Associate VP, Research Administration

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


The Associate Vice President is a key member of the Office of Research Administration and Faculty Affairs, partnering with and supporting the Vice President for Research Administration and Faculty Affairs in the optimization of critical administrative infrastructure that supports world class research and scientific innovation at Fred Hutch. 


The Associate Vice President will provide leadership and oversight to key functions within the Office of Research Administration and Faculty Affairs and serve as a research administration business process expert for collaborative, cross-functional initiatives and projects, process re-engineering and application implementations, and execution of vision and strategy.  This role works in partnership with administrative, scientific division, shared resources, process improvement, internal audit, and strategy offices, as well as Center executive leadership. 


The Associate Vice President will be a trusted partner of the Vice President in all areas of the Office’s activities and a key point of contact and support for the scientific divisions and faculty.  The incumbent will have a deep understanding of scientific research and research support services, with strong subject matter expertise in one or more research administrative or compliance areas.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated management experience, strong interpersonal skills, and a reputation for being collegial, diplomatic, and respectful.  Together with the Vice President, the incumbent will promote a culture of community, inclusivity, competence, accountability, and innovation among the Office’s units.


  • In collaboration with the Vice President, develop and articulate short-term and long-term strategic plans and initiatives.
  • Oversee the daily operations of the Conflict of Interest Office and provide direct management of the RAFA Project Manager and other staff, as assigned.
  • Lead workforce development initiatives in support of the community of research administrators across the divisions and central administration, in partnership with Senior Operations Directors of the 5 scientific divisions and Human Resources.
  • Coordinate the annual budget request and review cycle.
  • Develop, manage, and execute special projects and initiatives related to enhancing research support services.
  • Develop metrics and dashboards to measure and display the successes and ROI of the office.
  • Prepare and disseminate reports, annual summaries, and presentations to Center stakeholders, as directed by the Vice President.
  • Manage and coordinate major communications about key Research Administrative and Faculty Affairs initiatives with internal partners and stakeholders, as directed by the Vice President.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and templates to support the successful career advancement of Fred Hutch faculty.
  • Represent the Office of Research Administration and Faculty Affairs as an expert in collaborative, cross-functional initiatives and projects, process re-engineering and application implementations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent required. PhD strongly preferred.  
  • Minimum 10 years demonstrated achievement in research and staff management in a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, develop, and implement new programs, processes, and initiatives.
  • Broad knowledge of research-related policies and regulations., including FDA, human and animal research protections, federal grants policy, and conflict of interest. Expertise in one or more research- or compliance-related areas.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Must be highly detail-oriented and organized with intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage highly sensitive and strictly confidential material.
  • Ability to solve complicated, sensitive, confidential issues quickly in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter, able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Thorough understanding of the goals and mission of Fred Hutch.

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Contact Information

Fred Hutch



1100 Fairview Ave. N.

Seattle, WA 98109


Background Information



  • Non-Profit
  • Research Administrator/Manager


Target Job Information

  • Full Time