Dental Assistant Program Director

  • Vatterott Educational Centers Inc.
  • Des Moines, IA 50321, United States
  • Jan 28, 2015
Permanent-Full Time Dental Assistant- Certified Dental Assistant

Job Description

Vatterott College has an immediate opening for a Dental Assistant Program Director.  The Program Director is responsible for providing leadership to a group of instructors and ensuring the program is in accordance with accreditation standards.   In addition, the Program Director will also instruct students in the program.


1. Oversees departmental supply and equipment orders and provides input on forecasted expenses for the upcoming term and year.

2. Recruits, interviews, makes hiring and termination recommendations, and trains new instructors in instructional methods and classroom expectations.

3. May instruct classes 50% of the time (or more as needed) and serves as a tutor and a substitute.

4. Reviews lesson plans and standardized syllabi for technical concepts, course objectives, and ensures proper course planning from term to term. Reviews and provides feedback or approval of submitted course syllabi and submits approved syllabi to the Director of Education no later than 1 week prior to the end of the term.

5. Monitor and ensure faculty submit and maintain current and accurate course information, including the course syllabus, for the faculty resource center.  Ensure all faculty maintain the e-companion course shell including grades, course assignments, activities, and other relevant course content.

6. Monitor and ensure faculty maintain accurate records of attendance, grades, progress of students, and reports the same in a timely manner to manager.

7. Recruits advisory board members in conjunction with the Career Services/Director of Education.

8. Attends all scheduled in-service activities, program advisory meetings, monthly program faculty meetings, campus staff and faculty meetings, and Program Director meetings as scheduled.

9. Schedules and leads monthly department meetings and provides minutes and documentation of attendance to the Director of Education.

10. Monitors faculty scheduling of guest speakers and field trips for students and submits plans to the Director of Education for approval.

11. Collaborates with Instructors and the Retention Office to refer students to internal and external resources that promote student retention.

12. Submits an annual professional development plan to the Campus Director and/or Director of Education by December 1 for the next calendar year. 

13. Completes all scheduled/assigned activities in support of the current year individual faculty development plan.  Submits documentation of completed professional development activities to the Campus Director and/or Director of Education before December 1 each calendar year.

14. Ensures all instructors have an annual faculty development plan in place by December 1 for the next calendar year.

15. Monitors progress and collects documentation of completion, of the current year faculty development plan, by December 1 of each calendar year.

16. Serve as an Academic Advisor to an assigned list of students throughout their academic career at Vatterott.  Minimum of one appointment per term must be scheduled for each student. 

17. Documented tutoring and advising of academically struggling students (below 70%) in your course must be completed on a weekly basis.  May include directing students to non-academic campus resources (retention, financial aid, registrar, etc.).

18. Monitors classroom management and enforcement of school regulations and student code of conduct by all departmental faculty

19. Participates in graduation ceremonies and other school events as required.

20. Completes administrative duties and other projects as assigned.

21. Consents to faculty classroom observations to be conducted in person and/or by electronic recording each term.

22. Conducts faculty classroom observations in person and/or by electronic recording each term.

23. Serve as a new Faculty and new Program Director mentor as assigned.

Job Requirements: ~~KNOWLEDGE AND BACKGROUND:  Requires candidates to have a Bachelor’s Degree and be a Certified Dental Assistant with 5 years of combined experience in Dental Assistant instruction and industry experience. The position also requires instruction in Education Methodology. The position requires personal computer skills (Microsoft Office, inclusive of Word, Excel, and Outlook).  Excellent spelling and grammar skills with the ability to communicate in a courteous, tactful and concise manner, is essential.


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