Employment Opportunities

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) has two open positions:


Reporting directly to the department Chair, the Administrator serves as the business manager and senior administrative support representative for the department, providing leadership and strategic management of the department’s fiscal, human resources, and operational responsibilities. Within the department, they will work with the Chair, Associate Chairs, faculty, and staff. They will also work closely with the College of Engineering (CoE) Dean’s Office Fiscal and HR teams and Administrators from the other CoE departments.

HCDE is a fast-paced and dynamic environment, which will require strong organizational skills and problem-solving abilities.  The Administrator will need to use effective time management to set priorities and juggle multiple projects in order to meet deadlines. They are responsible for ensuring that the department is in compliance with federal, state, local, and university rules and regulations. In addition, the Administrator exercises independent judgment, discretion, and decision-making authority.

The Administrator serves as the chief liaison between the Chair, faculty, and staff of the Department and other campus and non-campus offices and works closely with the CoE Dean’s Office and other CoE Administrators. We are looking for someone who can create the intersections between the department and the college and between faculty and staff.

Primary goals include:

  • Implementing the department strategic plan as it relates to staff, administrative policies, and finances.
  • Advising the Chair regarding department policies and procedures to maintain a strong team environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Administering all department funds (state funds, self-sustaining budgets, grants and contracts, ICR, and gift/discretionary funds), tracking revenues, expenditures, and commitments, and creating multi-year projections.

In addition, the Administrator will:

  • Serve on department committees including the Chair’s Financial Advisory Committee and the Space Committee
  • Manage Memorandums of Understanding between HCDE and other units within the University that deal with space and financial considerations
  • Collaborate with the COE Dean’s Office and other CoE Administrators on University and college-wide initiatives
  • HCDE is human-centered. We offer a collaborative work environment where staff, faculty, and students are all committed to success and work together to achieve our goals. Bring your passion for building relationships, and we will help you create possibility.


  • Fiscal Management
  • Administer all department funds (state funds, self-sustaining budgets, grants and contracts, ICR, and gift/discretionary funds) and partner with Dean’s Office.
    • Track all department commitments, monitor large department expenditures, and review current balances.
    • Using standardized tools, develop forecasts and long-range plans for major department funds and strategize how to absorb budget cuts when relevant.
  • Oversee grant/contract administration.
    • Review grant/contract proposals for the potential impact on staffing levels, space, and other infrastructure requirements.
    • Provide official department approval of all proposals.
  • Advise the Chair regarding the allocation of resources, availability of departmental funds for strategic initiatives, and potential impacts of university-level policies such as activity-based budgeting.
  • Develop policies and procedures, and internal controls consistent with state and federal compliance of departmental and research budgets. Periodically report to state and federal agencies.
  • Oversee work of department fiscal staff.
  • Serve on department Chair’s Financial Advisory & Student Emergency Fund committees.


  • Serve as the primary liaison to administrative offices of the campus and non-UW agencies
  • Advise the Chair and act as their representative with accurate knowledge of policies: develop, interpret, and implement institutional and organizational policies, procedures, and operations
  • Advise the Chair with strategic planning concerning resources regarding staff, faculty, facilities, equipment, space, and financial needs. In coordination with the Chair, draft annual budget summaries and proposals for the CoE Dean’s Office
  • In conjunction with UW Continuum College’s program manager, manage the administrative aspects of HCDE’s self-sustaining operations including summer sessions
    • Develop yearly budget
    • Decide on business processes
  • In conjunction with program administrators, manage the administrative aspects of HCDE’s involvement in Masters of Human Computer Interaction + Design, Masters of Science in Data Science, and Global Innovation Exchange programs
  • Analyze best practices for sustaining fee-based programs and strengthening external relationships
  • Develop and track department metrics related to research expenditures, self-sustaining program revenues, and gifts
  • Prepare, organize, and coordinate internal, state, and federal audits
  • Seek to improve overall processes

Human Resources

  • Serve as the human resources manager for staff [permanent, temporary, research, Academic Student Employees (ASEs)] hired by the department
  • Assess and analyze staff resources. Advise and assist in the short and long-range planning and prioritization of staff resources
  • Initiate and lead processing of all staff hires and administer use of the UWHires system for hiring department support staff, and coordinate with Fiscal Specialist on hiring activities of ASEs
  • Supervise departmental fiscal, computing, and administrative support staff.
    • Manage daily activities of Fiscal Unit Supervisor, Grants Manager, Computing Manager, Events & Outreach Manager, and Office Manager/Faculty Assistant.
  • Coordinate department personnel activities for staff.
  • Assist direct reports in developing plans for professional development.
  • Initiate and lead annual performance evaluations of staff.
  • Oversee appointments of classified and professional staff, hourly, and graduate and undergraduate student appointments.
  • Partnering with the Dean’s Office Human Resources team, manage workflow, hiring, disciplinary actions, and resolution of problems.
  • Advise on personnel matters related to staff and ASEs (hiring, disciplinary actions, performance reviews, awards and recognition, training opportunities, reclassifications)
  • Advise staff and faculty on University policies and procedures
  • Oversee payroll and maintenance of leave records
  • Provide information to employees regarding WAC regulations and union contracts
  • Administer the preparation of confidential material; coordinate and carry out special assignments that vary in complexity and frequency depending on the needs of the department

Facilities Management

  • Participate in the long-range planning for the department including requests for equipment and space
  • Administer all departmental minor modification projects, from initial request to project completion
  • Oversee quarterly space assignments of ASEs, lecturers, and visiting scholars
  • Work with UW Facilities, Capitol Projects, and the CoE Facilities Manager to renovate existing space, build out new space, and manage employee physical relocations
  • Approve requests to UW Facilities Services for major and minor changes and repairs
  • Approve bids and contracts from off-campus vendors for space modification projects
  • Allocate funds for equipment purchases and approve purchase of equipment and oversee equipment inventory and equipment insurance
  • Manage space allocation MOUs between the department and other University entities, including the College of Engineering and CoMotion
  • Monitor compliance with Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety policies
  • Serve on department Space Committee


  • In collaboration with other CoE Dean’s Office and Administrators, work on University and college-wide initiatives such as Financial Transformation and shared services
  • Attend various CoE and university meetings and training sessions, including the CoE’s monthly administrator meetings and the department’s External Advisory Board meetings
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration or related field, and three to five years of experience in the management of staff, finance and operations; familiarity with academic policies and procedures
  • Experience with MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Presentation)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing projects and multiple deadlines and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to display initiative, anticipate problems, make recommendations for appropriate response and take action
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise, coach and mentor staff
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively and respectfully; exercise diplomatic and professional interpersonal skills; poised, professional manner with the ability to work well with diverse populations over the telephone, in virtual meetings, in written correspondence, and in-person
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with faculty, staff, students and academic partners; modeling and mentoring professional interactions
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner
  • A solid understanding of budgeting process which would include payroll, purchasing, and accounting systems
  • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to manage a number of complex, multifaceted relationships and tasks simultaneously are required
  • Strong project management skills; ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic, deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively, with a high level of initiative, and as part of a team

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


  • Master’s Degree in business management, economics, organizational development or related field
  • Experience working in an academic unit, research institute, or university setting
  • Experience with University of Washington academic policies and procedures, as well as budget, payroll/human resources, purchasing, and accounting systems; experience with state, federal and agency standards and regulations
  • Experience with UW systems such as Workday, Interfolio, MyFinancial Desktop, ARIBA, PROCARD/PAYMENTNET, EDW, and SAGE

Application Process:

Interested applicants can apply for this position on the University of Washington employment webpage.

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.

Post-doctoral Scholar in Complex Collaborative Systems

The Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) department at the University of Washington, located in Seattle, is seeking to fill a full-time, two-year academic research position at the rank of post-doctoral scholar. The successful candidate will be able to make major contributions to the design of complex collaborative systems. This position is housed within the Center for Collaborative Systems for Safety, Security and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR). CoSSaR is a multi-disciplinary center where professionals from a wide range of entities (Federal, State, County, City, Tribal, International, Public and Private) team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience.

The Project. The successful candidate will work alongside academic, public and private sector professionals on a transformative national model deployment project. Entitled “A Virtual Coordination Center (VCC) for Multimodal Integrated Corridor Management,” the project budget of $8.5M supports numerous stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The VCC is a robust cloud-based environment that enables regional stakeholders to share a common working environment in support of coordinated mobility management. The VCC will gather data from Seattle-area transportation management agencies and share this data through a common dashboard so responders across all the agencies can see incidents as they happen, coordinate responses and distribute unified public messages.

The Position. The successful candidate will receive an academic appointment as a Post-Doctoral Scholar. The position is intended to extend professional training for a candidate who recently received a terminal PhD. The Post-Doctoral Scholar will work directly with Dr. Mark Haselkorn and Dr. Sonia Savelli of CoSSaR on the VCC project, with regular interactions with other faculty and staff, as well as opportunities for continued training. As a member of the VCC project team, the successful candidate will:

  • Conduct and analyze a use-feedback-redesign process involving a range of operational stakeholders, as part of the agile development of a cloud-based collaborative environment. Methods will be participatory and will draw on the values of “action research” where the researcher actively engages in, and also analyzes, the agile development of a cloud-based, transformative, national model deployment project.
  • Work collaboratively to capture the benefits (e.g., coordination, safety, mobility, etc.), costs, and effectiveness of the project deployment, as well as lessons learned and recommendations for future deployment to other regions.
  • Apply existing, relevant conceptual frameworks to advance knowledge in how to design for complex multi-organizational systems (e.g., infrastructure studies, coordination theory, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), organization science, sociotechnical systems, information studies).
  • Work with leadership to develop and manage an ownership strategy including policies and governance.

This is a grant- and project-funded, 24-month appointment. Salary will be competitive and based upon candidate qualifications and experience. Full University of Washington benefits are included


  • PhD in one of the following or related fields: human centered design, computer science, information science, systems engineering. Degree must be conferred by position start date
  • Experience with human centered, iterative and participatory design, action research
  • Experience with agile development methodology
  • Strong qualitative, quantitative, and analytical skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • An ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative and multidisciplinary team
  • Preferred but not required: Interest and/or experience with transportation operations and management, government systems, cloud-based systems, manuscript writing, student mentorship, and project management

Salary and Conditions

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. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of future research interests, and three letters of reference. The group values contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields, and to outreach; these can be described in the cover letter. Applications received by March 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Inquiries should be directed to: cossar@uw.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint. Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities.

Additional information at the UW HR webpage.