Chief Dental Officer

Bullhook Community Health Center
Havre, Montana
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Bullhook Community Health Center (BCHC) is an equal opportunity employer.  BCHC shall, upon request, provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.

Job Title: Chief Dental Office                            
Department:   Dental
Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer                

Salary: $127,780 to $182,183.73

Job Overview:  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 Chief Dental Officer supervises the dental staff of the community health center and represents the dental staff to the Executive Director.  The Chief Dental Officer provides dental advice and counsel to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the corporation.

Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities): 

  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 Chief Dental Officer shall complete referrals, data collections instrument 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. Prepares and submits monthly written reports on Dental Department issues, concerns, program status, initiatives, and progress to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.  Prepares specific reports as requested by the community health center’s Executive Director.
  5. Assists in the provision of continuing education, on-the-job training, and the orientation of community health center staff as requested.
  6. Designs, develops, and implements appropriate Dental Department policies, protocols and procedures which are in compliance with the most current accepted professional standards.
  7. Assists in the provision of technical assistance and health education to the community as requested.
  8. Assists in the preparation of an operating budget for the Dental Department and in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer and oversees compliance with the Dental Department’s budget.  In addition, the Dental Director shall prepare special grant and project budgets as required to meet the goals of the corporation

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  1. Graduation from an accredited dental school
  2. Clinical experience preferred
  3. Knowledge of public health principles and practices preferred
  4. Administrative, management, and budget development experience preferred
  5. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills required
  6. Ability to maintain appropriate clinical privileges required, hospital privileges preferred.
  7. Unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the State of Montana (Not applicable to commissioned NHSC/PHS officers)
  8. Current CPR (BLS) certifications.  ACLS preferred
  9. Montana DPS and DEA registrations
  10. Medicare and Medicaid provider numbers

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s): 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.  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 other wise, from private, public and legislative arenas as they mold the climate in which public health agencies operate.  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 and Environmental 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.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully. 

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