Dental Director Position Posted

The Kansas Dental Director position at the KS Department of Health and Environment is posted and will be open through September 27th.  This full time position is located in Topeka, Kansas.


Health Officer (K0214805) in the Bureau of Oral Health.

Maintain Kansas’ public oral health infrastructure through the implementation and maintenance of evidence based community health interventions. This includes the creation, management and evaluation of federally funded programs including the Kansas School Sealant program. Assist communities, local health departments, local health care professionals and water operators with issues related to Community Water Fluoridation. Draft, implement and supervise all federal grant applications. Maintain BOH budgets. Draft and manage all partner contracts. Create and monitor performance measure for BOH initiatives

Maintain Kansas Oral Health Surveillance System through the supervision of the Kansas School Screening Program, the Water Fluoridation Reporting System, periodic administration of Basic Screening Surveys, and submissions to the National Oral Health Surveillance System. This position directs the activities of an Oral Health Epidemiologist and oral health research contractors, but the Dental Director drafts and approves all state oral health data reports including “Smiles Across Kansas”, “Elder Smiles” and other data reports of state and national interest. Insure that the Kansas Burden of Oral Disease and the Kansas Surveillance Plan are current. Share Kansas oral health data to the public through written reports, state and national presentations and webinars.

A complete position description can be emailed upon request.

Minimum Requirements:
Graduation from an approved school of dentistry/dental hygiene with a degree: DDS, DMD, or RDH.

Necessary Special Requirements:
Active, unrestricted license to practice dentistry/dental hygiene in the state of Kansas within six months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
Five years of practice in public health dentistry, public health programs, or work in a position as a program manager. Knowledge of clinical dentistry and oral disease prevention, including challenges associated with underserved and special needs populations. Understanding of Medicaid (Title XIX and XXI) as well as Medicaid Managed Care. Knowledge of general public oral health principles including surveillance, evidenced based community interventions (sealants and community water fluoridation) and program evaluation. Understanding of the current oral health policy in Kansas, including the Kansas Dental Practice Act and pending oral health legislation. A history of collaboration with health professional groups including the Dental Association, the Primary Care Association, oral health coalitions, insurers, community health centers, legislators, physicians groups, school health professionals and health policy makers. Excellent interpersonal skills including public speaking, group facilitation, and interaction with the media.
• Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
• Proofreading, editing, attention to detail

How your application will be evaluated:
KDHE gives full consideration to applicants who meet the application deadline and provide a complete State of Kansas application with supporting documentation to satisfy the Minimum Requirements (MR) of the position (i.e. copies of license, transcripts confirming degree completion, etc.). All application materials must be received by the closing date posted on the vacancy announcement in order to be considered for the position.

All applicants must submit a complete application and appropriate documentation for each vacancy applied for.

Complete applications will be scanned electronically and forwarded to the hiring manager for review of minimum requirements of the position and for ranking in order of pre-determined screening criteria from the position description. Applicants who rank the highest in comparison to these skills will be selected for interview. Information submitted may be verified for accuracy. Please follow all instructions carefully as failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in you not being considered for employment. If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.

Performance Standards:  To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision by the end of the probation period or a reasonable timeframe.

How to apply: Applicants should register or update their personal data with the State of Kansas at From this site, you can search job vacancies and apply directly to agencies. Submit an electronic State application, transcripts, and licenses needed to meet the minimum requirements for this position to; or mail to KDHE, Human Resources, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 580, Topeka, KS 66612; or fax to 785-296-6320.

Required: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency by the deadline or the application will not be considered for the position. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.

Veterans Preference Eligible (VPE): Applicants claiming Veterans Preference must submit a copy of their DD-214 to the Division of Personnel Services. This is required for the initial determination only and not needed with each application. Former military personnel or their spouse who have been verified as a veteran under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position. The veteran’s preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. Additional VPE information may be found at

Contact Information:

KDHE – Office of Personnel Services
ATTN: Recruiter
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 580
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-1539
Fax: 785-296-6320

The Department of Health and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
KDHE encourages applications from all persons. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 785-296-1539 if accommodations are needed in completing an application, interviewing and any other aspect of the employment process.  EOE/VPE

The mission of KDHE is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.