Academic Development Specialist. Job in Seattle E-Nursery Jobs

  • Job Reference: 427290133-2
  • Date Posted: 21 November 2021
  • Recruiter: University of Washington
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

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; 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.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for an Academic Development Specialist to join our team to lead the Institute's post-doctoral, affiliate, and visitor programs for IHME and the Department of Health Metrics Sciences (HMS). The purpose of this position is to further develop, attract, and maintain a top-tier cohort of postdoctoral scholars, visiting academic staff, and affiliate faculty through facilitating their recruitment, onboarding, and professional development.

The Academic Development Specialist must act with deft diplomacy and exercise strong independent judgment at all times in a fast-paced, competitive work environment which requires creative and sometimes novel solutions to meet its academic development and planning needs, which are often outside of the norm for the University. The individual must be able to interpret multi-layered policies, assess and be able to assign priorities to actions within IHME from a competing array of demands, and manage implementation of needed actions across teams in a relaxed, but commanding, manner. This position is contingent on project funding availability.

Responsibilities include:

Be a key resource for the Postdoctoral Scholars, Affiliate, and visitor programs by providing subject matter expertise to both internal and external audiences, including program components, benefits and opportunities associated with the program, requirements and responsibilities, and the program's overall purpose and goals.

Help to identify and bring on board postdoctoral scholars, visiting academic staff, and affiliate faculty from diverse disciplinary contexts, managing all aspects of the appointment, visa solicitation, and onboarding functions. Seek creative and individualized appointment types to maximize opportunity for IHME/UW and for the candidate. Build relationships with UW personnel to foster a cohort of colleagues building expertise in academic development functions and to facilitate smooth appointment processes.

Develop onboarding, early training curricula, career development and mentoring plans and strategies with IHME faculty to enhance the recruitment pipeline.

Create and implement personnel processes and timelines for all postdoctoral scholars and affiliate and visiting academic appointments.

Manage employment visa applications and processing for faculty appointments.

Support elements of advertising, job talks, annual review processes, and other functions related to faculty recruitment and development in coordination with the Senior Academic Development Manager.

Expertly carry out communications, relationship building, and project management with faculty, senior managers, and academic staff within IHME and externally with others at the University of Washington and other research institutions to facilitate positive, sustainable, and mutually beneficial collaborative projects.

Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position as member of the Organizational Development and Training Team.

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 business, communications, organizational development, social sciences, or related field, plus two years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements:

Must exhibit strong interest in global relations, international studies, global health, human resources, or related field. Must exhibit a desire to work creatively to advance intellectual content and provide a robust and sustainable professional environment to support cutting-edge analytic work.

Must be able to assess strategic priorities, creatively identify solutions, and implement plans accordingly, systematically and with strong attention to detail, focused on a positive end result.

Must be able to advance work in an ambiguous environment where use of judgement is frequently required to solve problems effectively and efficiently.

Strong oral and written communication skills and relationship management skills are critical.

Adept diplomacy and exemplary interpersonal skills required. Must be agile at forming respectful and rewarding relationships with people with different levels of experience and expertise from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and professional settings.

Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to think independently, be flexible, and juggle multiple priorities.

Must be a cooperative team player.

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is critical.

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.


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 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.

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.