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Job ID: 207538

Lead Dental Assistant
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 21, 2023
Title Lead Dental Assistant
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Tufts Dental Special Needs Clinic
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Health Services


Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) offers one of the most forward-looking educational environments in dental medicine in the country. Tufts Dental Facilities for Persons with Special Needs (TDF) is a network of seven outpatient clinics that provides dental care to approximately 7,000 developmentally disabled patients in the state of Massachusetts under the umbrella of TUSDM and in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Additional patient treatment is provided in the operating room setting at four affiliated hospitals within the state. The TDF program also provides a venue for teaching General Practice Residents through the Tufts GPR Program and 4th year dental students from TUSDM.

What You'll Do

Under limited supervision, the Lead Dental Assistant provides advanced dental assisting duties performing highly advanced specialized technical procedures. The Lead Dental Assistant may complete expanded duties and functions. The Lead Dental Assistant is responsible for planning, directing, and managing the workload for all practice dental assistants, including assigning assistants to providers as well as assisting faculty providers in four-handed dentistry.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through a High School/GED
  • 5-7 years of experience
  • Massachusetts Dental Assistant License
  • Radiology Certification
  • DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) Dental Assistant Certification required.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Strong ability to balance both dental assisting role and lead role.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Warm and caring personality needed in dealing with patients.
  • A team player and willing to participate in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Familiarity with clinical care, institution, or university experience.
  • Ability to resolve issues.
  • Should demonstrate willingness to articulate creative and innovative ideas for improving daily clinical activities, and laboratory procedures.

Pay Range

Minimum $25.80, Midpoint $30.95, Maximum $36.10

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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