Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Public Affairs Manager

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 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. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is ranked among the top ten cancer hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our care combines powerful science with devoted collaboration.


Above all, we exist to move patients forward, past boundaries and toward hope.


Reporting to the Director of Public Affairs and Payor Contracting and working with senior leadership, the Public Affairs Manager will be a key strategic leader in policy and government affairs, with a primary focus on state and local policy and government relations. The individual will be expected to work collaboratively with the Public Affairs and Payor Contracting team and internal subject matter experts to define and prioritize SCCA’s state and local policy objectives, to lead external work to achieve these policy objectives with state and local policymakers, and to support federal affairs and community benefit functions. SCCA’s Public Affairs and Payor Contracting team seeks to leverage the growing convergence between public and private payers, particularly with respect to trends in value-based and other novel contracting arrangements, and this individual will be a key participant in informing SCCA’s strategy in these areas.


The Public Affairs Manager will: 

  • Define state and local policy priorities in concert with overall public affairs agenda.
  • Lead implementation of plan to achieve priorities and support senior and executive staff in these efforts as warranted.
  • Maintain relationships in local and state and (including legislators, the Health Care Authority, and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner), with trade associations, and with partner organizations, in furtherance of achieving policy objectives.
  • Manage yearly state session process, including priority setting, bill tracking and position development, and work with contract lobbyist to represent SCCA’s perspective in Olympia.
  • Inform internal stakeholders of relevant policy developments.
  • Serve as an internal expert on government payers, with a particular focus on payment reform and value-based payments.
  • Identify or create opportunities to partner proactively with state and local policymakers.
  • Work in concert with public affairs, marketing, and communications teams to develop and implement brand-building and reputational efforts in state and local policy realms.
  • Provide support on federal government affairs and community benefit initiatives.


Required qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Government affairs and healthcare proficiency, including familiarity with Medicare/Medicaid

Preferred qualifications

  • Advanced degree in policy, public health, or law
  • 8 years of relevant experience
  • Significant subject matter expertise in health care and health policy, includes working knowledge of the American healthcare insurance and delivery system and the policies and market forces that shape it.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and an ability to build relationships at all levels from front line staff to senior executives, elected leaders, and government officials. Existing relationships among Washington State policymakers is preferred.
  • Can quickly and efficiently move ideas from the big picture phase to implementation.
  • Enjoy building and perfecting work processes. As a relatively young organization and even younger team, this candidate will need active participation in helping build structures that will allow us to excel.
  • Enjoy learning and can do so quickly - this candidate will need to quickly get up to speed on operational issues that inform SCCA’s policy goals.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously and deliver timely results
  • Communicate strategically and effectively across different channels.
  • Enjoy and will help contribute to a high-performing, collaborative, and fun work environment.


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