Job Posting: Senior Data Indexer, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA

Req #: 98004
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Downtown Seattle
Job Location Detail: 5th & Bell
Posting Date: 08/05/2013
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.  Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service.  Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Data Indexer to join our team. The Senior Data Indexer’s work will take a leadership role in the content development for the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), IHME’s catalog and platform to share and inform about health data. The Senior Data Indexer will be responsible for overseeing a team of indexers researching, renaming, moving and cataloguing large amounts of health data from a variety of data sources, e.g. health surveys, censuses, facility records and administrative data. The Senior Data Indexer will be familiar with different types of files and data, particularly health and demographic datasets; be meticulous with file naming and proper metadata; and possess sufficient Internet and research savvy to direct online data searches and identify accurate information from conflicting sources. The Senior Data Indexer will report to the Assistant Director, Data Management.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide oversight, leadership, and management support for a team of Data Indexers searching for data and metadata and creating content for the GHDx.
  • Train new staff in role-appropriate GHDx practices and provide additional training to existing staff as needed.
  • Create new records and evaluate and edit existing records in the database for publication, assessing completeness, accuracy, and grammar. Mentor indexers to improve overall cataloging quality.
  • Conduct and direct exhaustive research of datasets and health systems, translate research into readable summaries, and provide guidance to others at IHME engaged in these tasks, incl. faculty, researchers, and data analysts.
  • Identify dataset files and metadata records that do not conform to existing rules and resolve the inconsistencies.
  • Ensure accuracy and timeliness of data research projects specific to internal teams; manage conflicting priorities and timelines, and ensure clear priorities for the Data Indexers.
  • Interact in a collaborative manner with members of the Data and other teams to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Assess GHDx taxonomies and features and proactively provide recommendations for changes and improvements.
  • Maintain thorough documentation on file management and cataloguing progress.
  • Exemplify and promote proper data management throughout IHME.

    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 library science, information management, or (science) data management and two years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, and flexibility
  • Previous experience with searching, researching, cataloguing and indexing of data
  • Interest in global health and global health research
  • Ability to work in a highly structured role that calls for precision and meticulous attention to detail while operating in a fast-paced, energetic, entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong sense of focus and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Drupal or other online content management system
  • Online research skills
  • Familiarity/comfort with assessing materials in foreign languages
  • Experience supervising staff

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

Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background  check.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  The cover letter assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select “Apply to this Position” on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. 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 the assessment is complete.

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