Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.
With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.
At Fred Hutch we value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.
The Associate Vice President (AVP) of Communications will be an experienced, cross-functional team leader who develops and leads internal and external communications strategies that achieve organizational goals. The role is part of an organizational team that positions and promotes Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch) as both a premier cancer treatment center and a global leader in research discoveries spanning cancer, infectious disease, and basic science.
Fred Hutch recently merged with long-time clinical care partner Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The AVP Communications plays a key role in articulating and promoting the value of this organizational integration both to internal and external audiences.
This role reports to the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and will oversee an 15-member team. The work schedule accommodates some virtual work but requires ability to come to campus routinely for key meetings and in crisis support situations so should be Seattle area based.
The role oversees the following areas of organizational communication:
Internal: Communications targeted to faculty and staff working across both our healthcare and research programs.
Patient: Informational mass communications aimed at current patients. This is separate from patient marketing outreach; these are typically notices of key operational issues or changes affecting all or large segments of patients.
External: Earned media outreach and response, crisis communications, issues management and social media channel management.
Executive: Support of the President and Director via crisis communication counsel and development of talking points, press release quotes, town hall agendas/scripting, and other support as needed.
In addition to working in a highly integrated fashion with fellow leaders in the Marketing and Communications Department, this role collaborates closely executive leaders and colleagues in the Director’s Office, Clinical Operations, Patient Experience, Philanthropy, Government & Community Relations, Human Resources, Business Development, Information Technology, Facilities & Operations, Research Administration and Faculty Affairs.
Other Experience, Knowledge, Skills:
This position is patient facing and/or requires access to Fred Hutch clinical facilities. As such, full COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment, without exception. Booster doses are strongly recommended but not required. If declining a booster, completion of the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form Questionnaire and COVID-19 Booster Declination Training is required. Because of our immunocompromised patient population, there are no medical or religious accommodations available for any employee who is patient facing and/or requires access to Fred Hutch clinical facilities. Only employees whose positions are fully remote, who are not patient facing and/or require no access to clinical facilities, may apply for medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination 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.