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Program Director, Dental Hygiene

Cape Fear Community College
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Dental Hygienists and Assistants


In accordance with the organizational structure and overall plan of Cape Fear Community College, the Program Director reports to the Department Chair within a specific division. The principal purpose of this position is to participate in and supervise the design, planning, organization, implementation, and continuous evaluation of the Dental Hygiene Program.


  • Reports to the Department Chair, Allied Health/ Human Services and may receive administrative direction from the Dean of Health and Human Services
  • Exercises supervision over Faculty and may indirectly supervise administrative staff


The following listing of essential job duties indicates the general nature and level of work required in this job. This is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all the activities, duties, or responsibilities that may be required in this job. Individuals assigned to this job may be asked to perform other duties as required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job. Program Directors will be given a reduced teaching load to allow sufficient time to ensure the needs of their programs are met.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists in the design of the organizational structure and coordinates all instructional activities within the program to include but not be limited to:
    1. Developing core course syllabi and ongoing maintenance to ensure that syllabi are current and forwarded to the Department Chair and/or Dean for approval and posting to the college’s network/shared folder.
    2. Preparing semester class schedules in collaboration with all constituents served.
    3. Selecting textbooks and related resource materials for all courses.
    4. Requisitioning and accounting for supplies, materials, equipment and repairs to equipment used by the program in collaboration with the Department Chair and Dean, if applicable.
    5. Maintaining appropriate records on students and faculty supervised.
    6. Making recommendations to the Department Chair and Dean concerning the development and expansion of courses and/or the program and the supervision of any expansion.
    7. Recommending new resources, materials and equipment for use in the Learning Recourse Center (LRC) when requested by the Director of the LRC.
    8. Encouraging and supporting innovative teaching techniques among program faculty.
  • Coordinates and participates in recruitment activities for program growth and sustainability. 
  • Assists in marketing and promoting the program. 
  • Collaborates with faculty in recruiting, advising, orientation, and retention efforts of students enrolled in the program
  • Coordinates and participates in the development and administration of the program’s annual budget.
  • Assists in the selection, orientation, and supervision of new full-time and part-time faculty at all campus locations.
  • Maintains frequent contact with part-time faculty.
  • Regularly participates as a member of assigned institutional committees.
  • Maintains assigned teaching responsibilities. 
  • Monitor faculty accuracy when recording student attendance, grades, performance, and maintaining student records.
  • Participates in coordinating, developing, and assessing Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes and uses these results to make program enhancements and improvements.
  • Serves as an advisor to students and provides a minimum of five posted office hours per week for student conferences. During registration these hours will be extended at the discretion of the Department Chair or Dean.
  • Provides adequate coverage of scheduled classes in the absence of assigned instructors.
  • Maintains a cooperative relationship with appropriate individuals and agencies outside of the College that serve the best interest of the program.
  • Develops and maintains relationships and partnerships with community partners to provide clinical experiences for students
  • Ensures that the program advisory committee meets at least annually and that minutes are recorded and submitted as directed.
  • Completes appropriate faculty and staff evaluations. 
  • Engages in discipline specific professional development in addition to professional development related to educational methodology and administration
  • Demonstrates proficiency in technology required by the program area and in administrative processes as required by the college.
  • Obtains and maintains program accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • Serves as liaison for the Dental Hygiene program with other college departments, divisions, agencies, industries, and other organizations.
  • Serve on assigned college committees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Department Chair and/or Dean.


Knowledge of:

  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the planning, analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws and codes.
  • Principles and procedures of academic and instructional program development and administration in the area of assignment.
  • Principles and practices of curriculum development and instructional strategies.
  • Principles of CODA accreditation standards
  • Classroom and/or laboratory instructional techniques and procedures as applicable.
  • Current trends, research & development in the area of assignment.

Ability to:

  • Interpret and apply college goals, objectives, policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Analyze problems; identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate instructional staff.
  • Effectively direct the provisions of the academic area to which assigned in support of the college programs.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Participate in the preparation and administration of a departmental budget.
  • Conduct committee meetings in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Maintain effective audiovisual discrimination and perception needed for:
  • making observations
  • reading and writing
  • communicating with others
  • operating assigned equipment
  • handling varied tasks simultaneously
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:
  • standing or sitting for extended periods of time
  • operating assigned equipment
  • bending, stooping, climbing or lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capability of:
  • making sound decisions
  • evaluating the effectiveness of programs and personnel
  • demonstrating intellectual capabilities


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, however some programs may have required degrees, certifications and/or licensure requirements. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Required Minimum Education/Training:

  • Master’s Degree or higher related to Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, or other field related to healthcare, education, or administration 
  • Be a graduate of a CODA accredited program
  • Background in education
  • Hold a NC Dental Hygiene or Dental license or eligible to apply for NC license
  • Current Certification in Local Anesthesia or willing to complete within 6 months of hire.

Required Minimum Experience:

  • Minimum of five years qualifying experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist or Dentist
  • Minimum of three years of teaching experience 

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Supervision and administrative experience
  • Current professional development in educational methodology

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • This position REQUIRES UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AND CURRENT Dentist or Registered Dental Hygienist license MUST be submitted in addition to the application. Please have these documents ready to upload when applying.
  • Candidates are required to submit OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS for all degrees obtained prior to their first day of work or hire date. If highest level of education is High School diploma or equivalent, proof of completion is required.
  • Candidates who have obtained their education outside of the US and its territories must have their academic degree(s) validated, at their own expense, by an outside credential evaluation service as equivalent to the Baccalaureate or Master's degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
  • To claim veterans’ preference, all eligible persons shall submit a DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to Human Resources during the application process. Human Resources will verify eligibility
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