Director, Future of Health

New York

Luminary Labs seeks a high-performing, experienced consultant to lead a portfolio of engagements in the health sector.

This role will engage with commercial and public-sector leaders at the forefront of health and technology, and lead multidisciplinary teams to accelerate innovation and launch groundbreaking programs.

The work might take many forms — including advisory, prototyping, piloting, program design and delivery, and nontraditional incentive methodologies such as accelerators and prizes. The ideal candidate has experience helping large incumbent organizations like pharma, payers, and delivery systems partner with early stage startups and technologies to shape the future of health.

Over the last 15 years, Luminary Labs has helped life sciences and health organizations — including the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S.— innovate while balancing near-term expectations. Representative engagements include strategy and advisory (measuring the impact of an improved experience on the vaccination rate, making a smarter bet on digital health) and bringing products to life (prototyping software and hardware solutions). Our open innovation engagements include Mission Daybreak, a $20 million grand challenge advancing behavioral health tech to reduce Veteran suicides and a $100 million partnership with BARDA to improve pandemic preparedness and accelerate new vaccine technologies.

This is a full-time role in New York City reporting to the Senior Director, Future of Health and Scientific Discovery.

Please note that our team has embraced a hybrid model for our five-day work week, with two synchronous days in the office and three days wherever you work best. This role is based in New York City and will join our team in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays most weeks.

About you

You are known for your strategy chops and strong client EQ, having worked with and for leaders as a trusted advisor. You care deeply about making your clients successful and have been looking for a career path that is both high-performance and high-impact.

You are passionate about the intersection of health and technology, and know that bringing digital solutions to life requires an equal appreciation for strategy and agile execution. You are comfortable helping clients evaluate shiny objects and discover real opportunities to create value. You are excited to make moonshots real. You are curious about the world around you and love connecting stakeholders across ecosystems to deepen impact.

You know how to inspire teams to design and execute high-quality and high-impact work. You are a leader who empowers your team to achieve excellence. People love working with you and for you. They know you’ve got their backs. You have a positive, can-do attitude and thrive in small teams and collaborative environments. You are equally inspired by leading the people and managing the work.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Own a portfolio of projects in Luminary Labs’ future of health focus area. Inspire and guide the development of our strategy, prototyping, and open innovation programs and ensure successful outcomes. Deepen insights, drive the team to the big idea, provide strategic guidance, and ensure we exceed client expectations.
  • Client service. Be a trusted advisor to our clients. Guide difficult conversations with authority and empathy. Understand the client context and implications for our programs.
  • Program and project management. Own the P&L for the portfolio of projects. Ensure workplans meet the requirements of the project. Identify external considerations and potential conflicts. Ensure consistent, high-quality execution.
  • Connect the dots. Identify key nodes in the health tech network, participate in industry events, stay abreast of relevant news and trends, tap into the network to drive value for our clients, and contribute to thought leadership work.
  • Drive business growth. Lead the development of proposals and pitches, and deepen the value we provide to existing clients. Support company growth by participating in the ongoing recruitment of talent.
  • Nurture the team. Help grow the team through ongoing professional development, thoughtful feedback, and coaching. Commit to and support our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion work.


Desired skills and experience

  • 8-10+ years of experience; at least 4-5 years of working with clients who trust you implicitly; experience in digital health and emerging technologies is a plus.
  • Proven experience inspiring and guiding the strategy, design, and execution of high-quality and impactful health engagements; comfortable doing so in the presence of constraints.
  • High emotional intelligence. You can read a room, understand motivations and behaviors, and know what it takes to delight a client.
  • Direct experience in one or more of the following is required: strategy formation, design research, prototyping, accelerators, and/or open innovation.
  • Dialed into the health tech community; ability to connect dots to deepen insights; experience finding, connecting to, and developing relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Proven leader who knows how to build and inspire a team; passionate about the career trajectory of those around you.
  • MBA or equivalent experience.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Stellar communication and presentation skills, demonstrating an ability to strike the right tone with clients.
  • High level of technological literacy and ability to quickly navigate the full functionality of tools such as Google Suite, Microsoft Office and Teams, Zoom, and Slack.
  • Ability to structure thinking in an easy-to-follow manner.
  • Super-flexible, adaptable, realistic, practical, and agile.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.


The total compensation package for this role includes a base salary in the range of $150,000 to $190,000 plus a discretionary annual performance bonus. The starting salary for this role is at the lower bound of the salary range; an individual’s starting salary will depend on the individual’s relevant knowledge, skills, and experience.


Does this sound like you?

Follow the link below to apply. The application asks for a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please provide 1) three examples of ideas, companies, or teams you consider to be at the forefront of innovation in health; 2) one or two brief stories that illustrate your approach to management and leadership; and 3) availability for full-time employment.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. No recruiting agencies, please.


We invest in the benefits that matter.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive compensation and formal bonus structure
  • Health benefits package (80% of premium is covered for health, dental, and vision)
  • Competitive vacation package
  • Paid family leave
  • 401k plan with matching
  • Pre-tax transit check
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Education stipend and growth opportunities
  • Charitable donation matching
  • Opportunities to mentor and be mentored