Data Governance Specialist III

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.


The Chief Data Officer of 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 the Data Science Lab to ensure an effective data ecosystem at Fred Hutch by developing a modern, well documented, well implemented, overall data strategy. This should serve the needs and capabilities of those leveraging data at Fred Hutch regardless of “where they live” from the clinic to the research groups. 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.   

The Data Governance Specialist III is responsible for independently leading and managing governance councils and overseeing external relationships, while serving as the primary expert for specific data governance functions and domains. The person in this position will prioritize strategic partnerships and governance functions, formulate effective strategies to sponsor institution-wide initiatives, and manage relationships with external stakeholders as well as internal subject matter experts.


This role will have the opportunity to work partially at our campus and remotely.


This position is eligible for a sign on bonus and relocation.


  • Independently manage governance councils and groups focused on their area of expertise to design, implement, and review governance policies and procedures.
  • Independently initiate and manage governance relationships with external partners.
  • Serve as a primary governance domain expert at the institution.
  • Establish priorities and lead governance functions in support of the enterprise data governance program.
  • Create and sponsor governance policies and enterprise-wide initiatives.
  • Serve as a domain expert or data steward for a particular domain.
  • Establish mechanisms for data sharing and collaboration with external entities (such as UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital).
  • Manage governance relationships with external partners (such as other institutions, data providers or for-profit entities).
  • Conduct data governance maturity assessments and develop metrics to continually assess the health of the data governance program.
  • Oversee and mentor junior data governance specialists, data stewards, and function as a domain expert.



  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, business analytics, statistics, data science, public health, or other scientific or health-related field.
  • Minimum 9 years of experience in data analytics, data management, governance, privacy, security or related disciplines (a Master’s degree can substitute for two years of professional experience).
  • Strong evidence of excellent cross-discipline communication via written and verbal communication with ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences, including executives and non-technical leaders.
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing enterprise-wide governance initiatives across data domains.
  • Demonstrated ability to scale and sustain external and internal initiatives and partnerships around data governance functions.


  • Experience in identifying areas for improvement in data governance processes, and proven ability to develop strategies regarding AI use, research data protection and security of data and data-intensive applications
  • Experience in developing policies, governance procedures, and best practices related to research data management, AI implementation, and data protection
  • Proven track record of managing and monitoring data governance workflows and projects
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, including Business Development, the Office of General Counsel, and IT, to advise on best practices for research data management and AI compliance.
  • Strong collaboration skills, including the ability to provide guidance and recommendations on governance concerns to members of Fred Hutch on data protection requirements and best practices
  • Experience managing governance relationships with external partners, such as other institutions, data providers, or for-profit entities, to facilitate collaboration and alignment on data governance principles and practices.

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 $109,637 to $173,264, 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 Human Resources at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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