• Global Oncology Program Senior Director

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Executive and Management
  • Overview

    The Senior Director is the administrative leader of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Global Oncology Program in Seattle and oversees the operations of its non-profit research center in Kampala, Uganda, the Hutchinson Centre Research Institute of Uganda (“HCRI-Uganda”).


    Leading an international administrative team of approximately 25 employees, the Senior Director will oversee the administration, finance, and operations staff and activities of the Global Oncology Program and work with the Program Head and Deputy Program Head to align these efforts with laboratory, clinical, and population science research operations. S/he will work with senior leadership across Fred Hutch to enhance the international operations of GO to ensure the future success of the program. The Senior Director will also provide administrative support to the President of the Board of the HCRI-Uganda and oversee the operations of the 25,000 square foot UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre in Kampala, Uganda.


    The Senior Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Research Administration, with a dotted line to the Global Oncology Program Head. The Senior Director is responsible for four major functions: 1) Directing administration and operations of the GO program in Seattle and the HCRI-Uganda, in collaboration with Center, Program, and Division leadership; 2) Overseeing the financial management activities of the GO Program; 3) Providing management and administrative expertise to support the GO Program’s cross-divisional scientific research strategy for GO faculty and other Fred Hutch faculty interested in participating in GO research, and 4) Providing management and administrative support for developing GO research initiatives.


    In consultation with the Director’s office and in support of the scientific priorities of the GO Program Head and Deputy Head, the Senior Director will coordinate with and support Fred Hutch Communications and Marketing, Philanthropy, and Business Development and Strategy offices in their efforts to advance the mission, impact, and visibility of the GO Program.


    The Senior Director will play a key role in facilitating and supporting the program’s relationship with the Uganda Cancer Institute, maintaining a strong and productive relationship with its Executive Director and Deputy Director. The Senior Director will also facilitate and support the strategic decision-making bodies of the UCI – Fred Hutch Collaboration, including the Executive Committee and the UCI-Fred Hutch Council. The role also supports productive relationships with Ugandan and US government leaders to advance support for Fred Hutch’s research activities.


    Note: This is a Seattle-based position with regular travel to international research sites and partner institutions, including to Kampala, Uganda. 


    Core Responsibilities

    • Ensure that all GO and HCRI-Uganda activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of the Fred Hutch.
    • Collaborate productively with the Program Head and Deputy Head and support efforts to engage Fred Hutch faculty and administrative leadership across all five Divisions and the IRCs.
    • Partner with the Program Head and Deputy Head to support and implement the Program’s strategy and scientific research agenda and to monitor and report on its progress to Center leadership.
    • Provide effective leadership to and oversight of international and Seattle staff. Lead, coach, and retain a high-performance international administrative and operational team.
    • Participate internally in Center Administrative leadership fora and represent the GO Program externally, as requested, in order to advance the program’s mission and research strategy.
    • Oversee and manage the following administrative and operational activities:


    Finance and Research Operations Management

    • Oversee the GO Program and HCRI-Uganda fiscal teams with regard to:
      • Financial planning, approvals, and reporting
      • Development and oversight of HCRI-Ug finance policies and processes
      • Review and analysis of financial reports and projections
      • Review and approval of research operations and program budgets
    • Review and present annual operational budgets to Center leadership and to Fred Hutch Finance and regularly review budget management.
    • Oversee and coordinate GO program grants and contracts support in conjunction with Division and Center research administration.
    • Oversee regulatory administration functions and staff

    Human Resources

    • In collaboration with the GO Program Head and Deputy Program Head, assess and project work force needs to support a dynamic global oncology research portfolio.
    • In collaboration with Fred Hutch Human Resources and the HCRI-Ug HR manager, oversee the program’s recruitment, retention, and performance management processes for staff.  
    • Maintain a high performance culture amongst GO staff.
    • Ensure relevant professional development opportunities for staff, and review and approve requests for support from the program. 


    Facilities, Space, and IT Management

    • In collaboration with Fred Hutch Facilities, the HCRI-Ug Site Administrator, and Fred Hutch leadership, oversee the operations of the UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre, promoting and supporting effective and safe overall operations, facilitating negotiations and decision-making related to space sharing, and overseeing annual reporting related to the facility’s use.
    • In collaboration with Fred Hutch Center IT, ensure that the program’s IT requirements are addressed.  


    Security, Policy, Contract and Agreement Management

    • Under the direction of and in coordination with the Fred Hutch Finance Department and the Office of General Counsel, coordinate and facilitate risk management, security, insurance, and other activities, including drafting and/or reviewing letters of agreement, leases, major vendor contracts, and other documentation, for the HCRI-Ug site.


    HCRI-Ug Administration

    • Support and facilitate the effective overall administration of the legal entity of HCRI-Ug.
    • Serve as the administrative lead for the President of the HCRI-Uganda Board, facilitating quarterly meetings and ensuring appropriate consultation on key HCRI-Uganda administration issues with US and Ugandan board members.


    Communications and Marketing

    • Coordinating and collaborating with Fred Hutch Communications and Marketing, assist in the development of GO communications strategy, including key messages, media strategy, website, presentations, and collateral materials, and work to ensure consistent communication internally and externally.
    • Publicly represent the GO program with external constituency groups, including community, government and private organizations.


    • Coordinating and collaborating with GO Program leadership and Fred Hutch Philanthropy, assist with the identification of opportunities, alignment of priorities, and advancement of private support, through individual, corporate, and foundation prospects.
    • In coordination with Fred Hutch Philanthropy,represent GO Programs to donor audiences and engage in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities campaign.


    Business and New Partnership Development

    • In coordination with the Center’s Business Development and Strategy department, work with GO leadership and faculty to identify and facilitate new partnerships, new business opportunities, and new industry-sponsored funding relationships in support of the GO program’s strategy.
    • Collaborate with Center administrative leadership such as OGC and Business Development and Strategy offices to facilitate partnerships and review agreements, as relevant.
    • Collaborate with Center administrative offices such as Business Development and Strategy, Materiel Management, and Clinical Research Support to ensure appropriate compliance, management or oversight of partnerships and obligations under executed agreements.


    International Collaborations

    • Promote and support the Program’s cornerstone collaboration with the Uganda Cancer Institute, maintaining strong relationships with the Executive Director and senior staff.
    • Support the strategic and management decision-making bodies of the UCI-Fred Hutch Collaboration, including the Executive Committee and the UCI-Fred Hutch Council.
    • Support and facilitate other international collaborations in Uganda, China, and elsewhere, as determined by the scientific priorities of the Center and GO leadership.


    International Government Affairs

    • Support and facilitate productive relationships with Ugandan and US government leaders, as well as leaders from other GO countries, as required to support Fred Hutch’s research activities.
    • Work productively with the consultants retained by Fred Hutch specifically to contribute to government affairs objectives related to the GO program, in consultation with Fred Hutch Government and Community Relations.


    Required Qualifications


    • Master’s degree in related field, such as an MBA or MPP; or PhD with related administrative experience
    • Strong and well-tested administrative expertise, including project planning, leadership, negotiation and presentation skills, demonstrated through management experience in international settings
    • Strong leadership skills and presence
    • Excellent judgment and impeccable personal integrity
    • Demonstrated commitment to and interest in working in low-resource settings
    • Extensive experience with strategy development, marketing, and partnership development
    • Extensive staff management experience and high emotional intelligence
    • Grant and contract management experience
    • Ability to travel 20% - 30% of the time, domestically and internationally

    Preferred Qualifications

    • 10+ years of experience in a biomedical research environment (academic, medical or pharmaceutical industry)
    • Five years of hands-on managerial experience overseeing teams in Africa, Asia, or Latin America

    In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

    • Adept and creative problem-solver with experience working in low-resource settings
    • Ability to work in a cross-cultural, international team environment
    • Ability to contribute creative yet practical solutions to problems
    • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects in parallel, paying attention to detail
    • Ability to forge highly effective cross-functional working relationships with internal teams and external project partners
    • Ability to be proactive in identifying issues and hurdles that may impair the effective implementation of research and resolve the issues in a timely fashion
    • Superior writing and oral presentation skills and ability to effectively communicate with technical and non-technical people
    • Commitment to maintaining a high-performance organization that can execute and deliver, on time and within budget

    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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