Human Resources Manager

Website University of Washington | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

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; 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 exciting opportunity for a Human Resources Manager to join the Organizational Development and Training team. This position will provide institute-wide support with talent acquisition and employee retention needs by partnering with management to develop, implement, and meet assigned goals and objectives. This position should have previous experience and developed expertise in the recruitment of research- and content-oriented positions. The HR Manager must understand organizational complexities, reporting relationships, and specific roles and responsibilities across IHME and within the broader context of the UW’s administration of policies and procedures. We are looking for someone who is excited to positively, creatively, and strategically contribute to IHME as the Institute continues to grow. This position is contingent on project funding availability.


  • Regularly meet with senior leaders and hiring managers to interpret the requirements of a diverse array of multidisciplinary research projects that aim to deliver cutting-edge, high-quality results for policymakers, donors, and researchers globally to determine needs for new positions or changes for current employees and the budget impact of these needs. Facilitate the request process for review of new positions and position changes through the senior management team.
  • Manage all aspects of the recruitment process for professional, IHME SEIU Union, classified, and hourly staff and IHME’s student positions, ranging from job description development to final hire. Apply knowledge of staff classifications and policies to analyze and recommend options to hiring managers. Work closely with hiring managers on all aspects to ensure they are appropriately engaged and understand the full process, so that jointly we achieve the best possible hires for different positions. As needed, conduct phone screen interviews and participate in the interview process. Continuously look for ways to improve systems that transfer and track recruitment information.
  • Understand organizational complexities, jobs, reporting relationships, and specific roles and responsibilities across IHME and within the broader context of UW’s administration of policies and procedures.
  • Develop and implement recruiting strategies for assigned home team, to include advertising, social media, career fairs, and conferences. Keep abreast of job description best practices; ensure job descriptions are written for maximum effectiveness to attract the right candidates.
  • Perform comprehensive salary assessments to ensure that we are compensating our employees competitively in the higher-education/nonprofit market. Develop career paths and competencies structures to develop succession planning for each team. Assess and advise on in-grades and promotions.
  • Serve as day-to-day expert providing informal and formal first-tier advice and guidance to staff, students, and supervisors regarding UW human resource policies and procedures, personnel issues, and workplace concerns. Escalate sensitive employee relation matters to the Senior HR Manager.
  • Supervise HR Coordinator, to include hiring and training, managing workflow and guiding priority-setting, and contributing to professional growth and performance assessments for supervisees.
  • Ensure all human resource programs and policies are compliant with appropriate UW, federal, state, and local regulations. Maintain confidential personnel records.
  • Continuously improve and deliver the New Hire Orientation presentation to ensure it is relevant, dynamic, and comprehensive. Participate in developing and delivering other HR-related trainings.
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to ensure that exiting of each employee is timely and complete on employee’s last day. Meet with exiting employee for an exit interview and on last day to collect University and IHME equipment.


  • Delegated authority to act on staff personnel actions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, compensation, leave administration, and performance management in the absence of the Senior Human Resources Manager.
  • Review, update, and edit human resources pages on IHME’s intranet.
  • Attend weekly meetings and participate in campus-wide human resources meetings and committees and advocate for IHME’s unique needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business, Psychology, or other related field plus two years’ technical recruiting experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to translate stated needs for human capital from faculty, senior researchers, and managers dealing with predominately research-related content into job descriptions and recruitment materials.
  • Ability to analyze novel needs, assess potential avenues, and implement creative solutions to ensure a steady flow of high-quality, high-achieving staff.
  • Ability to communicate in a diplomatic, friendly, yet effective manner with the Institute’s leaders, faculty, and staff, and UW offices such Human Resources, UCIRO, DSO.
  • Outstanding communication skills (written and oral).
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Effective in a diverse, international community.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems in order to meet Institute goals and objectives.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

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:

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


  • Human resources experience in an academic setting.


  • Weekend and evening work sometimes required.
  • This position is eligible to work fully remote; work schedule required to overlap 50% of IHME office hours between 8am and 6pm Pacific Time.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions 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 Workforce 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.

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