Data Science Partner Engagement Director

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Data Science


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.


Our Group:

The Chief Data Officer of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Jeff Leek, established the Fred Hutch Data Science Lab (DaSL) to develop and support the overall data strategy for the organization. The mission of DaSL is to lead the Fred Hutch toward its strategic data goals through: building an institution-wide data community, bolstering data science expertise, and fostering a robust and coordinated clinical and research data ecosystem. We do this via collaborating with the community on training and documentation, building and evaluating data-oriented support resources, facilitating partnerships and philanthropy, and engaging in data infrastructure projects that span from the clinic to the lab bench.


Group Culture:

We aim to support everyone from those in wet labs, in the clinic, to large scale clinical trials, or massive cohort studies and everyone in between. We believe focusing on people is critical in building a strong, dynamic community united around using data to improve human health and cancer care. To do this, we aim to build a diverse, hybrid team that is inclusive, open, collaborative, and supportive both within our team and with our collaborators (find more about our values and culture). We are strong advocates for open science and reproducible research, thus develop our work in the open as much as possible. We rely heavily on written communication and continuous collaboration in order to support our hybrid team, as well as make our work as accessible as scalably and sustainably as possible by Fred Hutch staff.


Position Purpose:

Within Fred Hutch Data Science Lab (DaSL), the Director for Data Science works under the overall leadership and supervision of the Chief Data Officer and collaboratively with the Fred Hutch offices of philanthropy and business development. The incumbent will be responsible for cultivating and partner relations and strategic partnerships in the burgeoning fields of AI, technology and data science in support of research at Fred Hutch to maximize our community’s ability to attract and mobilize external resource to advance science and clinical care.



  • Develops a comprehensive understanding of the data and technology needs of the Fred Hutchinson community including Researchers, Clinicians, and Fred Hutch administrative functions (Shared Resources, Information Technology).
  • The Director will lead engagement with partners in collaboration with the CDO and will stand in for the CDO in partner relationship engagements when the CDO is unavailable
  • Persuasively articulate the mission and goals of Fred Hutch and translate complex science and research priorities to inspire technological partnership and philanthropic investment
  • Under the direction of the CDO, and in partnership with Philanthropy and Business Development colleagues, develop and implement effective, creative, and personalized strategies for gifts, grants, in-kind support, industry sponsorships, and other investments.
  • Develop institutional scale partnerships with technology partners to facilitate technology development for Fred Hutch priorities.
  • In partnership with DaSL, Compliance, Legal, Philanthropy, and Business development staff develops a comprehensive map of data and technology partnerships at the Fred Hutch and identifies strategic areas of opportunity for philanthropic and/or sponsored investments.
  • Interfaces with internal and external technology and data partners. Serves as key point of contact to drive collaborations and partnerships. .
  • Works collaboratively with Business Development and Philanthropy staff and programs to build and steward relationships, including with individuals, foundations, corporations, venture capitalists, and other non-profits as appropriate.
  • Represent the vision and goals of DaSL to build external awareness of Fred Hutch’s brand and technology-focused partnership opportunities within life sciences and as a cancer hospital.



Minimum Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Ability and willingness to effectively communicate asynchronously with collaborators and DaSL staff using Slack, Teams, and other software supporting documentation and sharing used in the group. 
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 8 years (preferably 10) of experience in technology, data science, research, healthcare leadership, or academic medicine.
  • Experience with strategic planning, business development, forecasting, and development of benchmarks.
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to engage with research leaders and their teams to facilitate partnerships, research endeavors and complex decision-making across organizations.

Additional Requirements:

  • Some travel and weekend and evening work will be required.

Desired Skills and Expertise:

  • Experience with non-profit organizations, fundraising, and/or marketing.
  • Track record of creating and developing technological partnerships between organizations.
  • Familiarity with common contract vehicles MOUs, MSAs, and SOWs.
  • Experience with data sharing and data exchange agreements.
  • Experience with cloud computing technologies and billing.
  • Experience with data sharing laws and regulations (HIPAA, GDPR, California Data Protection).
  • Willingness to travel to conferences and technology meetings.
  • Experience in an academic or biomedical environment.
  • Good with people and relationship building.
  • Good communication skills.


Position Details: This position is based in Seattle and weekly on-campus presence will be required (no remote will be considered).


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 annual base salary range for this position is from $138,022 to $230,036 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 

This position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. 


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 Human Resources at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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