• Obliteride Director

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Philanthropy and Fundraising
  • 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.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) is seeking a Director for Obliteride, Fred Hutch’s largest community event, bringing more than 2,500 riders, walkers, and runners, and 700 volunteers together to raise millions of dollars for research at Fred Hutch. The Director will be part of the Philanthropy Department’s Donor Engagement team, will report to the Executive Director, Fundraising Events, and will work closely with Philanthropy leadership and key community volunteers. The Director will be responsible for setting the vision for Obliteride and delivering on ambitious year-over-year growth in participation, number and size of teams, and participant-raised dollars. In addition, the Director will use Obliteride as a platform for community engagement that enhances knowledge of and philanthropic support for innovative research taking place at Fred Hutch. The ideal candidate must be able to effectively communicate the mission, values, and scope of the institution.


    Some travel, evenings, and weekends required.This position is not responsible for corporate underwriting.


    • Create vision and execute strategy for ambitious year-over-year growth for Fred Hutch Obliteride in these key areas:
      • number of participants with focus on retention and recruitment
      • number and size of teams (corporate*, friends and family, community organizations); and
      • participant-raised dollars
    • Primary focus on prospecting, cultivating, securing, and stewarding new partnerships and relationships that will significantly impact year-over-year growth
    • Steward long-term, established partnerships to ensure retention and full engagement potential
    • Collaborate with Philanthropy colleagues to identify, cultivate, and secure potential new Obliteride participants and supporters
    • Serve as Obliteride’s chief advocate for increasing community awareness of the critically important role charitable contributions play in fueling cutting-edge cancer research at Fred Hutch
    • Create and manage an Obliteride Steering Committee comprised of key community leaders, Obliteride participants, and advocates
    • Provide leadership, mentorship, and sense of community for Obliteride team comprised of full-time employees, contractors, and seasonal staff who are collectively responsible for event logistics, peer-to-peer fundraising strategies, customer service, community outreach, and collaborative work with corporate relations
    • Provide vision for Philanthropy teams who manage marketing and communications, stewardship, corporate solicitation, and individual giving
    • Champion a comprehensive, multi-faceted communications, marketing, advertising, and social media strategy in support of aggressive annual retention, growth, and fundraising goals; work collaboratively with Obliteride and Philanthropy colleagues to ensure the event’s impact on and association with Fred Hutch’s life-saving research
    • Work in tandem with staff to oversee revenue projections, metrics, and expenditure budget
    • Other duties as assigned


    Core competencies

    • Motivational: Proven influencing skills, ability to sell joyfully and fearlessly
    • Ambitious: Demonstrated success achieving ambitious goals in a dynamic environment
    • Poised: Ability to interact and communicate diplomatically, and work well with colleagues/donors/participants/partners at all levels
    • Entrepreneurial: Willing to try new approaches and refine when needed
    • Fearless: Confident networking and developing new relationships


    Summary of Experience

    • HS diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor's degree preferred
    • 5+ years in fundraising, event management, sales, and/or marketing required
    • Peer-to-peer fundraising and board-level volunteer management experience required
    • Experience managing a team required
    • Complex event management knowledge required
    • Demonstrated experience leading and growing large-scale community events desired
    • Experience working within a complex organization desired
    • Raiser’s Edge or similar relationship management software experience desired
    • Familiarity with athletic fundraising events

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Ability to establish and sustain strong, collaborative working relationships and work in a team environment
    • Ability to represent Fred Hutch in the community and interact well with a diverse array of people from a variety of professions
    • Adept at engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individuals from all walks of life and varying philanthropic capacity levels
    • Strong analytical, leadership, and public speaking skills
    • Strong attention to high level of detail and quality of work
    • Exceptional internal and external customer service skills
    • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work effectively under pressure
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

    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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