Job Details

Dental Director

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/18/2019

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, March 18, 2019.

This posting may be extended to increase the applicant pool.


Annually: $143,037.19 - $193,067.19

Hourly: $68.767882 - $92.820765

In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

Health Plan Options: Most employees are eligible to start most benefits after two months of continuous employment. Note: This summary is general in nature. Specific terms of benefits are contained in insurance policies, the Personnel Ordinance, and County Employment Policies and Practices.

This is a full time non-represented group 2 County position.


If you are looking for an opportunity to grow in your professional career while making a difference in the community, then consider Clackamas County!

The Clackamas County Dental Clinics offer full-service preventive dental care, as well as restorative care for qualified individuals. Our skilled, professional and para- professional staff provide care for patients of any age. Our dental services include regular checkups, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, some emergency appointments, and extractions.


Clackamas County has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Dental Director to provide leadership to the dental clinics within the Health Centers of Health, Housing and Human Services Department. The Dental Director is a licensed dentist, responsible for supervising clinic dental providers and other staff. The Dental Director will serve as a liaison and collaborate with various management staff to establish and evaluate the goals and objectives of the clinics, define scope and comprehensiveness of care provided by the clinics, and operate the clinics within the guidelines set by the clinic budget.

The Dental Director is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and supervising the overall activities and staff within the dental health care clinical services program. This individual will also provide comprehensive treatment services to clients as well as provide dental direction and consultation services to county health providers and serve as primary dental practice consultant for the agency.


ARE YOU a strategic thinker, an innovative and creative leader, a collaborative decision maker, achievement and results oriented, and passionate about making a positive difference in your community?

DO YOU seek out new challenges, inspire and motivate staff, see the "big picture", and support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts?

CAN YOU make a significant contribution to the organization by effectively implementing the direction of the organization's leadership?

The most competitive candidates will possess strong leadership skills and managerial experience with thorough knowledge of practices and procedures of public health dentistry, oral medicine, pharmacology and anesthesiology, understanding the dynamics of a diverse work environment, and have a proven record of developing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of partner agencies. Competitive candidates will also be committed to providing high quality services and programs and upholding the mission of Clackamas County's Health, Housing and Human Services Department.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
•Possession of a license to practice dentistry in the State of Oregon granted by the Oregon State Board of Dentistry
•Possession of a current DEA license from the Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe medications
•Possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
•Supervisory experience, including assigning work, training staff, preparing and reviewing team or individual performance appraisals, correcting performance deficiencies and recommending corrective actions
•Experience in a leadership role, which may have included motivating others, improving performance of others, capitalizing on others’ talents and skills, increasing morale within an organization, fostering collaborative work environment, and/or helping others to embrace or adapt to change
•Strong verbal and written communication skills
•Experience working collaboratively with management team, peers, line staff and community partners to improve oral health initiatives in the clinic and the community
•Demonstrated commitment and experience advancing equity and diversity in a workplace or community setting
•Embodies "SPIRIT" by demonstrating a commitment to the Clackamas County core values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Individual accountability, and Trust in your work
•Must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test
•Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check
•Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Specific information on the County's driving policy can be found at Driving and Vehicle Policy (EPP 52).

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
•Working knowledge of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) operations OR experience working within an FQHC environment
•Experience overseeing budgets

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
1.Evaluates diagnoses and treats patients; prescribes drugs that are administered to patients in the practice of dentistry; provides on-site consultation for providers regarding patient evaluation and clinic treatment issues; serves as facility contact for dental emergencies.
2.Supervises overall patient care; provides consultation to Dental staff on clinical dental treatment issues; develops and reviews standing dental orders and clinical protocols; reviews, approves and audits specialty care requests including referrals; reviews charting; administers and oversees budget; works with management, administration, and billing staff on appropriate dental billing practices, dental fees and encounter forms.
3.Recruit, hire, orient, supervise and evaluate dental provider staff, including dentist(s), hygienists, and dental assistants; participate in the development and coordination of educational activities for providers; ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements related to individual dental practice; train, coach, evaluate and discipline assigned staff; mediate and resolve staff conflicts.
4.Develop and maintain community standard practice protocols; represent the County at the managed care meetings as a contractor, provide and maintain clinical dental quality assurance plan, develop audit criteria, conduct audits and evaluate results.
5.Responds to and investigates complaints from patients including participating in resolving and evaluating client complaints regarding quality of care.
6.Participates and serves on various committees; consults with or provides information to agency staff; serve as a liaison between Dental Program and other Primary Care Programs within the County.
7.Develop connections with dental providers in the community to promote continuity of care; ensure patient has a dentist of record from services provided from the clinic and oversees retention of patient dental records as required by statute or by the rule of the Board of Dentistry.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles, practices and procedures of public health dentistry, oral medicine, pharmacology and anesthesiology; methods and techniques of preventive and restorative dentistry and oral hygiene; methods and techniques of dento-alveolar surgery; issues of medical ethics and liability; Federal, State and local health statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances governing the practice of dentistry, Dentist, Hygienists and Dental Assistants; methods and techniques of diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and injuries.

Working knowledge of: Theory, principles and practices in the management of comprehensive public health programs; clinic office procedures and practices; principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting, including budget monitoring and administration; business letter writing and general report preparation techniques; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; basic math; principles and techniques of supervision, training and performance management; participative management theories.

Skill to: Diagnose, treat, and control oral conditions and injuries in a culturally sensitive manner for migrant and other under-served populations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; interpret and apply provisions of Federal, State and County statutes, rules and regulations governing dental health care; organize, direct, train, evaluate and discipline professional staff providing health care services; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clinic staff, Public Health and other County employees and the public.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday.

Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.

Clackamas County Health Centers provide direct medical, dental, and mental health services to Clackamas County residents.

We provide services at our Integrated Primary Health Care Clinics, our mental health clinics, or through our School Based Health Centers.


Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


If selected as a final candidate, you will be required to submit all State Professional Licenses/Certificates, DEA, National Board Certifications, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), BLS and/or ACLS level CPR, and degrees (as applicable). Credentialing and Provider Enrollment processes will be completed prior to hire with the help of our Health Centers Credentialing team.

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