Assistant General Counsel

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Human Resources and Legal


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 committed to being an organization that promotes equity, inclusion, anti-racism and anti-oppression and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Accordingly, we encourage all qualified applicants to apply, including those from historically underrepresented groups.


The Fred Hutch Office of the General Counsel provides comprehensive legal advice and counsel to the Fred Hutch Board of Trustees and to the administrators, faculty, and staff of Fred Hutch when they are acting in the course of their duties on behalf of Fred Hutch. The Office of General Counsel represents Fred Hutch in regards to all legal matters involving Fred Hutch and provides advice and representation with respect to a broad variety of matters and issues, including contracts, research, compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, employment law, intellectual property, technology commercialization, real estate, conflict of interest, campus security, policy development and interpretation, administrative proceedings, and litigation. The Office of the General Counsel is currently comprised of the Vice President and General Counsel, a Deputy General Counsel, three Associate General Counsel and two professional support team members.


The Assistant General Counsel will report to and be overseen by the Deputy General Counsel but will also be expected to work cooperatively with the other members of the legal and professional staff to provide high quality and timely legal services to Fred Hutch clients.

  • Provide counsel and legal services to Fred Hutch on a wide range of legal issues.
  • Research, review, perform analysis of and draft legal memoranda regarding existing, proposed and pending changes to laws and regulations impacting Fred Hutch.
  • Prepare, review, revise and interpret a variety of legal documents, policies, contracts and instruments.
  • Research issues and prepare opinions and recommendations on a wide variety of issues, including conflict of interest, privacy, research compliance, export and regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare, review, negotiate, and/or provide legal advice and counsel regarding a wide range of contracts, including sponsored research, clinical trials, procurement, leases, licenses, technology transfer and commercialization, corporate transactions, insurance, employment, affiliations, and other matters.
  • Coordinate and manage litigation and other projects involving Fred Hutch and assist in the preparation of responses to complaints and inquiries to various entities and external parties.
  • Coordinate the response and review of records requests pursuant to lawfully issued subpoenas, court orders, and various other legal requests.
  • Provide and help prepare and coordinate training and educational programming for faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.



  • A juris doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience as a licensed attorney
  • Membership in good standing of the Washington State Bar or active State Bar license in good standing with ability to gain admittance to the Washington State Bar within one (1) year of hire
  • A minimum of three (3) years of transactional experience together with a good working knowledge of contract and business law
  • Must possess a high level of integrity
  • Excellent analytical ability and demonstrated ability to identify and resolve potential legal issues
  • Self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently and to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, accountability, discretion, judgment, accuracy, diplomacy, and tact
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with colleagues, administrators, scientific staff and third-party research collaborators and sponsors
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, organizational, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population, to cultivate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment, and to treat all people equitably in a culturally competent manner



  • Three (3) or more years of experience working at research institutions or public/private research universities.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience negotiating major and complex research and research-related agreements with nonprofit, governmental or industry collaborators.
  • Working knowledge of relevant laws and regulations governing human subjects research, research compliance, conflict of interest, export controls, privacy, and data protection.
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property laws and regulations relevant to research institutions or universities.


Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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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