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; Local Burden of Disease; 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 a Software Development Manager to help lead our growing development team. We are looking for a highly creative and organized individual with substantial experience in web and/or visualization development to lead our development efforts. Our websites and interactive visualizations are highly visible and have been featured in news outlets, journal publications and online resources; they are also instrumental in helping policy makers around the world make informed decisions to improve people’s health. Additionally, we build applications for research analysis and dissemination of results, as well as websites that highlight those results and promote IHME’s vision. The Development Manager will have the opportunity to guide and refine our development processes and procedures. The Development Manager will report to the Assistant Director of Visualization and Web Development. The position is contingent upon institutional need and funding availability.
Process development and management
- Supervise the development of all data visualization projects providing overall project management by prioritizing, planning and tracking project progress.
- Research development options to improve and facilitate current development processes.
- Define scope and deliverables working with Systems Analysts, as well as Research, Communications and Operations teams.
- Assist in the development of data products on an as needed basis.
Management of staff
- Direct workload of visualization developers providing technical leadership and training.
- Recruit, mentor and assist in the career development of staff.
- Perform annual performance review and goal setting with regular check-ins setting work expectations.
- Review project architecture documents.
- Possess understanding of data security principles pertaining to data storage and software development practices.
- Stay current on latest technologies and processes related to the management and development of software products.
- Become familiar with substantive areas of expertise at IHME and their comprehensive data needs in order to perform complex multi-disciplinary analyses.
- Develop an understanding of overall IHME team structure in order to more effectively manage information channels and inner-team dependencies.
- Understand the methods and technologies used in the storage, manipulation and display of geospatial information.
- Perform additional duties as assigned that fall within the reasonable scope of this position and the IHME team overall.
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent degree with three years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education an experience.
- Prior leadership experience in a software and web development environment
- Experience with developing technical requirements
- Familiarity with visualization tools and software, including D3.js
- Demonstrated understanding of data visualization principles, user experience, and aesthetics
- Ability to innovate, inspire and work independently in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
- Experience with source code management tools like Git and Subversion
- Experience working and communicating effectively with academic and scientific researchers
- Understanding of scientific research and statistical analysis
- Knowledge of geospatial tools and technology (PostGIS, ArcGIS, CartoDB)
- Experience visualizing large, complex, and frequently changing datasets
Conditions of Employmnet: Evening and weekend work may be required.