Dental Assistant Curriculum Developer & Instructor

Position Summary:

The Dental Assistant Curriculum Developer & Instructor is part of the Dental Assistant Program at Briya Public Charter School, a Tier One Public Charter School that consistently achieves the highest educational outcomes through its innovative programming.

Throughout the Dental Assistant Program, instructors teach and assist students in gaining hands-on practice with clinical lab skills. Instructors also help students gain proficiency in administrative skills, including updating patient records and coding insurance forms. Students graduate from this 12-15 month program prepared for careers as Certified Dental Assistants, who work alongside Dentists and Hygienists in dental offices.

Briya offers the program in collaboration with its longtime partner, Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, thereby providing students with embedded learning opportunities with Mary’s Center dental staff. Students also complete a 160-hour externship and participate in test-prep sessions that equip them to pass the nationally recognized Certified Dental Assistant exam.

In addition to the Dental Assistant Program, Briya offers a Medical Assistant Program, Child Development Associate Program, and a Two-Generation Program in which adults acquire English, digital literacy, and parenting skills while their young children attend Briya’s high-quality early childhood program.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Curriculum Development

  • Develop the DA curriculum in accordance with AMT, CODA, and DANB guidelines and Mary’s Center identified needs including Office Assisting Skills, Clinical Procedures, Dental Sciences, and Dental Radiology.
  • Develop syllabi for program modules with clear course expectations, evaluations and timelines following the sample syllabus provided.
  • Develop daily lesson plans that include objectives, instructional activities with differentiated instruction, and assessment that target the skills & knowledge needed to successfully pass the Certified Dental Assistant exam.
  • Develop lessons that provide quality instruction, foster an academic learning climate, actively support teaching and learning, and that implement the curriculum with fidelity.
  • Develop Smart Board presentations, materials, and classroom activities to follow principles of adult education integrating effective strategies that provide opportunities for student learning and active engagement in the learning process.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools, technologies, and resources to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective Dental Assistants.
  • Ensure curriculum materials/lesson plans include:
  • – Checklist of competency skills to be mastered in the classroom and/or in the clinical setting.
  • – Clinical assignments.
  • – Differentiated homework assignments.
  • – Practice question items for each module to prepare students for the Certified Dental Assistant exam.
  • – Weekly quizzes and make-up quizzes (as needed) developed using the Certified Dental Assistant exam format and covering the material taught in class.
  • – Final module exams and make-up exams (as needed) developed using the Certified Dental Assistant exam format and covering the material taught in class.
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities. Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students’ varying needs.
  • Develop curriculum materials that meet the needs of students at risk of academic failure or students not making reasonable progress toward obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to become a Certified Dental Assistant.

Instruction

  • Prepare students to take and pass the Certified Dental Assistant Exam.
  • Review student test data and prepare and instruct students in review course material.
  • Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students’ varying needs.
  • Suitably challenge, engage, serve and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect.
  • Prepare and/or contribute questions from individual lesson plans to be included in practice exams in the format of the CDA exam, administer the quizzes, enter the grades in the Excel spreadsheet and review the results with students.
  • Provide regular updates to students on their progress.
  • Develop individualized learning plans for students who need remedial academic support.
  • Ensure consistent student attendance, enter daily attendance, note reasons for absences, call students who are absent and have not notified the school, encourage, and report repeat absences to the Dental Assistant Program Coordinator.
  • Attend and participate in all team meetings.

Qualifications:

The Dental Assistant Instructor must have the following knowledge, skills and/or abilities.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree and relevant work experience.
  • Preference given for current professional CDA (Certified Dental Assistant), Dental Hygienists, and Dentists.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in ways that are interactive, project-based, and promote self-discovery and critical thinking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a team
  • Commitment to develop and contribute to a community of educators.
  • 3-5 years of related practical work/clinical experience, preferably in a community health care center.
  • Ability to teach classes in English, with preference for instructors who also have Spanish language skills in order to support students.
  • Superior knowledge in key medical assistant subject areas, including: communications, community health, anatomy & physiology, safety practices, health promotion, disease, basic math, medications, infection control, lab medicine, medical business practices, and medical law and ethics.
  • Must be knowledgeable in course content, as evidenced by education and/or experience, effective in directing and evaluating student learning and laboratory performance, and be prepared in education theory and techniques.
  • Prior experience training Dental Assistants, or other dental staff.
  • Two years’ work experience as a Dental Assistant, or another clinical role.
  • Knowledge of healthcare industry and awareness of trends.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Expertise in interpersonal and oral presentation/written communication skills.
  • Preference for current Mary’s Center staff, including: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, and Dentists.

Reasoning Ability – Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out moderately complex, multi-step instructions and make appropriate independent decisions as necessary.

Physical Demands – Regularly required standing, walking, and sitting, sometimes for many hours at a time; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear; must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment – Mostly in a typical office and classroom setting with quiet to moderate noise level.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click here or email your resume and cover letter to tmurithi@briya.org.