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Dental Director

108 Doctors Drive, Boone, NC, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

Dental Director Position Summary:

A full time, exempt position responsible for administering, maintaining and expanding a program of primary (and in selected instances, secondary care) and preventive dental care in a community health center setting. The Dental Director directly supervises the Dentists and Hygienists and provides clinical direction to the Dental Manager and clinical staff. The Dental Director represents the dental staff to the CEO and COO.

Dental Director Essential Functions:

1. Examines individuals requesting care, diagnoses their dental/oral conditions, prescribes and carries out, or directs others in carrying out, appropriate dental/oral treatment, or refers individuals for specialty consultation or treatment in conformance with approved clinical protocols and guidelines.
2. Records patient-dentist transactions as they occur in the patient’s dental record so that the dental record accurately and completely reflects the nature of the contact, the condition of the patient and the care or treatment provided. In addition, the Dental Director shall complete referrals, data collections instruments and other records or paper works as shall be required from time to time by the corporation.
3. Educates individuals in the nature of oral health related conditions and in the general promotion of oral health related disease prevention.
4. Serves on the dental staff and other center committees as assigned.
5. Prepares and submits written reports on Dental Department issues, concerns, program status, initiatives, and progress to the COO for submission to the Board of Directors. Prepares specific reports as requested by the community health center’s Chief Operations Officer.
6. Assists in the provision of continuing education, on-the-job training, and the orientation of community health center staff as requested.
7. Assists in designing, developing, and implementing appropriate Dental Department policies, protocols and procedures which are in compliance with the most current accepted professional standards.
8. Assists in the provision of technical assistance and health education to the community as requested.
9. Assists Dental Manager and CFO in developing a list of needed equipment and educational needs.
10. Participates in short- and long-term program planning for the Dental Department, including development of goals and objectives.
11. Provides consultation to the Chief Operations Officer and the Board of Directors regarding dental and oral health issues.
12. Travels when necessary to fulfill the organization's needs and attends meetings as necessary to represent the organization and/or the Dental Department.
13. Assists in the coordination and integration of the organization’s dental programs and services with other corporate programs and services for the welfare of the organization’s patients.
14. Supervises, advises, counsels and disciplines all Dental Department professional providers in conjunction with the COO of the organization.
15. Assists in helping to ensure that the health center is compliant with state and federal compliance issues.
16. As directed by the CEO/COO, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.
17. Assists with the Dental Operational Budget.


Education and Training:

1. Graduation from an accredited dental school

2. Completion of an accredited general practice residency program is preferred

3. Minimum of five years clinical experience preferred

4. Ability to be clinically fluent in Spanish preferred

5. Knowledge of public health principles and practices preferred

6. Administrative, management, and budget development experience preferred

7. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills required

8. Ability to maintain appropriate clinical privileges required, preferred

9. FTCA coverage or private professional malpractice insurance obtainable

Licensure and Credentials:

1. Unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the State of North Carolina

2. Current CPR (BLS) certifications. ACLS preferred

3. DEA registration

4. Medicare and Medicaid provider numbers

Skills and Abilities:

Requires a comprehensive knowledge of primary dental care in outpatient settings. Knowledge of the principles and practice of modern dentistry as related to public health organizations and community health programs as well as current social and economic problems pertaining to public health and their impact on primary health care. The Dental Director must be cognizant of the prevalent stressors and their impact on both the professional provider and the patient populations in the community health center primary care settings. The individual in this position must also be aware of pressures, economic and otherwise, from private, public and legislative arenas as they mold the climate in which public health agencies operate. The Dental Director of the center must be able to creatively work with other health care professionals from a variety of disciplines to achieve maximal productivity and programmatic effectiveness while continuously promoting the growth and development of fellow professionals, exercising appropriate supervisory control and displaying good work judgment.

Physical Demands:

Prolonged sitting or standing may be required. Those physical movements and the degree of mobility normally associated with the practice of primary care dentistry will be performed on a repetitive basis. The ability to distinguish letters and symbols, as well as the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals, and copiers is required. Work under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required. Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation and other conditions common to a clinical environment may routinely be encountered.

About the Company

"HCCH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, HCCH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
HCCH conducts background checks on all final candidates. Employment is contingent upon a clear background check or approval of the CEO"

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