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Community Health Center of Fort Dodge


December 30, 2022


Fort Dodge

Job Title:   Dental Director       Title of Supervisor: CEO

Department:  Dental    Status:  Exempt

Uniform:   Required to wear appropriate attire and name badge.

A. General Functions

- Provides dental direction and administration including, but not limited to:

o  Developing dental practice guidelines.

o Preparing reports for the Governing Board.

o Supervising contract and non-contract dentists.

o Provides regular reports to the Executive Team on dental activities.

o Directing dental team staff and training meetings.

o Establishing linkage with pharmacy, medical care, and social support resources to improve and expand the scope of serves available through community referrals.

o Working with local businesses, medical, pharmacy, and lab managers to address mutual concerns.

o Establishes positive relationships with local dental community and attends local dental society functions.

o Directs dental quality assurance programs such as monthly peer review, infection control and OSHA regulations.

o Performs evaluations and implements changes in the dental department to ensure quality of service to the community.

- Performs quality clinical and radiographic evaluations to diagnose and treat diseases of the oral cavity

- Promotes oral health by providing educational information on all phases of preventive and restorative dentistry and oral hygiene.

- Reviews and follows all dental clinic protocols, policies, and procedures

- Documents and follows treatment plans that include appropriate preventive and restorative therapy.

- Manage medical/dental history with a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's general health.

- Address all contra-indications pertaining to treatment and identify patient's chief complaint or reason for visit.

- Other duties and projects as assigned.

B. Education, Training, and Skills

- Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent plus licensed to practice as a dentist in the State of Iowa DDS or DMD (a degree in dentistry)

  • Minimum 5-years clinical experience preferred, but not required; knowledge of public health principles and practices, administrative, management, performance improvement, and budget development experience preferred; completion of an accredited general practice residency program preferred; ability to maintain appropriate clinical privileges required.

  • Licensed to practice in the State of Iowa

  • Current CPR (BLS) certifications, ACLS preferred.

  • Basic computer and data entry skills.

C. Experience and Knowledge

  • Clinical office experience preferred.

  • Ability to complete competency assessment.

  • Must have ability to handle confidential information on a need-to-know basis as defined by CHC.

D. Initiative and judgment

  • Requires the ability to work without direct supervision. The work is in a field where only general methods or policies are defined.

  • Initiates and acknowledges the need to develop, revise, update and change all applicable policies and procedures to CEO.

E. Working Conditions and Environment

  • Required to communicate verbally with physicians, patients, families, caregivers and the Healthcare Team.

  • Successful performance of the essential functions of the position requires the following physical abilities:

o Required to be able to write legibly and to read printed or handwritten materials.

o Ability to communicate and respond effectively.

o Required to stand for long periods of time.

o Required reaching with hands and arms.

o May need to appropriately respond to meet the urgent or emergent needs of the patient.

o Occasionally may need to crouch, kneel, stoop or bend.

o Required to assist with lifting, transferring or repositioning patients, supplies or equipment.

o May need to lift or assist with lifting or moving >40 pounds.

o Requires visual acuity to perform required tasks.

o Requires manual dexterity to set up, test, attach and control the functions of various items or medical equipment utilized for patient care and monitoring.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required.


Desired Start Date

Dental Director

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