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.
The Cellular Therapeutics Department (CTP) at SCCA is one of the largest cell therapy facilities in the United States and is on the cutting edge of new technologies for cancer therapy, including cell-based immunotherapy. We are committed to advancing treatment options for our patients through the translation of innovative research into clinical practice. We collaborate with our Alliance members (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, and Seattle Childrens Hospital) as well as corporate entities.
CTP is responsible for all minimally manipulated therapeutic cell processing occurring at the SCCA for standard practice as well as clinical trials. Procedures range from cryopreservation and flow cytometric enumeration of cell proportions to more complex procedures such as cell selection, enrichment, and depletion. The laboratory is regulated by the FDA cGTP/cGMP standards, maintains College of American Pathologists (CAP) certification, and is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cell Therapy (FACT).
The Project Coordinator is an integral member of the CTP team, collaborating across functions which include the Apheresis Group (APH), Cell Therapy Laboratory (CTL) and Quality as well as across organizations within and outside the Alliance. The primary responsibilities of this position are to manage equipment for APH and CTL, to coordinate and track training, and to participate in a variety of cell therapy projects relating to both operations and administration. The position reports to the Associate Director of Cellular Therapeutics (CTP). Regular interactions with medical, scientific and quality staff provide a stimulating and diverse environment.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with initiative, excellent communication and collaboration skills, consummate professionalism and attention to detail. While specific experience with cell therapy operations or administration is a plus, its possible to learn about this field on the job. The qualified applicant should be dedicated to serving patients and SCCAs vision to lead the world in translating scientific discovery into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of cancer. The qualified applicant will be someone who is at ease working either independently or as part of a team.
Employees must adhere to all SCCA policies and processes, including the SCCA Code of Conduct and all HIPAA privacy requirements.
Become familiar with operations for cell-based therapy at SCCA
Maintain equipment management program
Assist with clinical lab equipment validations
Contribute to change management process: writing change control reports and evaluating the validation requirements for various types of proposed changes
Provide input to operating and capital budgets
Become integral team member for CTP projects, including process improvement using Lean Principles
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of colleagues and stakeholders, including cross-functionally
Identify process improvements, facilitate development and documentation
Write, revise, review and implement standard operating procedures (SOP)
Maintain understanding of necessary scientific theory, terminology and practice at a level to be able to work effectively with technical experts. This includes learning about new cell-based therapeutics entering clinical trials in which CTL participates.
Consult with clinical and research staff and seek out literature on methods and techniques. Promote new innovative technology and advancements.
Adhere to official standards and regulations in the areas of integrity, privacy, human resources, safety and security
Apply knowledge of relevant FDA, CAP, JC and FACT requirements and standards and participate in inspections
Maintain programs and databases for training coordination
Continually learn about cell therapy theory and practice, demonstrated in the application of the knowledge to operations support
Coordinate Cell Therapy Services projects, as assigned
Work with cross-functional teams to support newly implemented processes and help to address any corrective issues
Must be able to work onsite at the SCCA South Lake Union Campus
Baccalaureate degree (BA or BS)
Experience preparing and reviewing regulated documents
Knowledge of basic regulatory standards
Experience interacting effectively with vendors
Experience related to laboratory information management systems beneficial
Training/experience with regulated therapeutics either in a laboratory or administrative role
Project coordination experience; project management a plus
formal communications training
Meeting facilitation skills
Hematology, oncology and/or immunology knowledge
Knowledge of regulatory requirements and standards for cell-based therapy or biologics
Experience working with quality systems
Biotechnology or other scientific laboratory experience
Knowledge of Lean or Six Sigma Principles
Diversity and Inclusion education/training
Lab Management Systems, particularly Labware
CPI Fundamentals training
Experience in GLP, GTP or GMP environment
Critical Success Factors:
Highly invested in and motivated by SCCAs mission to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Attention to detail
Outstanding organizational skills
Outstanding communication skills
Ability to work effectively with diverse professionals across functions and organizations
Ability to collaborate and be accountable
Ability to identify and communicate priorities
Ability to navigate through, but not avoid, conflict
Strong work ethic
Ability to deal with complex problems and propose creative solutions
Please submit your application with cover letter.
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 [email protected] or by calling 206-667-4700.
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.