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Technical Project Manager II

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 (GBD); 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.

About the team:
The Global Impact Group (GIG) serves IHME’s vision of all people living long lives in full health through innovative 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 Data Visualization team produces timely and relevant visualizations to amplify research findings.

About the role:
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Technical Project Manager II on the Data Visualization team. We are looking for a Technical Project Manager II who is technically proficient, an effective communicator, and able to independently manage projects.. The person in this role will manage software development projects for new and existing data visualization tools related to IHME research.

They will execute software development projects to completion, working with internal teams on gathering requirements, developing project plans and determining milestones, coordinating across teams, implementation, deployment, and retrospectives, tracking progress, and ultimately ensuring timely delivery of intermediate- to large-scale, cross-functional projects. The TPM II will provide diplomatic and timely communication in an agile work environment with iterative planning and delivery cycles.

The Technical Project Manager II must be able to navigate multiple teams and complex project logistics while remaining focused on key details of the research deliverables to facilitate effective coordination between teams. This role will require the TPM II to develop an understanding of the key elements of the research projects 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 resolve roadblocks. They must be able to communicate well with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and knowledge bases. Most importantly, the TPM II 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.


Project Management
Understand project goals and translate those goals into action to deliver interdependent products on deadline.
Gather requirements for the team’s technical products from stakeholders.
Develop agile work plans for engineers to implement requirements using knowledge of technical dependencies and infrastructure.
Liaise with the relevant teams to scope, communicate, implement, and test technical requirements and dependencies to deliver products on deadline.
Perform risk assessments within a project; determine tradeoffs across possible implementations.
Utilize project management tools to ensure high-quality and timely technical coordination.
Detail and document complex analytic processes through the creation of flowcharts, requirements documentation, and other relevant materials.
Lead project meetings, devise and track follow-up action item lists, and maintain key meeting documentation.
Act as a point of contact between technical and non-technical staff.

Team Management
Work with team managers to ensure work is properly prioritized.
Coordinate tasks across a team of engineers and assess progress across deliverables.
Formally or informally supervise and train team members, providing guidance, coaching, and support.
Ensure the team works effectively with other groups at IHME; promote cross-organization teamwork.

Research Learning
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, and potentially make recommendations for how other tools could be leveraged.
Translate non-technical research outcomes from a diverse set of clients into tangible development requirements.
Develop and maintain a high-level understanding of modern “big data” technologies and infrastructure, and how they relate to IHME’s work.

Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position.

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, mathematics, computer science, or related field and four 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.

Experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver projects with multiple dependencies and constraints.
Ability to communicate effectively and establish credibility with technical and non-technical stakeholders including executive staff.
Strong systems thinking and problem-solving experience.
Experience with Agile development methodologies.
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 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.

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.
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
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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