H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, FL

ID: 7120761 (Ref.No. hlj_42578)
Posted: January 10, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We are forging a digital future to bring change to how we tackle cancer. Moffitt’s Center for Digital Health brings bold ideas into focus and delivers new digital experiences by pairing cutting edge technology with expert cancer care. As one of the world's first cancer centers with a dedicated machine learning department and one of 100 Most Wired Hospitals in the US, we’re bent on translating lifesaving tools from the computer to the bedside—and beyond.

To make this future a reality, Moffitt’s Center for Digital Health is building out a brand-new Digital Innovation practice with an innovation hub and digital studio. The innovation hub is focused on guiding, supporting, and promoting digital innovation and entrepreneurship through strategy, partnerships, and community engagement. The studio enables digital transformation through research, design, and development of patient, provider, and employee digital experiences. When it comes to beating cancer, we know we can’t depend on technology alone. But together with world-class physicians, scientists, and researchers, we work tirelessly to give every patient the options they deserve to #BeCourageous in the face of cancer.

Role Overview

We are looking for a creative and entrepreneurial leader to launch and lead the New Ventures and Partnerships function of Digital Innovation. Moffitt’s Innovation Hub partners with internal clinicians, researchers, and staff to accelerate, productize, and commercialize their ideas, and partners externally with industry to co-develop new products or match market-ready solutions to hospital-identified challenges. This role will be responsible for building collaborations and leveraging relationships across both internal and external innovation ecosystems to transform cancer care delivery through discovery, diligence, incubation, acceleration, and commercialization. We will be counting on this leader to set the vision, own the roadmap, lead the team, and be accountable for delivering outsized impact across a wide portfolio of activities that involve nurturing, adopting, and advancing digital innovation, including:

  • Launching and leading new programs to nurture a pipeline of high-potential digital health startups with programming, mentoring, and alignment of mutual value
  • Developing pathways to source, assess, validate, and use novel digital solutions that address critical hospital challenges and unique needs of oncology patients and their families
  • Cultivating culture and infrastructure to allow rapid innovation and help internal clinicians, researchers, and staff to accelerate and commercialize their ideas
  • Evangelizing digital innovation, identifying the value in new and emerging technologies, and pushing forward bold ideas to help deliver new digital experiences
  • Identifying, engaging, and managing partnership, investment, and collaboration opportunities that will accelerate the development and growth of digital innovation
  • Amplifying mission through thought-leadership and proof-points that showcase Moffitt as the best institution to work with, the best organized to advance innovation, and the best at supporting innovators


The Director, Digital Innovation – New Ventures and Partnerships will leverage their experience to lead and manage a team of high performers and play a key role in building on the vision of “Outside-in” collaborations as well as growing “Inside-Out” innovation at Moffitt by helping to synergize and enable digital innovation activities across the hospital and with the community. Additionally, this is an action-oriented role and requires a strong emphasis on managing and building new relationships , collaborating across institutions, and influencing stakeholders. The Director must have strong interpersonal skills as success will be based on how to align and accomplish objectives through others, including peers, faculty, various Moffitt leaders, and external industry collaborators.

Inside-Out Innovation

  • Inspire the internal Moffitt community to ideate, collaborate, and launch new innovations by offering coaching and advisory services, education, and programs that promote idea and knowledge sharing
  • Engage with department and division chairs and leaders to enable a clear entry point for internal innovators
  • Nurture development of new intellectual property that can be used by Moffitt and external customers by identifying important needs within and across the institution, bringing together teams and funding opportunities to pursue development, and overseeing the overall efforts
  • Lead the process of maturing and de-risking inventions and ideas that have the highest potential for commercialization through pilot projects, prototyping, business planning, market analysis, and connections with the investment community

Outside-In Innovation

  • Evaluate new technologies, software, and vendors that may provide opportunities for solutions or new applications necessary to accomplish institutional goals, objectives, and strategies
  • Collaborate with product teams to understand product roadmaps and contribute to execution of strategic deliverables by identifying third-party partners/industry collaborators that accelerate product delivery
  • Define, implement, and execute Moffitt’s vision for the accelerator program; engage, mentor, and advise cutting-edge startups, while growing and evolving the program in alignment with the needs and goals of the organization
  • Assess digital health market and identify promising partnership, co-development, IP, licensing, and funding/investment opportunities
  • Engage partners and develop collaboration opportunities across the innovation ecosystem including industry, big data, pharma, devices, and selectively, startups; use understanding of opportunities and capabilities within Moffitt and creativity to forge these relationships

Thought Leadership and Community Engagement

  • Forge collaborative relationships with appropriate partners including other oncology institutions, accelerators, investors to create a strong network that supports our entrepreneurship efforts and activities
  • Develop the marketing vision for digital innovation; review and approve all marketing outreach, including but not limited to website, newsletters, social media, and blogs
  • Partner with Marketing and Strategic Communications teams to ensure a reasonably regular flow of content and communication both internally and externally about Moffitt’s efforts and partnerships in digital health
  • Demonstrate thought leadership through publications, speaking engagements at conferences, social media, and active representation at local and national events to amplify our brand and mission
  • Lead events, such as hackathons, Shark Tanks, and speaker series, to create and support culture of digital innovation at the hospital and in the broader health technology community

Strategy and Operations

  • Provide leadership in the refinement and fulfillment of digital innovation strategy by participating in vision, planning, and execution discussions
  • Develop and maintain relationships with hospital leadership, including clinical and operational leaders and other stakeholders to accelerate the use and application of innovative digital solutions
  • Manage a team of innovation consultants, strategy managers, and analysts to guide, champion, and help prioritize their work in support of creating and managing program processes, driving innovation pilot projects, and building an ecosystem to support innovation at all levels
  • Systemize the identification, development, and integration of new digital solutions with repeatable frameworks to implement market solutions more quickly and to commercialize Moffitt solutions externally
  • Partner with peers and leaders to manage and often transition projects generated through the business relationship building process to implementation teams within Digital Innovation and, when appropriate, to Information Technology and Health Data Services teams for implementation, scaling, and production cycle.

Required Skills / Experience / Qualifications

This role requires strong strategic acumen with building collaborations and coaching/mentoring entrepreneurs, as well as the ability to operationalize strategy and execute on the vision. The ideal candidate will either be a serial entrepreneur with real world experience from several startups or someone who has helped develop innovation ecosystems by managing an accelerator program or leading an incubator at a complex organization.

  • Education: This role is a professional occupation which requires a Bachelor’s degree in business management, healthcare administration, finance, or related field
  • Minimum 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur, founder, startup experience at a healthcare technology company, experience in investment banking, venture capital or private equity investment with a focus on the healthcare industry
  • Minimum 5 years supervising direct reports, managing teams, leading teams, and working with partners at executive levels
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in leading projects across service lines or departments and demonstrated success interfacing across multiple divisions
  • Experience devising and implementing sophisticated business cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Knowledge of intellectual property types and experience in optimizing the value of a portfolio of IP
  • Familiarity with business-related rules and regulations (e.g., conflict of interest, human studies) is important, and ability and interest to operate in an environment with confidentiality rules is a must-have
  • Investment community knowledge and a network of relationships
  • Strong understanding of health innovation landscape including trends, key players, and expertise in conducting competitive intelligence and market assessments
  • Healthcare operations workflow knowledge to understand complexities and regulations of health system deployments
  • Experience with technology change management in complex environments
  • Experience with successful execution and bias towards action, even in areas of uncertainty
  • High level of interpersonal communication including the ability to consult with senior executives and external bodies and negotiate agreed directions, outcomes, and targets within a collaborative environment in a complex organization
  • Ability to interact, develop and discuss strategy with technical and senior management
  • Be comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, while simultaneously understanding the needs, process and mindset of a large organization.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities, assess the value and priority of work to be done, and display sound, confidential judgment
  • Ability to help resolve problems and challenges encountered while working collaboratively and effectively in teams, emphasizing communication, collegiality, flexibility, trust and patience.
  • Candidate should be fluid in working with other members of digital innovation and CDH teams, including passing particular roles over to other CDH team members if needed to further goals

Preferred Experience / Qualifications

  • MBA degree or equivalent
  • Experience in managing agreements from initiation to close, partnering with legal, contracting, and industry alliances teams responsible for agreement drafting and negotiations of contract and IP terms
  • Demonstrated experience securing funding from third-party entities for projects/initiatives
  • Experience working in digital health software development

Mission To create a Moffitt culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion as we strive to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Vision To advance and accelerate a culture of access, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is a priority at Moffitt and is meant "to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion as we contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer." The Enterprise Equity Department focuses its efforts on eliminating those obstacles to an individual’s ability to exist within their personal comfort zone at the cancer center. Everyone is important to meeting this priority. Addressing and responding to diversity and inclusion fosters an environment where mutual respect for diverse cultures, communication styles, languages, customs, beliefs, values, traditions, experiences and other ways in which we identify ourselves, is the expectation.