Director, Foundation Relations

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Philanthropy and Fundraising


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.


Fred Hutch’s Philanthropy program raises funds for cancer and related disease research, care, and education to help Fred Hutch become the world’s best cancer center. Since the April 2022 merger that led to the formation of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Fred Hutch has served as the cancer program for UW Medicine, and Philanthropy is proud to raise funds that fuel the adult oncology program on behalf of both Fred Hutch and UW Medicine.


Following board approval of an ambitious, 10-year comprehensive campaign, our team of more than 100 will grow to more than 150 over the next three years. Philanthropy staff implement high-performing, relationship-based fundraising programs that engage and inspire thousands of supporters who are passionate about preventing and eliminating cancer and infectious disease. Our FY24 goals include nearly doubling our annual fundraising, deepening our patient family fundraising, and advancing the first phase our comprehensive campaign through Fred Hutch’s 50th anniversary in 2025. Our success is made possible through a deep commitment to an inclusive environment and operational excellence.


The Director, Foundation Relations reports to the Program Director, Foundation Relations and serves on the Philanthropy department’s Institutional Giving team. The Director will take initiative, work independently, and collaborate with team members across the institution. In addition, they will maintain professionalism, show flexibility, handle multiple tasks and changing priorities, and remain composed under the pressure of deadlines. Some travel and weekend and evening work will be required. This role will have the opportunity to work partially at our campus and remotely.


  • Persuasively articulate the mission and goals of Fred Hutch and translate complex science and clinical priorities to inspire gifts and grants
  • Meet annual revenue goals and other key performance metrics including but not limited to funds raised, numbers of proposal submitted, number of substantive communications or engagements with internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects capable of gifts at $100,000+
  • Manage a portfolio of funder relationships with a focus on securing grants or gifts valued at $100,000 and above.
  • Create and strengthen relationships with donors using data-driven identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship methodologies
  • Facilitate meaningful interactions for donors and prospects with faculty, as well as administrative and volunteer leadership, including the President and Director, Board of Directors, and Board of Advisors, as appropriate
  • Align solicitation strategies with Fred Hutch goals for operations, research, patient supportive services, education initiatives, and new initiatives of the strategic plan
  • Participate in a robust schedule of in-person and virtual events and represent Fred Hutch in the community


In order to be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter elaborating on your fit and interest in this role.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 
  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience in fundraising, business development, or grant writing with proven success soliciting, securing, and stewarding philanthropic gifts, grants, or partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate the mission and vision of the organization in a compelling manner
  • Exceptional independent writing and editing expertise with the ability to tailor approaches to specific decision makers
  • Proven ability to advance the interests of funders and prospective donors while honoring and protecting the best interests of the organization
  • Agile and able to implement change to adapt to changing external forces and emerging priorities
  • Ability to build relationships and work in a team environment
  • Ability to handle and respect confidential and sensitive information
  • Comfort working within a complex organization
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook


  • Experience with a CRM, Raiser’s Edge/RENXT, or related fundraising software preferred
  • Experience in campaign planning and/or campaign implementation
  • Experience in research or healthcare environment
  • Innate sense of urgency combined with self-motivation
  • Intellectual depth and curiosity, integrity, vision, creativity, and a sense of humor
  • Highly developed organizational and information management skills
  • Strong attention to a high level of detail and quality of work
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and demands

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 $133,245 to $210,600, 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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