2019 Associate Position at Close Concerns/The diaTribe Foundation/dQ&A

San Francisco, California, United States expand job description ↓


Close Concerns, The diaTribe Foundation, and dQ&A share the mission of improving outcomes by educating physicians, scientists, researchers, business leaders, educators, manufacturers, policymakers, and patients about the most important news and research in diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity. By applying to the Full-Time Associate position at any one of these companies, you will be considered for all three organizations and will have the opportunity to learn more about each during the recruiting process. Please submit one application; if you are interested in more than one organization, we encourage you to address that in your cover letter. Please see below for abbreviated job descriptions for the three organizations below.


Close Concerns is a healthcare information firm focused on diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity, dedicated to improving patient outcomes by educating physicians, scientists, researchers, business leaders, educators, manufacturers, policymakers, and patients about the most important news and research in the field. With thousands of subscribers at academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, drug and medical device companies, and government bodies, Close Concerns and our publication Closer Look are widely respected in the healthcare community. We study new research and interview clinicians and thought leaders, working with our advisory board of world-class endocrinologists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, nurses, and community health workers to help make everyone smarter about diabetes and obesity. Our firm is located in the vibrant Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.

This position involves significant travel in the US and internationally. In 2017-2018 we have attended conferences in Aspen, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Halifax, Las Vegas, Lisbon, London, Munich, Orlando, San Diego, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, and Vienna. Associates typically travel about 30% - 50% of the time, including over weekends.

The Associate position at Close Concerns is ideal for someone with a significant science or pre-medical background with additional interest in business, public health and/or health policy. Strong critical thinking and writing skills are a must.


The diaTribe Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and prediabetes, and to advocate for action. The diaTribe Foundation is committed to helping people with diabetes live happier, healthier, and more hopeful lives. By providing free online information to people around the world who are affected by diabetes and prediabetes, The diaTribe Foundation empowers through education. diaTribe Learn, which provides diabetes insights and actionable tips, reaches nearly two million people annually. The diaTribe Foundation is also dedicated to amplifying the voices of people with diabetes, raising awareness, and advocating for change. This involves working with scientific and diabetes communities to reach out to policymakers, regulators, and the public at large. The diaTribe Foundation also regularly brings together diverse audiences of diabetes experts, health care leaders, and policymakers to develop innovative solutions – notably, the dSeries: Executive Innovation Lab on Diabetes and Prediabetes. Our rapidly growing organization is located in the vibrant Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.

The Full-Time Associate position at The diaTribe Foundation is ideal for someone with a significant science or pre-medical background who has additional interest in public health, health policy, the nonprofit sector, and/or business. Strong writing and communication skills are essential.

There is also a one-year fellowship available for candidates interested in partnership development, proposal writing, marketing, and helping to bring stakeholders together in diabetes. For those interested in a one-year experience at The diaTribe Foundation, please mention this in your cover letter. Please note that you will not be considered for the two-year Associate position if you choose to apply for the one-year fellowship.


Founded by public health experts, patients, and data science professionals, dQ&A is a research company committed to making life better for people with diabetes. We conduct quantitative and qualitative research with thousands of patients and healthcare professionals, translating their experiences and perspectives into information that is used to develop better diabetes products and services. Through our communities of patients, diabetes educators, and physicians, we have built an expert understanding of people with diabetes – what they like and dislike, how they live, think, act, and feel. Our clients include Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, patient organizations, and innovators in healthcare. We help them design new products, collect data to support regulatory decisions, understand patient/physician relationships, create better marketing campaigns, and make patient-centric business decisions. With ten years of experience specializing in diabetes research and an international portfolio of research services, we are an established, trusted, and authentic voice in the diabetes community. Our organization is located in the vibrant Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.

dQ&A Research Associates are passionate about diabetes and healthcare and are fascinated by data-driven approaches that yield patient-focused solutions. Research Associates assume significant responsibility at the company, often leading key dQ&A research products and/or serving in major roles on custom projects for clients. Among their many duties, Associates write and field surveys, analyze the resulting quantitative and qualitative data, and translate this analysis into written reports and data visualizations that provide market insights and solutions. The role may also include collaborating with clients on new projects, interacting with people with diabetes, contributing on peer-reviewed abstracts and publications, managing summer associations and interns, and assisting with new dQ&A research product launches.


TO APPLY: Please apply below by January 25, 2019. Please do not apply through your school’s career portal – we will not receive these applications. Earlier applications are highly encouraged.

In addition to the question fields in our online application, please attach the following as a single, merged PDF document in the “Resume” field:

  • Resume as PDF – please include undergraduate GPA as well as name of your high school and GPA or rank
  • Transcript in PDF format (unofficial accepted, but GPA must be included)
  • A cover letter answering these three questions:
    • Why are you drawn to work for a mission-driven, patient-focused organization?
    • Why are you interested in working for an organization that addresses a public health problem? If you have particular interests in diabetes, please include this.
    • How are your skills and strengths a fit for this position?
    • Note: if you are interested in being considered for the one-year fellowship position at The diaTribe Foundation, please include this in your cover letter. By applying to the one-year fellowship, you will not be considered for the two-year Associate positions at our family of organizations.

PDFs may be merged at: https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf. Please email Maeve Serino at [email protected] if you have any problems with the application form.


Please see each organization job posting for specific requirements. Traits required across our Associate cohort include:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence (minimum GPA of 3.6; waivers granted based on special circumstances and/or on diabetes knowledge and interest)
  • Highly motivated and responsible; strong work ethic and takes initiative
  • Ability to work independently and within small teams
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Strong critical thinking and analytic skills
  • Reliability; commitment to schedules and deadlines
  • Very careful and highly attuned attention to detail
  • Although this is often a two-year position, there are promotion opportunities for superb candidates


  • Full healthcare, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) with 3% match
  • Office stocked with free healthy food
  • San Francisco public transportation pass
  • Gym membership stipend
  • Yoga and mindfulness subsidy
  • Two weeks paid vacation, plus one paid vacation day for volunteer pursuits and ten paid public holidays; unpaid leave is often granted when requested
  • Matching gifts for donations
  • A strong history of success in admissions to graduate schools in medicine, science, and business
  • Access to an extensive network of medical, public health, nonprofit, policy, and business leaders across the US and around the world
  • Access to a graduate school admissions advisor with a strong client history of admissions success in the fields of medicine, public health, science, and business
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