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Program Assistant II

Program Assistant II

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Support Services

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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 with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest 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.


Coordinates and performs the safe and successful transport of research specimens and assists department/study staff in the implementation of program policies and procedures.  Carries-out special assignments or projects in addition to performing clerical responsibilities. 


The incumbent works with some independence and is expected to use judgment in carrying-out duties within the framework of department/study policies and procedures. 

May perform some or all of the following responsibilities:


  • Coordinates and performs the safe and successful transport of research specimens between the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    • Prepares packages for shipment to external health care facilities
    • Receives and distributes research samples from external clients
    • Tracks samples into program database
    • Communicates professionally with all internal and external clients
    • Practices safe blood borne pathogen handling techniques  
  • Assists in the implementation of department/study policies and procedures
  • Carry-out special assignments or projects.
  • Serve as department/study liaison and provide information to Center staff and outside organizations.
  • Gather information and produce reports on department/study performance.
  • Maintain updated policies and procedures manuals.
  • Make accurate and complete postings to department/study records and maintain files and filing system in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Prepare special and recurring reports.
  • Perform clerical duties to include: drafting and word processing correspondence, reports, publications; editing and proofreading materials; making appointments, travel arrangements and organizing meetings.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



High school graduation or GED.  May require BA/BS in related field of study.  Special skills and required background to be determined by each department/study where job exists.  Skills generally necessary will include: organizational skills, general office skills (i.e. typing, filing, phone skills), word processing/computer skills, and written and oral communication skills.  Ability to walk during most of a 8-10 hours shift required.  Ability to lift up to 30 pounds is required.

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