Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Director of Oral Health within the Division of Health Promotion, in the Oral Health Section.

Won’t you join us?

This is a grant-funded position.

Reporting to the Division Director for Health Promotion, the Director of Oral Health will be responsible for working with the DPH Executive leaders, MCH and WIC Directors and staff, stakeholders, and partners to advise on strategies to improve health outcomes and wellbeing of mothers and children in the state of Georgia. The Director of Oral Health is the dental expert on MCH and WIC within DPH and will serve as a key advisor on DPH key priority areas and Health Promotion programs.  Additionally, the Director of Oral Health with advise and provide counsel as needed on new dental conditions and associated programmatic activities.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as a dental advisor to the Director for Health Promotion and the Directors of MCH and WIC
  • Advise MCH and WIC Directors regarding clinical program performance, quality improvement, and program informatics
  • Promote teledentistry and other innovative technology to improve access to individuals in underserved rural areas
  • Develop and maintain a quality assurance program and protocols for providing clinical services through MCH and WIC programs; provide advice and recommendations to Directors to help maintain and improve the quality of care
  • Participate in the process and provide clinical judgment to ensure appropriateness and quality of care
  • Develop and maintain a curriculum of clinical education for MCH and WIC staff
  • Develop and periodically review rules and regulations governing program services and advise business owners / directors of MCH and WIC
  • Serve as an ambassador to external stakeholders about the MCH and WIC programs, goals, and stakeholder roles
  • Remain current with regulatory and accreditation standards, implications of healthcare law, and delivery system trends
  • Advise Directors by acquiring, maintaining, and applying knowledge of social, regulatory, political, and economic factors that relate to patient services through MCH and WIC programs
  • Upon request, serve on various internal and external committees and report on progress to the Director(s)
  • Works with the MCH and WIC Directors and staff to identify community stakeholders and their extent of engagement in the collaboration process
  • Establishes ongoing relationships with key opinion leaders and external organizations that leverage the goals of DPH, MCH, and WIC
  • Participates in DPH Speaker’s Bureau as subject matter expert for DPH, MCH, and WIC topics and key priority areas
  • Maintains ongoing awareness of Health Promotion and DPH’s overall strategy, government and social conditions and trends to ensure appropriate responses to changes in policies and finances
  • Provides input regarding the DPH, MCH, and WIC strategic plans with the development of grants applications and concept proposals
  • Serves as a dental expert and works with the Dental and Nurse Consultants on protocols such as child health and perinatal health and also serves as a liaison with the dental community at large including the local dental societies, dental schools, as well as community dentists
  • Provides support to the Commissioner on DPH and Health Promotion key priority areas; represents the Director(s) and Commissioner as needed for presentations, meetings, or events
  • Performs other assignments as required

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctorate or professional degree in dentistry from an accredited college or university AND Three years of experience AND current Georgia license to practice dentistry.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who in addition to meeting the minimum qualification possess the following:

  • Experience with public health program management
  • Knowledge of maternal and child health programs
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with senior leadership and state legislators
  • Established ability to build and cultivate relationships
  • Ability to build strong partnership sand relationships across multiple functions, locations, and governmental agencies (i.e., state, local, and federal)
  • Able to work effectively in a high stress, changing environment

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.