HIV Vaccine Outreach Specialist

Job ID
Temporary Part-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Support Services


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.

At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.


The Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (VTU), led by Dr. Julie McElrath, director of Fred Hutch division of Vaccine and Infectious Disease implements an array of studies researching HIV and other infectious diseases.  In the world of HIV vaccine research, the VTU is one of the 22 research sites within the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), the world’s largest publicly funded multi-disciplinary international collaboration. The HVTN network is funded to conduct phase I, II, and III clinical trials designed to test the safety and efficacy of HIV vaccines. As a local site of the HVTN, the Seattle VTU works to enroll volunteers in a number of research studies.


Located on Seattle’s First Hill, the VTU is responsible for the recruitment, selection and enrollment of local volunteers and clinical monitoring of volunteers. Since opening in 1987, the Seattle VTU has worked with local community members who are interested in participating in research and has provided education to the local community.  We work with many community based organizations such as African American Reach and Teach MinistriesEntre HermanosGay City, Multicultural HIV/Hepatitis Action Network and Lifelong AIDS Alliance.


Together with the help of our volunteers, we hope to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.


This is a temporary part-time, hourly position. Availability for Monday evening meetings and a flexible schedule will include weekday, nights and weekends on a “as needed” basis. Anticipated hours are roughly 10 hrs/week.


The Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit is seeking a committed, energetic person to join our community outreach team. 


The Outreach Specialist's primary responsibilities will be to recruit participants for our groundbreaking HIV vaccine studies and other studies conducted at the VTU.  Recruitment will occur in local venues that may include street locations, community events, community based organizations, public clinics as well as bars, dance clubs, and sex clubs. Recruitment efforts will focus on diverse populations according to the demands of the current studies.  Work will include some administrative tasks.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must live in the general Seattle area or close proximity
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to transgender, non-conforming, non-binary people as well as youth, racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual diversity is essential
  • Candidates for the position must be willing to learn a variety of skills related to recruiting for clinical trials for healthy adults


Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience recruiting for clinical trials
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ+ community venues strongly preferred or experience working with men who have sex with men (MSM) and/or transgender communities

Application instructions: please submit a cover letter and with your application for consideration. A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all applicants for this position.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 or by calling 206-667-4700.


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