Program Director–Dental Programs

Seattle Central College

Position Summary—Program Director—Dental Programs

About Us

We are a district of three distinct colleges: North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College, and five specialty training centers, which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington, we are leaders in change and innovation.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will gain access to a great benefits package including:

  • Competitive Pay Rates
  • Great Medical/Dental plans for the employee and their family
  • PEBB Wellness Plan: SmartHealth
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Vacation
  • Retirement Plans
  • Tuition Waiver for additional education
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in times of need
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Orca Card / transportation benefits

To learn more about our excellent benefits offerings please see our benefits overview here: Seattle Colleges Employment Benefits

Seattle Colleges staff and faculty enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities, and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.

Position Summary

Position Open Until Filled. First Review of Applications: 06/17/2024

Salary range for this position is: $82,348/yr. – $113,719/yr. (depending on experience)

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. The employer will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Under the supervision of the Executive Dean of Healthcare and Human Services, the Director of Dental Programs will assume primary responsibility for management and direction of the Dental Programs. This includes overseeing the planning, operations, and assessment of program facilities (i.e., labs and clinics), supervising and coordinating the work of instructional and support staff, and working in a team with other program coordinators and administrators within the Healthcare and Human Services Division, Neighborcare Health in the Dental Education Clinic, and other community partners.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will enjoy competitive compensation as well as all the benefits as a Washington State employee. To learn more about our excellent benefits offerings please see our benefits overview here: Seattle Colleges Employment Benefits

Application Requirements:

  • Attach current resume
  • Attach cover letter addressing how your background intersects with the job
  • Required application materials must be completed and submitted online

Notice to Applicants:

Please note that Seattle Colleges is working under hybrid remote and on-site operations, and holding interviews virtually using video conference or teleconference options. As such, if you are selected for interview, please be prepared to hold your interview virtually.

What you will be working on:

Assume primary responsibility for management and direction of the Dental Programs

  • Maintain an ongoing awareness of issues, concerns, potential problems on all levels that may affect the Dental Programs.
  • Determine a management process for addressing issues and solving problems related to the program.
  • Communicate with Executive Dean on an ongoing basis.
  • Set goals and priorities for the program in collaboration with the program faculty, program staff, and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
  • Report as needed to Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and the TAC.
  • Supervise Dental Program faculty and staff.
  • Determine teaching assignments for faculty and classified staff duties


  • Coordinate meetings and communicate issues to the dental education faculty.
  • Review and revise the Dental Programs websites.
  • Update the Dental Programs application packets.
  • Oversee and coordinate annual curriculum review and revision.
  • Coordinate policy changes to the division in collaboration with faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate communications with other Seattle Central departments/services to support Dental Programs students and the Dental Programs.
  • Oversee the operation of the Dental Skills Center Labs.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Neighborcare to ensure clinic operations are in alignment with the partnership agreement while ensuring CODA requirements are met.


  • Maintain accurate administrative records for the Dental Programs.
  • Facilitate faculty efforts in establishing program goals and objectives in planning and implementing the activities to achieve them.
  • Chair department meetings and department and tenure meetings.
  • Review and respond to program-related correspondence.
  • Review and renew clinical contracts quarterly and annually; initiate new clinical contracts as needed.
  • Evaluate clinical sites on an annual basis.

Liaisons with dental hygiene organizations, professional groups, other Dental Programs, the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Neighborcare Health Dental Clinics, the dental community and the community-at-large

  • Attend Washington Dental Hygiene Association meetings and communicate issues discussed with the Dental Hygiene faculty, the Northwest Dental Hygiene Educators¿ Association meeting and communicate pertinent issues with the Dental Hygiene faculty.
  • Conduct communications with the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Dental Examiners Western Regional Examining Board (WREB).

Supervise full-time/part-time dental hygiene faculty

  • Supervise full-time and part-time faculty and mutually develop instructors¿ professional development plans, as required by the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
  • Maintain part-time faculty pools.
  • Plan and conduct the interview process.
  • Coordinate advertising/applications with division Executive Dean.
  • Arrange and conduct interviews; make recommendations for hiring.
  • Plan and conduct orientation of new faculty members.
  • Review both the Faculty Handbook and the Student Handbook with new faculty members.  Answer questions and give campus tours.
  • Arrange for orientation to applicable theory/clinical course(s) by appropriate faculty members.
  • Arrange for orientation to clinical facility and affiliated agencies.
  • Annually recommend part-time faculty hours to the Executive Dean. This includes requirements for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters.


  • Encourage methods to promote Dental Programs applications; be available for student advising prior to program application.
  • Collaborate with the Admissions Office and Advisors to coordinate processing the incoming class
  • Budget
  • Report regularly to division Executive Dean regarding Dental Program budgets.
  • Review posting of budget and balance with current books.
  • Establish and monitor process for examining current equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain files for equipment, supplies, audio-visuals and all resources on an on-going basis.

This description is not intended to cover every aspect of this job, we are a team that works together to meet the needs of those we serve, and every member of the team is expected to contribute, even beyond the specific responsibilities listed in this description.

What you bring as a candidate: (Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience)

  • Current Washington State Dental Hygiene license
  • Current Certified Dental Assistant credential
  • Strong dental hygiene background with at least three (3) years: clinical experience required.
  • Computer literacy, proficiency in using electronic communications, i.e., the internet; working knowledge of computer-assisted instruction and/or training.
  • Ability to work productively with diverse students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting, serving as a team leader or team member.

Physical Requirements:

The Position

  • Typically works in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to Perform duties. The noise level in the work environment is typical of that of an office.
  • Encounters frequent interruptions throughout the workday.
  • Is regularly required to provide 1:1 support, present to small groups, and work at a computer exercising repetitive hand motion with or without reasonable accommodation.

Disability Accommodation

Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants:

  • Ability to operate office equipment
  • Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials
  • Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person

Notice of Non-discrimination Statement 

Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of “bullying” behaviors, including “cyber bullying”.

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college’s Director of Legal Compliance:

1500 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA 98122-3803

(206) 934-3873

Seattle Colleges is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and employees who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

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