Posted 30 Mar 2017

Location: Sunland Park

Department: Dental

Job Description:

La Clinica de Familia, Inc. (LCDF) is a private, not-for-profit federally qualified health center (FQHC) that was established in Doña Ana County, New Mexico in 1978. LCDF provides quality health care for the entire family through a system of seven medical clinics, five dental clinics, three school based clinics, behavioral health services, an Early Head Start program, a Healthy Start program, and a Promotora program. LCDF health and social services programs are funded by grants, contracts, and fees-for-services. LCDF funding sources include the U.S. Department of HHS - HRSA - Bureau of Primary Care; the State of New Mexico; Doña Ana County; City of Las Cruces; Medicaid and Medicare; commercial insurance; sliding scale fees paid out-of-pocket by patients; and private foundations.

Job Summary:

Responsible for direct rendering of dental services and for managing the overall operation of dental care services provided by LCDF on a daily basis.

Detailed Job Duties:

Personally rendering emergency, basic, and preventive dental services for LCDF in compliance with applicable standards for quality clinical care. Specific dental services include: 

  • Diagnosis of oral health problems
  • X-ray interpretation
  • Oral surgery
  • Periodontal and gum diseases treatments
  • Different types of restorative fillings, removable dentures, crown, and bridge work
  • Teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and smile redesigning
  • Root canal treatment
  • Management of anxious patients and medically compromised patients
  • Diagnosing orthodontic problems and referring to specialist
  • Updating patient medical records

Additional duties include:

  • Holding primary responsibility for ensuring that all dental patients are provided with appropriate and respectful care and treatment that also complies with established standards of performance and quality control
  • Periodically coordinating and conducting dental screenings at various local schools and agencies as requested and appropriate

Limited Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible for the supervision of four dental assistants and one dental hygienist one day each week (or as needed) when the Chief Dental Officer not in the office. These duties include:

  • Overseeing and providing leadership for the dental clinic and staff, ensuring compliance with LCDF policies and established performance standards and guidelines of the dental profession
  • Developing, implementing, and interpreting appropriate and timely policies, procedures, and quality standards for the practice of Dental Medicine at LCDF
  • Providing effective leadership and management to dental staff, including recruitment and hiring activities, training, and technical support/consultation, and performance evaluation and feedback
  • Addressing employee issues according to LCDF and HR policies

Job Requirements:

Requires Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) degree from an accredited college endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA) and one year of experience; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to handle disputes with tact and diplomacy; sensitivity to the socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic composition of the LCDF patient population; ability and initiative to gain knowledge of the community services available to LCDF patients; basic budgeting principles and procedures; administration of OSHA as it pertains to a dental practice; New Mexico Board of Dentistry Dental Health Care license to practice dentistry; New Mexico Board of Pharmacy certification/DEA certification; criminal background check, TB screen, and drug testing prior to hiring; and valid driver's license and current automobile insurance (used in the course of employment when needed (ex: emergency calls/pages).

Spanish-speaking a plus. Contact Tomasa Shanbhag, Director of Physician and Clinical Recruitment, La Clinica de Familia, Inc., at 575-526-1105 or email at EOE


*Health Insurance
*Vision Insurance
*Life & AD&D
*Short Term Disability
*Long Term Disability
*Supplement Life Insurance
*Holidays (9)
*Education Reimbursement
*Cafeteria Plan
*Travel Reimbursement