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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; Forecasting; 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 a Senior Portfolio Manager. The primary purpose of this position is to enable IHME leadership to effectively assess its entire portfolio of projects with an understanding of progress against objectives and resource tradeoffs to improve efficiency and allocation of resources and enable the organization to better achieve deadlines, plan better, and be better coordinated across teams. The position provides guidance, tools, and skill building to other managers related to both project and portfolio management. The individual may also help to expand the portfolio and resources available through helping target proposal development to meet resource needs.
The Senior Portfolio Manager is responsible for creating and deploying the tools that enable IHME's leadership to assess its portfolio overall. The individual will work closely with Senior Management members of the organization to develop a system of portfolio management that integrates well with project-level tracking and monitoring tools used by managers in the organization. He/she will be depended upon to implement the system and monitor its use, and will also be asked to help derive value from the information presented in it by formulating recommendations for future action. The Senior Portfolio Manager will help train others in both portfolio and project management best practices. As the individual assists in identifying opportunities for resource growth within the portfolio, he/she may contribute to helping align proposal development with resource needs. The Senior Portfolio Manager thus plays a pivotal central role in the strategic management of the organization and in assessing organizational health.
The Senior Portfolio Manager must bring intellectual agility, deft planning skills, and command of the intellectual content to bear in executing his/her responsibilities. Overall, the Senior Portfolio Manager will be a critical member of an agile, dynamic team planning, guiding, implementing, managing, and monitoring a complex research enterprise. This position is contingent on project funding availability and need.
Develop and implement systems to track progress against objectives and resource allocation across the entire enterprise's portfolio.
Work with faculty and other senior staff at project onset or as needed when major projects or deliverables are changed in order to reflect implementation plans and resource needs accurately and effectively in the project and portfolio management systems.
Provide training and coaching to managers who contribute to the portfolio management system.
Assess the health of individual projects. Identify areas for improvement on delivery to deadline. Assess roadblocks and make initial suggestions for improvements.
Develop templates for project and portfolio management tools that can be easily used by other managers.
Integrate project management tracking and implementation tools with portfolio management system so that the information within them is synchronized, where possible.
Make strategic recommendations to senior managers about how to improve portfolio performance.
Summarize current resource needs. Identify gaps. Explain tradeoffs in resource allocation to senior managers.
Create projections of portfolio needs as mapped against resource growth. Quantify what growth expectations translate into in terms of financial, personnel, space, and other resource needs.
Inform the development of proposals and relationships with donors to align with the enterprise's resource needs and plans for growth.
Strategic planning and proposal development
Facilitate strategic planning, resource allocation, and gap resolution with team leaders.
Create, implement, and support systems for central coordination and communication about deadlines, protocols, and key milestones across the different projects.
Develop visual mechanisms and tools to best understand how research objectives are interdependent with other production and support needs across the organization. Develop tools to highlight cross-team dependencies easily and quickly.
Identify opportunities for resource growth from the portfolio projections. Work with senior managers to prioritize how growth opportunities will be pursued.
Agilely command intellectual aspects and aims of a variety of projects with a multidisciplinary quantitative approach. Be able to summarize and explain key objectives and deliverables to senior managers along with the tradeoffs in resource allocation required to achieve them.
Interpret intellectual aims and assess whether they are aligned with portfolio management markers.
Identify need for and direct background research as needed to aid in project management, informing portfolio management and proposal development.
Create and implement training on portfolio management, project management, and other related topics.
Help to create and implement policies that can assist in smooth resource allocation, tracking, and general organizational efficiency.
Cultivate a culture of strong professional skills, accountability for the work requirements and to one another's teammates, agility to meet emerging needs, and clear, open communication about challenges in an ambitious, entrepreneurial, and highly collaborative workplace.
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 in project management, business, social sciences or related field, plus five years' related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. |
Demonstrated outstanding command of the knowledge base and underlying premises in health metrics sciences.
Project management experience and experience specifically managing other managers in complex environments in different cultural and linguistic settings.
Proven success managing to deadline the production of key deliverables in an ambitious, highly entrepreneurial, and swiftly evolving organizational setting.
Systems thinker who can comprehensively assess the big picture while not losing sight of the details.
Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills with a range of technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to create tools and protocols for others to follow in establishing and executing operational best practices.
Experience with project management tools.
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.
Ability to work independently and 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.