• Director, Employee Communications

    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.


    As a member of Fred Hutch’s Communications & Marketing Department, the employee communications director will develop internal communication strategies and content that support Fred Hutch’s position as a leader and expert resource in cancer and related diseases. Reporting to the senior director of communications, you will be responsible for developing employee communications initiatives designed to reach, motivate and activate a variety of internal stakeholders, including senior-level executives, researchers and faculty, physicians and professional staff. The employee communications director will also collaborate closely with counterparts in Communications and Marketing as well as colleagues in the Director’s Office, Philanthropy, Human Resources, Information Technology, Government & Community Relations, Facilities & Operations, Business Development & Strategy, and Research Administration & Faculty Affairs.


    • Advocate for employees and the Fred Hutch brand – Accountable for developing internal communication strategies and campaigns that help connect employees to a shared understanding of the Fred Hutch mission, vision and values. Use multi-directional and interactive employee communications to unify and amplify employee voices and activities in ways that advance the organization’s strategic goals, culture and brand. Work in close collaboration with scientific and administrative leaders across the organization including: communications and marketing, government affairs, HR/talent acquisition, philanthropy, the director of diversity and inclusion, research administration, divisional leaders and other cross-functional teams. Work with others to share ideas and resources and to align messages that enhance the employee experience.
    • Plan and manage organizational messaging – Develop comprehensive communications to effectively share, coordinate and cascade messages and announcements to internal stakeholders in alignment with Center strategic plan and external messaging. Maintain editorial calendar of employee-focused content and partner with extended team members to produce and publish across a variety of channels and experiences. Comprehensively track and encourage the promotion of notable news, events and achievements in a culture that values humility. Drive internal campaigns around activities that impact employees.
    • Define and operationalize channel communications strategy for employee communications – Leverage existing internal communications platforms (intranet, SharePoint sites, email, seminars) to build awareness/community across the center and work with stakeholders, web producers and writers to promote, create and/or curate relevant content. Develop best practices and standard operating procedures to guide communications across the Center to all staff and faculty. Develop communications resources and toolkits to support departments and divisions to provide consistent, ongoing and quality communications for their teams.
    • Support executive leadership – Serve as a communications expert on executive messaging and communications in written, video and presentation formats. Provide communications support to executive leaders presenting at internal events and town halls. Guide leaders and their teams and departments on best practices. Produce high-caliber meeting/event briefings and materials for the President & Director’s Office. Provide general guidance and feedback to executives on the most effective ways to reach and influence their internal stakeholders. Edit, finalize and distribute internal messages to all staff on behalf of the President & Director.
    • Measure effectiveness and innovate – Solicit feedback and listen to employees and continually scan the communications landscape to generate new approaches for enhancing internal communications and culture. Develop and deploy methods for ongoing measurement of employee communications effectiveness and impact. Use data and other learnings to propose, test and establish new communications channels, content and tools that support employee needs and organizational goals.




    • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications or equivalent experience
    • Effective communicator with 7+ years of experience developing employee-oriented, multi-channel communications plans and strategies
    • Nonprofit, academic, health care, research and/or science experience preferred
    • Proficient in Office 365 and Asana or other project management tools
    • Experience with content management systems (preferably Adobe Experience Manager) and email platforms (Eloqua, Convio, etc.) preferred
    • Self-starter with demonstrated success leading and influencing senior-level executives in building a shared vision for employee communications and engagement


    • Comfort level working at all levels of the organization and with diverse stakeholder groups and knowledge bases; collaborative and focused on building strong, trusting relationships with employees across the organization
    • Analytical approach and good problem-solving skills, coupled with creative orientation; keen attention to detail and ability to see the big picture
    • Experience developing a wide range of content for a variety of internal channels
    • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to create and deliver clear and persuasive communications for varying audiences

    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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