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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. IHME carries out 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; Geospatial Analysis; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director, Network Engagement. The primary purpose of this position is to expand IHME's impact by strategically developing, guiding, and managing a network of collaborators to contribute to the science, dissemination, and uptake of the Global Burden of Disease enterprise. The position is a key emissary for IHME overall and must provide a concrete link between individual collaborators, key collaborating institutions, and IHME, strongly informed by a command of the priorities, methods, and key results of the Global Burden of Disease.
The Assistant Director must provide strategic leadership, management, and vision to expand IHME's impact by developing, growing, guiding, and managing the network of collaborators. He/she must also manage a dynamic team of individuals tasked with engaging external collaborators, finding new ways for them to partner with IHME to mutual benefit, and helping to drive forward key deliverables with the aid of critical institutional and individual partners. To do so, the Assistant Director must exhibit a strong command of the GBD priorities, methods, and results. They must become conversant in the variety of quantitative methods and modeling approaches of which the GBD makes use, including (but not limited to) those related to statistics and epidemiology, as well as developing a clinical understanding of the diseases and risk factors being assessed. He/she must exercise strong judgment and diplomacy in acting as an emissary for the organization as a whole. The individual must tailor systems and develop resources to best meet the needs of collaborators. He/she will provide strategic guidance and input into the types and nature of institutional partnerships that would be most useful, and identify opportunities for wider impact through more intensive engagement.
In addition, the individual plays a leadership role on the Global Engagement Team, both in helping to set strategic direction and priorities and in managing resources. The individual will be expected to demonstrate intellectual agility in astutely understanding a wide range of scientific content. He/she must also be adept at communicating across a varied set of audiences and with colleagues from different cultural backgrounds and learning disciplines.
The position is integral to IHME's impact and achievement of its mission to expand the quantitative evidence base for global health by incorporating as much expertise as possible into its scientific work while providing the widest and most high-impact uptake and dissemination possible through strategic engagements.
Collaborator network management
Set the strategic direction for and manage the growth of the collaborator network in order to ensure the highest impact upon IHME's scientific credibility and the prominence of its research.
Manage key institutional partnerships and collaborative opportunities, including overseeing the scoping of such partnerships, data flow, review of estimates, and production of agreed-upon deliverables such as papers and presentations. Help to achieve continual improvements to efficiency and performance and ensure timely completion of milestones, working in conjunction with other teams to ensure relevant activities are carried out.
Cultivate strong relationships and facilitate communication with a wide range of internal researchers and staff to ensure accurate scoping of new agreements and efficient completion of research deliverables.
Craft, negotiate, and review memorandums of understanding and other related arrangements that promote and support formal collaborations with external institutions and potentially increase shared resources and impact. Make determinations and recommendations about whether IHME should enter into such agreements on a case-by-case basis. Institutional collaborators could include research institutions, government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations.
Assess collaborator needs and advise on the development of relevant resources and tools to help better convey results, data, and the core principles and methods of the GBD enterprise. Advise on the development of resources and tools to help deepen engagement and improve the utility of collaborator feedback on data sources and estimates.
Systematize the coordination of country partnerships including subnational burden of disease collaborations to help ensure the quality and timely completion of deliverables.
Leadership and strategic planning
Develop and oversee the implementation of network engagement strategies by identifying and cultivating partnerships.
Oversee a team of individuals to deliver high-quality materials that translate complex scientific findings into materials that are comprehensible and accessible for non-technical audiences in order to encourage greater uptake of IHME's results among policies and donors.
Manage the staff that make up the Network Engagement team, to include hiring and training, managing workflow and guiding priority setting, and contributing to professional growth and performance assessments for supervisees.
Represent IHME at conferences, meetings, trainings, and other settings.
Craft articulate, professional, and concise correspondence and written materials for collaborators and external stakeholders.
Develop and contribute to external consultations, workshops, trainings, and other avenues for engagement. Deliver presentations and training course components to multiple high-level audiences from a variety of cultures and professional backgrounds.
Contribute to the leadership, strategy planning, portfolio management, and priority setting of the Global Engagement Team. Work in close partnership with other leaders on the Global Engagement Team.
Manage budgets and resource allocation for Network Engagement activities.
Contribute to the goal-setting and continued efforts at improvement for the entire Global Engagement Team. Set high expectations and inspire to deliver high-quality support and service in a timely manner to strengthen collaborative endeavors, achieve greater dissemination and uptake of results, and identify new opportunities for innovative endeavors related to the GBD.
Exhibit a command of the intellectual material related to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) enterprise and the relevant results. Individual is expected to develop an astute understanding of the material presented in journal articles, policy reports, and presentations that result from the projects on which they work.
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how data, methods, and analytic techniques map to results.
Be intellectually agile in responding to questions about the GBD enterprise.
Translate and assess research-related requests made as part of negotiations about formal collaborations into practical steps and determine with faculty and senior leaders whether and how they are achievable.
Present results and key attributes of the GBD enterprise to high-level audiences of researchers, policymakers, donors, and related collaborators.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Master's degree in a social sciences field
5+ years' related project management experience in a highly complex scientific environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Demonstrated ability to be flexible and juggle multiple priorities required
Demonstrated outstanding intellectual capability and knowledge of global health and development issues
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Proven ability to take technical and highly scientific research and make it relevant, clear, and concise for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
Professional maturity, with an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve objectives
Demonstrated success developing strategic plans and resolving resource conflicts to meet deadlines in a large team
Personal motivation to support the Institute's mission and goals
Proven ability to give dynamic, engaging public presentations
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Travel may be required up to 20% of the year, both domestic and international.
Weekend and evening work may be required.
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