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Principle Innovation Architect



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    Date Posted
6 months ago
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The Innovation Architect leads the technical strategy within the WDS Innovations Center (WIC) which is separate and distinct from DDWA’s dental benefit core business. The WIC is an experiment-encouraging environment where future models are tested against educated hypotheses and rapid, high-impact findings are collected. We apply proven innovation methods like Design Thinking and Lean Startup to identify and design future models of care delivery that focus on reducing costs and broadening reach. We seek partnerships with mission-minded stakeholders – providers, technology partners, sister Delta Dental companies, healthcare systems, legislators, community leaders, funders – to bring us new capabilities and insights and to propel us forward faster.

Our vision is that all people can enjoy good oral and overall health, with no one left behind. We succeed because of a shared commitment to a set of values that guide everything we do – for our customers, for our communities, and for each other. We are Accountable. We lean in with Courage. We stay Curious. We are Inclusive. We act with Integrity.

We offer highly competitive medical, dental and vision plans as well offering an 8% 401k match and all employees start accruing vacation and sick time from their very first day. We empower employee development through our tuition reimbursement plan, professional development plans, and employee-led communities.

Responsibilities include the following:  

  • Serve as the technical leader for all innovation related WIC projects/products.

  • Lead the technology strategy and vision in support of the WIC

  • Blueprint architect, including multi-year solutions to drive transformation and modernization

  • Provide recommendations and practical solutions that benefits the business based on emerging, disruptive technology or non-technology trends

  • Define a measurable future state architecture from concepts. Support business case development, cost modeling, goal definition and interpersonal impacts

  • Build project/product management teams that can ensure all projects/products are on time and within budget while meeting the needs of our clients and key collaborators

  • Serve as a WIC technical representative to the Board of Directors when needed

  • Work consistently with the Vice President of Corporate Development to manage and supervise all financial and business planning activities related to WICs technology projects

  • Support and advise the VP, Corp Dev, CEO, and CFO in decision-making

  • Lead and support program budgeting and strategic planning processes

  • Be responsible for the procurement process for IT solutions

  • Manage contractors and consultants, as well as recruit and retain a talented pool of IT, policy, and project management professionals


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, MBA a plus

  • 10+ years of software development and product architecture experience, including building distributed systems and applications

  • Hands on experience in cloud technologies and practices, building architecture that use cloud native services such as Azure, AWS, GCP, API gateway

  • Expertise in modern data, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning; and a passion to improve healthcare through technology

  • Critical thinker with strong problem-solving and project management skills

  • Intimate understanding of HIE/HIT environments

  • Expertise in clinical (HL7, FHIR) and administrative (EDI) healthcare standards

  • Expertise in healthcare data – both claims and clinical (EHRs/EDRs)

  • Understanding of ICD-10

  • Ability to create complex solutions in white spaces (where solutions don’t currently exist today)

  • Ability to design and implement all aspects of a solution in a clinical environment (i.e. Clinical and management infrastructure, IT services, software and hardware, Cloud-based solutions, etc.)

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and the ability to effectively work with people from a diverse set of background

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to lead people and project teams

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position will have direct supervisory responsibilities and may lead project teams.

Language Skills: 

  • Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis in a clear, precise, and actionable manner. Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, and memos.  Ability to prepare and edit simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information to others, including other employees, Trustees, external partners, consultants and vendors.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to solve complex system problems and deal with a variety of undefined variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • This position may require occasional travel.


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