Program Director, Dental Hygiene
Laramie County Community College
 Cheyenne, WY


The mission of Laramie County Community College is to transform our students' lives through the power of inspired learning. Our over-arching goal is that our accomplishments as a community college will distinguish LCCC from others in the nation, in turn benefiting our communities and bringing pride to the Great State of Wyoming. Our core values include Passion, Authenticity, and the Desire to Make a Difference.

A cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position is required. You can upload a cover letter when you create an applicant profile.

Job Summary:

Core responsibilities of this position include:

The Program Director of Dental Hygiene is a full time, benefitted, Faculty D position and is the academic leader responsible for program operation, assessment, accreditation, student support, community outreach and maintenance of internal and external partnerships.

Core responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to overall program administration; responsibility for program policy and procedures; budgeting and planning; student and program outcomes; student advising; curriculum development and instruction; regulatory training; staff and faculty development; personnel administration; clinic management and oversight; quality assurance and acquisition of instructional technology, clinic equipment and operational resources.

In addition, all faculty work in alignment with the College's mission, vision, and values to continuously improve as professional educators and experts in their field. Faculty further serve the College in collaborative and collegial relationships across the institution. Full-time faculty are offered provisional status upon employment. All LCCC faculty are supported by the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET).

LCCC in its strategic plan has identified important Core Values and Aspirational Values, which are inherent in the cultural fabric of the College. The person fulfilling this role is expected to bear these qualities and advocate for them.

Other tasks may be assigned based on contemporary institutional need.

Compensation: This is a Faculty Managerial 8 position. Starting salary: $82,456-$100,926.

Priority Screening Date: Position is open until filled. For full consideration, apply by January 12th, 2020.

Starting Date: July 1st, 2020.

Essential Functions

(to perform successfully in this position, an individual must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily as well as possess education/experience, employ the knowledge, skills, and abilities as listed in representative fashion; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions – this position is Exempt, i.e., is not eligible for compensatory or overtime pay provisions of the FLSA. This listing of essential duties is not all-inclusive, but representative; other duties may be assigned).

Program Administration (70-85% of your total work time is spent on service to the College)

Program Directors oversee their respective programs to insure the quality and rigor of the program of study while also working with students and faculty to provide the best opportunity for student success. Responsibilities with this administrative function of their role includes but is not limited to the following:

Accreditation and Assessment:

  • Develop and maintain program compliance and accreditation records
  • Submit annual survey/periodic reports to accreditation association and governmental regulatory boards, including notification of any significant college/programmatic changes affecting accreditation
  • Coordinate program review activities and maintain program assessment materials including student, course, and program areas
  • Oversee and develop maintenance procedures for program facilities and equipment to meet all applicable state and federal regulatory requirements
  • Maintain student compliance and records for clinical requirements such as annual PPD test, CHESS booklet, CPR, annual flu vaccinations, etc
  • Provide overall program and accreditation status updates to the School Dean as requested


  • Provide leadership in developing, collecting, analyzing and reporting program, course, and student outcomes for college, advisory committee, state boards, and regulatory entities
  • Provide mentorship, development, and timely feedback for all full and part-time employees in the program
  • Oversight and guidance of student clinical evaluation and ensure the effectiveness of clinical experience
  • Mediate student, class, and clinical issues and/or potential appeals to resolve student, faculty, or employee conflicts
  • Provide leadership to program advisory committee and stakeholders per college and regulatory entities
  • Establish and maintain affiliation agreements
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, supervision, training, mentoring, and evaluation of program full-time and part-time staff
  • Collaborate with School Dean to align program operations, budget, and resources with college initiatives and strategic plan
  • Oversee and mentor student club to ensure that program funds are spent appropriately and activities are appropriate and in accordance with college policy

General Program Administration:

  • Oversee and lead the Program to compliance with College, Department, and Program level policies and procedures
  • Audit students for graduation, licensing, and certification and submit documentation to internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintain currency of legislative, regulatory, legal and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the respective profession
  • Analyze, implement, and update clinic and patient quality assurance policies, procedures and practices
  • Initiate, review and update program policies and procedures, and initiate department in-service for OSHA, HIPPA, Hazardous Communication, FERPA, state law, practice standards and college policy, compliance
  • Coordinate graduate recognition ceremony.
  • Maintain and develop program information to align with College and Department standards while ensuring accessibility for employees and students; this includes program and student handbooks, syllabi, program website, catalog descriptions, graduation and promotional materials, etc
  • Plan and assign the program schedule to meet student needs; including Faculty workloads, clinical schedule, clinical placements, program meetings, and student program placements in accordance with College policy and procedure.
  • Participate in program articulation with other colleges, universities, and businesses
  • Manage, support, and monitor student recruitment, admissions, selection and advising processes
  • Review and manage software, equipment, service, and externship contracts
  • Teach, as needed, within the program

Facilitate Learning (5-10% of your total work time is spent on your assigned instructional work load per policy or employee contract)

Employ effective teaching practices coupled with the development and use of appropriate educational materials, delivery strategies, and effective assessment practices. Responsibilities associated with this function include:


  • Teach assigned classes as per course schedule and meet required contact hours, unless permission to deviate has been approved by appropriate supervisor to accommodate student need
  • Teach classes according to the approved Master Course Outline of Record (MCOR) and provide a current course syllabus for each course taught to the appropriate supervisor
  • Post and maintain office hours or maintain regular hours in the Student Success Center, Writing & Communication Center, or other areas approved by the supervisor in accordance with College policy and procedure
  • Communicate with and respond to students in a timely manner (in most instances this means 1-2 work days)

Curriculum Development:

  • Assist in the design, implementation, and review of academic programs aligned with current or emerging community, state, or national needs, as appropriate
  • Maintain and adapt curriculum that is current, effective, and appropriate to course and program competencies
  • Develop and maintain instructional materials to support course and program competencies as applicable
  • Coordinate with and provide input to appropriate subject librarian to assist in selecting, evaluating, and deselecting library resources as applicable

Instructional Delivery:

  • Foster a supportive learning environment that encourages student success
  • Incorporate current subject matter expertise into instruction
  • Utilize varied learning activities to maximize student engagement and success
  • Employ relevant teaching tools, strategies, and classroom technologies

Assessment of Student Learning and Continuous Improvement:

  • Support student learning with timely and on-going feedback on progress and provide assistance towards meeting the course competencies
  • Evaluate student progress through cycles of formative and summative assessment
  • Comply with College procedures and practices related to instructional delivery, assessment, and reporting requirements to include records management
  • Engage with colleagues in the course, program, and institutional level assessment cycle of student learning for college data collection and continuous improvement

Service to the College (5-10% of your total work time is spent on service to the College)

Contribute to the College by engaging in activities that support, stimulate, and sustain the institution and the community. Responsibilities associated with this function include:

Align with Core Values:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the College by involvement in one or more of the following:
  • Serving on recognized College committees
  • Participating in student, College, or community-sponsored activities
  • Advise student clubs or groups

Build Relationships:

  • Engage in active and productive collaboration with colleagues through department, school, and College- wide initiatives such as attending faculty and department meetings, college assemblies, professional development and orientation activities, etc.
  • Assist with program promotion and recruitment of students through collaborative relationships with external stakeholders such as four-year partners in transfer and/or articulation, industry, high schools, etc.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders such as Advising, Admissions, Student Success, Financial Aid, and the Career Center to promote student success
  • Provide collegial assistance and mentoring for colleagues

Professional Development (5-10% of your total work time is spent on Professional Development)

Program Directors are knowledgeable about their subject matter and maintain relevancy in their field through activities such as research, publications, presentations, professional association memberships, and/or conference attendance. Responsibilities associated with this function include:

  • Maintain current subject matter expertise and expand knowledge through professional development
  • Comply with the minimum faculty qualifications and credentials, and, if applicable, maintain required certification or licensure per Administrative Procedure 2.7P (Minimum Faculty Qualifications Procedure)
  • Engage in professional development activities in order to incorporate best practices to instruction
  • Develop communities and professional relationships that are relative to teaching assignments such as advisory committees, industry partners, and other external stakeholders
  • Share knowledge gained through professional development with internal and external stakeholders

Nonessential Functions:

An employee in this position may perform some of these responsibilities on an infrequent basis.

  • Attend and support Advisory Committee meetings, perform offsite clinical reviews, participate in community events for the program

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Professional Knowledge and ability within the discipline of assigned instruction
  • Ability to continuously monitor and research changes in the industry and field of study and to adapt program offerings to meet these standards
  • Ability to work in an environment of collaboration, cooperation, sensitivity and confidentiality in working with patients, students, colleagues and staff in both the clinical and campus settings
  • Ability to represent the college at appropriate meetings and planning sessions as they relate to the assigned area of responsibility
  • Ability to develop and facilitate clinical partnerships with clinical sites
  • Skill in applying the appropriate teaching techniques and methods in classroom and/or online instruction
  • Ability teach course content that is consistent with the official course outline of record and use pertinent course materials at an appropriate level
  • Ability to establish a student-instructor relationship conducive to learning and promote active involvement of students in learning activities
  • Advanced working knowledge and ability with personal computing applications – specifically Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Adobe products (e.g., Reader, Professional), as well as database management systems
  • Ability to read and interpret instructions in oral, written, or diagrammatical form (e.g., a flow chart of a process). Ability to read, interpret and consider possible applications of business literature and legal documents
  • Skills and abilities to perform as an organized, self-starter, and able to handle expeditiously, accurately, and confidentially the rapid receipt of communications from all sources—written, email, voice mail, one-on-one with attention to detail; able to act on own initiative while exercising reasonable judgment
  • Ability to deal effectively and professionally with people; proven capabilities in establishing appropriate professional rapport, with courtesy and tact, to accurately determine others needs, collect necessary information, and follow-through when requested
  • Knowledge of basic office equipment including (but not limited to) personal computer and associated peripherals, fax machine, multi-line telephone, voice recorders, and other electronic devices
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to travel between the college and outreach/clinical sites and overnight travel for conferences

Physical/Mental Demands:

  • The essential functions of this position require the ability to work in a medical setting with potential exposure to bodily fluids and blood borne pathogens; Personal Protective Equipment and safety procedures must be utilized as required
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of a Dental Hygienist
  • To successfully perform the essential functions of this position, an employee must be able to maintain appropriate composure and necessary confidentiality with regard to both past and current employee, student, and donor data; documents; issues; etc., and respect privacy needs of employees, students, donors
  • The ability to comply with highly inflexible deadlines is required to successfully perform the essential functions of this position; there will be multiple occurrences of sudden, urgent task completion required
  • While performing the essential functions of this position a variable work schedule may be required including long work days, evenings, and weekends as needed
  • There may be occurrences of interacting with employees and/or students, past employees and/or students, members of the general public, and others who express opinions, may exhibit strong emotions, which will require the employee to interact professionally, diplomatically, and appropriately in such situations.
  • While performing the essential duties of this position, an employee would frequently be required to move around the assigned work areas as well as within hallways, meeting rooms, and other parts of the campus facilities.
  • There may be multiple/daily instances of prolonged sitting, standing, and personal computer use, which would include keyboard and/or mouse usage as well as viewing a computer monitor
  • An employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds to perform essential position functions
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus
  • The overall work environment requires the mental ability to shift focal point quickly due to interruptions; an employee must be able to mentally track multiple projects and tasking as well
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, there may be unexpected instances of somewhat loud sounds
  • Able to manipulate instruments, supplies, and equipment with speed, dexterity, and exceptional hand-eye coordination
  • Able to function in an environment with substantial latex and/or nitrile material exposure and without an allergic reaction



  • Master's degree in Dental Hygiene or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Current RDH or DDS licensure or ability to obtain licensure as a dental hygienist in the state of Wyoming; certified in local anesthesia use
  • Two years of supervisory experience in a clinical setting
  • Two years of teaching experience
  • Healthcare Provider CPR certification and current on all required immunizations for clinical sites
  • RDH with Master's Degree or higher or DDS or DMD
  • Previous program director experience
  • Previous hands-on experience with computerized clinical grading
  • Demonstrated experience with online teaching methodologies
  • Previous leadership experience of faculty and staff in community college setting – including hiring, supervising and ongoing management of performance
  • Previous experience with CODA accreditation process
  • Current Wyoming RDH or DDS license, including local anesthesia and nitrous oxide certifications


  • Two years of experience as a Program Director or Clinic Manager
  • Two years of leadership experience of faculty and staff in community college setting – including hiring, supervising and ongoing management of performance
  • Prior experience with the accreditation process for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • Certification for nitrous oxide administration and monitoring


Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

Laramie County Community College is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and employment environment. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs or in the context of employment.

The College has a designated person to monitor compliance and to answer any questions regarding the college's non-discrimination policies: Please contact: Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 205B, Pathfinder Building, 1400 E College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007, 307-778-1217,