NCI Information Specialist I

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Administrative Support


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures for the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


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 Information Specialist will provide cancer-related and tobacco cessation information to patients, general public and health professionals through telephone, email and live chat channels via the National Cancer Institute’s Contact Center (NCICC).  


The available position is for either the 5:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. or 9:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m (all times are PST) shifts; however the hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST.  The NCI's Contact Center Information Specialist works under the direction of the Contact Center Manager/Bilingual Operations Manager, and Supervisors. 


  • Respond to requests for cancer-related and/or tobacco cessation information received by phone, email or Instant Messaging
  • Identify the needs of callers/users through needs assessment and establish good rapport in order to facilitate communication
  • Use NCI and NCI-approved resources and referrals to answer callers’/users’ questions.  Resources are accessed through the NCI's Contact Center intra-net, the NCI’s website or medical textbooks
  • Is able to demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence and capacity to support clients in difficult situations. This is exemplified by tailoring verbal and written language to fit the emotions expressed by clients in a supportive manner.
  • Experienced in handling difficult interactions with compassion. Has established coping mechanisms to professionally handle challenging situations and topics including families and patients struggling with high levels of stress, illness, pain, and end-of-life concerns.
  • Interpret and articulate complex concepts in a conversational manner, for callers of diverse backgrounds, cognitive abilities and emotional states
  • Discuss tobacco cessation strategies with people who want to quit using tobacco
  • Conduct computer searches of the NCI’s clinical trials database to provide callers/users with appropriate clinical trial information
  • Actively participate in a variety of continuing education events and programs, which are designed to improve the staff’s skills and cancer knowledge          
  • Conduct and implement research protocols as needed.  May include proactively delivering health messages or implementing motivational interviewing techniques as required by research projects
  • Adhere to strict policies, procedures and quality assurance guidelines
  • Accept regular internal monitoring and feedback of calls and/or review of transcripts of instant messaging and email sessions
  • Participate in continuous quality improvement effort which include recording of calls by the national project office
  • Actively and consistently demonstrates flexibility and understanding of CIS programmatic needs taking precedence for work assignments
  • Perform other responsibilities as required


  • Cover letter to express interest in the role (required) 
  • Bachelor's degree, associate degree and or equivalent experience required
  • Bilingual Spanish skills a plus (written and verbal)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to use effective judgment and sensitivity
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Experience working with a broad range of people
  • Demonstrated success as a team player
  • Highly skilled in navigating complex websites
  • Excellent attendance and dependability
  • Ability to operate within mandated guidelines
  • Ability to accept and integrate feedback to ensure continuous quality
  • This position requires compassion and a strong sense of commitment to learning all aspects of the job.  Successful candidates will participate in 6 weeks of extensive initial training.


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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