Dentist (#MDEA01)
$132,761.00 Yearly Min / $177,014.00 Yearly Mid / $221,268.00 Yearly Max

Dentist Administrator (#MDEA02)
$145,811.00 Yearly Min / $194,415.00 Yearly Mid / $243,019.00 Yearly Max

Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses two levels in the Health and Human Services occupational group, Medical Services occupational series and describes dental care to include but not limited to diagnostic, preventive, restorative, periodontal, endodontal, orthodontia, oral surgery and prosthetic services by applying the principles, theories and practices of dental science. Positions in this class series must possess a valid license to practice dentistry in the State of Delaware.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Performs dental examinations of teeth and surrounding tissue utilizing x-rays and medical history records to determine dental treatment needs.
  • Provides dental services including but not limited to cleaning, scaling, bonding, fillings, extractions, restorations, oral surgery, pulp therapy for root canal treatment, simple bridgework, crown work, partial dentures, and installs space maintainers and prepares procedures for orthodontic appliances.
  • Prescribes and dispenses medication as required.
  • Administers local anesthesia, analgesia and sedation.
  • Supervises, trains and evaluates clinic staff.
  • Writes statistical and/or evaluative reports.
  • Provides emergency dental services to members of the community.  

Levels of Work


This is the full performance level of dentistry work providing comprehensive dental care and managing a dental clinic.

  • Reports to a technical superior.
  • Provides direct dental care and oral surgery.
  • Plans and organizes daily operations of a clinic to include administering a budget.
  • Attends conferences for consultative and educational purposes.
  • Regular contacts are typically with individuals in order to provide treatment, internal staff to provide supervision/guidance and to confer with specialists on complex cases and to make referrals.

Dentist Administrator

This is the advanced level of dentistry work performing and instructing dental residents in complex dental care and managing a dental clinic that includes providing training to dental residents.

  • Evaluates and treats complex dental needs.
  • Plans and organizes daily operations of a clinic to include administering a budget, recruiting staff and residents and updating policies and procedures manual.
  • Instructs, supervises and evaluates dental resident students in methods and techniques such as complicated surgery (alveolectomy and biopsies), multi-root enodontia, prosthetics and laboratory work.
  • Conducts and supervises multi-hospital quality assurance programs for dental health.
  • Regular contacts are typically with individuals to provide treatment, internal staff to provide supervision/guidance and specialists in order to confer on complex cases. Participates on various professional committees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities are to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KS&A's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of dental medicine and surgery in accordance with the ADA guidelines.
  • Knowledge of use and care of hand instruments, dental equipment and the appropriate use of dental materials and medications.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of current developments in the field of dentistry.
  • Knowledge of supervising clinic staff and managing a dental clinic.
  • Skill in performing a full range of dental services.
  • Skill in diagnostic techniques.
  • Ability to detect and identify existing conditions and select appropriate corrective action.
  • Ability to assess and discuss critical and complex cases with specialists.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, associates, subordinates, representatives of public agencies and organizations, and private health care providers.
  • Ability to train, supervise and evaluate the work of clinic staff.
  • Ability to complete accurate statistical and evaluative reports.
  • Ability to gain confidence and educate individuals and their families regarding dental health hygiene.

In addition to the above Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, the Dentist Administrator requires:

  • Knowledge of budget functions.
  • Knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of complex dental diseases.
  • Knowledge of clinical teaching methods.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and infection control guidelines.
  • Skill in instructing dental residents in all clinical aspects of an institutional clinic.

Job Requirements

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Delaware Dentist license or eligibility for a Delaware license.