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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Program Assistant I - Temporary in Seattle, Washington

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 National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. The WHI is one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind and it is currently moving into its third extension. The WHI Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC), located at Fred Hutchinson, is responsible for study implementation and coordination of statistical, epidemiologic, nutritional and clinical aspects of the WHI and is responsible for data collection, management and analysis.

The Program Assistant I works independently and in collaboration with other WHI Coordinating Center staff to assist in accomplishing the study goals. The primary focus of the position is to scan or key-enter participant surveys and other data into the study database and assemble participant survey mailings. This position is scheduled Monday through Thursday (20 hours per week), regular daytime hours, and is fully onsite at our Seattle, Washington campus. There is no remote work associated with this position.

This position is with the Women’s Health Initiative Extension Study. It is located in the WHI Clinical Coordinating Center and reports to the Manager of Data Operations and Mailing Services.

Duties include:

  • Scanning of study survey forms using an optical imaging mark-sense scanner.

  • Key-entry of non-scannable study forms and materials.

  • Assist with assembly of mailings to participants.

  • Trouble-shooting data entry problems and routing them to the correct staff person.

  • Managing storage and/or disposal of study survey forms and other participant materials.

  • Assist with opening and sorting mail.

  • Support activities in a tumor tissue bio-repository.

  • Perform general clerical duties such as typing of correspondence and maintaining logs of voicemail messages.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Must be reliable and have excellent organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written), including receptive communication skills such as active listening.

  • Excellent accuracy and attention to detail

  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision, and also as part of a team.

  • Able to balance competing and shifting priorities.

  • Demonstrated computer skills with basic proficiency in MS Office Suite.

  • Minimum 6 months experience in a research or office setting.


  • BA or BS degree

  • Minimum 12 months experience in a research or office setting.

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 hourly pay range for this position is from $20.53 to $29.23 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees access to a retirement savings plan, an employee assistance program, paid sick leave (1 hour for every 30 hours worked), and prorated paid holidays (up to 11 days per year).  

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 or by calling 206-667-4700.

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