• Content Strategist/Writer

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Communications and Marketing
  • Overview

    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 Content Strategist/Writer will work on a team of writers, editors and content specialists within Fred Hutch’s Communications & Marketing Department. This new role is responsible for developing and contributing to the implementation of an integrated content strategy to inform and engage Fred Hutch’s diverse audiences, including scientific peers, patients and families, philanthropic donors, industry and health care delivery partners, and policymakers. The Content Strategist/Writer will be inspired by the challenge of working across subject matter areas, platforms and writing styles to plan, write and edit content for the public website (fredhutch.org), the intranet and other internal communications, contributed articles, executive communications and Hutch social media channels, as well as materials supporting marketing and media relations activities. Reporting to the Director of Editorial, the Content Strategist/Writer will also collaborate on planning and execution with designers, producers and others across Communications & Marketing.


    Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:

    • Working with the Director of Editorial and Senior Director of Integrated Marketing, develop an integrated content strategy based on the center’s strategic goals and an understanding of audience needs to build Fred Hutch’s national presence and drive engagement
    • Apply a strategic, audience-focused approach to identifying storytelling opportunities and planning, writing and adapting clear and accurate content that showcases Fred Hutch’s mission, values and impact
    • Work with marketing, design/UX, media relations, social media and writing teammates to ensure strategic alignment of content, and conceptualize and develop written and multimedia content across digital and print channels
    • Create and maintain content calendars
    • Partner with in-house analyst to optimize metrics and use insights gleaned from data to refine content strategy
    • Proactively develop strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues across the Hutch’s scientific divisions and administrative departments to inform content development
    • Assign and edit freelancers as needed
    • Implement and help maintain content and style guidelines



    • Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years of writing/editing, product/content marketing, and/or content strategy experience, preferably working in science, health and/or technology
    • Proven track record of shaping and executing on an integrated content strategy
    • Experience collaborating and leading within a multifunctional organization
    • Ability to ideate and execute quickly

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • A passion for storytelling in all formats
    • Ability to envision and articulate how content can be presented and distributed for a variety of audiences in diverse formats and across channels; deep understanding of best content and approaches for different audiences
    • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage, adapt and deliver engaging contextual content
    • Proven ability to translate complex source material into compelling stories for a variety of audiences, including a lay audience
    • Experience applying data analytics to improve content discoverability, readability and engagement
    • Experience editing, reporting and writing in a fast-paced environment; knowledge of AP Style
    • Proficiency in search engine optimization best practices
    • Experience with digital channel production; familiarity with content management systems, such as Adobe Experience Manager
    • Project management experience and demonstrated ability to work effectively on concurrent, diverse projects while maintaining strong attention to detail; demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines
    • Understanding of and experience in nonprofit research or health sciences preferred
    • Ability to lead by example and mentor others
    • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

    Please include a cover letter and at least three writing samples with your application. 

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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