Director, Clinical Research and Initiatives

Virta Health

Virta Health

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024

Virta Health is on a mission to transform type 2 diabetes and weight-loss care. Current treatment approaches aren’t working—over half of US adults have either type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, and obesity rates are at an all-time high. Virta is changing this by helping people reverse their metabolic condition through innovations in technology, personalized nutrition, and virtual care delivery reinvented from the ground up. We have raised over $350 million from top-tier investors, and partner with the largest health plans, employers, and government organizations to help their employees and members restore their health and take back their lives. Join us on our mission to reverse diabetes in 100 million people.

We are recruiting a change agent, who will drive clinical initiatives across Virta, while also leading the research team. We are looking for a cross functional leader who can influence broadly, improving the care we provide to our patients and the outcomes we deliver to our clients.

The clinical research team’s mission is to “prove” and improve patient health outcomes with unwavering commitment to the patient, scientific rigor, and ethics — to demonstrate Virta’s value to patients, providers, payers, and policy makers and to identify opportunities to augment or optimize health outcomes for our patients. See the team’s work here.

This leader will have three primary areas of responsibility (and potentially a fourth):

  1. Spearheading clinical initiatives in collaboration with Virta’s team of clinicians and coaches, as well as other cross-functional teams, to advance clinical and business impact.

  2. Leading the research team, composed of doctoral level clinical investigators, who conduct virtual clinical trials and collaborate with academic investigators on sponsored and collaborative research, all leading to peer-reviewed publication.

  3. Developing real world evidence supporting Virta’s impact on clinical and economic outcomes, in collaboration with the Virta data science team and external data resources, from data warehouses to health plans and employers.

  4. (Maybe, depending on bandwidth and experience). Leading a sophisticated key opinion leader program to develop relationships with clinical and scientific influencers across metabolic health and cardiovascular disease.

Key day-to-day Responsibilities

  • Drive change across the Virta clinical organization, selecting 4-5 key initiatives to advance that meaningfully impact Virta’s OKRs in the service of our patients and our clients.

  • Develop and implement a strategy for our clinical research team to devote resources efficiently to clinical trials that will advance science in support of Virta’s business.

  • Lead and nurture Virta’s team of experienced clinical researchers who have decades of combined experience developing, implementing, and publishing data from pivotal clinical trials in metabolic health, as well as presenting and publishing on analyses from our own registry data.

  • Build a network of key investigators who are interested in collaborating with Virta researchers on trials that extend the impact of the Virta program.

  • Strategically align Virta’s scientific work with key national and international conferences, meetings, and symposia.

  • Represent Virta’s science on the podium at scientific meetings, in calls and presentations with Virta’s clients and sales prospects, and at internal meetings.

  • Participate as an active member of the Virta Medical Group leadership team, representing the scientific point of view and leading/collaborating on evidence-based clinical initiatives that advance the quality and efficiency of the care Virta provides to thousands of patients suffering from metabolic health adversity.

  • Develop and advance a real world evidence program, leveraging source of data both within and outside of Virta.


  • A masters degree in a health- or behavioral health-related field with human subjects research experience is required, while a doctorate is highly desirable.

  • At least two years of experience working with patients directly in a clinical or research setting. Virta succeeds through behavior change, and thus experience working with patients to make healthy choices in their lives is essential. Experience in metabolic health is highly desirable.

  • Leadership skills. At least five years of experience leading others, and has helped their team members develop skills and be successful, and built a vibrant, fun, professional culture.

  • At least five years of business experience working in a start-up or related high-growth organization in order to translate Virta science for the marketplace. (Clinical researchers who have not worked for an early- or growth-stage company will not have the requisite business skills to translate Virta science for the marketplace.)

  • Outstanding scientific writing skills. The successful candidate will have drafted, edited, and published multiple peer-reviewed publications both as first and as senior author.

  • A firm, innate, understanding of trial design.

  • Direct experience working with IRBs and the compliance side of research.

  • Familiarity with the process of generating real-world evidence leveraging multiple data sources. Experience with health economics (HEOR) is highly desirable.

  • Project management experience required to develop broad clinical initiatives that require cross-functional collaboration and efficiently implement them at a busy growing company.

  • Poise. We are looking for a leader who is comfortable in front of an audience, presents naturally and with authority, and will help build the Virta brand.

Values-driven culture

Virta’s company values drive our culture, so you’ll do well if:

  • You put people first and take care of yourself, your peers, and our patients equally

  • You have a strong sense of ownership and take initiative while empowering others to do the same

  • You prioritize positive impact over busy work

  • You have no ego and understand that everyone has something to bring to the table regardless of experience

  • You appreciate transparency and promote trust and empowerment through open access of information

  • You are evidence-based and prioritize data and science over seniority or dogma

  • You take risks and rapidly iterate

As part of your duties at Virta, you may come in contact with sensitive patient information that is governed by HIPAA. Throughout your career at Virta, you will be expected to follow Virta's security and privacy procedures to ensure our patients' information remains strictly confidential. Security and privacy training will be provided.

Virta has a location based compensation structure. Starting pay will be based on a number of factors and commensurate with qualifications & experience. For this role, the compensation range is $156,367 - $178,220. Information about Virta’s benefits is on our Careers page at: