Lead Dental Assistant - School of Dentistry - Prosthodontic

Houston, TX

Lead Dental Assistant - School of Dentistry - Prosthodontic

Location: Houston, Texas


Category: Allied Health

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Requisition #: 240001LH

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

UTHealth Houston’s School of Dentistry is hiring a Lead Dental Assistant to join their team of professionals in the Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics department. The Lead DA will be responsible for chair-side assistance to students and faculty, sterilization, inventory control, training , and more. Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator (CDPMA) is preferred. Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) is also preferred.

Location: School of Dentistry @ 7500 Cambridge, Houston, Texas, 77054

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Performs expanded administrative tasks. Independently performs a variety of tasks to assist in prophylactic, therapeutic, and surgical treatment of oral and maxillofacial patients.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Provides chair side assistance to students and faculty.

  2. Sterilizes instruments and set up instrument trays.

  3. Maintains inventory control.

  4. Prepares and submits clinical activity log as well as other reports.

  5. Trains new employees, answers telephones, and other clerical duties such as scheduling.

  6. Provides input for interview, hiring, and performance evaluation for Dental Assistants.

  7. Maintains recall database to call patients back before discharging back to private sector.

  8. May maintain resident or student database by inputting data for all faculty, residents, and patients and collects student exit evaluation information.

  9. May provide guidance, training, and evaluations to dental assistant students.

  10. Must be able to respond to emergency situations.

  11. Lead the activities of support staff within a small unit/division/department. Provide Human Resources input for the interview, hiring, and performance evaluation process of Dental Assistants. May perform expanded administrative tasks.

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Dental Assistant Registration by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and

Dental Assistant Certification (CDA) by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE).

Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator (CDPMA) preferred.

Minimum Education:

High school diploma or equivalent and seven (7) years of dental assistant experience or completion of an accredited dental assistant program and five (5) years of dental assistant experience.

Minimum Experience:

Years of experience based on education level.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

If you are looking for a great healthcare career in Houston, visithttp://go.uth.edu/careers!

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.