Class Code: 7020-16 Date Established: 06-06-01


Occupational Code: 7-4-3 Date of Last Revision: 01-22-09


BASIC PURPOSE: To supervise dental services support operations, assist the Senior Dentist in overseeing the implementation of standard dental procedures and maintain dental instruments and equipment in a prison setting.




           Supervises movement of inmates in and out of Dental Department, keeping movement within policies and prison standards.

           Supervises and coordinates support staff and students, assigning workstations to ensure efficiency of patient care and to maintain security.

           Schedules patient/inmate appointments and coordinate transportation to and from other prison facilities.

           Provides on-the-job training to Dental Assistants and students; maintains records as appropriate.

           Assembles and organizes data for monthly reports for Senior Dentist and administrators, ensuring that they are complete and accurate.

           Maintains fiscal records regarding supply budgets, maintains relationships with outside vendors and manages supply inventories for all of the prison facilities’ dental offices.

           Conducts staff meetings with Dental Assistants to address issues of clinical practice, office management or security procedures.

           Conducts yearly performance appraisals for Dental Assistant positions.




Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.


Knowledge: Requires knowledge of business practices and procedures or technical training in a craft or trade, including working from detailed instructions, to apply knowledge in a variety of practical situations.


Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.


Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing related or similar work, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.


Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an adverse working environment containing a combination of disagreeable elements which impact significantly upon the employee's capacity for completing work assignments. This level includes work-related accidents or assault.


Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.


Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.


Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.


Independent Action: Requires a range of choice in applying a number of technical or administrative policies under general direction and making routine decisions or in recommending modifications in work procedures for approval by supervisor.





Education: Associate’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major study in business management, administration or a relevant field. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.


Experience: Three years’ experience as a dental assistant. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.


License/Certification: Certification by the American Dental Assistants Association as a Dental Assistant. Possession of NH Radiology Certification.


RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of departmental or agency rules and regulations. Knowledge of modern office methods and procedures. Ability to keep records and make reports. Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of others. Ability to instruct others in primary dental care techniques. Ability to write effectively and to carry out complex written or oral instructions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative officials, other employees and inmates. Ability to work tactfully with inmates. Ability to instruct others in primary dental care techniques. Ability to operate X-ray machines safety. Ability to work without direct supervision. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.



DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.



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