Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Communications Officer

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center 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. It uses cutting-edge approaches to tackle some of the most difficult and most critical questions in global health and to find answers that become the foundation for better policies and, ultimately, better health.

This requires creativity and innovation, which is cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment. If you join IHME, you’ll be joining a team of dynamic, mission-oriented people who are committed to creating a welcoming and diverse workforce that respects and appreciates differences, and embraces collaboration.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Communications Officer on IHME’s Global Engagement Team. The Communications Officer serves as the primary storyteller for the Institute, taking the lead in researching and writing content that communicates the Institute’s work effectively and succinctly to a variety of external audiences. This is an exciting storytelling role with an opportunity to spearhead new communications initiatives and travel domestically and internationally to meet people whose lives are affected by the work we do and to tell their stories. A successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and exhibit global and cultural awareness, working respectfully with diverse individuals from cultures and institutions all over the world.

Responsibilities Include:

Researching, Writing, and Creating Content for External Audiences

  • Take the lead in drafting narratives that communicate the Institute’s work
  • Translating complex research on local, national, and international population health into compelling text that is comprehensible to targeted non-scientific audiences.
  • Contributing to messaging and other outreach materials
  • Participate in forming the strategic direction for content, strategizing to increase the Institute’s external impact and presence.

Internal Communications

  • Collaborate to produce internal communications about key initiatives, changes, notifications, etc.

Research Learning

  • Become familiar with IHME’s projects, learning the key personnel, and developing an understanding of key institutional actors in global health


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field plus three or more years’ experience as a journalist, writer, and/or marketing and communications professional, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Additional Requirements

  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Experience working collaboratively with staff and leadership at all levels in complex, mission-driven organizations
  • Ability to think and write creatively and to adapt to different people’s writing styles and voices
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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


  • Experience in developing marketing materials for online and print distribution
  • Familiarity with using culturally sensitive and inclusive language and telling stories that accurately and equitably represent diverse populations
  • Experience in global health
  • Two or more languages spoken conversationally
  • Video shooting and editing
  • Photography experience

Conditions of Employment:

  • Evening and weekend work may be required
  • Up to 20% travel required internationally and domestically