Fred Hutch

Research Administrator II/III – Basic Sciences Division

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.

At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.

The Basic Sciences Division is one of five scientific Divisions at Fred Hutch and is comprised of 29 faculty-led laboratories.  The Division is recruiting for a Research Administrator II or III to join our team.  The RA Team supports the research of scientists that are focused on understanding the normal molecular functioning of cells as well as the disruption that causes complex diseases like cancer and HIV infection.

This position will be one of a current team of 10 RAs supporting the Division’s growing faculty. The Research Administrator II works under general direction from a supervisor and partners with Principal Investigators to support lab administration. An RA II proactively provides compliant and effective funding support, budget and regulatory administration and general administrative support for faculty members and their labs. The role requires excellent administrative skills, a customer service orientation, an attention to detail, strong communication skills, and collaboration with colleagues and external partners. The RA III performs the duties of a RA II but has at least two years of experience as a research administrator preferably with principal investigators in a research institution, and carries out higher level portfolio analyses and post award issue issue resolution. This role will have the opportunity to work partially at our campus and remotely.


Budget/Fiscal Support

  • Develop, monitor, track and project complex multivariable budgets
  • Develop custom report formats to share information with the team/department
  • Run and analyze reports to identify issues
  • Approve budgets and expenses following applicable rules and regulations
  • Work with central administration partners to resolve identified budget and expense issues

Funding Source Administration

  • Lead the grant submission process by conducting key tasks such as: creation and communication of timelines to appropriate stakeholders, completion of non-technical portions of submission, and oversight of institutional signoff
  • Perform key post award activities such as:  interpreting the notice of award, flagging unique aspects or budget adjustments and monitoring and adjusting the teams’ commitments across the portfolio of projects based on awards
  • Interpret Notices of Award with support of colleagues in the Office of Sponsored Research and/or Finance

Regulatory Support

  • Manage renewal timelines and ensure completion of regulatory documents in a timely manner
  • Identify necessary regulatory components of submissions, confirm that required items are in place and escalate issues as needed
  • Determine impact of and develop implementation plans in response to applicable regulatory changes and/or revisions to Center policies and procedures
  • May serve as a central point of contact to answer questions, escalating issues as needed

Administrative Support

  • Complete key administrative tasks such as travel coordination, editing CVs and publications, purchasing and maintenance of supplies and equipment
  • Identify administrative issues for discussion with team and leadership
  • May manage projects including occasional event planning and management


  • May act as a resource for other staff
  • May assist in the training and development of team members


A cover letter is required for this position.

  • High School degree required, Bachelor’s degree highly preferred
    • Research Administrator II minimum requirements: Two years of relevant administrative support experience, with pre- and post award grant support
    • Research Administrator III minimum requirements: Three years of relevant administrative support experience, with pre- and post- award grant support
  • 4 years of relevant research administrative experience is preferred
  • Highly prefer prior experience with research administration in an academic or non-profit organization
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office suite including Teams, Adobe Acrobat
  • Demonstratable experience and knowledge using Excel –for example, using formulas, calculating values in multi-step processes, preparing account reports, and working with pivot tables
  • Basic understanding of accounting and terminology. Experience managing accounts, account reconciliation, account reporting, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communicator
  • Demonstratable experience with successful planning, organizing, and prioritizing your work
  • Interest in working on process improvement with team
  • Ability to source data from systems and generate customized reports
  • Ability to edit basic web pages
  • Ability to navigate complex internal systems and departments
  • Prior experience or exposure to grant writing/application preparation

Other Requirements

  • Maintain regular work hours
  • Able to prioritize and perform multiple duties received from multiple sources and/or situations requiring time sensitivity without loss of efficiency or accuracy
  • Enjoy interacting professionally with a variety of individuals, both internal to Fred Hutch and with external partners
  • Able to carry-out simple and/or detailed oral and written instructions
  • Complete assigned tasks with minimal or no supervision
  • Exercise independent judgment and make appropriate decisions
  • Enjoy learning new systems and skills and adapt quickly to evolving work priorities and demands

Preferred Experience and Knowledge

  • Federal grant management experience, preferably with the National Institutes of Health
  • Knowledge of Uniform Guidance and government funding rules
  • Experience supporting lab-based research
  • Knowledge of relevant regulatory guidelines such as compliance with Institutional Review Board processes for human subject and animal use, handling etiologic materials or recombinant DNA, etc.
  • Working knowledge of Fred Hutch policies and procedures
  • Certified Research Administrator preferred

statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

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