ensure work is properly prioritized.
Coordinate tasks across team, and track progress across deliverables.
Ensure the team works effectively with other groups at IHME; promote cross-organization teamwork.

Research Learning
As needed, develop baseline understanding of epidemiological modeling principles.
Understand how the software native to IHME’s modeling endeavor maps to specific research objectives.
Become fluent with existing project management software used across projects.

Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, mathematics, computer science, or related field and three years’ 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 communicate effectively and establish credibility with technical and non-technical stakeholders including executive staff.
Strong systems thinking and problem-solving experience.
Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn new intellectual content across different disciplines in a timely fashion.
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail.
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
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.

Statistics and/or public health interest.
Developer experience, including writing, testing, and deploying code.
Experience leading teams to deliver projects with multiple dependencies and constraints.
Experience with Agile development methodologies.

Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
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 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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