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Dental Hygiene Program Administrator



Douglasville, GA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Job Summary

Under minimal supervision, oversees the dental hygiene program to include clinical and didactic portions, accreditation, budget, and administrative needs of the program and college. Duties include curriculum design and development; instruction, recruitment, and advisement of students; budgeting; and management of adjunct faculty. Responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and instruction of the Dental Hygiene program courses. The program director will be responsible for teaching a minimum of 20 contact hours of day or evening instructional courses per semester, as needed. Courses will be a combination of face to face, online or hybrid as necessary. Duties also include participation in college committees and participation in professional enhancement. Evaluates students' progress in attaining goals and objectives. Requests and maintains supplies and equipment and prepares budget requests. Prepares and maintains all required documentation and administrative reports. Meets with students, staff members and other educators to discuss students' instructional programs and other issues. Assists with recruitment, retention and job placement efforts and duties as otherwise assigned. Requires strong computer skills, communication skills, the ability to interact effectively with a diverse student population, and other duties as assigned.

In collaboration with program faculty and compliance with established college policies and procedures, the Dental Hygiene Program Director is responsible for fulfilling the program goals by:

a) curriculum development, evaluation, and revision;

b) faculty recruitment, assignments, and supervision;

c) input into faculty evaluation;

d) initiation of program or department in-service and faculty development;

e) assessing, planning, and operating program facilities;

f) input into budget preparation and fiscal administration;

g) coordination, evaluation, and participation in determining admission criteria and procedures as well as student promotion and retention criteria.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


· Teaches program-specific courses in a classroom/lab/online environment that closely simulates the environment of the industry while maintaining knowledge of current trends and developments in the field.

· Provides instruction in theory and practical applications of the discipline following academic state standards.

· Instructs courses in a classroom/lab/clinic/field environment that closely simulates the environment of the industry.

· Works with Associate Dean to create course schedules


· Ensures safety and security requirements are met in the discipline area which includes regular safety audits of each program area and lab

· Supports faculty to ensure all equipment is in working order

· Suggests new/updated technology to remain current with trends and developments within the field.

· Ensure students are instructed in and follow all safety rules for operating equipment and using tools.

· Ensure classrooms and work areas are properly cleaned and maintained at all times

· Ensure work-related projects are successfully completed and that they meet industrial standards.

Curriculum/Student and Program Learning Outcomes

· Develops program curriculum, syllabi, goals, and objectives based on state standards; prepares lesson plans for classroom instruction for division-specific program courses; evaluates students’ progress in attaining goals and objectives.

· Establishes, measures, and evaluates program or departmental student learning outcomes and ensures content and instructional activities are integrated into course delivery that will result in students achieving desired outcomes, documenting their attainment and reporting within the Taskstream system.

· Works as a liaison with external clinical affiliates for the benefit of the program.

· Correlation of clinical education with didactic education using approved curriculum format

· Responsible for development and course edits to Blackboard master course shells;

· Periodic revision and selection of course materials including textbooks, instructional supplements and aids, and online educational resources

· Review and revision of program handbooks/manuals

· Coordinates, reviews, and recommends program expenditures for program needs within established budget parameters and administrative procedures.

· Oversees program budget and approves purchase requisitions for supplies and equipment.

Accreditation/Program Assessment

· Maintains appropriate CODA accreditation for the program; has current knowledge of accreditation policies and procedures.

· Maintains annual reporting guidelines for CODA.

· Attends program state IFCC meetings.

· Maintains assurance of effective program operations and manages ongoing program assessment.

Supports Discipline/Division

· Manages and supports all full-time and adjunct program faculty; completes evaluation of and observation of adjunct faculty; participates in training of all full-time faculty.

· Plans and participates in program advisory committee, ensures minutes, Plan of Work, and committee membership list are uploaded to Knightshare in a timely manner.

· Consult with the appropriate Dean or Associate Dean on full-time and adjunct faculty staffing needs.

· Assists with student recruitment, retention, and job placement efforts.

· Position may require committee and project assignments or other duties as assigned as well as day/evening/distance learning classes and activities.

· Maintains credentials required by accrediting body

· Plans and holds regularly scheduled faculty meetings.


Knowledge of best practices, rules, and testing needs;

Ability to break larger tasks into manageable smaller tasks;

Oral and written communication skills;

Skill in the operation of computers and job-related software programs;

Skill in accurate recordkeeping;

Organizational skills;

Skills in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public;

Decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional classroom/lab/clinical environment. This role routinely uses standard office/classroom/lab equipment and technologies.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move classroom/lab equipment and supplies, up to 25 pounds.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time administrative/instructional position. Work load is Monday-Friday with possible evenings or weekends based on needs.


Travel to clinical affiliates is required. Travel to other campuses is a possibility for meetings, training, and professional development.

Required Education and Experience

  • State of Georgia licensed Dental Hygienist or DentistGraduate of a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation

· BLS for Healthcare Provides certification

· Master’s degree or higher

· Equivalent of 3 years of full-time clinical experience in dentistry

· Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience with CODA Accreditation Standards.
  • Teaching experience at the postsecondary level.
  • Knowledge of Blackboard or other online LMS.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Minimum qualifications for this position will be determined by the teaching discipline and compliance with appropriate accrediting bodies. Faculty must be credentialed to satisfy all appropriate accrediting bodies for the course assigned
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