Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Physical Therapist II

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), 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.


Under the general direction of the Physical Therapy Manager, the Physical Therapist is responsible for clinical duties in the physical therapy department.  The Physical Therapist effectively treats a wide variety of oncology diagnoses as well as other types of patients treated at the SCCA.  Besides clinical duties, the Physical Therapist is responsible for maintaining thorough documentation of services to patients and also serves as a clinical resource to all SCCA departments and clinicians. Facilitates referrals to internal and community resources as appropriate.


  • Evaluating, planning and administering treatment to SCCA patients with problems related to neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems
  • Administering and interpreting tests and measurements of muscle strength, coordination, range of motion, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency
  • Instructing patients and their caregivers/families in the care and use of wheelchairs, braces, canes, crutches, and other equipment or devices
  • Maintaining patient documentation, including writing initial evaluations, progress notes, discharge summaries, home programs, and insurance authorization requirements
  • Devising special tools and treatment methods for the specific needs of each patient served
  • Evaluating treatment goals and progress towards these goals
  • Serving as a clinical resource for all SCCA departments and clinicians
  • Completing other duties as assigned by Physical Therapy Manager to meet the mission of the department, which may include educational lectures, student instruction, networking to other clinical services, volunteer supervision, process improvement activities, and/or quality improvement projects
  • Physical Therapist II will also have at least two of the following responsibilities:
    • Will provide content expertise in patient education, staff education, or marketing related to oncology physical therapy for at least two projects per year
    • Create, review, and/or revise a clinical protocol of a specific oncology population or side effect from treatment
    • Supervise at least one student in clinical rotation, provide mentorship to other clinicians, or supervise physical therapy volunteers
    • Provide regular assistance in onboarding and training of new staff members



  • Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy program
  • Master's Degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program
  • WA State Physical Therapy License
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor
  • Demonstrates behaviors that are consistent with SCCA's Mission and Values
  • Follows organizational and departmental policies and procedures
  • Displays excellent customer service and relations skills
  • Communicates concisely and effectively, both orally and written, with co-workers, physicians, patients, and caregivers
  • Ability to promote and maintain excellent interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility, attention to detail, and work under pressure
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing and stressful situations including balancing the need for quality of work with the need to respond to workload
  • Ability to take initiative in identifying and resolving problems and participating in making improvements for the purpose of improving quality of care and services
  • Ability to be proactive, use strategic thinking and sound judgment to accomplish tasks
  • Accepts responsibility for all aspects of the position
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently to perform job duties and refers appropriate questions and/or decisions to their supervisor
  • Works well with team members toward a common purpose; reinforces the efforts and goals of the work group; and supports the team's decision regardless of individual viewpoint
  • Demonstrates flexibility in schedule and assignments in order to meet the needs of the department
  • Improves productivity through proper time management
  • Seeks feedback from customers and team members in order to identify and improve processes and outcomes
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational skills with ability to handle multiple demands with a high work volume
  • Ability to accept change readily and modify behavior when needed, including meeting confrontation or criticism without reacting on a personal level
  • Expands job-related knowledge and skills to improve performance
  • Ability to accurately and consistently evaluate and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Ability to assess patient condition when appropriate and request assistance when necessary
  • Maintains physical therapy documentation accurately and manages scheduling needs
  • Maintains and utilizes supplies in a cost effective manner
  • Establishes and adjusts priorities based on patient acuity and changing clinical situations
  • Recognizes emergency situations, initiates code procedures, and administers first aid as needed
  • Practices appropriate infection prevention procedures to prevent cross-contamination to patients, caregivers, and staff


  • Experience in providing physical therapy to general oncology/hematology and bone marrow /stem cell transplant patients
  • Lymphedema training and/or experience
  • Experience with pediatric patients
  • APTA Oncology Clinical Specialist Certification
  • Assists in the training and orientation of department and other employees, students, and volunteers
  • Demonstrates ability to provide physical therapy focused educational lectures to various audiences
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to mentor and instruct physical therapy students in a clinical setting


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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