Sponsored Research Officer, Sr/Lead


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 Senior Sponsored Research Officer (Team Lead), Outgoing Subawards, Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under the general direction of the Assistant Director or Manager, Outgoing Subawards Team, has day-to-day management and supervision responsibility for the Non-Federal team providing central pre-award and non-accounting post award functions and services related to the administration of sponsored projects at Fred Hutch.  As a part of the OSR team, the Senior Sponsored Research Officer ensures that a high level of service to and partnership with the Fred Hutch research community is achieved and consistently maintained.  Senior Sponsored Research Officer will have oversight over teams with specific focus areas, specifically the outgoing Subawards and subcontracts under Fred Hutch prime agreements.



  • On behalf of Fred Hutch, and within delegated authority, exercise independent signature authority for drafting, issuing, negotiating and accepting/executing contracts, subawards, determining the need for legal review and coordinating institutional policy exceptions, and oversee OSR Outgoing Subaward Team with such delegated authorities. 
  • Drafts and negotiates complex research contracts and agreements, coordinates administration of complex sponsored projects and subrecipient monitoring and reporting obligations under Fred Hutch prime agreements.  Ensures that negotiations of award terms, and the terms of subawards to other entities, protect the interests of the Hutch, its faculty and staff while balancing those interests with the needs of the sponsors and subrecipients. 
  • Under the direction of the Assistant Director or Manager, Outgoing Subawards, provide day-to-day supervision, conduct staff training, set team goals and objectives, implement team-building strategies, employ outcome measures to evaluate goal attainment (individual and team benchmarks), evaluate staff, maintain job descriptions, and take corrective action as needed.
  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring, orientation and professional development of OSR Outgoing Subaward Team members.
  • Participate in the assessment of the Outgoing Subaward Teams regarding their ability to maintain high-quality, value-added services in response to the workload volume and complexity; implement efficiencies and new, creative approaches where necessary to address increases in workload volume or complexity.
  • Under the direction of the Assistant Director, ensure that OSR personnel possess current, expert knowledge of applicable federal regulations, laws, statutes, and Hutch policies and procedures, as they relate to the management and administration of sponsored projects.
  • Participate in establishing standards for OSR service delivery; developing and monitoring internal performance measurements to ensure high levels of customer service and accomplishments of objectives.
  • Serve as an expert for interpreting, explaining and applying Fred Hutch and sponsor policies, as well as federal regulations related to research administration issues.
  • Act as a liaison with extramural sponsors and regulatory oversight agencies as necessary.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new or revised OSR policies, guidelines and procedures.
  • Participate in the development of systems requirements, coordination of user input, user training, and implementation of applicable information technology systems and solutions.
  • Serve as an expert campus resource regarding proposal and award administration for sponsors, and for interpreting and applying research regulations and policies, guidelines and procedures related to the administration, management and oversight of sponsored projects and research administration.
  • Advise Fred Hutch personnel and leadership of critical and/or sensitive issues related to sponsored projects administration. 
  • Represent OSR at institution-wide meetings and teleconferences, and attend professional meetings and conferences of research administration societies and associations.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of institution-wide training initiatives in research administration.
  • Special projects as assigned.




  • A bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible duties related to sponsored research, grants management or related experience, which includes management experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to function successfully as an effective part of a management team and within a collaborative team environment in a complex organization.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including the ability to write and format professional correspondence and reports.
  • Demonstrated computer skills such as word processing, use and development of spreadsheets and database use.



  • Ability to quickly analyze complex information using logic and reasoning to define problems, identify patterns, tendencies and relationships, formulate logical and objective conclusions and recognize alternatives and their implications.
  • Ability to conduct and support short-term and long-range strategic planning, including the ability to assess multiple variables and objects and develop effective recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and make well informed decisions with minimum guidance.
  • Demonstrated skills to supervise and motivate professional and administrative staff, including recruiting, selection, training, mentoring, coaching, delegation, performance review and formal and informal evaluation strongly desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to balance tact, diplomacy and assertiveness.  Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships among a diverse constituency to define and achieve mutual goals and objectives.
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and ability to handle highly confidential matters in a discreet manner.
  • Expert knowledge of regulations, laws, and sponsor policies related to sponsored projects administration, including the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); Office of Management and Budget Circulars and 2 CFR 200; Federal Research Terms and Conditions (including Agency Specific Terms and Conditions) and Federal Acquisition Regulations and working knowledge of external regulations, laws and sponsor policies related to other areas of research administration including, protection of research subjects, disclosure of financial interests, financial management of sponsored projects, and electronic research administration.  Working knowledge of Federal, Non-Federal and Industry sponsored projects.
  • Negotiation skills and experience with complex research agreements desired.
  • Working knowledge of electronic research administration systems.
  • Excellent presentation skills sufficient to present and explain complex concepts, practices, policies, guidelines and procedures and their underlying principles to a diverse audience at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to produce and deliver training curriculum on complex and technical issues.
  • Ability to work in a changing environment, possess strong analytic/assessment skills, possess excellent organizational skills and be able to prioritize multiple responsibilities and deadlines with minimal supervision.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must, prior to their first day of employment:
Provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ; OR
Initiate the accommodations process to request a religious or medical accommodation (medical accommodations require a healthcare provider’s certification).


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 $90,382 to $135,574, 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). 

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4-Year Degree
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  • Hospital
  • Non-Profit
  • Research Administrator/Manager
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Authorized to work in the US
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