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Project Associate, Research, Discovery, and Innovation

Posted: February 24, 2020

Location: Washington D.C.

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—which represents more than 21,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals dedicated to leading the fight against kidney disease—seeks a full-time Project Associate within the newly created Research, Discovery, and Innovation team.

Research, Discovery, and Innovation brings together two existing programs, the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and KidneyX, to advance innovative therapies and products for people living with kidney disease. ASN created the Research, Discovery, and Innovation (RDI) team to catalyze innovation within the field of nephrology, using patient preference as a guiding principle. Examples of RDI work include building capacity to facilitate clinical trials, developing recommendations on clinical trial endpoints and design, and holding prize competitions to spur new, person-centered treatments. RDI works closely with many stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, people with kidney diseases, and industry representatives (pharmaceutical and device manufacturers and dialysis providers) in order to carry out its charge.

The Project Associate will support RDI project work, prize competitions, meetings, and events. Ideal candidates will think critically, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and be able to interact productively with all of RDI's stakeholders.

Specific examples of daily activities include:

  • Providing project management support for KHI workgroups, including arranging conference calls, creating and disseminating meeting agenda and materials, taking minutes, and assisting workgroup chairs in meeting deadlines as outlined in project plans.
  • Assisting with RDI's communications activities, including drafting content, updating website content, and helping communications staff disseminate calls for volunteers, announcements of project milestones, and notices of upcoming events.
  • Supporting KidneyX prize competitions, including tracking submissions and coordinating external reviewers, judges, and government contacts to ensure deadlines are met
  • Working with the RDI Administrative Associate and ASN staff on logistics for in-person committee meetings, KidneyX Steering Committee meetings, KHI Board meetings, the annual KidneyX Summit and Annual KHI Stakeholders Meeting, and RDI-related activities held at ASN's annual meeting (Kidney Week).
  • Creating and maintaining a master file of slides and presentations to avoid duplication and rework.


  • BA/BS and minimum of 1-2 years work experience required
  • Proven success with completing a project from start to finish
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; writes clearly and concisely using correct grammar and spelling
  • Ability to build relationships with people of various backgrounds and education levels
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail critical
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and project management tools.
  • High energy, positive attitude, able to work collaboratively and take initiative.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete work independently and efficiently, even in the face of limited resources or changing priorities.
  • Experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals/biotechnology, government relations, and/or working within the government is a plus.

The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills, a cooperative attitude within and in support of a team, and an understanding of the importance of customer service.

ASN offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive fringe benefits package.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements (with the subject line: RDI Project Associate) to ASN at Please note the society can only accept online applications for this position.