Specimen Processing Services Lead

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Allied Health


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.


  • This position reports directly to and works closely with the SPS Supervisor to provide operation expertise and leadership to assure patient care activity is thoroughly and consistently supported in a timely manner.
  • Provide operational leadership for the Specimen Processing Group. Responsible for direct oversight and coordination of staff training. 
  • Maintains departmental compliance with regulatory requirements by ensuring SOPs are up to date and routinely utlized by staff. Organizes and coordinates Quality Improvement initiatives.
  • Works independently in performing daily work responsibilities.


  • Performs duties of Specimen Processing Services Lead, Specimen Processing Services Specialist II, and Specimen Processing Services Specialist I
  • Performs specimen processing of blood specimens
  • The Speciment Processing Services Lead attends meetings and serves as representative within the SCCA for laboratory clinical care functions and develops and maintain effective working relationships with other SCCA departmental staff and management
  • Provides daily SPS staffing assignments and staffing assignment changes, as needed assuring proper allocation of staffing resources to cover department workflow volumes and staff break coverage on day, evening, weekend or holiday shifts.
  • Assists with Review and updating of Specimen Collection and Handling Manual as needed.
  • Assists with Staffing scheduling.
  • Performs Patient Safety Net Manager Functions For Specimen Processing Service
  • Maintains expert understanding of Sendouts, Bone Marrow, Phlebotomy, Laboratory information System, Centrifuge/Aliquot, LTFU mailed specimen handling



  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Minimum one year of work experience with Alliance Laboratory, with progressively increased responsibilities.
  • WA State MA/Phlebotomist certification for Phlebotomist role.

  • WA State Surgical Tech registration required if assisting with bone marrow collection

  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally
  • Ability to guide and direct coworkers toward successful departmental operational outcomes.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills in working with others, responding to concerns, office organization and customer service behaviors.
  • Proficient in the use of email, and data entry in a Windows-based environment
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.


  • Specimen handling and processing experience including, accessioning, centrifuge, aliquoting, and Sendouts.

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.

The hourly pay range for this position is from $24.96 to $35.53 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months).  

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 hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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