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Foundation Relations Assistant Director

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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 Hutchinson Cancer Center, a single, independent, nonprofit organization that is also a clinically integrated part of UW Medicine and UW Medicine’s cancer program. Philanthropy is critical to Fred Hutch’s success. Fred Hutch has launched a comprehensive, multi-year campaign. By collaborating with internal and external constituents we will strengthen a culture of philanthropy and celebrate patient-family fundraising. In FY22, Fred Hutch raised $105 million in gifts and grants to further research in cancer and related disease and advance cancer treatments and supportive services in Fred Hutch’s eight clinical care sites.

The Assistant Director, Foundation Relations serves on the Institutional Giving team as part of the Philanthropy department and reports to the Program Director, Foundation Relations. The Assistant Director, in partnership with the Foundation Relations team, is responsible for strategically planning private foundation fundraising activities for a portfolio of predominantly foundation prospects. Working with the Program Director, Foundation Relations as well as other teams in the Philanthropy department, the Assistant Director will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward foundation donors with a goal of securing grants, gifts and other awards to support Fred Hutch’s priorities and objectives.

Significant engagement and collaboration with Fred Hutch leadership, staff, faculty and other departments is expected. Occasional interaction with volunteers, patients and families. Some travel, weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Develops and manages strategies for a portfolio of assigned ~35 foundations consisting of existing and prospective foundation donors to meet and exceed personal and team fundraising goals
  • Discovers, identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards foundation prospects capable of grants of $10,000+, or as recommended by the Program Director of Foundation Relations, the Assistant Vice President of Gifts and Grants, and by the Vice President of Philanthropy
  • Facilitates meaningful interactions for foundation donors and prospects by persuasively articulating the mission and goals of Fred Hutch and translating complex science and research and clinical care priorities to inspire philanthropy
  • Utilizes analytical and research skills to identify and qualify prospective foundation funders
  • Develops and/or edits letters of inquiry and grant proposals, and oversees coordination and submission of grant progress reports and other communications in collaboration with colleagues across the organization
  • Is conversant in the scientific research and advances in clinical care and their respective roles in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases
  • Collaborates with Philanthropy colleagues and other internal administrative departments including Office of Sponsored Research, Finance, and Communications in the development and stewardship of foundation partnerships
  • Collaborates with scientific leaders, program directors and research administrators to conceptualize research programs and projects
  • Partners with Fred Hutch programs including but not limited to the Office of Education and Training, the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement and Patient Support Services
  • Works within multiple databases and uses best practices to manage and ensure accurate foundation donor records
  • Provides activity reports and tracking data when requested to the Program Director, Foundation Relations, the Assistant Vice President, Gifts and Grants and Vice President, Philanthropy and members of the Fred Hutch leadership team
  • Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance including attending webinars, seminars, building networks within Fred Hutch and with colleagues at peer institutions
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit or related field
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including proficiency in drafting and editing grant proposals, progress reports and stewardship correspondences
  • Adept at prospect research and portfolio management
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to articulate, compellingly, the mission and vision of the organization
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Self-motivated, creative, and flexible
  • Highly developed organization and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
In order to be considered for this position, please provide a cover letter describing your interest and fit for the role.

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least 5 years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit, or related field
  • Experience in solicitation and stewardship of foundation gifts/grants or similar experience in Foundation Relations in the private sector
  • Demonstrated ability to meet or exceed fundraising goals
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and confidentiality in working with prospects, faculty, and staff
  • Success navigating a highly complex environment such as healthcare, research or educational institute
  • Experience with The Raiser’s Edge/RENXT or related fundraising software preferred
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 $78,075 to $117,113 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 our Employee Services Center at hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.

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