Fred Hutch

Senior Philanthropy Writer


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, 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 for the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.

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 Senior Philanthropy Writer serves on the Donor Communications team within the Philanthropy department and reports to the director of Donor Communications. The Donor Communications team produces proposals, reports, stewardship materials, talking points, event collateral, annual giving pieces, and other materials to support Philanthropy’s fundraising and communications goals.

In this position you will conceptualize, research, write, and edit donor communications that convey the promise of Fred Hutch’s lifesaving work and the impact of private support. This role requires versatility and the ability to tailor materials to various audiences and circumstances. While the primary focus is proposals and reports for principal and major gifts, the Senior Philanthropy Writer will also provide editorial review of annual giving materials, create event and stewardship collateral, and support related efforts as needed.

Collaborating with department leaders, fundraisers, and writers, the Senior Philanthropy Writer will

  • make a strong case for investing in Fred Hutch’s strategic priorities,
  • develop materials tailored to our prospect and donor audiences,
  • synthesize complex information into language that resonates with donors and key stakeholders, and
  • provide both proactive and reactive writing support.


  • Partner with department leaders, frontline fundraisers, researchers and clinicians, and agency partners to develop strategies and content for prospect and donor audiences
  • Research, write, and edit a range of materials for donors and prospects, including:
    • Proposals for principal and major gifts
    • Stewardship reports
    • Collateral that supports frontline fundraisers, such as cases for support, topic briefs, leadership letters, emails, and web content
    • Event talking points and collateral, such as invitations and post-event recaps
  • Inform the content strategy and conduct editorial review of direct response materials
  • Develop compelling, accurate, and credible content that is consistent with Fred Hutch priorities, and ensure written materials are effectively organized and presented
  • Synthesize or translate complex scientific content into accessible narratives that align with prospects’ and donors’ interests, priorities, and knowledge
  • Collaborate with researchers, recipients of donor funds, and other stakeholders to ensure the accuracy and completeness of content
  • Work with Philanthropy colleagues and the Communications & Marketing team to uphold Fred Hutch’s brand, messaging, and visual identity standards in donor materials
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of Fred Hutch’s work, priorities, and fundraising opportunities. As needed, update systems and tools to track proposal and report project status


Application instructions

Please submit a writing sample with your application. Our preferred writing sample is the first two pages of a donor proposal. We will accept donor facing content or relevant work sample in lieu of a donor proposal.

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Five or more years of formal writing experience
  • Experience writing for donor audiences
  • Excellent editorial skills, lively and engaging writing style
  • Demonstrated ability to translate complex scientific information into communications suitable for a lay audience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Outstanding persuasive writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to producing high-quality work
  • Excellent proofreading skills; familiarity with common style manuals
  • Strong customer-service orientation; aptitude for collaborative problem-solving
  • Ability to work on multiple, complex projects with a diverse team of colleagues; ability to build productive relationships and work in a team environment
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple priorities and meet short- and long-term deadlines without sacrificing quality; ability to flex with changing priorities
  • Strong work ethic; commitment to managing time and resources to ensure work is completed efficiently
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience writing with health or scientific topics
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience or knowledge
  • Experience working in a campaign environment
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign

Fred Hutch 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 provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.

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.

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 or by calling 206-667-4700.

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