Director for Dental Hygiene


Columbia Basin College ('CBC' or the 'College') seeks a Director for Dental Hygiene (DHYG) whose primary duty is to provide planning and management for the support of the Dental Hygiene Program with authority and responsibility for the development of the Program and operation of DHYG Clinic. The Director for DHYG works effectively with faculty, staff, students, administration, patients and the public, and state and national agencies regarding the operation of the Dental Hygiene Program. The Director for Dental Hygiene reports to the Dean of Health Sciences.

This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by July 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and vision as the Director for DHYG and input as a member of the Health Sciences Division sufficient to fulfill the College's Mission and to sustain Dental Hygiene Program excellence;
  • Develop and recommend overall objectives, plans and procedures for the DHYG Program and Clinic, as well as oversight of the instructional and clinical facility;
  • Provide leadership to maintain Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accreditation; ensure compliance with all CODA requirements for program approval;
  • Prepare preliminary budget for the DHYG Program and Clinic, including faculty and staff input, and propose budget to Dean for Health Sciences, regulate and approve program expenditures through budget management, and use College processes to appropriately procure needed supplies, materials and equipment;
  • Solicit funds and/or equipment from resources outside the department and/or the College as needed utilizing CBC policies and procedures;
  • Assume a major role in the recruitment, selection, supervision and evaluation of all full and part-time faculty and staff, in accordance with college policies, procedures and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, including tenure review, performance evaluation and disciplinary matters as appropriate;
  • Plan and recommend quarterly workload assignments and clinical rotations within established parameters;
  • Assist and encourage professional development and any needed regulatory training for individual faculty members;
  • Assess the professional development needs for department and work in support of those needs through college or other offerings and in-service;
  • Work closely with program faculty in the formation, development, evaluation, revision of courses, and overall development of curriculum within the DHYG Program, prepare appropriate materials for presentation to the curriculum committee and present proposed changes to the committee with appropriate program faculty;
  • Coordination, evaluation and participation in determining admission criteria and procedures, as well as student promotion and retention criteria;
  • Assist with or conduct program recruitment through information sessions, prepare admissions materials, conduct annual application process and materials that meet the requirements of the accrediting agency, review applications with program faculty to determine eligibility;
  • Advise students in the DHYG Program;
  • Meet with students, staff and faculty members, other departments or Dean for Health Sciences as appropriate to discuss issues impacting the progress of enrolled students;
  • Maintain quality assurance, safety standards, and other compliance requirement and prepare for on-site reviews by the accrediting agency;
  • Prepare quarterly and/or annual reports and extensive self-study reports;
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with staff from college departments, programs and the Student Services division;
  • Establish and maintain contact with appropriate agencies and organizations related to the DHYG Program;
  • Maintain communication with clinical agencies regarding policies and procedures that affect the DHYG Program and clinic operations;
  • Recruit and maintain members of the DHYG Advisory Committee from the community, coordinate minimum number of required meetings per year and additional as needed, and follow through with applicable reporting;
  • Serve as the CBC representative to relevant community partner associations;
  • Serve on college committees as appropriate;
  • Review the college catalog on an annual basis with regard to program curricula and make appropriate changes;
  • Work with CBC Library and Dean for Health Sciences to ensure dental hygiene materials are current;
  • Ensure DHYG website pages, faculty handbook, student handbook, applicable policies and procedures, and any promotional or public relations materials are accurate, current or updated as needed and reissued appropriately; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Dental Hygiene, Public Health or Higher Education from a regionally accredited college or university;

  • Currently enrolled in a Master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

  • A dental hygienist who is a graduate of a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation;
  • Current license to practice as a Dental Hygienist in Washington or eligible for licensure in the State of Washington; and
  • Five (5) years of clinical practice as a dental hygienist.

  • Administrative, instructional and professional experience in clinical practice as a dental hygienist;
  • Knowledge and experience with curriculum development and outcomes based assessment;
  • Knowledge and experience working with technology.


Departmental Management : Ability to effectively and efficiently manage a department including all related administrative and supervisory functions involving personnel and budget management;

Project Management : Manage projects by focusing attention on key priorities; evaluate approaches, determine feasibility, and adjust plan as needed; develop plans, coordinate projects and teams; communicate changes and progress; complete projects on time and on budget; perform well without direct supervision; do complex work independently; follow tasks through to completion;

Quality Management : Set clear quality requirements; measure key outcomes; improve processes, products, and services;

Leadership : Lead through influence, rather than authority, and take ownership and accountability for the area of responsibility and decisions made; demonstrate confidence within area of expertise – promote a cooperative work environment; ability to appropriately apply leadership techniques to motivate, develop and guide employees;

Conceptual Thinking : Have the ability to understand a situation or problem by identifying patterns or connections, and addressing key underlying issues; use past professional or technical training and experience, creativity, inductive reasoning, and intuitive processes to find potential solutions or valuable alternatives that may not be obviously related or easily identified; think “outside the box”;

Oral & Written Communication : Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; structure and convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents; review and edit written work constructively; ability to tailor to audience in mind;

Student Centered : Attention, interest, activities and efforts are centered upon the best interest of students; create and support an environment that enables learners to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals; provide courteous and helpful responses to all customers, whether they be students, general public or employees from another department;

Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion : Reflecting CBC’s mission, vision and values, support initiatives that expand the human qualities that differentiate our workplace and educational setting. Demonstrate and advocate an understanding of differences, open mindedness, compassion, sensitivity and interest in differing viewpoints given the diverse population and show a deep commitment to the involvement of colleagues, students and community members to student experience and success honoring freedom of expression as fundamental to personal, professional and organizational growth;

Accountability : Accountable for own actions, decisions, errors, mistakes and/or failures to act when appropriate; accept responsibility when given, understand what duties employee is responsible for and can be counted upon to carry out those responsibilities; and

Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to work with, and help others in completing job assignments, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and to cooperate with fellow employees and supervisors; demonstrate alignment with the 'Yes And' culture, (e.g., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity).

This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time exempt position. The standard work hours will be Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, work hours may vary due to work demands and some evening and weekend work may be required. This position is overtime exempt.


In accordance with the Child/Adult Information Act, RCW 43.43.830, the candidate selected for hire will be subject to a Criminal History Background Check. Additionally, pursuant to RCW 43.43.845(3), an inquiry will be made for employees and volunteers in the Washington Courts database for civil adjudications as a condition for consideration of employment.

In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of the College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4833.

  • Occasional need to lift at least twenty (20) pounds;
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time;
  • Frequent need for oral, written and auditory communication; and
  • Requires frequent repetitive hand and wrist motions.

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