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State of Massachusetts Dental Director in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a Massachusetts licensed Dentist with experience in both public health and program management to serve as the part-time State Dental Director for the Office of Oral Health (OOH). OOH sits within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) and is committed to improving and maintaining oral health and ensuring equitable health access for all residents of Massachusetts. OOH operates and oversees a variety of oral health initiatives including the SEAL Portable Dental Program, the school-based fluoride mouthrinse program, community water fluoridation as well as oral health workforce initiatives including public health dental hygiene reporting. Additionally, OOH is implementing activities under three federal grants focused on perinatal and infant oral health, oral health equity, and increasing access to oral health services. OOH consists of one full time Director, one full time program coordinator and four contracted SEAL dental hygienists. In addition, OOH collaborates with an epidemiologist for our data collection and evaluation needs.

Alongside the Director of the Office of Oral Health, the Dental Director will be a thought leader and scientific oral health expert to provide vision for OOH. Additionally, the Dental Director will work to achieve the 10 Essential Public Health Services identified to promote oral health. This individual will provide guidance and consultation to the development, implementation and improvement of statewide oral health prevention, policy and surveillance activities. The Dental Director will also represent DPH as the subject matter expert for oral health care for the state of Massachusetts; this includes coordination and participation in agency, private, local and statewide oral health care committees. Our candidate will continually seek opportunities for partnership with sister agencies and other organizations as well as opportunities for integration and collaboration with existing systems and programs, including, but not limited to, chronic disease and maternal child health.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Consult with statewide leadership and the Director of the Office of Oral Health to establish a long-term vision and oral health goals for the Commonwealth.

  • Plan, develop, monitor, and evaluate strategies for achieving those goals.

  • Guide and develop data-driven public health programs in newly evolving areas of national and state oral health priorities, health disparities, strengthening data capacity, etc.

  • Consult with internal and external executive staff on oral health policy, new and emerging oral health procedures and other activities to improve access to and quality of oral health care.

  • Provide clinical and productivity oversight to the MDPH SEAL Portable Dental Program and provide standing orders for care for four SEAL Dental Hygienists.

  • Advise OOH staff on evaluation and improvement methods for current OOH programs including the MDPH SEAL Program, Fluoride Mouthrinse Program, and Mobile Dental Program Alliance as well as federally funded initiatives.

  • Remain current with regulatory and accreditation standards, implications of healthcare law, and delivery system trends.

  • Represent DPH across the state and country by presenting on OOH initiatives and general oral health information at a variety of conferences including both professional and public audiences (general oral health conferences, Massachusetts Dental Society meetings, partnership meetings as well as other meetings as appropriate) and by serving on various internal and external committees.

  • Contribute to the development of oral health funding proposals in partnership with OOH staff and seek out innovative opportunities for funding for program activities.

*_Preferred Qualifications:


  • Seven (7) years of recent clinical experience that includes experience providing care in a public health setting.

  • Advanced training or graduate degree in public health.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern dentistry as it relates to community health programs.

  • Prior experience working with both private and public dental programs.

  • Proven program experience within an organization providing oral health care.

  • Demonstrated commitment/passion for implementing and fostering racial equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice into program planning and practice while addressing other social determinants of health.

  • Ability to provide leadership to change policies and systems to address health inequities and racial justice and ensure the inclusion of social determinants of health framework.

  • Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal and analytical skills.

  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Outlook

_Agency Mission:_

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Offer Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Current and valid registration as a dentist under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Dental Director

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 180008D3

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