HARLEM UNITED COMMUNITY AIDS CENTER
Position: Dental Director
Report to: Deputy Director of Health Services
Liaison with: Project Director, Community Based Dental Partnership Program at Columbia
University School of Dental and Oral Surgery
Supervises: Dental Assistants, Receptionist, Dental Trainees from Columbia University
Under the direction of the Executive Director and Deputy Director for Health Services, and in
direct ongoing cooperation with the HIV/AIDS Team at Columbia University, the Dental Director
markets, directs, supervises, and coordinates all dental care and teaching activities,
including quality assurance and assurance of compliance with all applicable City, State, and
Federal regulations and professional standards.
1. To provide comprehensive, quality dental care, this includes exam and diagnosis, X-rays,
placement of restorations, construction of prostheses, extractions and root canal therapy.
2. To establish an annual department operational plan, consisting of objectives, key
activities, performance standards and required resources in accordance with Center goals.
3. To direct and participate in the marketing and promotion of the dental clinic to ensure
that the clinic meets the annual operational plan developed with by the Deputy Director of
Health Services and the Dental Director.
4. To ensure on-going review and analysis of operational plans and financial statements.
5. To ensure coordination of dental services with other Health Center activities including
participating in the interdisciplinary care plan process at the Adult Day Healthcare Program.
6. To maintain accurate and up-to-date patient files and records.
7. To ensure that all staff has current job descriptions and are aware of responsibilities and
appraised of their performance.
8. To participate in meetings, conferences, and committees to develop and maintain high
quality health care.
9. To develop maintain, update and implement department policies and procedures manuals.
10. To develop reports, both statistical and narrative as required.
11. To ensure maintenance of department records, files and reports in accordance with Center
12. To ensure compliance with State and Federal codes, Health and Safety regulations, DHHS,
and infection control standards.
13. To perform other duties as required.
TEACHING and UNIVERSITY-ASSOCIATED RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Participate as an active member of the Columbia University HIV/AIDS Team by attending
biweekly meetings at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery (SDOS) and contributing to the
Team’s activities in support of the HRSA CBDPP grant. (Note that the dental service at Harlem
United is partially supported by a federal grant under the HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau “Community
Based Dental Partnership Program [CBDPP]”)
2. Provide to SDOS monthly service, teaching, and other such required reports of Harlem
United’s dental program performance as requested by the CBDPP Project Director using reporting
forms developed collaboratively with the HIV/AIDS Team.
3. Supervise and instruct dental students and dental Advanced Education in General Dentistry
(AEGD) Fellows during their rotations through Harlem United. This responsibility includes
clinical supervision, coordination of schedules with the AEGD Chief Resident and/or Dean of
Extramural Affairs at SDOS, provision of “reflection exercises” through which trainees reflect
on the nature and needs of their HU patients, assessment of trainees’ clinical competencies,
and instruction in the multidisciplinary care of people with HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities.
4. Obtain and maintain a teaching appointment at Columbia University consistent with
education, experience, and responsibilities as determined in cooperation with the Chair,
Section of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Dean.
5. Participate in grant-associated activities as requested by HRSA or SDOS. These activities
include but are not limited to attending HIV/AIDS Bureau national and regional meetings;
actively supporting site visits and grant reviews; providing limited didactic instruction to
dental trainees; assisting in developing grants-related documents; participating in
dissemination activities; and evaluating program performance.
• A graduate of an accredited School of Dentistry.
• Licensed by New York State to practice Dentistry.
• Public Health training and/or experience desirable.
• A minimum of three years of direct practice in a primary care setting and/or community
health center experience is preferred.
• Professional appearance and presence with a pleasing and flexible personality.
• Ability to: direct, organize and plan programs and activities; good written and oral skills
are helpful; promote favorable public relations, market program, select and recruit
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
• The position has the potential for exposure to Bloodborne pathogens, radiation and
chemicals. All dental staff is given instruction in infection control procedures. Each dental
staff member is given a dosimeter badge to monitor radiation exposure. Copies of the BPMC
Exposure Control Plan and Biohazard Communication Manual are kept in the Dental Department at
all times. Each staff member is encouraged to review these manuals. Dental staff members are
encouraged to receive Hepatitis B Vaccinations (offered at BPMC at no charge) and Tetanus
• Deputy Director of Health Services and Project Director, SDOS-HU CBDPP
• Dentist, Dental Assistant/Office Manager, Dental Assistant, Receptionist
Responsibility for Confidential Matters:
• Responsibility for Confidential Matters: All dental staff members come in contact with
patient records and will be expected to follow Harlem United’s confidentiality policy as noted
in the Employee Manual.
Effect of Errors:
• Errors could lead to embarrassment, liability and loss of revenue.
Hours of work: 40 hours per week including hours that Center is open.
Salary range: as specified in Notice of Hire