Diagnostics For All (DFA) is an exciting non-profit organization focused on improving global health by creating and commercializing very low cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care medical diagnostic devices for underserved populations in the developing world.  Conveniently located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we are creating a new generation of diagnostic devices using elegantly simple paper-microfluidics technology, originally developed in the labs of Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. DFA has received several grants to develop this technology from varied sources including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and DARPA.  Please learn more at


DFA is hiring for the following positions.  For a full description, please follow the links below:


Project Coordinator (PC-001)





Project Coordinator


Position Summary:


Diagnostics For All (DFA) is seeking an individual to join our team as a permanent, full-time, exempt, Project Coordinator.  The Project Coordinator is an integral member of the project team responsible for coordinating the successful completion of project deliverables.  The Project Coordinator is responsible for directing, organizing, and controlling project activities, under the direction of the Project Manager.  A successful candidate will be a collaborative team player with clear communication skills, an independent work ethic, and a drive towards optimal efficiency. 


Specific Responsibilities:


Manage Partner


    1. Set up both weekly and ad hoc meetings, be in charge of the meeting agenda, get things on the agenda that need decisions, and then get decisions made from the group (to include DFA and Partner and sub-contractors, if necessary).
    • Build relationships fast with key members of the Partner team.
    • Agree to appropriate time lines with Partner, but keep these at an appropriate level so that you can manage the details of the deliverables.
    • Ensure that DFA is prepared for a Partner audit in late July.
    • Manage inevitable “nice to haves” with what is necessary to deliver this project on budget and on time.
    • View the 18 month timeline, and drill down into what is important to deliver now to keep on track, i.e. there is no point having a perfectly arranged clinical trial, if there is no GMP product to go into the trial.
    • Manage project scope, and escalate issues where necessary.
    • Ensure that Partner’s agreed-upon-deliverables are collaboratively met in a timely manner.


Clinical Research Organizations (CROs)


    • Help compiling a list of CROs. Help identify one or two top choices and provide a rationale (matrix) for such a choice.  Help negotiate terms.
    • Monitor CRO and ultimate clinical sites (probably 3 – 5 sites across the US).
    • Internal Team


  • Coordinate daily 15 minute check-in.
  • Track and monitor tasks for all team members.
  • Track all functions:
  •            1. Manufacturing
      •            2. Quality
      •            3. Finance
      •            4. R&D – to the extent it is necessary
      •            5. Clinical


  • Act as a “sweeper” to help project team members – whatever that might be - buying equipment, reorganizing a study protocol, raw material problem, etc.
  • Ensure time-sheets of the team are completed and approved on a timely basis.
  • Use standard project software tools




  • Manage project budget with CFO.
  • Approve POs, and then approve bills.
  • Assist the Quality Engineer with purchasing, as necessary.
  • Compile a Cost of Goods spreadsheet – capture bill of materials, scrap rates, labor, utilities, etc.


General Skills:


  • Self –sufficient; an ability to operate effectively without close supervision but with strong Partnership skills and ability to clearly define areas of ownership with various members of the project team.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders, balancing competing interests and needs across the organization to arrive at a clear vision, communicating effectively, and aligning various Partners along the way.
  • Superior relationship building, communication and negotiation skills within cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to manage a detailed project time-line among internal and external stakeholders.


Qualifications and Experience:


  • 3-5 years of experience in supporting project managers
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Experience managing staff
  • Strong communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team based environment.
  • Analytical, flexible and optimistic
  • Proficient in MS Project and/or MS Office Suite of products


How to Apply:


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a small, passionate team developing a novel technology with the potential to positively impact millions of people in the poorest areas around the world.


If you are interested in an exciting opportunity to change the way health care is delivered in much of the world, contact us at and reference PC- 001 in the subject line.


No telephone inquiries, please.




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Diagnostics For All is an equal opportunity employer.