Dental Director (Salt Lake City, UT)
Title: Dental Director
Date: March 2021
FSLA Status: Exempt
Supervisor: Medical Director
Salary Range: Competitive
Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc. (WHHC) dba Fourth Street Clinic, Salt Lake City’s leading nonprofit health care provider for homeless Utahns that operates with a core staff of 50 and a volunteer network of more than 150. Annually, the health center provides services to over 5,000 homeless individuals and children with 34,000 medical, behavioral health (including substance abuse), dental services, case management and health education classes. Fourth Street Clinic has an onsite pharmacy that provided over 60,000 prescriptions.
The Dental Director is responsible for dental policy, oversight, supervision, and coordination of dental services. The Dental Director provides and insures the provisions for high quality direct patient care according to training, experience, and licensure of all dental staff, students, and volunteers. The dental Director also participates as a member of the administrative staff and serves on the Senior Management Team.
- Diagnose dental conditions throughout dentition using dental equipment and x-rays. Plans oral health treatment in consultation with patients.
- Provide care including but not limited to diagnosis, preventive dentistry, operative dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), and oral surgery within the scope of the established policies and procedures of the dental clinic.
- Repair decayed and broken teen by placement of various filling materials when necessary extract teeth. Treat diseases of the gum. Please Stainless Steel Crowns
- Provide strong patient management skills and ability to work with different socioeconomic, ethnic, gender, and mental and behavioral health groups.
- Provide preventative services through use of fluorides and sealants/ instruct patient and family members on dental care.
- Administer local anesthetics when necessary for carrying out treatment
- Accurately code and document in the health according to protocol; complete documentation within established time frame; review reports to proactively manage care.
- Participate in collaborative treatment with medical, mental health, public health, and dental professionals within Health Services and other dental providers in the community to coordinate patient care.
- Oversee development and implementation of best clinical practices in the provision of integrated services our delivery model.
- Provide dental expertise and input in all aspects of clinical care. Monitor outcomes for the Fourth Street Clinic patient population and provide leadership in developing strategies and setting clear goals and expectations to improve health outcomes. Interpret dental guidelines and applicable state and federal policies to assure compliance with all rules and regulations that govern practice. Oversee evaluation, resolution and monitoring of all near miss or untoward clinic events, medication errors, patient concerns regarding care given, and potential malpractice claims.
- Oversee collaborative working agreements with Dental Schools, Dental Hygiene Schools, and Dental Assisting Schools, volunteers, and other dental professionals/staff as required.
- Manage and oversee dental services including the supervision of assigned professional and specialized staff. Includes prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff are trained, ensuring that employees follow policy and procedures, maintaining a healthy and safe work environment and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions.
- Lead a peer review process to improve clinical services and patient outcomes.
- Pursue ongoing continuing dental education to stay current with best practice standards and license requirements.
- Identify, develop and recommend professional development needs/opportunities and coordinate/conduct training for designated staff.
- Supervise key staff positions (dental assistant, contract dental staff, dental students and dental volunteers).
- Conduct performance evaluations, formal and informal coaching.
- Participate in departmental recruitment, interviewing, and onboarding of new hires.
- Evaluate finance department structure and team; plan for continual improvement of efficiencies and effectiveness of both individuals and team members.
- Promote and model a Trauma Informed Care teams approach through collaborative management and decision-making, working closely with administration and clinical managers and directors.
- Provide leadership for improving dental team performance and integration.
- Provide dental leadership to the Quality Improvement process. Participate in design, development and implementation of Quality Improvement processes and initiatives and leading Dental Quality Improvement meetings when appropriate.
- Participate in strategic planning, implementation of clinical initiatives, budget development, and outcome evaluation.
- Actively participates on senior management team.
- Promote, facilitate, and advance strong relationships and collaboration within the local health care system. Participate in community activities that promote the model of care and/or the clinic.
- Supports and encourages a collaborative culture that values mutual respect, partnership, learning, trust, and fairness.
- Participates in professional workgroups and organizations as needed.
- Communicate departmental activities, changes and other related activities to appropriate personnel, committees or others as determined.
- Participate in strategic planning and annual operations/implementation planning.
- Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the organization.
- Other duties as assigned by the Medical Director
- Valid DDS or DMD Licensure.
- Valid Utah Dental License.
- Valid DEA License.
- At least 5 years of Dental work experience (at least 2 years of leadership experience strongly preferred).
- Program planning experience.
- Detail oriented. Effective organizational skills.
- Successful working in a fast paces situation and is self-directed with minimal supervision.
- Desire to expand knowledge from both a clinical and administrative perspective, including management and leadership skills
- Experience working with underserved populations
- Must be able to maintain/obtain a Utah Driver’s license.
- Must be certified in BLS
- Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
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