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HANC Legacy Community Engagement Project Manager

Sep 2, 2020
fred h
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Application Instructions

Candidates must include a Cover Letter including a statement of diversity, highlighting their past diversity efforts and include how they plan on bringing their learnings to their employment as part of this position.

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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.   

The Legacy Project (within the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination) seeks to increase knowledge about HIV clinical prevention and therapeutic research, cure research, scientific literacy, and consideration of participation in HIV/AIDS Clinical Research among the most disparately impacted communities in the United States. With a team of diverse, skilled and devoted staff, the Legacy Project seeks to build trust and collaboration between HIV research institutions and marginalized communities most impacted by the US HIV epidemic. The Legacy Project works to cultivate and enhance partnerships and relationships among the National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and research sites, research and academic institutions, governmental agencies, community-based organizations and affiliates, while ensuring a commitment to capacity building for communities and populations most impacted by the HIV epidemic in the United States. The NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks conduct therapeutic and prevention HIV clinical research globally.

The Legacy Project works to support National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) five HIV/AIDS scientific priorities, including:

  1. Therapeutics for HIV/AIDS and HIV-associated infections in adults (including HIV cure, as well as co-occurring noninfectious and infectious diseases, including hepatitis and tuberculosis)
  2. HIV/AIDS and HIV-associated infections in children and mothers
  3. Integrated strategies to prevent HIV infection
  4. Vaccines to prevent HIV infection
  5. Microbicides to prevent HIV infection

The Legacy Project 2020 Work Plan is in line with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, cutting across areas of basic research, health disparities, and training, including research to reduce health disparities in HIV incidence, research in treatment outcomes for those living with HIV/AIDS, research training of the workforce required to conduct high priority HIV/AIDS-related research, and addressing health and social issues that are linked with HIV such as racism, transgender antagonism, homonegativity, misogyny, poverty, stigma, and discrimination.


The primary responsibility of HANC Legacy Community Engagement Project Manager is to support and ensure community engagement and collaborative integration of community engagement activities into the NIH-funded HIV clinical trials networks and related community mobilization efforts.

The Community Engagement Project Manager is expected to use initiative in carrying out responsibilities as defined by the HANC Legacy Project team in collaboration with representatives of the NIH-funded HIV clinical trials networks. The Community Engagement Project Manager will work to build relationships based on trust and increase awareness of traditionally underserved domestic populations and those populations most impacted by HIV in NIH-sponsored HIV therapeutic and prevention clinical trials.

The responsibilities of the Community Engagement Project Manager include, but are not limited to:

  • Participates as part of the Legacy Project team in the design of a US domestic community engagement strategy and supports its implementation in consultation and collaboration across the NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and supporting community organizations and representatives
  • Collaborates on communications plans for individual and shared research projects
  • Builds and maintains relationships with individuals at appropriate organizations by phone, e-mail, and in-person at conferences and meetings to further the domestic HIV clinical research agenda
  • Supports educational efforts and improvement strategies for increased community literacy regarding HIV, prevention and treatment knowledge and research through presentations, workshops, posters and other means at national and local meetings and conferences
  • Engages community constituents in dialogue to learn about community needs and concerns, and to build community trust and support. Provides advice/feedback on community engagement to protocol teams and network leadership as needed.
  • Engages with key leaders and influencers in the House/Ball community
  • Engages with historical black colleges and universities to increase awareness and support for HIV research
  • Coordinates and supports the work of the Legacy Project Working Group
  • Coordinates and supports the work of the New Investigators Working Group
  • Engages with members of the HPTN Black Caucus
  • Identifies community constituents who may be roadblocks or advocates for HIV clinical research studies and engages with these constituents to resolve conflicts, build trust and encourage in advocacy
  • Supports the development of integrated messaging strategies (branding) that promote domestic HIV clinical research efforts in traditionally underserved populations
  • Provides technical assistance and hands-on community engagement training for US HIV clinical trial sites in collaboration with advocacy organizations and other internal/external systems, partners and other key stakeholders
  • Other responsibilities and duties as deemed necessary


Candidates must include a Cover Letter including a statement of diversity, highlighting their past diversity efforts and include how they plan on bringing their learnings to their employment as part of this position.

Minimum qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in community education or related healthcare field
  • 2+ years of experience with HIV/AIDS education; in-depth knowledge of HIV disease and motivational factors affecting safer sex practices
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to youth, racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual diversity
  • Experience working with and in diverse communities, especially women, Native American/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Latinx, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/non-binary groups in the United States
  • Previous experience working with men who have sex with men (MSM) and familiarity with and working in gay community venues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including social media
  • Project management or coordination work in community education, outreach, or community-based networking including driving project deadlines
  • Ability to travel while working up to 10%

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health
  • Knowledge of HIV Clinical Research
  • International experience working with and in diverse communities (LGBTQIA+ and communities of color) strongly preferred

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 HR Operations at or by calling 206-667-4700

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