Dental Director, Staff Dentist - UT Dentists, Harris Health System Dental Service

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Dental Director, Staff Dentist - UT Dentists, Harris Health System Dental Service

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Staff Dentist

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Requisition #: 240000WM

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave days, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ well-being is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Oversees the delivery of care at HHS Dental Clinics, including the rotation of students and residents.

  2. Provides direct patient care and serves as an adjunct faculty at HHS Dental Clinics.

  3. Supervises and evaluates Providers in conjunction with the UTHealth Houston Associate Dean for Patient Care, Chief Clinical Officer, and Director of Operations of DSRDP-UT Dentists.

  4. Leads onboarding of new Providers, including verification of EHR proficiency and coordination of recommended training initiatives.

  5. Assists in recruitment efforts by reviewing candidates and participating in interviews.

  6. Oversees clinical staff training, professional development, collaboration, assignments, and implementation and compliance of all HHS and UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry clinical policies and procedures.

  7. Ensures communication, coordination, and calibration between and among staff dentists and dental hygienists across the HHS Dental Clinics.

  8. Schedules and coordinates all regular meetings of Providers and Harris Health support staff in collaboration with the HHS Manager of Dental Services, in addition to the Joint Operating Committee meetings.

  9. Represents UTHealth Houston - UT Dentists on standing HHS committees as requested.

  10. Supports the quality assurance, quality and performance improvement, and clinical performance programs of both HHS and UTHealth Houston and assists with risk management efforts by addressing specific patient and/or provider incident reports or other concerns as necessary.

  11. Other duties that may be assigned by HHS and mutually agreed to by the parties.


  • State-licensed dentist with significant experience in community-based dental clinic leadership and operations management.

  • Proficient with EHR modules and reporting.

  • Familiarity with quality improvement initiatives and development of clinical best practice guidelines and standard operating procedures

  • Demonstrates effectiveness in leadership, resolution strategies, and peer reviews, and builds consensus in motivating performance.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high degree of emotional intelligence.

  • Proficiency and experience preparing meeting agendas, presentations, reports, and performing analysis of clinical data reports supporting defined quality and performance metrics using Microsoft 365 software.

Licensure and Credentials:

  • Unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the State of Texas

  • Current CPR (BLS) certification

  • Valid DEA registration

Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of evidence-based, person-centered dental care with a focus on disease prevention, quality, and value for the patient.

  • Appreciation of the impact of the social determinants of health, the capacity to function successfully as part of a large team

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealth Houston has adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealth Houston ​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’s Houston rules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.