Science Education Partnership Director

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

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 and largest 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.

Key components of the program are:
- Partnerships: Develop and sustain active partnerships that link teachers, scientists, and biomedical research institutions.
- Professional Development: Provide teachers professional development in science content, professional practice, and leadership.
- Curriculum & Kits: Develop rich classroom learning experiences with relevant instructional materials and learning assessments.
- Learning & Inquiry Tools & Materials: Facilitate access to essential tools and materials for active learning and hands-on investigations.
- Scientists That Communicate Effectively: Prepare scientists to communicate the excitement, challenge, and results of their research with teachers, students and the public.
- Scientists Who Are Role Models: Facilitate teacher and student exposure and access to scientists as role models for careers in science.
- Professional Learning Community (PLC): Build and foster the emerging life science PLC through our partnerships and resources. These resources include the SEP Resource Center, web site (, newsletter, and important collaborations and connections with other programs locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

SEP Director Position Summary
- The SEP Director develops active and collaborative partnerships and garners resources to support teachers, scientists and biomedical research institutions so that secondary school students will have a hands-on experience with science. The SEP Director manages the work of program staff.

Metrics of Success
- Confident teachers who have the resources, knowledge and skills to engage students with a hands-on science experience.
- An on-going community of scientists, teachers and institutions who provide knowledge, skill building/support, materials and other resources.
- Well-equipped classroom kits.
- Continued outreach to approximately 25 new teachers each year.
- Effective mentor pairings of scientists and teachers.
- Qualified lead teachers to advise the program and teach in the program.
-Success in obtaining financing for the program.

Scope of Responsibilities
- The incumbent works independently in directing the design and operations of the program, soliciting direction from directors of other pre-Baccalaureate programs and the Sr. VP and Director of Basic Sciences as needed. The position supervises program staff and recruits and guides program participants.

- Recruitment of qualified lead teachers.
- Recruitment and maintenance of mentor scientists and graduate students.
- The creation/maintenance of community among scientists and teachers from current and past cohorts.
- Obtain the equipment and supplies for the kit loan program which includes 30 types of kits and stand along equipment.
- Revise curriculum as needed and add curriculum as the science evolves.
- Engage lead teachers as part of the SEP team.
- Provide logistics for the various workshops throughout the year.
- Plan the budget, work with other pre-Bac programs to apply for Foundation and Federal grant, and work with Fred Hutch Development to raise philanthropic funds.
- Manage the budget and equipment.
- Set the direction of the program in collaboration with the SEP community.
- Manage the SEP staff.
- Fulfill the requirements of grants including program evaluation.
- Oversee the maintenance of databases of participants and equipment.
- Development metrics to quantify effectiveness of the program.

Minimum Qualifications and Attributes
- Master's or PhD in science or education
- A minimum of three years' experience in a leadership role
- Demonstrated skill and experience in managing a workgroup, writing successful grant proposals and stewarding relationships with funders and negotiating costs, and managing budgets
- Familiarity with effective teaching practices and how people learn
- Ability to bridge research settings and educational settings, especially secondary school science classrooms
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate and work with all levels of management
- Passion for collaboration and working in partnership
- Commitment to equity and diversity

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