The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is recruiting for a Director of the Mobile Dental Clinic! This is a clinical faculty position that will also be responsible for leading the Mobile Dental Clinic operations, including the supervision of Mobile Dental Clinic’s staff.
The Mobile Dental Clinic is one of the School of Dentistry’s 14 community-based dental clinics. In these clinics, fourth-year dental students, third-year dental therapy students, and fourth-year dental hygiene students treat patients under faculty supervision. The Mobile Dental Clinic provides care on week-long rotations. Three weeks out of the month the MDC rotates to our 7 metro area sites (currently Blaine, Eden Prairie, Forest Lake, North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, Roseville, and West Saint Paul); and one week out of the month the MDC is at one of our 7 outstate sites (currently Austin, Duluth, North Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, Walker, and Winona). The MDC Director would provide faculty coverage four days per week at the metro site locations, with the fifth day for administrative tasks and meetings. The Director would also ideally provide coverage for several of our road trip outstate week-long rotations; the number of outstate rotations can be determined by discussions with the Outreach Division Director. For road trips, hotel accommodations are covered, while mileage and per diem expenses are reimbursed post-trip.
The School of Dentistry has a strong commitment to community outreach, and our community oral health activities are an important part of both our education and service mission.
The Mobile Dental Clinic Director will be responsible for:
Clinic Operations (70%)
Provide faculty oversight of students and patient care delivered at the clinic four days per week while the MDC is scheduled at metro area sites.
Provide faculty oversight of patient care delivered at the clinic on monthly road trips as agreed upon with the Outreach Division Director.
Direct decisions, in collaboration with the Director of Outreach, on treatment provided (scope of practice) onboard the MDC.
Assist dental, dental hygiene, and dental therapy students as they generate comprehensive treatment and prevention/management plans for their patients, ensuring that treatment plans are comprehensively developed, appropriately adapted to patient needs, and correctly sequenced to manage patient oral health needs.
Provide leadership and mentoring to all students rotating to the Outreach clinic sites.
Coordinate and promote a cooperative clinical educational environment between dental, dental hygiene, and dental therapy students.
Oversee staff, students, and patients to ensure patients receive excellent care, and students receive a clinical education that meets the standards of each dental discipline.
Collaborate with the Outreach Division Director and the Outreach Division office within the School of Dentistry to assist with managing students on rotation in the outreach clinic(s).
Support and follow School of Dentistry policies, procedures, and protocol in carrying out all responsibilities.
Ensure proper MDC clinic protocol in regards to OSHA, HIPAA, and the MN Board of Dentistry as directed by the School of Dentistry and University Health & Safety Offices, and other governing organizations.
Supervision & Administration (20%)
Direct supervisor to the Mobile Dental Clinic Assistant Director (1.0 FTE) and all MDC faculty. Indirect supervision of driver services and patient care coordination.
Oversee all MDC clinical and administrative functions, including yearly calendar planning, daily schedule templates, and road trip coordination.
Work with the SoD Clinical Systems Clinic Manager on the hiring, oversight and scheduling of the MDC dental assisting staff.
Manage the recruitment and hiring of MDC dental faculty, as directed by the Outreach Division Director.
Conduct employee performance evaluations.
Direct MDC staff meetings in collaboration with the Assistant Director to appraise the status of multiple projects delegated to direct reports and to instruct on best practices.
Manage the annual operating budget in conjunction with the department financial administrator and report financial outcomes to the division’s leadership and department chair.
Oversee the Asst. Director in coordinating with UCare administration on the purchasing of equipment and repairs needed on the MDC.
Oversee the Asst. Director in coordinating with UCare administration on care plans (products) each year and their implementation on the MDC.
Complete student course evaluations for all students that rotate through the MDC (excluding weeks where not onboard).
Public Relations & Development (10%)
Serve as the spokesperson for the MDC on behalf of the Outreach Division and UCare (this may include, but is not limited to: media requests, government relations and communication campaigns).
Collaborate with UCare on site selection, site agreements, community relations and yearly calendars.
Make recommendations to ensure long-term sustainability of the MDC program.
Provide the oversight needed to ensure that Outreach site requirements are met for the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic.
Develop and maintain relationships with MDC stakeholders such as: community organizations, county representatives, site partners and leaders from the University and UCare.
Travel to metro and outstate areas of Minnesota to advocate for the MDC, upon request.
DDS, DMD or equivalent degree
License to practice dentistry in Minnesota or eligible for license
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