CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
PUBLIC HEALTH DENTIST II
This is administrative work directing a comprehensive city-wide dental health program.
Securing the cooperation of various professional societies and community agencies in specific
phases of the program is a significant aspect of the work.
Work is performed under the general direction of an administrative superior.
Assignments require analytical thinking and are carried out in accordance with the functional
precedents, practices and policies governing a city-wide dental health program. The incumbent
in this class has controlling responsibility for implementing the total dental health program.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Plans, develops and administers a comprehensive city-wide dental health program which
includes such services as: restorative preventive orthodontic, orthodontic and endodontic care
for school children; restorative, endodontic, periodontic and prosthesis services for young adults
and adults as well as a wide range of home services for handicapped patients.
- Establishes policies and practices governing the public health dental program including
treatment, education, research; evaluates and makes revisions or adjustments in the program and
particularly to adjust to the board scale program of the department.
- Evaluates the fluoridation program and offers technical advice and consultation to those
agencies and units participating in the fluoridation program.
- Conducts staff meetings with dental supervisors to discuss professional and administrative
problems relating to the program; offers advice where possible.
- Lectures subordinate dentists on specialized phases of dental work; conducts services for
interns and resident physicians, dentists, nurses and other community health workers on dental
public health; acts as consultant to local health and welfare agencies and hospitals on dental
public health problems.
- Approves and revises plans for clinical and field research studies; formulates grant
applications for submission to outside funding sources.
- Organizes and directs a resident training program for public health dentists; conducts a
summer training program for dental students.
- Directs the activities of a large number of personnel engaged in providing dental health
services to the community.
- Prepares and administers the budget for the dental health program.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles, practices, methods and materials of dentistry.
- the principles and practices of public health administration.
- the current literature and developments in the field of dental health.
- plan, administer and evaluate a multi-phased community dental health program.
- plan and administer a comprehensive dental health program.
- plan, assign and review the work of a moderately sized staff of dentists, dental assistants
and clerical personnel engaged in carrying out specific phases of dental program.
- instruct dentists in the principles and practices of preventive and public health dentistry.
- present ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 5/85.)
- Graduation from an accredited school of dentistry with a degree of Doctor of Dental
Surgery, or Doctor of Dental Medicine and possession of a Master's Degree in Public Health
from an accredited school of public health.
- Eight years of experience and training after graduation from dental school, which has
included: (a) two years of clinical experience, and (b) four years of experience in dental public
health, two years of which has been in public health dental administration.
Time spent in administration of school programs or research will not be
recognized as meeting the experience requirements described above.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Possession of, or eligibility for, a license to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued by the Pennsylvania State Dental Council and Examining Board.
PAY RANGE: EP32
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 5/1985
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 4F12