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Media Relations Manager II

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle, WA

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, Fred Hutch's five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Fred Hutch, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children's, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. Careers Start Here.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications, the Media Relations Manager will build the Center's national reputation through earned media placements, positioning Fred Hutch as a leader and expert resource in cancer and related diseases. Key functional areas of responsibility include the scientific and healthcare media, issues management and integrated communications. You will also collaborate with counterparts responsible for marketing, content and web design, as well as colleagues in Philanthropy, Government & Community Relations and Business Development on integrated communications and marketing initiatives.


Support efforts to elevate visibility of Fred Hutch as preeminent cancer research institution and help position organization as national leader in quest to cure cancer and related diseases.

Work with teammates, Fred Hutch researchers, staff and external partners to develop media strategies and PR campaigns promoting diverse scientific research, medical and public education ventures.

Proactively pitch local, U.S. and international media, with particular focus on scientific and healthcare reporters and news outlets.

Place compelling stories in support of overarching organizational goals and marketing, fundraising, partnership and public policy objectives.

Identify and forge relationships with top-tier media and other influencers; serve as organizational spokesperson.

Help coordinate tours and events, as well as preparation of pitches, briefings, news releases, fact sheets, talking points and other supporting content to execute earned media strategy.

Manage, track and respond to incoming media inquiries.

Assist with developing and maintaining issues management and crisis communications materials.

Prepare, media train and staff researchers and executives for print and broadcast interviews.

Support film shoots and on-campus interviews.

Support high-visibility, integrated communications announcements and initiatives involving multiple stakeholder groups and channels.

Monitor all media mentions and disseminate results on a weekly basis.

Research and monitor current events and trends for targeted pitches and social media outreach.

Maintain and update media lists and editorial calendars.


Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications or equivalent experience.

5 years in a media relations/corporate communications; health sciences and/or non-profit experience a plus.

Self-starter with demonstrated success in securing earned media in a variety of markets.

Experience raising public awareness of research, awards, events and donor programs is a plus.

Experience leveraging and producing content for digital channels and social media (primarily Facebook and Twitter) as part of an integrated effort.


Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to create and deliver clear and persuasive communications for varying audiences.

Experience distilling complex information (science, research, technology) into compelling messages.

Rapid responder to media and internal customers outside of traditional business hours, and across time zones.

Familiar with online and offline marketing principles and earned and social media's function within mix of paid, earned, shared and owned channels for optimal impact and audience engagement.

Analytical approach and good problem-solving skills, coupled with creative orientation.

Comfortable with ambiguity and complexity.

Comfort level working at all levels of organization and with diverse group of stakeholders and knowledge bases.

We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, 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 (see application details) or by calling (see application details).

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About Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Arnold Building and Vessel sculpture on the Hutchinson Center campus The Arnold Building and Vessel sculpture sit at the heart of the Hutchinson Center campus. At Fred Hutch, our interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit of, and passion for, health knowledge and hope to their work and the world. Together, our researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, when cure rates are highest; developing effective treatments with fewer side effects; and learning how to prevent cancers from growing in the first place. Our groundbreaking discoveries began in the 1970s with Dr. E. Donnall Thomas’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, which led to him receiving the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Since then, Hutch researchers have made a number of breakthroughs, including developing immunotherapies that use the immune system to defeat cancer and advancing the understanding of human biology. Admittedly, the eradication of cancer and other life-threatening diseases is an ambitious goal, one that demands tenacity, scientific excellence, collaboration and breakthrough creativity. To accomplish this, Fred Hutch attracts some of the world's greatest minds. Nobel laureate medal Dr. E. Donnall Thomas won the 1990 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for pioneering bone marrow transplantation. Our roster of internationally acclaimed scientists includes a MacArthur fellow, seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, five members of the Institute of Medicine, six members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, nine members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and eight current and former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Fred Hutch understands that disease research means more than searching for new treatments. We are home to the country's largest and oldest cancer prevention program, which has made key contributions to understanding how diet, exercise and other factors reduce the risk of acquiring the disease. To accelerate our progress, we are part of the Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium. This research and clinical collaboration between the Hutch, the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance enables our researchers to leverage each institution’s strengths and develop premier research programs across many types of disease. The Consortium is among 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.

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