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Director of Academic Alliances and Data Strategy

Director of Academic Alliances and Data Strategy

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Business Development

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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 Hutch Data Commonwealth (HDC) represents a new organization within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with a mission to develop new capabilities and resources to facilitate the center’s interaction with large and complex data sets. HDC data and software engineers develop robust resources for the management and analysis of data in support of both local and extramural research activities. The HDC also serves as a nexus within Fred Hutch for data-centered partnerships with technology companies and academic organizations


Create and implement organizational partnering efforts and strategies in the academic and non-profit research space aimed at and creating new opportunities for collaborative research. Execute institutional, programmatic and departmental partnership strategies, primarily through external outreach via the HDC network across potential regional alliance partners, innovation summits and hackathons, and site visits. Continual analysis of institutional, regional, national and international data science programs, as well as specific new or expanded technology opportunities in the informatics space to persistently keep the Hutch at the forefront of these programs, partnerships and practices. Partner with the Technology Management Team, as well as other internal Fred Hutch departments, in expanding capacity to analyze and provide asset-specific research development pathways and market-entry assessments, generate partnering opportunities, build Fred Hutch brand into the academic and non-profit sectors, with the goal of scaling translation of Fred Hutch research data and digital health-related technologies through strategic alliances and partnerships.




  • Develop partnerships with academic and non-profit research organizations in support of the Digital Health Innovation Fund and other HDC initiatives
  • With HDC leadership, define strategic priorities for HDC including staffing, budget, and product roadmaps
  • Participate on product advisory council (PAC) to prioritize resource allocation
  • Identify/develop training opportunities for HDC staff and/or Hutch community members (e.g., partnership with eScience, Data Carpentry)
  • Create opportunities for data-centered collaboration across regional organizations (e.g., hackathons)
  • Represent Hutch and the HDC in the broader data management community
  • In partnership with Director of Business Development, establish relationships and forge alliances within the Hutch researcher community to build engagement around and ensure relevance of HDC activities



  • Experience and fluency in the rapidly changing academic data science space.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and execution skills within a team and matrix environment.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams including statisticians, computational biologists, data engineers, epidemiologists, clinicians, administrators, etc. 

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. 

  • Superior organizational ability, with expert knowledge and experience to assume professional, organizational and educational responsibilities. 

  • Demonstrated skills in relationship development and management.


  • Masters in Bioinformatics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, or equivalent required, with a minimum of two years of related experience; PhD preferred.
  • 3 years’ work experience developing and managing organizational relationships
  • Experience developing strategy and leading execution
  • Experience in data science, biomedical informatics, or health IT
  • Demonstrated experience navigating academic organizations
  • Deep understanding of gathering, maintaining and analyzing tacit as well as formal information/data sources

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