Program Director, Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene

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The Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Program Director in collaboration with the Dean of Health Sciences provides the vision and leadership required to realize the mission of the Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Programs and the college at large. Primary administrative responsibilities include program development/management, budget development/management, maintaining programmatic accreditation/external partnerships, and providing operational supervision to full- and part-time faculty and staff in the department. Instructional responsibilities require a strong Dental Sciences skill set and the ability to teach students effectively in an instructional environment. The Program Director is a member of the full-time faculty and maintains a teaching load with some administrative release time to carry out administrative duties.
Program Director Administrative Duties
Provides overall leadership and management to the Dental programs to include:
• developing/reviewing curriculum including ensuring establishment of effective student learning outcomes and related assessment methods
• conducting and documenting bi-annual academic assessment process requirements in stated timelines
• participating in the college’s hiring process for full and part time faculty; orienting new faculty to program policies
• assisting with developing class schedules and faculty assignments in coordination with dean and area faculty
• supporting Dental students through the academic program ensuring retention and graduation
• providing oversight of program budgets and inventory for all supplies and equipment
• participating in providing evaluative feedback to faculty/staff regarding job performance
• identifying/promoting professional development for self, faculty, and staff
• maintaining knowledge of current industry standards by developing relationships with industry leaders, experts, and companies
• continuously evaluating national, regional, and local workforce trends in Dental and the CODA approval requirements to ensure curricular relevancy
• maintaining Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) compliance standards
• assuming direct instructional responsibility for components of the Dental curriculum in accordance with established college guidelines
• developing appropriate goals and objectives along with evaluation methods which accurately measure student learning;
• participating in the management and support of instructional spaces (i.e., technology needs, inventory control, etc.)
• assisting with program evaluation and unit planning;
• conducting and documenting program advisory committee meetings as required
• participating in the establishment and coordination of clinical or work based learning sites (if applicable)
• coordinating outreach and developing/maintaining relationships with industry-related personnel and employers


Prepare & teach departmental courses to include:
• developing learner centered lesson plans
• employing teaching strategies & instructional materials for different learning styles
• incorporating, as pedagogically appropriate, current technology in classroom, distance learning and laboratory environments
• creating and modeling a quality learning environment that supports a diverse student population
• preparing, distributing and utilizing instructional support materials, including course syllabi, supplementary materials, instructional media and other devices as appropriate
• updating and revising curriculum to maintain currency
• developing new courses as needed to support the instructional mission
• participating in the development and review of course and program/general education outcomes as appropriate
• developing, conducting and documenting appropriate assessment of student learning in outcomes courses and programs/general education as appropriate

Professional Development
Maintain a professional status that supports the instructional mission by:
• participating in professional development activities to maintain currency in field; maintaining current credentials or licensures as required by program or accreditation
• participating in professional development opportunities to advance teaching skills and strategies
• participating in professional development opportunities to advance leadership skills
• tracking and facilitating mandatory GTCC trainings

Provide daily and ongoing oversight of facilities, equipment and student records to include:
• maintaining classroom and laboratory spaces including upkeep of assigned equipment
• providing for the security of facilities, equipment, and instructional materials and maintaining safe working conditions
• maintaining student records (e.g., grades and attendance) in accordance with established deadlines using a variety of technology-based programs (e.g., Colleague, WebAdvisor, Moodle)
• complying with all applicable college, state, and federal rules and regulations

Student Support
Provide an environment conducive to student success to include:
• conducting recruiting activities
• providing academic advising
• promoting retention/persistence by assisting students to develop strategies for success
• assisting students with the registration and graduation process
• referring students to campus and community resources when appropriate

College Service
Support college-wide endeavors to include:
• collaborating with faculty and staff from other divisions/departments to promote communication, coordinate schedules, and support student success
• serving on department, division, and college committees
• participating in GTCC institutional initiatives
• collaborating with educational partners, business/industry and/or external agencies as appropriate to promote the instructional mission of GTCC
• supporting collegiality and teaching excellence by actively participating in the professional development of new and veteran faculty (e.g., mentoring and peer observation)
• participating in extracurricular student activities/clubs
• attending college professional development sessions, college/division/department meetings, graduation and convocation, as required
• demonstrating and modeling the College’s employability skills: adaptability, communication, information processing, problem solving, responsibility and teamwork

Difficult Challenges
• Maintaining equipment
• Equipment repair and update needs
• COVID Classroom and Clinical Spacing Requirements
• Dean of Health Sciences
• Limited Entry Admissions Coordinator
• Dental full-time and part-time faculty
• Program Director Leadership Team
• Associate Vice President of Instruction
• Senior Vice President of Instruction
Education Required
• Masters’ degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.
• Graduate of a Dental Hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
• Current Certified Dental Assisting credential.
• Current unrestricted license to practice as a dental hygienist in North Carolina.
Education Preferred
• Masters of Dental Hygiene degree and/or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.
• Membership in the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA).
• Membership in the American Dental Assisting Association (ADAA).
Experience Required
• 3 years of full-time clinical experience in dental assisting/dental hygiene.
• 3 years of experience teaching in dental assisting/dental hygiene within a post-secondary institution.
• Experience with dental technology processes/products such a database management, data analytics, and use of Electronic Health Record software and Microsoft products.
• Experience with direct employee supervision and management.
• Experience with dental national accreditation standards and procedures, i.e. CODA.
• Experience with developing and maintaining an effective curriculum to include outcomes assessment and program evaluation.
Experience Preferred
• Greater than 3 years of full-time experience in dental assisting/dental hygiene.
• Greater than 3 years teaching experience in dental assisting/dental hygiene within a post-secondary institution.
• Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes.
• Experience with distance learning and/or alternative instructional delivery systems.
• Community college teaching and/or administrative experience.
KSA Required
The Dental Program Director shall possess an understanding of and commitment to the nature and role of the Community College, particularly its “open door” policy. He/she shall have demonstrated personal and professional competence for the responsibilities assigned. The Program Director will have an understanding of the concept of a learning-centered, open admissions institution, community college philosophy, diversity issues, and instructional technology. The Program Director must be able to:
1. Respect Diversity
2. Adapt to changing procedures, protocols, or assignments
3. Create and maintain a learner centered environment
4. Communicate effectively in multiple formats
5. Effectively implement and apply technology solutions
6. Strategically think and manage change
7. Initiate, develop, and maintain relationships internal and external to the College
KSA Preferred
• Multi-task
• Utilize “life balance” techniques
Department/Job Specific Requirements
• Responsibilities may include overnight travel in and outside of the state, in support of college programs and initiatives.
• Emergency Action Plans
• Personal Protective Equipment
• Bloodborne Pathogens
• Chemical Safety
• CPR Certification

Criminal history checks with acceptable results are required.
The following (compliance) training is required and must be completed within the first 30 days of hire with annual refresher training thereafter: (additional training may be added as needed)
• Reporting Requirements
• Anti-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
• Safety/Shooter on Campus
• Personal Information Protection Training (PIP)
• Ethics and Social Responsibility
• eLearning Level One (before the first day of the first semester teaching)
• eLearning Levels Two and Three for instructors who teach online or hybrid delivery methods (before the first day of the first semester teaching)
Physical Demands
Physical Activity: Primarily sitting

Environmental Hazard(s): <15%

Lifting: 20<→50lbs.
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