Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  • Director of Research Integration

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Overview

    The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.



    Director, Research Integration – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
    The Director, Research Integration – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance leads efforts to implement SCCA research strategies, goals and objectives, in close partnership with SCCA colleagues, Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. As a member of the Consortium their goal is to advance the standard of care through research excellence.

    This is accomplished by both providing and advancing the best standard of care today and tomorrow through clinical research and innovation with a continuous focus on process improvement. SCCA supports Consortium research priorities by efficiently and effectively implementing clinical trials and supporting patient access & eligibility to clinical trials. SCCA is committed to the care and cure for their patients, providing the best possible research driven care experience for both patients and their families. SCCA accomplishes this through innovation in processes/systems/models that improve patient experience to improve quality. SCCA will prioritize their efforts to serve overall clinical trial efforts through strong infrastructure to support the research mission and a holistic approach. SCCA will leverage growing patient access for clinical trial consideration across all sites. SCCA is always current on accrual goals, safety, compliance and regulatory issues.


    • SCCA leader responsible for SCCA’s performance as a member of the Consortium relating to the safe, compliant and effective conduct of clinical trials at all SCCA sites of care
    • Serves as the coordinating point for SCCA and for SCCA's involvement within the broader Consortium for all strategic priorities and projects through effective committee and communication systems and relationships
    • Effectively manages SCCA’s research integration team (3-4 Program managers and their staff) in support of clinical trials at SCCA Network affiliate sites , Community Sites, the South Lake Union clinic, UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital SCCA sites
    • Communicates and collaborates across multiple levels of the SCCA Leadership to support SCCA initiatives and to continuously improve the support of safe conduct of clinical trials within all sites in the SCCA
    • Coordinates the assurance of compliance of all Human Protections regulations in partnership with SCCA Integrity Officer



    • Lead and participate in improvement efforts to speed the time to clinical trial implementation across partner institutions as well as within SCCA
    • Work closely with partner institutions to understand improvement opportunities, identify and implement changes to decrease the time for clinical trial implementation (e.g., conduct more review steps in parallel versus sequentially)
    • Identify with the SCCA research team other specific opportunities to decrease implementation time within the SCCA-controlled portion of the implementation process
    • Ensure full compliance to safety and regulatory standards
      • Develop tracking and monitoring processes
      • Understand specific risks and issues. Partner with other organizations and teams within SCCA to develop corrective action plans
    • Promote organizational culture that embraces clinical research as integral to SCCA’s purpose (e.g., training & education for operational staff)
    • Increase clinical trial participation (e.g., expansion of clinical trials available at SCCA community sites; improve clinical trial information on the web and other sources, promote clinical trials in marketing efforts, develop approaches to incorporate clinical trial options into care pathways)
    • Create standard and efficient processes (e.g., clinical trial intake)
      • Continually review research-related processes for opportunities to improve efficiency (time and effort to implement trials) and effectiveness (supporting strong enrollment to trials and full compliance)
      • Implement identified priorities such as standardizing and centralizing the clinical trial review and deployment process to encompass all SCCA sites and affiliate network locations
    • Support data needs (e.g., enrollment, eligibility, etc.)
      • Collaborate with partner institutions to meet organizational, study team and operational data needs, such as enrollment drill-down, patient population analysis and eligibility data
    • Partner to improve clinical trial infrastructure (e.g., full support of CTMS evaluation & implementation; continued improvements for CPOE)
    • Support priority efforts as identified by Consortium partners (e.g., Immunotherapy)


    • This includes in-depth understanding of the way scientists must work to fund and support key research projects, the stages of proposals and approvals, and the funding and regulatory environment in general, as well as the operational requirements of providing clinical-based support. The incumbent must possess skills in establishing and communicating the defining structures, systems, decision and approval points and the process of research trial protocols. The Director is effective in developing and gaining support for research priorities, understanding the limits of support (such as financial support or staff availability), and the best options for carrying out various research projects within the context of an integrated network of host sites. The Director must embrace change, skillfully communicate and ensure human research participant protections as a balanced part of research support. Knowledge of the underpinnings of scientific methodology and the sciences (in virtually any domain) is highly desirable.


    • A key part of the Director’s role is fostering the integration of clinical and research care as more than a set of systems and protocols, but as a mindset embedded in the SCCA culture. For the Director this requires a specific, technical knowledge base, including a thorough understanding of the similarities and differences between clinical care and research care. This includes an ability to understand and incorporate emerging, cutting edge trends and best practices in clinical research and oncology care (e.g., implementation of personalized therapies in clinical trials). Finally, given the nature of the Consortium and networked research/care sites, the Director must understand the differences inherent in community and academic hospital settings.

    Based on this understanding, the Director is expected to skillfully articulate and advocate for the ways clinical and research care can be tied together as acritical part of SCCA’s mission. More than any other SCCA leader, the Director is expected to ‘live’ the integration of clinical and research care in all decisions and actions, and to stand out as a guiding voice in promoting that integration throughout the organization.


    • Leadership for this position begins with being able to articulate a strong, inspiring vision for SCCA’s integrated research programs, and then building a team that can turn that vision into reality. The Director must be willing to welcome and encourage feedback from a broad community of constituents with the ultimate goal of making SCCA increasingly viable as a research host. But more than this, the Director sees the job as being a catalyst to breakthroughs in how research is supported and managed; not just reactive to feedback or changes in the industry, but as a strategic leader who is willing to take reasonable risks in guiding visionary operational and cultural change. From this standpoint, the Director’s role is that of an action-oriented problem-solver and “entrepreneur” who deeply values creativity, the ability to keep an open mind, and the capacity to envision, challenge and inspire without regard to existing structures or the status quo.


    • The Director is fluent in applying data-based approaches to supporting and managing trials. This mindset is needed to not only understand the nature of studies and the scientific/statistical foundations of the trials themselves, but from a management standpoint it is also critical to monitoring the entire system and flow of studies through the organization. A “metric orientation” includes a personal commitment to using quantitative measurements to foster accountability and evaluate change in a complex environment; for example by applying Lean methods and principles to continuously improving the performance of organizational systems that support research.


    • As a line manager of others’ work, the Director must be able to lead a team to accomplish operational priorities. This demands a strong capacity for personal and organizational discipline, effectively applying traditional management skills such as time management, delegation and workload control, planning and goal-setting, communication (both oral and written skills, including presentations), and monitoring of progress toward desired results. These skills also include those specifically used to help guide, direct and support others, including skills in coaching, mentoring, placement of staff, professional development (for both self and others), performance evaluation, and when needed, corrective action and termination -- with the ultimate goal of sustaining positive morale and high productivity within the groups managed. The Director is expected to use a situational management style, applying more or less directive approaches with people as circumstances and their performance dictates.


    • As part of the Consortium, SCCA is part of a highly complex organizational system. Leading as the Director is more than just holding a clear and inspiring vision or advocating for research integration. In order to carry out the demands of the position and lead change, the Director must be a skilled player in a culture that requires by turns negotiation, diplomacy and facilitation, where one’s impact is defined far more by personal influence and credibility than by the formal authority of the role. The Director must be sensitive to the everyday politics of this world and be comfortable working with them. This includes refined interpersonal skills, including patience, flexibility, stamina and resilience, the ability to listen in humble enquiry and empathy, the capacity to work through tensions and conflicts and to enact compromises, and also to know how and when to exercise an assertive, no-nonsense stand and set firm limits that protect the organization’s interests. The Director must have the breadth of skill and confidence to be able to work with anyone, at any level, from front-line and professional staff to principal investigators and executives.


    • Beginning with his or her own functional workgroup, the Director is expected to have skills in building a strong sense of team, helping people align with a clear purpose and build collaborative, partnership relationships with one another. The Director actively promotes a respectful, inclusive and trust-based work environment, one that enables people to do their best work. The Director models these skills and values personally as team leader, ably (and sometimes courageously) stepping into awkward or tense situations in order to foster mutual wins and bring people together. The Director is also expected to bring these same skills and values as a part of the work to build broader teams across all types of organizational lines and levels, with peers and senior leaders, as well. In this regard the Director is not just expected to serve as a functional leader but also to serve as an overall SCCA leader, garnering the respect of colleagues throughout the system, including the highest levels of the Consortium.




    The incumbent needs to have current knowledge of research administration practices, strong oncology relevant experience, and a proven track record in developing & implementing business strategies to grow programs within a large network setting with external faculty/researchers/staff. Must have the ability to influence effectively, strong relationship building skills & the ability to build trust/respect effectively. The right candidate for this position must possess a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Health Administration, or related business area. We are looking for someone with a minimum of five plus years experience within Research Executive Leadership.



    • Expert knowledge within Research Administration/Executive Leadership. Academic background preferred.
    • Experience in an NCI designated cancer center is a plus.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead close teams, delegate, and communicate effectively. Must work well under pressure and be able to work across complex organizational structures.
    • Track record of success in growing a research program within a network setting to ensure alignment & success across a system/consortium.
    • Is dedicated to meeting the expectations of both internal and external faculty/researchers/staff to establish and maintain effective relationships with the goal of building trust and respect in a collaborative working relationship

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