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Specimen Processing Specialist I (Hourly)

Company: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Location: Seattle
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

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.
Specimen Processing Specialist I

  • Promotes and maintain effective and professional communication with patients, clients, co-workers and FHCC colleagues
  • Works efficiently to minimize patient wait times
  • Performs specimen processing of blood specimens
  • Performs venipuncture phlebotomy
  • Attendance & punctuality: - is prompt for work and seeks support and guidance if needed regarding absenteeism
  • May include Patient Service Representative duties
  • Proficient in the use of email, and data entry in a Windows-based environment


    • Performs specimen processing of blood specimens
    • Performs venipuncture phlebotomy on patients, donors, research participants and employees where required
    • Able to learn computer skills in a timely manner -
    • Processes specimens including centrifugation, aliquoting, and dispensing specimens to proper lab processing and sendout sites
    • Participates in Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance programs and projects
    • Records variances of standard policies and procedures in Patient Safety Net accurately and where required
    • Responsible for receiving patients at the Alliance Laboratory for blood draw appointments and scheduling walk-in appointments
    • May be asked to cover alternative shifts or weekends as needed per staffing -
    • Has the ability to work under pressure and adjust to changing workloads
    • Ability to problem solve
    • Meets attendance and punctuality expectations


      • High school graduation or the equivalent
      • Knowledge of basic medical terminology
      • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
      • Proficient in the use of email, and data entry in a Windows-based environment


        • Completion of phlebotomy training course
        • Washington state MA/Phlebotomist certification (or sponsored by FHCC if competency assessment and training are completed)
        • Preferred specimen handling and processing experience including accessioning, centrifuge, aliquoting, sendouts and blood banking
        • Preferred EPIC/Cadence, answering phones/handling phone inquiries from patients and staff

          Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and there are no exceptions for any employee who is patient-facing and/or requires access to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center facilities. Exceptions exist only for employees whose positions are fully remote, with no required access to campus. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees requiring access to campus 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 $20.53 to $29.23 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications. - -
          Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months). -
          Our Commitment to DiversityWe 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.

Keywords: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle , Specimen Processing Specialist I (Hourly), Other , Seattle, Washington

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