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Fred Hutch is hiring a part-time, hourly Research Cook to lead and deliver culturally-appropriate hands-on cooking classes classes to breast cancer survivors in the Prevention Clinic at Fred Hutch. The Cook will work with the study team to adapt and teach an existing curriculum for hands-on cooking classes. These classes are part of a lifestyle modification clinical trial testing a diet, nutrition and physical activity education program for breast cancer survivors.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in cooking techniques and experience developing and implementing education programs to students, communities and cancer survivors. The candidate will work closely with a Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator who will be delivering the education classes portion of the study and will work under the direct supervision of study investigators.
We are seeking a Research Cook who has experience developing and implementing study curriculum and/or is willing and able to receive the appropriate training to do so as part of this research study. Ideally, the candidate will have experience working with study participants who are cancer survivors and in adapting education curriculums and recipes to cancer populations as needed. Availability to participate in a 2-day intensive staff training, mock practice classes prior to implementing the study classes, and attending monthly and/or weekly team meetings is required.
About the research
The study is testing the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity interventions among Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors residing in Lower Yakima Valley. This project was previously tested in New York City and now is being adapted for the greater Seattle community. The intervention uses group classes, social media and wearable physical activity devices to promote changes in diet, nutrition and physical activity. The Cook will report to the project’s Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator and will be responsible for the adaptation of healthy recipes to cancer survivors to tailor the traditional meals, food preferences and seasonal availability of foods. The Cook will be responsible for preparing and teaching how to prepare the recipes per curriculum. The Cook will work collaboratively with the research team, including the Investigators, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator and Physical Activity Instructor. The Cook will assist with study intervention activities and specific duties as assigned in every phase of the study, including:
Knowledge of food and cooking techniques is essential. Experience to link cooking techniques with developing and implementing education programs to students, communities and/or cancer survivors is highly desirable. Must have demonstrated ability to follow standardized operating procedures and protocols and work independently. Must be able to independently learn new skills required for study coordination, the ability to work within a team and to be flexible with changing priorities. Must be detail-oriented, with superior organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and the ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and diplomacy at all times.
This is a temporary, part-time hourly position. Flexibility in scheduling, including evening and weekend hours, is necessary due to the nature of this study.