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Chief Dental Officer

Pit River Health Service, Inc.
36977 Park Ave. Burney Ca 96013
Chief Dental Director position in rural Northern California in the mountains! Great benefits
Closing date
Feb 25, 2022

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Position Summary:


Plan and implement the Dental Program which includes preventative education and corrective dental services to eligible persons within the scope of the Pit River Health Service Dental Policy.  Responsible for personal full compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and clinic rules, regulations, protocols and procedures governing the practice of dentistry and the clinical provision of dental care as well as those relating to, but not limited to personnel issues, work place safety, public health and confidentiality.




Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise Dental Program staff in accordance with Personnel Policy.  Assign, review and evaluate staff and their performances to ensure an adequate quantity and quality of work.  Advise, counsel, and discipline all Dental Department professional providers.
  2. Responsible for matters relating to patient care; education and training of dental staff and patients; administration of Dental Program; and carrying out responsibilities and functions as directed by Executive Director.
  3. Manages and creates schedules for both clinics, XL and Burney. Coordinates staff travel for pt care at satellite clinic. 
  4. Plans equipment purchases and anticipates needs for both clinics. 
  5. Perform and oversee general dental procedures such as restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthetics, periodontics, pedodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and minor orthodontics.  Reviews work of providers, Staff Dentist and Hygienist for standard of care. This includes, x-ray review, hands on evaluation of work recently completed and review of chart notes and postings.
  6. Examines patients requesting care, diagnoses their dental/oral conditions, prescribes and carries out, or directs others in carrying out appropriate dental treatment, or refers patients for specialty consultation and treatment in conformance with approved clinical policies.
  7. Services are limited to privileged services by provider.
  8. Approves patient-dentist   signed chart notes 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, as the Dentist he/she shall complete referrals, data collections and other records as required periodically by PRHS.
  9. Allow Dental Program staff to participate in training continuing education that are required to keep licenses current; health and safety courses.
  10. Develop Dental Program’s goals and objectives and check progress periodically to ensure completion.  Coordinate Orthodontic and Community Prevention Programs; provide assistance such as: school screening, follow-ups, or consultation to staff or parents. Screen Orthodontic patients for appropriate preparation for care in accordance with the Dental Policy.
  11. Provide In-Service training for staff and other health professionals on dental health, safety, and new developments.
  12. Performs provider Peer Review per AAAHC standards.
  13. Plan and ensure GPRA measures are met by Dental Department.
  14. Designs, develops, and implements appropriate Dental Department policies, protocols and procedures which are in compliance with the most current accepted professional standards. Update Dental Program’s policies and procedures annually.
  15. Reviews and approves PRC referrals according to dental and PRC policy
  16. Review pre- and post-treatment claims for offsite dental care providers.
  17. Maintain a clear line of communication, cooperation, and good morale in Dental Program. Establish harmonious and positive working relationships with other departments.          
  18. To develop good rapport with patients and the community.
  19. Prepares and submits monthly written reports on Dental Department issues, concerns, program status, initiatives, and progress to the Executive Director and the Health Board.  Prepares specific reports as requested by the Executive Director.
  20. Assists in the preparation of an operating budget for the Dental Department and in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer.  Oversees compliance with the Dental Department's budget.
  21. Manages assigned grant programs.
  22. Maintains dental medications according to applicable standards.
  23. Responsible for department incident reporting using the proper policies and procedures.
  24. Participates in Pit River Health general staff meetings and department meetings as assigned.
  25. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


  1. Graduation from an ADA-accredited Dental School with DDS or D.M.D. degree.
  2. Graduate of college or university with B.S. or B.A. degree or higher.
  3. Current Dental license.
  4. Current DEA license
  5. Current on Continuing Dental Education units as required by license. At least one year professional or practical experience, internship, or residency training.
  6. At least 2 years supervisory experience strongly desired.
  7. Good knowledge of all applicable federal, state, local and clinic rules, regulations, protocols and procedures governing the practice of dentistry.
  8. Must have good customer service skills and the ability to navigate tough situations with poise.
  9. Preference given to Native Americans in accordance with P.L. 93-63.
  10. Must be willing to submit to and pass pre-employment drug screening test.
  11. Possess a current CPR card.

Typical Physical 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 connected to the performance of dental procedures is 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.

OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Classification:

Category I


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