Employment Opportunities

Wanted: Dental Experts to Review Investigation Cases

The Enforcement Unit of the Dental Board of California (Board) is seeking qualified knowledgeable licensees to serve as Subject Matter Experts. Subject Matter Experts are practicing dentists who review investigation cases in an effort to evaluate and/or determine whether violations of the Dental Practice Act have occurred.

In reviewing investigation cases, Subject Matter Experts determine if the standards of the dental profession are being met and/or whether (or not) the Board's laws, rules, and regulations are followed. The majority of the Board's cases involve quality of care issues. After completing a case review, Subject Matter Experts are required to provide a written report of their opinion. California Civil Code section 43.8 provides immunity from civil liability for experts; however, Subject Matter Experts may be required to testify regarding their opinions in the event the case goes to court or comes before an Administrative Law Judge at a Hearing.

The Subject Matter Expert position is not a permanent position and experts are utilized on an as needed basis.

Experts must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be considered as an expert:

  • Subject Matter Experts must be actively practicing within the field (defined as a minimum of sixteen (16) hours per week or sixty-four (64) hours per calendar month in direct patient care, clinical activity, or teaching, at least 40 hours of which is in direct patient care).
  • Specialists in a particular area must possess Board certification or have completed an advanced education program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association in the specialty field of orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, or pediatric dentistry.
  • No malpractice settlements, judgment or arbitration award over $10,000.
  • No criminal convictions, including any that were expunged or dismissed.
  • No prior or current discipline against any health related license in California or any other state. Disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to, suspension, revocation, probation, confidential discipline, consent order, letter of reprimand or warning, or any other restriction or action taken against a dental license.

In addition to the above, in order to be considered as a Subject Matter Expert you must be willing to:

  • Testify at administrative hearings and consult with the Attorney General’s Office or investigative staff whenever necessary.
  • Complete a contract in order to receive payment for your services.
  • Agree to the Board’s hourly compensation rate.
  • Complete the entire Subject Matter Application and submit any additional documentation requested.
  • Complete the Subject Matter Expert training given periodically by the Board.
  • Please complete the linked application and include the requested document. Completed applications should be sent to:

Dental Board of California
Attn: Enforcement
2005 Evergreen St., Suite 1450
Sacramento, CA 95815

Please direct any questions to Heidi Mason at Heidi.mason@dca.ca.gov

Recruitment Notice For Dental Assisting Council

What is it?

The Dental Board of California (Board) established a seven member Dental Assisting Council which considers all matters relating to dental assistants in California and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board and the standing Committees of the Board.

Dental Assisting Council (DAC)

The DAC meets quarterly in conjunction with Dental Board meetings and at other times as deemed necessary. The DAC is composed of the Registered Dental Assistant member of the Board, another member of the Board, two members who are employed as faculty members of a registered dental assisting educational program approved by the Board, and three members, one of which shall be a registered dental assistant in extended functions, who shall be employed clinically in private dental practice or public safety net or dental health care clinics. DAC members are appointed by the Board and serve at the Board's pleasure.

Applications are now being accepted for a registered dental assistant employed clinically in a private dental practice or public safety net or dental health care clinic.

In making a determination to apply, the following factors should be considered:

  1. Requirements - The candidate is required to have possessed a current and active RDA license for at least the prior five years; and to be employed clinically in a private dental practice or public safety net or dental health care clinic, and shall have been so employed for at least the prior five years. The candidate shall not be employed by a current member of the Dental Board, shall not have served on the Dental Assisting Forum and shall not have any financial interest in any Registered Dental Assistant school.
  2. Time Commitment - A minimum of 4 days per year will be required for DAC meetings. Terms are four years.
  3. Reimbursement - DAC members will be reimbursed for expenses (i.e., transportation, meals, and lodging at the prevailing State rate) and will receive $100/day for each DAC meeting. In addition, members receive the satisfaction of providing valuable service to the public and the dental community.
  4. Responsibilities - With assistance from other DAC members, consider all matters relating to dental assistants in this state, and on your own initiative or upon the request of the Board, make appropriate recommendations to the Board and the standing committees of the Board including, but not limited to, the following areas:
    • Requirements for dental assistant examination, licensure, permitting, and renewal.
    • Standards and criteria for approval of dental assisting educational programs, courses, and continuing education.
    • Allowable dental assistant duties, settings, and supervision levels.
    • Appropriate standards of conduct and enforcement for dental assistants.
    • Requirements regarding infection control.

Refer to the Application for additional qualification requirements. If interested, complete the application and return it along with a cover letter and resume to the Dental Board’s address mentioned in the application.
Applications must be received by May 31, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the DAC application, please contact Tina Vallery at (916) 263-2580.

Recruitment Notice - EFCS Credentialing Committee

Purpose:

The Dental Board of California (Board) established a five-member Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery Permit Credentialing Committee which considers all matters relating to the issuance of Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery Permits in California and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board and the standing Committees of the Board.

Committee Composition:

The EFCS Permit Credentialing Committee is composed of five (5) members: two (2) oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are licensed by the Dental Board of California, are Board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and who possess a FCS permit; one (1) oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is licensed by the Dental Board of California and the Medical Board of California, and is Board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; one (1) physician and surgeon licensed by the Medical Board of California with a specialty in plastic and reconstructive surgery; and one (1) physician and surgeon licensed by the Medical Board of California with a specialty in otolaryngology.

All members must maintain an active status on the staff of a licensed general acute care hospital in California.

The Board is currently recruiting a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is licensed by the Dental Board of California and the Medical Board of California, and is Board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and maintains active status on the staff of a licensed general acute care hospital in California.

Click here for information on the Credentialing Committee.

If interested, please submit a curriculum vitae to the Board.

Submissions must be received by the Dental Board by Friday, July 27th, 2018.

Employment Opportunities - Expert Examiner

Expert Examiners

The Dental Board administers all of the Registered Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions licensure examinations. Each examination uses actual practitioners to conduct the actual grading of the examination.

RDA Examination - The RDA practical examination is normally given every other month in both the North and the South. Applicants for examiner positions are normally interviewed by a two-person panel, and may then be invited to attend an orientation/training session.

If the person's performance is acceptable, they may be asked to actually attend an examination to begin training. If the person is found to fully understand the grading criteria and be willing and able to use those standards to consistently grade the exam, they may be allowed to actually begin independently grading.

Training is continuous, and interested persons can expect to be asked to grade at each examination given every other month in their area. The exam is normally two days long on a weekend. Examiners are paid a $135 per day salary, and are paid per diem and travel expenses within certain State guidelines.

Interested persons must be current practitioners with five or more years of experience, and must complete and submit an RDA Practical Examiner Application in order to be considered.

Employment Opportunities - Subject Matter Expert and/or Site Evaluator

The Dental Board of California is currently looking for RDA Educators to join our team of consultants as Subject Matter Experts and/or Site Evaluators. This is a very rewarding assignment that keeps you in the forefront of new trends and legislation regarding the profession. You will have the opportunity to assist the Board with its mandate to protect the public by reviewing and making recommendations regarding dental assisting educational programs and courses trying to obtain Dental Board of California approval.

Subject Matter Experts and Site Evaluators evaluate educational curriculum submitted by applicants who wish to become approved for one or more of the following: RDA Program, RDAEF Educational Program, Radiation Safety Course, Coronal Polishing Course, Pit and Fissure Sealant Course, Ultrasonic Scaling Course, Dental Sedation Assistant Course, and Orthodontic Assistant Course.

Site Evaluators are called upon to review curriculum of RDA Programs, and participate in site visits to verify compliance with all requirements. Evaluators are expected to have experience with methodology and knowledge of creative curriculum to understand and interpret educational programs, as well as knowledge related to Dental Board regulations.

The Board is seeking Subject Matter Experts and Site Evaluators with the following qualifications:

  • Teach or has taught full-time in a Dental Board approved school in California for at least five years.
  • Possesses current licensure by the Board as a Registered Dental Assistant for a minimum of five years.
  • Has no record of prior discipline or criminal convictions.
  • Has an equivalent of three (3) years full-time clinical practice as an RDA.
  • Possesses an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or higher, teaching credential in vocational education; or equivalent work experience.
  • Has completed comprehensive methodology training.
  • Is knowledgeable and has developed the following components of an RDA curriculum:
    • Course outline
    • RDA program hour configuration for lecture, laboratory, pre-clinical and clinical instruction
    • General program objectives
    • Lesson plan development
    • Criteria for evaluation of laboratory and clinical competency
    • Specific performance objectives and the evaluation criteria used for measuring levels of competence for each component of a given procedure, including those used for examinations.
    • Standards of performance that state the minimum number of satisfactory performances which are required for each performance-evaluated procedure.
    • Guidelines for homework assignments
    • Written test construction that includes objective examination and item analysis
    • Performance and evaluation of faculty practicum including lecture, laboratory, pre-clinical and clinical format
    • Distance learning and correspondence course instructional materials
    • Classroom management skills that include: time management, diversity issues, remedial assistance and dealing with student management problems

The Dental Board will reimburse Subject Matter Experts and Site Evaluators for travel costs, meals and accommodations in accordance with state law policy and procedures. Subject Matter Experts and Site Evaluators are paid $150 per 8 hour day for evaluating curriculum and site visits.

If you are interested, please complete the Application for Subject Matter Expert and/or Site Evaluator, and send it along with your most current curriculum vitae/resume to the following address:

Dental Board of California
Attention: Sharon Langness
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and those who qualify will be contacted for further consideration.

Recruitment Notice - RDA Workshops

The Dental Board of California (Board) invites you to participate in an examination workshop. Under the facilitation of an OPES testing specialist, licensees will participate in reviewing test items and reclassifying test items to the new examination outline.

There are two upcoming workshops that will be conducted, for two days on Friday and Saturday. You must be able to attend both days. The first one will be held on April 20-21, 2018 and the second one will be held on June 8-9, 2018.   There is a maximum of 10 licensees per workshop, so please confirm your interest in participating as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.  Any newly licensed (within the last five years) RDA’s that are interested in participating  are strongly encouraged to apply. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. and will be held at the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES).

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has been authorized to enter into a contract with an expert consultant using an abbreviated contract process. Therefore, please be advised that upon your arrival at OPES you will be required to sign a consultant contract in order to participate in the workshop process.

According to the provisions of the OPES’s Examination Security procedures, you will be required to show valid identification and allow for personal belongings and electronic devices, including cell phones, to be secured in the reception area while you participate in the workshop.

The Board appreciates your professional contribution and commitment to developing a successful licensure examination program.

To qualify to serve as a Subject Matter Expert, a licensee must:
1. Possess a license with an active status; 
2. Be in good standing with no current or pending accusations;
3. Agree to not participate at any time, either now or in the future, in any examination coaching or preparation activities (SMEs must not be teaching or working at one of the RDA prep schools); and
4. Enter into an Expert Consultant Contract with the Dental Board of California.

If you are interested in attending, please email Tina Vallery at tina.vallery@dca.ca.gov. Please include your license number in the e-mail.