County of Alameda

Dental Health Administrator (#5525)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$67.30-$81.44 Hourly / $5,384.00-$6,515.20 BiWeekly /
$11,665.33-$14,116.27 Monthly / $139,984.00-$169,395.20 Yearly

Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs the County-wide Dental Health Program for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; coordinates and evaluates County-operated and contract community-based dental services to ensure compliance with legislative mandates, minimum standard, as well as State and Federal rules and regulations; provides dental health administrative, consultation, and education services to providers, schools, community-based organizations, and professional organizations on all aspects of dental health care; provides supervision and direction to subordinate personnel; and performs other related duties as required.


This is a one-position class that reports to the Director of the Community Health Services Division, a major division of the Public Health Services Department in the Health Care Services Agency. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of the planning and service delivery of preventive and educational dental health services for Alameda County, consistent with established departmental policies and procedures and ensures that quality of care, clinical and administrative performance expectation outcomes are achieved.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, organizes, and directs through subordinate supervisory and administrative staff, the overall program planning and implementation of the Dental Health Program, which includes such activities as surveillance and monitoring of oral disease, promotion of oral health and prevention of oral diseases, examination and basic dental care and dental health education.

2. Assesses public and private dental service and program capacities in order to assure adequacy of resources to address local, State and Federal program standards and community need.

3. Coordinates dental health services with those of other agencies, both contract and non-contract, to ensure maximum integration and consistency.

4. Assists in establishing and supervising record keeping, auditing and other quality assurance standards, policies and procedures as required by County, State and Federal laws.

5. Develops and implements departmental protocols, program standards and policy analysis to ensure cost effective delivery of service, continuity and quality of services and to meet administrative requirements relative to Federal-State funding.

6. Prepares and manages the unit’s budget; develops cost effective systems, maximizing the use of existing resources, accurate operational forecasts and planning for financial variances.

7. Assures compliance with federal and state regulations and trains program staff.

8. Develops and monitors revenue generation for the program such as reimbursement from State & Federal health programs, DentiCal, and other private health insurances.

9. Attends administrative staff meetings and participates in the overall administration of the Public Health Department’s service delivery.

10. Prepares and conducts educational programs for trainees and staff assigned to dental health programs; conducts staff conferences; performs studies.

11. Provides technical, consultative and training services to various community organizations, schools and to the local medical and dental community.

12. Keeps informed of current trends in the delivery of dental health services; reads the professional literature and participates in the activities of professional dental organizations.

13. Recruits and evaluates staff either directly or indirectly through subordinate personnel; develops performance standards, evaluates staff’s performance and takes corrective actions when necessary.


Possession of a master’s degree in Public Health from an accredited university with a specialization in administration, epidemiology, health policy and planning, maternal and child health or health education.


The equivalent of five years’ full-time experience in a dental public health program, state or local, public or private health program setting. At least three years of this experience should have been in an administrative and supervisory capacity.


Possession of a valid license to practice dentistry in the State of California.
Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles of public health and dental care administration.
• Principles of preventive aspects of dentistry and of oral hygiene.
• Principles of nutrition as they apply to dental health.
• Principles and practices of dental health clinical systems, safety/risk management and quality assessment/improvement in a public health setting.
• Current trends, issues and research in treatment, prevention and education as they relate to dental health care.
• Community resources and organizations and techniques involved in dental health education and related activities.
• Budget development governing Federal, State and local laws/regulations.
• Clinical standards of dental practice and licensure requirements.
• Program and management analysis.
• General Administrative practices and principles.
• Personnel management and supervision.

Ability to:

• Plan and organize.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Make sound decisions and judgment.
• Lead.
• Demonstrate flexibility.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Effectively communicate in writing and verbally.
• Manage multiple and changing priorities.
• Manage through systems.
• Adapt to stress.

Old document: 5525h
New document: Jobspecs/5525
CSC Date: 9/2/98
AS:cs Revised 6/13/14
CSC Date: 7/9/14


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.