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Chaplain I - Per Diem

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.

With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.

At Fred Hutch we value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.

Spiritual Health at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch) provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, and research-informed chaplaincy care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff/volunteers, both inpatient (at UWMC) and outpatient (at South Lake Union and multiple community sites). Spiritual Health embraces continuous quality improvement, a culture of learning and engagement, and being a leader in oncology and outpatient care. The department is engaged in clinical care, education, and research. The person selected for this position will be available for all campuses, especially at South Lake Union (SLU) and the University of Washington Medical Center (UW).

  • Provide spiritual, religious, existential, and emotional care to patients/families at all sites of care

  • Support staff, providers, volunteers, and non-employees (e.g., Transfer Price Agreement staff, Bible study leaders, Catholic Chaplain, some providers, etc.) when work and outside of work issues are weighing upon them in ways that are or may potentially impact their highest level of care for our patients/families at all sites of care

  • Provide limited education to staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees, and students at all sites of care and beyond

  • Participate in the life of the organization in supportive capacities

The clinical responsibilities are engaged in patient/caregiver and staff care. The successful candidate will be joining a team of spiritual health clinicians and will collaborate closely with Spiritual Health team members, multidisciplinary teams, and the UW Spiritual Care and Wellbeing team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Screen and assess patient/family needs, resources, struggles, hopes, and goals

  • Actively, empathically, and compassionately inquire and facilitate conversation, rituals, and connections around these issues, intervening in ways that sustain, guide, and/or work toward healing

  • Explore life histories, legacies, and values/goals that guide medical decisions and that help patients/families navigate challenging times in meaningful and potentially transformative ways

  • Provide care, counsel, debriefings, and specialized programs to support staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees at all sites of care

  • Be active participants in relationally grounded, evidence-based, research-informed chaplaincy care that seeks continuous quality improvement

  • In the absence of the Manager, there will be tiered leadership with the most experienced person available being the go-to person for administration, in consultation with the Manager and other team members as available.


  • Either an MDiv or equivalent degree and at least one unit of CPE OR at least four units of clinical pastoral education (ACPE) with at least a Bachelors degree

  • Ordination/commissioning and/or endorsement for health care chaplaincy by one's religious judicatory body (or actively in process) if there is such a path for one in one’s spiritual tradition.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with culturally, religiously, and spiritually diverse patients, providers, families, staff, volunteers, non-employees

  • Demonstrates professional values and behaviors, demonstrates good boundaries, demonstrates good leadership skills, remains non-judgmental, and respects the dignity and worth of every individual

  • Must have excellent chaplaincy care skills, work well independently and with others, function well in complex and constantly changing contexts, be committed to continuous improvement, have good analytical skills, be a detail-oriented person, and work well with electronic charting and Microsoft Office

  • Must be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care, and have a strong desire to becoming research literate in the field


  • Education or experience in a major academic health care organization

  • Substantial experience in oncology

  • Knowledge regarding spiritual/religious/existential distress and negative spiritual/religious coping

The program seeks a detail-oriented person who functions well in complex contexts and wants to be stretched and to grow professionally. The ideal candidate must

  • have excellent chaplaincy care skills, work well independently and with others, function well in complex and constantly changing contexts, be committed to continuous improvement, have good analytical skills, be a detail-oriented person, and work well with electronic charting (EPIC) and Microsoft Office

  • be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing with diverse patients, providers, families, staff, volunteers, and non-employees

  • demonstrate professional values and behaviors, good boundaries, good leadership skills,

  • remain non-judgmental and respect the dignity and worth of every individual

  • have expertise in staff care

  • work well both independently and with other colleagues (e.g., within a department of eight and with health care teams), be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care; and work well in an oncology and academic health care context;.

The minimal objective requirements are either a master degree in spiritual studies (e.g., M. Div.) and one unit of CPE or four units of CPE and an undergraduate degree. Experience in both an academic and oncology health care context is preferred.

To apply and be considered for the position, (1) Please be prepared to include all of the following: a cover letter, including reason for applying, and a resume. (2) Also, please e-mail a verbatim and analysis reflecting your current abilities to The Rev. Stephen King, Ph.D, at This position includes a competitive salary, paid time off, health insurance, as well as retirement and other benefits.

This position is patient facing and/or requires access to Fred Hutch clinical facilities. As such, full COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment, without exception. Booster doses are strongly recommended but not required. If declining a booster, completion of the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form Questionnaire and COVID-19 Booster Declination Training is required. Because of our immunocompromised patient population, there are no medical or religious accommodations available for any employee who is patient facing and/or requires access to Fred Hutch clinical facilities. Only employees whose positions are fully remote, who are not patient facing and/or require no access to clinical facilities, may apply for medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

The hourly pay range for this position is from $36.22 to $53.27, which includes the per diem differential, and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees access to a retirement savings plan, an employee assistance program, and paid sick leave (1 hour for every 30 hours worked).

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 or by calling 206-667-4700.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

  • Published on: May 04, 2023
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Job Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Salary: negotiable
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