Sr. Director Data Scientist, AI and Automation

Sr. Director Data Scientist, AI and Automation

WellSense Health Plan is a nonprofit health insurance company serving members across Massachusetts and New Hampshire through Medicare, Individual and Family, and Medicaid plans. Founded 25 years ago as Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, we provide plans and services that work for our members, no matter their circumstances.

It’s an exciting time to join the WellSense Health Plan, a growing regional health insurance company with a 25-year history of providing health insurance that works for our members, no matter their circumstances.

Position Summary:

The Sr. Director of Data Science and AI is a technical leader who brings broad experience to the creation of WellSense’s AI strategy and management of WellSense initiatives in Generative AI and Machine Learning with an emphasis on end-to-end data quality with an emphasis on health equity and encounters data. This position serves as a connection point between the IT groups of Enterprise Data, Applications, and Enterprise Architecture as well as between the IT and Business ends of WellSense. The Sr. Director will work closely with the VP of enterprise data cloud and SVP of AI and Automation to ensure the integrity of the data used as input into AI initiatives and be jointly accountable for the quality of the outputs of the initiatives.

The Sr. Director will play a crucial role in driving the development and implementation of Responsible AI and machine learning strategies within the organization. This position requires a deep understanding of AI/ML technologies, specifically in the development and use of Large Language Models (LLMs) to create actionable insights that are in alignment with business goals and will result in cost savings or revenue generation for WellSense. The Sr. Director will research and stay abreast of industry trends, and will continuously audit the WellSense data landscape to identify opportunities to improve the quality and/or add to our data inventory.

Our Investment in You:

·Full-time remote work

·Competitive salaries

·Excellent benefits

Key Functions/Responsibilities:

Strategy and Vision:

· Contribute to the development and articulation of a comprehensive AI/ML and automation strategy aligned with the overall business objectives, with a particular focus on end-to-end data quality, specifically in the areas of health equity and encounters.

· Execute the vision for AI/ML and automation technologies, ensuring alignment with industry trends and emerging technologies, including the use of LLMs.

· Ensure the end-to-end quality of WellSense data for use in AI/ML applications and research opportunities for further growth in this area.

Leadership and team management:

· Lead and manage a high-performing team of data scientists, machine learning engineers, and automation specialists.

· Foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning within the AI/ML and automation team.

Collaboration with Business Units:

· Be a liaison with business units to understand their needs and challenges, and identify opportunities for AI/ML and automation solutions. Coordinate with colleagues in IT in developing solutions that address business units’ needs and challenges.

· Be an advocate to business leaders on leveraging AI/ML and automation to enhance operations and achieve business goals.

Technology Development and Implementation:

· Execute the development, testing, and deployment of AI/ML models and automation solutions.

· Stay current with advancements in AI/ML and automation technologies and assess their applicability to the organization.

Data Governance and Quality:

· Establish and enforce data governance policies to ensure the quality, accuracy, and security of data used in AI/ML and automation processes, specifically in the use of LLMs at WellSense to mitigate risks to our data.

· Work closely with data management teams to ensure data infrastructure supports AI/ML initiatives.

Regulatory Compliance:

· Ensure that AI/ML and automation practices comply with relevant regulations and ethical standards.

· Stay informed about legal and ethical considerations in AI/ML, advocating for responsible and transparent practices.

Required Skills:

1. Demonstrated success in leading AI/ML functions and delivering AI/ML capabilities.

2. Experience in the planning and execution of the creation of AI/ML models, including the use
of LLMs in healthcare AI.

3. Experience in leading, growing, and maintaining high performing teams.

4. Demonstrated experience with collaborating with technical and non-technical stakeholders.

5. Willingness to get hands-on in the execution of the team’s work.

6. Effective communicator who is comfortable presenting to junior staff through senior-level executives.

7. Knowledge of cost estimation and budgeting as it relates to cloud management.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, Engineering, or demonstrated work experience in the field.

· 7+ years of experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning, including creation of rules-based and statistical model development.

· Understanding of the ethical application of AI/ML in Healthcare.

About WellSense

WellSense Health Plan is a nonprofit health insurance company serving more than 740,000 members across Massachusetts and New Hampshire through Medicare, Individual and Family, and Medicaid plans. Founded in 1997, WellSense provides high-quality health plans and services that work for our members, no matter their circumstances. WellSense is committed to the diversity and inclusion of staff and their members.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. WellSense participates in the E-Verify program to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees