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Oregon Health Authority


March 11, 2024



Oregon Health Plan - Medicaid Dental Director

Do you have experience developing, implementing, and providing oversight of policies and programs at the community, state, and/or national level that promote equity and inclusion and reduce disparities? Are you passionate about co-creating human-centered, community-driven solutions to the state opioid crisis? We look forward to hearing from you!

Work Location: Position is hybrid with remote work and in person work split between Salem and Portland offices, which are typical office environments. Local and in-state     travel is required. Occasional out-of-state travel is required. Some evening and weekend work is normal in this position.

What you will do!

Oregon Health Authority’s Health Systems Division (HSD) oversees the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), Oregon’s innovative Medicaid program. OHP provides health care coverage to qualified Oregonians with the goal of meeting the “quintuple aim” of health equity, better health, better care, workforce care, and lower costs. Most OHP members receive oral, physical, behavioral health, health-related social needs services, and other services through Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), community-based networks of all types of health care providers that coordinate care for each of their members, or through the statewide fee-for-service (FFS), also known as “open card”, program. HSD also provides daily service to OHP members, prospective members, community partners, contracted health plans and providers. HSD’s policies, decisions, and actions affect benefits covered for OHP members, how people apply and qualify for medical assistance, and reimbursement of health care providers and plans.

The Dental Director works within the Health Systems Division as part of the Oregon Health Plan Medical Leadership Team, alongside the Medicaid Medical Director and the Behavioral Health Medical Director. The Dental Director also works collaboratively with the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and the Health Policy and Analytics Division.

The Dental Director leads the oral health activities and policies, for the Oregon Health Authority and in collaboration with oral health staff across the agency. This work requires compliance with federal and state laws, Oregon Administrative Rules, the principles of health equity, and standards for developing priorities and programs to meet the needs of Oregonians. The Dental Director will promote whole person health and health system integration through efforts of the OHP Medical Leadership team. In order to increase access to services and achieve the quintuple aim, the Dental Director must demonstrate experience with reducing health inequities, a high-level understanding and familiarity with the OHP dental program and a strong working knowledge of the overall dental and oral health care as well as public health infrastructure across the state of Oregon. 

The Dental Director is a high-profile, public position accountable for all levels of state dental policy making and implementation of policy and program outcomes. The Dental Director is responsible and accountable for making decisions that change statewide oral health care practices, gathering national best practices and implementing best practices for the State of Oregon through legislative action, and determining policy and procedures for the Oregon Health Authority.

OHA values service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity and partnership and has a strategic goal to end all health inequities by 2030.

The OHA mission is helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental, and social well-being through partnership, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. OHA’s work is organized into three broad goals: Improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians, increase the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians and lower or contain the cost of care so it is affordable to everyone. 

What's in it for you?

The public health division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.

•We offer exceptional medical, vision and dental benefits packages for you and your qualified family members, with very low monthly out-of-pocket costs. 

•Paid Leave Days:

o11 paid holidays each year

o3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" each year

o8 hours of paid sick leave accumulated every month

oProgressive vacation leave accrual with increases every 5 years

•Pension and retirement programs 

•Optional benefits include short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.


Minimum Qualifications

•Must be a licensed D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) in the State of Oregon in good standing.

•Seven (7) years of experience in dentistry.

•Must reside in the State of Oregon.

Desired Attributes 

•Experience in advancing health equity, addressing systemic health inequities and collaborating with diverse communities most harmed by social injustice and health inequities.

•Preference may be given for the ability to read, write, speak and interpret English and one of the 5 most common languages in Oregon other than English (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, and Korean) with full proficiency in a culturally humble manner. 

•A master’s degree in public health, health policy, or equivalent experience that shows a high competency of skills developed through public health experience is preferred.

•Previous Medicaid experience is preferred.

•Experience in advancing health equity, including effective delivery of culturally responsive and inclusive services, evidence of ongoing development of personal cultural awareness and humility, and knowledge of social determinants of health and their impacts on health outcomes.

•Experience developing, implementing policies and programs at the community, state, and/or national level that promote equity and inclusion and address systemic health disparities, with an emphasis on integrating the voice of consumers with lived experience.

•Experience in collaborating with diverse populations most harmed by social injustice and inequities; demonstrated ability to build and steward positive relationships with diverse community groups including communities of color, immigrant groups, the disability and neurodivergent communities, veterans, older adults, individuals identifying as LGBTQIA2S+ and other communities that have been traditionally marginalized.

•Knowledge about contracts/interagency agreement administration, procurement, and project management within the context of Oregon state government (e.g. OHA/ODHS) or other complex health services delivery organizations.

•Ability to provide organizational leadership to support inter-and cross-agency collaboration and systems-wide changes that facilitate advocacy, equity, and client-centered policies and solutions.

•Specific knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, iterative design, and improvement science.

•Strong communication skills across a variety of forms that demonstrate the ability to facilitate appreciative inquiry, foster trust and transparency, and promote human-centered change management.

How to apply:

Complete the online application online at using job number REQ-150477 


Desired Start Date

$16,520 - $24,385

Medicaid Dental Director

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