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. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 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; Local Burden of Disease; 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 outstanding opportunity for a Strategic Program Manager. The primary purpose of the position is to provide leadership, management, and direction across the Global Engagement team, in order to maximize the impact of IHME’s scientific outputs through integrative strategic messaging across multiple teams at IHME. The individual is charged with skillfully managing highly sensitive relationships with diplomacy. He/she is central to effective execution of complex multi-team projects that both strengthen the Global Engagement team’s ability to achieve its objectives and allow it to agilely help meet IHME’s mission.
The Strategic Program Manager will drive the creation of and coordination with senior leaders on work-plans, proposals, recruitments, and major marketing, engagement, and communication campaign projects related to IHME’s Global Engagement Team. They will be a critical member of the Global Engagement Team’s leadership, enabling the team to interact productively, efficiently, and respectfully with multiple other internal teams and with external partners. The individual must anticipate needs for the leadership of the Global Engagement team, prepare them well for making decisions, and help them maintain focus on priorities. They are a key relationship manager and problem solver. The individual must ensure that major objectives are achieved on time, with flexibility and high quality.
The Strategic Program Manager must bring intellectual agility, deft planning skills, and command of the major themes, content, and channels relevant to the position. The individual will develop, implement, and manage systems that enhance internal communication and consistency in workstreams. The individual will contribute to the strategic planning and resource allocation alongside other senior leadership for the Global Engagement Team.
Overall, the Strategic Program Manager will be a leader and a critical member of an agile, dynamic team. This position is contingent on project funding availability and need.
Command of material
Exhibit a command of the major themes, key results, and implications of the research that IHME undertakes.
Demonstrate an understanding of key audiences, the avenues available to reach them, and be agile in crafting compelling messages derived from IHME’s work to address audience needs.
Understand how the different components of the Global Engagement Team operate and be able to identify the best ways for them to work with one another, and by extension with other teams at IHME, to form a cohesive and coherent pipeline of accurate, timely, and relevant information that is disseminated in compelling and high-impact ways to a variety of audiences.
Identify need for and direct background research as needed to aid in project management, message crafting and delivery, and proposal development.
Facilitate team-wide meetings to coordinate work-plans and deadlines and address challenges within the Global Engagement Team and those with whom it collaborates. This includes quarterly team-wide meetings. Manage organization with Program Operations team.
Facilitate and participate in GET leadership council meetings to ensure effective policies and practices, introduce improvements, and ensure high quality operations by GET to achieve IHME’s mission.
Cultivate strong relationships and facilitate communication with a wide range of staff and external vendors and partners to create, shape, and translate ideas and vision into workstreams, and ensure efficient completion of deliverables.
Manage high-visibility projects. Monitor interdependencies across teams, key functional areas, and external organizations where relevant. Develop and implement execution plans and ensure follow-up and reporting on the details. Identify risks and solutions.
Form and drive relationship management with key external stakeholders including the marketing and communication teams within key partner organizations, leading vendors, the University communications and outreach arms, and donors interested specifically in supporting GET’s objectives.
Develop strategies and briefings for interactions with key stakeholders.
Write reports and action plans, prepare and deliver presentations, and handle follow-up on key projects.
Identify, prioritize, and contribute to capitalizing on opportunities to grow the resource base to achieve wide-spread, high-impact use and understanding of the results IHME produces. Contribute to writing proposals, advise on applicable GET resource needs, and help to refine funding pitches as appropriate.
Monitor and help to manage budgets across GET.
Liaise with ODT to define job descriptions and needs, shepherd recruitments, professional development activities, and career development markers and materials for GET staff
Demonstrate knowledge and strategic foresight in helping to manage continuous improvements to the efficiency and performance of the overall team.
Facilitate effective resource use and priority-setting through annual scoping exercises. Monitor progress against key milestones and report back on progress. Make recommendations for adjustments across the team.
Supervise professional staff, to include hiring, career development guidance, performance management, priority setting, coaching, mentoring, and disciplinary actions.
Facilitate effective meetings and materials production. Liaise with Program Operations team to ensure timely and effective coordination on all logistical and operational matters including staff travel, visitors, and meeting preparation.
Formulate and implement effective strategies for motivating teams and helping to ensure high achievement among all individuals on them.
Represent IHME and its work to high-level external audiences.
Manage events and meetings with high-level attendees in coordination with Program Operations and Director’s Office.
Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position as member of the Global Engagement Team.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, business, global health or related field plus six years of related project management experience in a highly complex scientific environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Previous project management experience including demonstrated ability to think independently, be flexible, and juggle multiple priorities required.
Demonstrated intellectual capability and knowledge of global health and development issues.
Must exhibit strong desire and ability to learn intellectual content to facilitate highly complex scientific projects.
Demonstrated record of oral and written communication skills with multiple audiences required.
High-level relationship management skills are critical to communicate with stakeholders at multiple levels, including donors, researchers, field site representatives, administrators, and other external audiences.
Excellent interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with IHME colleagues and external collaborators.
Proven success managing and leading dynamic teams.
Experience in one or more of the following: coordinating complex projects; interpreting complex intellectual content in ways that highly-informed, non-expert audiences can understand; bringing together content creation and dissemination under deadline; deriving key messages for communications strategies; facilitating decision-making amongst high-level leaders and executing on related policy.
Incumbent must be able to work independently and must be able to take multiple priorities and translate them into project completion through expert planning.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment to manage multiple priorities while coordinating resources needed to meet deadlines.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Night and weekend work sometimes required.
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