Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Fidelity Coder (Program Assistant I)

Job ID
Regular Part-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


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.   

Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology (HABIT) Group, led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker, is part of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson. Funded by multiple large NIH grants ($25 million USD cumulative total to date), the Group’s research mission is to develop and rigorously test behavioral interventions for health behavior change, and disseminate them with the goal of high public health impact. Technologies for delivering these interventions include smartphone applications, chatbots, websites, and telephone counseling. One of the behavioral approaches the Group has been testing is called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).


The Group is seeking a Fidelity Coder who can contribute to our mission of using rigorous behavioral science and technology to directly impact public health. With direct supervision from the lead trainer, Dr. Christeine Terry, and as specified by the research protocol, the Fidelity Coder will perform Acceptance & Commitment Therapy fidelity assessments and inter-rater assessment calibrations on a random sample of audio-recorded weight loss counseling sessions that are conducted as part of a large randomized trial in testing a telephone weight loss behavioral intervention. The Coder will closely collaborate with Dr. Terry and the other Fidelity Coder on the coding activities, and will also work with Dr. Bricker and the HABIT Group as needed on other research projects. Training on ACT, counseling techniques, and fidelity coding will be provided.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the counseling techniques employed by the intervention, and the ability to recognize/identify the required therapeutic skills in practice.
  • Perform fidelity assessments as per protocol; maintain complete, accurate, and timely documentation of the assessments.
  • Participate in regular quality review meetings for assessment/enhancement of inter-rater reliability.
  • Provide constructive peer consultation and quality review to help other fidelity coders maximize their contributions to the project and accept same. 
  • As needed, adjust methods and performance as agreed upon in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Meet with team on Tuesdays for collaboration and project status



  • Bachelor’s Degree, in Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, Social Sciences, or a related field of health
  • Excellent organizational, verbal communication, and listening skills
  • Proven attention to detail and demonstrated dependability
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team


  • Interest in behavioral interventions
  • Prior experience with the use of fidelity evaluation instruments for behavioral interventions
  • A passion for helping those who smoke tobacco or are obese


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.

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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