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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 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 eLearning Developer on the Learning and Development team (L&D). The incumbent in this role is responsible for developing eLearning content for IHME staff and various external audiences. This role will be the key driver in connecting employees to IHME’s goals and mission, and will create and implement online learning experiences throughout the onboarding period and beyond to set every IHME employee up for success. In addition, the eLearning developer will play a central role in helping external audiences learn about IHME methods, tools, and data through the creation of online training opportunities. The successful applicant will help build and promote IHME’s agile, intellectually driven workforce, allowing them to succeed efficiently and effectively in an ambitious, team-based environment.

The individual in this role will be responsible for the development of eLearning resources and online courses that support knowledge acquisition and skill development within and outside IHME. This position will play a key role in advancing the Institute’s ability to conduct innovative and groundbreaking research through the creation of online learning opportunities focused on bolstering staff technical, quantitative, managerial, communication, and leadership skills. Moreover, this role will foster uptake of IHME research methods and associated tools using novel training solutions to address the learning needs of external audiences, collaborators, and institutional stakeholders. An ideal candidate will have strong expertise using eLearning authoring platforms, graphic design, and user-experience design to create animations, produce interactive media, and create content-rich online learning solutions with user-friendly interfaces and intuitive navigation. Additional experience in instructional design, curriculum development, and translating learning needs of staff and external audiences into meaningful eLearning solutions is an important requirement of this position. The incumbent will be comfortable recording and editing video, creating and editing multimedia elements for the online courses, conducting user-experience testing, collaborating with subject matter experts, and keeping eLearning content relevant and updated.

The incumbent must develop a robust understanding of IHME’s priority research areas, assess the skill and knowledge requirements needed to carry out work in these areas, and build curricula, teaching materials, and online trainings that help staff advance the Institute to analyze, understand, and evaluate health challenges across the globe. A crucial feature of this position is the design and development of eLearning solutions that provide on-demand and agile learning opportunities to help staff achieve professional goals and acquire new skills. Direct engagement with various research and operational teams across the Institute to build learning solutions that catalyze their capacity to achieve IHME’s mission to improve the health of the world’s populations is also a key aspect of this role. The individual in this role will provide learning solutions to individuals from different cultural, linguistic, and disciplinary backgrounds and must be prepared to address the learning needs of individuals who possess a wide range of experience and understanding both intellectually and professionally.


eLearning Production

  • Develop eLearning solutions that provide convenient, dynamic, and on-demand training to staff across the Institute as well as external audiences.
  • Create interactive and user-friendly eLearning and multimedia training solutions to help internal and external audiences acquire new knowledge and skills.
  • Develop interactive online courses that achieve learning objectives given source material supplied by subject matter experts, such as storyboards, slide decks, and scripts.
  • Create graphics, images, and visuals using various software platforms that are aligned with Institute branding guidelines.
  • Leverage current technology, learning trends, and approaches to progress/elevate eLearning at IHME.
  • Develop templates and other reusable objects that aid in the development of eLearning assets at IHME.
  • Record, edit, and publish audio and video materials relevant to e-learning course materials.
  • Assembling eLearning content into a learning management system (LMS).
  • Participating in review and feedback meetings and implementing changes to eLearning products.

Instructional Design

  • Employ instructional design processes (SAM/ADDIE) to develop eLearning training, interactions, and lessons.
  • Create storyboards, scripts, and production-ready content for video or eLearning resources and courses.
  • Write goal statements, learning objectives, and performance objectives and map them to instructional strategies and teaching material.
  • Assess and analyze learning needs across the Institute and translate them into eLearning opportunities and solutions.
  • Work directly with subject matter experts to create lesson plans, competency maps, learner assessment rubrics, and other instructional design materials as needed.
  • Apply online learning theories and frameworks as well as adult learning principles to the design and development of curriculum and eLearning solutions.

User Experience Testing

  • Perform user experience testing to enhance usability, navigation, and interaction of eLearning resources and online courses.
  • Use learner feedback to make adjustments, revisions, and edits to eLearning content and courses.


  • Manage the instructional design process with internal stakeholders including scheduling meetings, managing timelines, tracking progress, and building assessments.
  • Manage relationships with internal stakeholders and service providers (when necessary), work directly with ODT team members to implement and execute the logistics and specifics of learning solutions, as needed.
  • Provide support for courses taught by IHME faculty at the University of Washington. Duties may include building and updating course syllabi, lesson plans, exercises, and assessments.
  • Design and administer online surveys, quizzes, and learner assessments through various online learning solution platforms.
  • Research the latest eLearning tools and interactive trends.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, communication, business, public health, or related field plus four years of work experience, or equivalent combination of education/experience.

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


  • A commitment to working 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.
  • Experience and interest in working within a diverse culture, and in building content that resonates with a community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong theoretical and experiential knowledge of adult learning principles, learning science, and online learning theories.
  • Familiar with instructional design methods (i.e., SAM/ADDIE) and strategies for designing engaging eLearning courses.
  • Proficiency with eLearning authoring and multimedia tools (Articulate suite or equivalent).
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, or Premier Pro to generate graphics, animation, and content for online trainings.
  • Basic knowledge of eLearning publishing standards (SCORM, AICC, xAPI).
  • Experience using the D2L / Brightspace learning management systems.
  • Basic knowledge of JavaScript, CSS, or HTML.
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork, and customer service skills, as well as the ability to foster positive relationships with diverse members of staff and supervisors.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the abilities to think independently, track many details and logistics concurrently, be flexible, and juggle priorities for multiple ongoing projects with minimal supervision.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong MS Office software skills, including proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook (specifically, managing calendars).


  • Interest in education, data sciences/informatics, and public health.
  • Experience with front-end web-site development.


  • 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 here.
  • Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US.