Centura Health Director of Innovation, Design and Research in CENTENNIAL, Colorado

Welcome to Centura Health

Welcome to the largest health ecosystem in Colorado and western Kansas. Welcome to living your mission among thousands of people on fire to live theirs too. Welcome to options, possibilities and values that guide exceptional care. Welcome to extremely important industry challenges and opportunities to solve complex problems. Welcome to highly intelligent teams, overflowing community and the wholeness of mind, body and spirit that is Centura Health.

Flourishing Begins Here

You have a purpose, unique talents and NOW is the time to embrace it, live it and put it to work. At Centura Health, we value incredible people with incredible skills – but your commitment to a greater cause is something we value even more.

Reporting to the Vice President of Innovation, the Director of Design and Research will play an integral part of a newly formed internal innovation team at Centura Health. The focus of this innovation team is to create new ways to enable consumers and impact the Centura consumer experience. This team will bring designers, data scientists, product managers and engineers together to experiment with advanced data and analytics, build rapid prototypes based on those experiments, and partner with core business functions to get elegant experiences into the hands of our consumers and communities to transform how they engage and interface with health and health care.

We are looking for a design leader with deep experience designing medium-agnostic services and experiences. We especially want to meet you if…

  • You have a passion for design work that is grounded in human-centered design.

  • You are most in your element working and leading small, agile teams. And can do that fluidly across all aspects of the process (research, synthesis, concept development, prototyping, and development).

  • You are the kind of designer that others clamor to work with.

  • You bring out the best out of designers around you, and you make everyone’s work better.

  • You understand how to help others create clarity out of ambiguity through your craft.

  • You are the kind of designer that others naturally want to build a team around.

  • You are the kind of working leader that manages and leads by doing.

This is an exciting opportunity that lives at the intersection of data science and the art of human-centered design. You will lead and collaborate to create meaningful experiences that will impact the lives of people as they engage with health and health care.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Set the creative direction and standard for design work within the team

  • Lead and structure design work effectively across a collaborative, cross-discipline setting, across all parts of the design and development process

  • Create a human-centered environment for discovery to emerge

  • Cultivate appreciation for design and research that’s grounded in empathy

  • Thoughtfully and creatively impact prototype, product development and validation

  • Seek ways to level up the team’s delivery of creative work and research; push the practice of human-centered design/innovation

  • Present design and convey meaningful stories to leaders and peers alike

  • Mentor junior staff, and provide coaching and oversight to their work

  • Contribute meaningfully to the creative culture and community of the team and the organization

  • Hire and manage small team of designers and researchers

What You Bring/Job Requirements

In addition to bringing your whole self to the workplace each day, qualified candidates will need the following:

  • 7-10 yrs. experience, with at least 5-7 years in an in-house design/innovation team or design firm grounded in human-centered design

  • Bachelor's Degree in related field,required

  • Applicants must provide a link to portfolio of work samples showing design and research

  • MS/MFA or design MBA, preferred

  • Candidate must communicate clearly and effectively

  • Fluent in digital design, prototyping, storyboarding and the tools for creating them

  • Strong facilitator and collaborator

  • Experience working hands-on with developers and stakeholders in a fast-paced environment

  • Possess a strong design point-of-view and ability to draw others into it

  • Knowledge of design and prototyping tools such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Invision, Sketch

  • Based in Greater Denver Area,occasional travel may be required.

Your Connected Community

When people and places align, incredible things happen. Just like the 21,000+ amazing associates who work here, every community within Centura Health’s connected ecosystem has its own unique history, story and personality.Centura Health is headquartered in Centennial, CO, with additional business office locations throughout the Denver Tech Center. The Corporate Service Center is home to our leaders and centralized teams that support our hospitals, clinics and people – including marketing, human resources, employee benefits, finance, billing, talent acquisition/development, payor relations, IT, project management, community benefit and more. Whether you work in the corporate headquarters or one of our nearby offices, you’ll experience a culture of collaboration and community where incredible people are doing incredible things every day. Ask your recruiting about relocation assistance!

Physical Requirements - Sedentary work -(prolonged periods of sitting and exert up to 10lbs force occasionally)






Work TypeFull-Time


Everyone Thrives Here You’re different, and we love it. Your perspectives, your ways, what you are on a mission to go and do – we’re all different at Centura Health, but we’re also all equally connected and supported. We are here to cultivate YOU in an environment which not only lifts you up, but propels you forward.

Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Male/Female/Veteran/Disabled. As of Jan. 1, 2015, we no longer hire tobacco/nicotine users in Colorado, Kansas and other states where applicants who use nicotine products are not protected by applicable state law. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, including a panel for cotinine.