Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Nurse Director, Ambulatory Clinics

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine. One extraordinary group whose sole mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients. SCCA's purpose is to provide state-of-the-art, patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond.

Every individual at SCCA plays a unique role in supporting our mission. Our collective success hinges on each of us conducting ourselves in accord with a set of core values:

  • We are patient-centered. Everything we do must be linked to our ability to deliver better, safer outcomes for our patients.
  • We are innovative. We nurture an environment that fosters unconventional thinking, a passion for discovery, and the open-mindedness to invite discovery from unexpected places.
  • We are respectful. We are deeply respectful of our patients, their families, and each of our colleagues who serve them in so many different and important ways.
  • We are collaborative. We understand that asking for and offering help in how to do better is not just a right, but among our most important responsibilities.
  • We are agile. We cannot just be comfortable with change; we must embrace it as proof that we are making progress.
  • We are responsible. Because our work is focused on people's well-being, we approach it with the highest level of ethical, fiduciary, and environmental responsibility.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead disruptive continuous innovations in the fight against cancer.


The Nurse Director of Ambulatory Clinics is accountable for providing clinical leadership and direction in departments/clinics as assigned. Areas of focus vary based on organizational need and prioritization.

  • Assists in integrating strategies of process improvement into maximizing efficiency of resources while assuring patient care is safe, efficient and effective
  • Responsible for the direction, development and operationalization of business systems and processes that support the operations of the clinics (3rd, 4th & 7th floors)
  • Works diligently to create positive collaborative work environment for all staff, physicians and patients
  • Directs a dynamic team of leaders, both management and line staff


Primary responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an operational plan to deliver patient focused care and services
  • Develop and maintain effective organization of responsibility, including efficient recruiting, training, coaching, recognition, workflow, performance standards, delineation of duties and roles, staffing levels and supervision
  • Develop operating and capital budgets for and provide oversight to assigned areas
  • Ensure SCCA has the latest industry standard with regard to quality, technology, and workflow processes for patient experience for scheduling, rooming, access and other functions
  • Provide strong, dynamic leadership that mentors, develops and guides team members to efficiently leverage the value for the patient in every contact
  • Evaluate, develop, and coordinate projects. Provide leadership using skills such as collaboration, motivation, and knowledge of clinical analytics to help drive decision making.
  • Oversees department activities related to quality improvement, risk management and safe practice
  • Assures compliance with SCCA quality improvement programs, external agencies, and regulatory bodies
  • Accountable for the development, implementation, and maintenance of Standards of Practice consistent with quality care
  • Partners effectively with colleagues on the impact of strategic initiatives and projects across the organization
  • Assesses, understands, and communicates the impact of strategic decisions and initiatives to senior leadership



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Health Care Administration, Business Administration, or related field
  • Previous budget experience, managing revenue and standard budget process
  • Demonstrated project development skills (example of project work ideal)
  • Experience in health care leadership role
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage through change
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and empathy in an emotionally challenging environment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Ability to communicate verbally in person, on the phone and in writing in a clear concise and professional manner
  • Ability to work in a high pressure, time-sensitive and complex health care environment
  • Conflict mitigation, mediation, and resolution skills
  • Ability to provide constructive and effective feedback
  • Ability to communicate and work with all levels of management and physician leadership
  • Critical thinking and judgement


  • Master’s Degree in Nursing, Health Care Administration, Business Administration, or related field
  • Previous experience in oncology
  • Previous experience in relation to patient access
  • Knowledge of data analytics as applied to healthcare
  • Previous experience in systems using Lean methodology or similar Continuous Performance Improvement initiatives

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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