Assistant Director, Planned Giving

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


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 Assistant Director, Planned Giving serves on the Planned Giving team as part of the Philanthropy department and reports to the Executive Director, Planned Giving. The Assistant Director will be responsible for completing dynamic discovery work for planned giving leads identified by our marketing partners and internal Prospect Research team. They will steward and solicit loyal donors in the Fred Hutch pipeline. Some travel, weekend and evening work may be required.


  • Manage a portfolio of 200 planned giving prospects using successful identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship methods to meet and exceed personal and team fundraising goals
  • Under the direction of Executive Director, Planned Giving, develop and implement effective, creative, and personalized strategies for increased giving to Fred Hutch
  • Align with a seasoned front-line fundraiser for mentorship and donor strategy opportunities
  • Facilitate meaningful interaction for donors and prospects
  • Document interactions, participate in prospect management meetings, and utilize Raiser’s Edge/NXT to support relationship management and upgrade potential
  • Persuasively articulate the mission and goals of Fred Hutch, translate complex science and research priorities to inspire philanthropy
  • Actively partner with colleagues in Annual and Philanthropic Giving
  • Participate in a robust schedule of events and represent Fred Hutch in the community; lead monthly campus tours for donors


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit or related field
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Adept at engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals from all walks of life and varying philanthropic capacity levels
  • Proven ability to advance the interests of donors or potential donors while honoring and protecting the best interests of the organization
  • Exceptional customer service and project management skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Must have strong attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships and work in a team environment
  • Ability to work under the direction of others and perform special projects as assigned
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and request clarification when needed
  • Advanced skills with CRM and databases; experience with The Raiser’s Edge/RENXT preferred


Application instructions:

Please submit a cover letter with your application to be considered for the position.



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 HR Operations at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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