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Sr. Policy Advisor

Sr. Policy Advisor

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Government and Community Relations

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Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


The Senior Policy Advisor, Government Relations will research, plan and assist in the development of legislative and regulatory initiatives of interest to the Center to increase local, state and national support of our mission at Fred Hutch. Key functional areas of responsibility include analysis of local, state and federal legislative and regulatory proposals related to relevant public policy issues.


  • Continually monitor the local, state and federal landscape for legislative and regulatory opportunities and threats
  • Analyze potential impacts of local, state and federal legislative and regulatory proposals related to relevant public policy issues
  • Assist in setting the public policy and advocacy agenda for the Center, working collaboratively with Fred Hutch leadership and departmental employed and contract staff
  • Draft reports, statements, memoranda, position papers and other written materials on relevant public policy issues
  • Draft statements and talking points for Center leadership on relevant public policy issues
  • Develop strategies that both influence regulatory policy and legislation, and take advantage of opportunities that will enhance the image and reputation of the center among key policy makers and opinion leaders.
  • Establish, develop, maintain and enhance strong and trusted external relationships with individuals and organizations necessary to accomplish the Center’s short and long-term public affairs goals, including:
  • Local, state and federal elected officials and agency leadership, policy makers and key staff
  • Peer government, community and external relations leaders within the Fred Hutch/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington/UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s cancer alliance, and with key for-profit and not-for profit organizations in the greater Seattle community
  • Other cancer centers and cancer center organizations
  • Research, health care and life sciences organizations
  • Business associations and other organizations in which the Center is a member or which are stakeholders in public policy issues of significance to the Center
  • Provide strategic counsel to third parties on policy issues of concern to the Center and participate as a leader in key coalitions and organizations where critical to advance the Center’s public policy agenda
  • Serve as a spokesman, represent Center leadership and speak credibly, accurately and authoritatively on behalf of Center leadership in briefings, at hearings, in strategy sessions with legislative allies and in all other settings as needed


The Senior Policy Advisor, Government Relations will first and foremost be passionate about the cause of eradicating cancer and other related disease.  The candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree; advance degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years in government relations and public policy roles at all levels of government, with demonstrated record of achieving favorable legislative and regulatory outcomes; specific experience in public appropriations and federal research policies preferred
  • Politically savvy, proactive leader with established, positive relationships at the local and state level, in Washington State; experience with federal policy-making, legislative and regulatory matters strongly preferred