Senior Director for Allied Dental Education and Faculty Development
Title:Senior Director for Allied Dental Education and Faculty Development

 The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), is seeking to add an experienced Senior Director for Allied Dental Education and Faculty Development to our team of high-performing professionals.


In this position, you will provide the vision, leadership and support in the Office of Learning on issues related to allied dental education (dental hygiene, dental assisting, and dental lab technology) and the professional development of ADEA members. You will work collaboratively to build capacity in all dental institutions and as part of the Professional Development team in the planning, implementation and evaluation of training programs, conferences, meetings, and web-based learning opportunities. You will serve as an education liaison to external organizations in the allied dental professions and as the staff liaison to the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors. This position requires your comprehensive knowledge of allied dental education in all types of institutions offering entry level to advanced allied dental degrees.


Primary Responsibilities

  1. Works collaboratively with members and ADEA staff, leads planning, implementation and evaluation of these key ADEA professional development programs, including the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition:
    1. ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors' Conference. Serves as staff liaison for the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference Planning Committee.
    2. ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program. Leads planning and provides staff support for this biennial in-person program.
    3. Leadership Essentials for Adjunct Faculty. Coordinates planning, including identification of course director and faculty for this online course.
  1. Contributes, as a member of the Professional Development team, to the development of future eLearning and in-person professional development programs for the allied dental education community.
  1. Serves as the staff liaison to the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors. Responsibilities include working with volunteer leadership to facilitate their work of developing meeting agendas and supporting materials; calling for nominations for officers; working with delegates to the ADEA House of Delegates; organizing orientation for delegates; establishing timelines and projects; coordinating new strategic initiative proposals; and monitoring implementation of ADEA and Council Strategic Directions at the Council level. Monitors allied dental Sections and ADEA Special Interest Group activity to coordinate with ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors.
  1. Works with ADEA focus areas to provide support and expertise for various activities related to allied dental educators and institutions.
  1. Regularly monitors and reports on current allied dental education issues.
  1. Works with the ADEA Office of Communications and Membership to develop and disseminate information to stakeholders through various media including ADEA’s Bulletin of Dental Education and the ADEA website and to provide support for allied dental membership by actively engaging in recruitment strategies.
  1. Maintains relationships with external organizations related to the allied dental education community, such as the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Assistants Association, and the National Association of Dental Laboratories, and other nonprofit organizations. Attends and reports on meetings of the CODA Review Committees affecting allied dental education.
  1. Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Learning Officer and the Senior Vice President for Leadership and Innovation.

First year goals

  1. Assess the educational needs for the allied dental educator membership.
  2. Create a strategic plan to engage the allied dental education community.


  • An RDH and bachelor’s degree are required with a master’s degree in a related discipline preferred.

  • A minimum of ten years of experience in allied dental education (or eight years of experience plus a graduate degree) is required, with a track record of success in developing professional education programs in dentistry or dental hygiene, either in an academic institution, health care setting, or an association.

  • Requires expertise in developing programs for adult learners, being knowledgeable about the latest methodology and practical application of theories for developing programming in adult learning and professional development including eLearning.

  • Previous experience working for or with national level organization(s), including ADEA, is preferred.

  • This position requires the individual to be onsite in the Washington, DC office full time. This is not a remote position.

  • Strong knowledge of the full suite of Microsoft Office software and of website management necessary.

  • Must be self-motivated, confident, proactive and comfortable working independently.

  • Requires excellent judgment, exceptional organizational skills, and professional discretion with information.

  • Must possess demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills are essential with a focus on the ability to collaborate effectively with others, the capacity to handle multiple tasks and the ability to remain positive and productive in demanding situations.

  • Travel to meetings and conferences is required.

  • Position start date: June 1, 2018

In addition to a rewarding and purposeful mission, ADEA offers you a collaborative team environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits, including health, vision, dental and life insurance, wellness benefits, generous paid leave and a 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution. Our new office is conveniently located across from the Washington Convention Center, near shopping, restaurants and the Red and Green Line Metro Stations. Apply online by submitting a resume and cover letter with salary requirements. No phone calls, please. ADEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, visit

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals.

The mission of ADEA is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public.

ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS, ADEA PASS, ADEA DHCAS and ADEA CAAPID.
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