Duties and Responsibilities
A dental assisting instructor is responsible for the development, implementation, management, and teaching of a curriculum. Such curriculum will qualify persons for employment in a dental office setting. The dental assisting instructor will also provide all classroom/laboratory instruction and will be responsible for training site acquisition, student placement, and supervision.
Essential Job Functions
· Prepare for each class by reviewing the curriculum, lab stations, and PowerPoint presentations provided.
· Is flexible switching from one teaching approach to another when needed and always keeps the objectives of the course in sight.
· Deliver PowerPoint-based lectures, supplementing with real-life work experience as needed.
· Demonstrate dental skills/procedures and assist students as they practice hands-on in the lab.
· Evaluate individual/group performance and make any necessary adjustments to meet student learning needs.
· Prepare lesson/unit plans and develop course material and evaluation tools as needed, with approval of Program Director.
· Keep informed of current standards related to instructional area. Maintain a classroom environment conductive to learning.
· Notify students of make-up work due. Tutor students during make-up time. Monitor students during make-up time.
· Maintain student records, grades, and attendance.
· Evaluate students on professionalism (appearance/dress code, attitude, cooperation)
· Attend orientations, staff meetings, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
· Assist with preparations for graduation ceremonies. Attend graduation ceremonies.
· Assist in inventory and ordering of supplies and texts.
· Maintain classrooms in a neat and orderly fashion.
· Assist in maintenance of equipment. Report any down equipment to the Program Director.
· Assist in administrative duties as needed.
· Is accessible to students during formal office hours and other times as needed.
· Assist in the department budget planning process
· Coordinate student externships.
· Assist with interviews and hiring as needed.
· Annually attend professional development activities including but not limited to professional association seminars, industry conferences, professional-related meetings and workshops, and research writing, for profession-specific publications.
· Annually attend training for program supervisors provided for the improvement of education-related management skills.
· Attend other required meetings and training
Non-essential Job Functions
· Participates in company social media and advertising efforts
· Participates in recruiting and marketing events
· Participates in company outings and team-building events
Qualifications and Requirements
· Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (preferred); a minimum of associate degree required
· 3 years dental assisting experience (For TX: 5 years if you do not have a degree)
· Prior teaching experience preferred
· Current RDA license
· Current CPR card
· Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certificate
· Ability to coordinate and evaluate the instructional process for all dental assisting curriculum.
· Demonstrated leadership abilities, while establishing and maintaining effective collaboration with other administrators, employees, students, parents, and members of the community.
· Possess strong time management and prioritization skills
· Ability to manage a team and establish cooperative working relationships
· Possess good written and verbal communication skills
· Possess problem-solving and decision-making skills
· Highly organized with attention to detail
· Skill in using personal computers and a variety of software applications
· Enthusiasm for improving academic and vocational achievement.
· Background in computer technology and a learning management system
Working Environment and Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Walking and standing are required in the classroom and clinical areas. Lifting to 50 pounds and periodic heavy exertion may be required in the lab setting. Specific hearing and vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May require periodic visits to internship sites. Subject to elements of time pressure, interruption of activities, and changes in priority. Occasionally, requires accessibility after hours for consultation related to management or internship problems.
The employee will work in a well-lit office, classroom and/or dental office area. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to communicable diseases and to other health and safety hazards. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Program Administrator.