Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Dental Director (DOC)

Recruitment #190307-2516MD-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking a Dental Director to provide overall dental program administration, peer review, quality of care, and interaction with internal and external stakeholders. It has full management and supervisory responsibility for the statewide Inmate Dental Program to ensure that the provision of dental services is in compliance with court mandates, State and Federal Regulations, and is consistent with community standards, legal mandates, and the Department of Corrections strategic goals. Traveling across the State, working in a correctional facility, 10% or more time spent in frequent contact with inmates. 

The position is 40 hours per week 8:00AM to 4:30PM, based in Central Office, Wethersfield, CT with frequent travel to correctional facilities across the State.

Selection Plan

Must be willing to travel to multiple correctional facilities.

All applicants must include a resume within the “Resume Tab” of the application. During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.

Should you have questions pertaining to this posting or about additional incentives, contact Patrick Pathammavong at


In the Department of Correction, this class is accountable for directing the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of dental services in all facilities.


Directs staff and operations of a statewide dental program; ensures provision of dental services is in compliance with court mandates, State and federal regulations and is consistent with community standards, legal mandates, and agency strategic goals; formulates and leads the dental services team in the attainment of program based and agency goals and objectives; assists in the formulation and implementation of organizational and site-specific policies and procedures; oversees program staffing to ensure appropriate resource allocation and compliance with collective bargaining agreements and labor laws; enforces dental services polices and agency administrative directives; coordinates with human resources to ensure the hiring, retention, training, and promotion of qualified staff; provides ongoing performance feedback and evaluations and initiates and enforces progressive discipline when necessary; ensures overall operations are within budgetary guidelines; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; provides consultation and assistance to regional directors; provides oversight to the statewide professional practice system as it relates to dentistry, including morbidity and mortality reviews, emergency response reviews, self-audits, Quality Management Assessment Team reviews, and public health containment activity; conducts investigations into unusual events or incidences related to specific dental health program(s) and responds to inmate grievances and third-party inquiries; acts as consultant to Assistant Attorneys General on inmate complaints and lawsuits and manages and coordinates high profile cases; represents department at professional conferences and meetings; may oversee compliance activities with court mandates; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of dental surgery with particular reference to oral pathology;  knowledge of relationships between risk factors and incidence of health problems;  considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable skill in dental operative techniques; considerable ability to teach and provide clinical supervision.


Three (3) years of supervisory experience must have been in a clinical dental program.
Note: For State employees, this is interpreted at the level of Lead Dentist.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain an unrestricted license to practice dentistry in Connecticut.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.