Part-Time Dental Assisting Instructor (Pool)

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number 2014009F
Position Title Part-Time Dental Assisting Instructor (Pool)
Department Human Resources DIST (DEPT)
Location District Office
Position Number PTF019
Percentage of Full Time Varies
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year other
If other, please specify Semester assignments as needed
Salary Range Placement on the adjunct faculty salary schedule is based upon education and credited experience. Initial placement can range from $68.43 up to $92.56 per hour.
Min Salary
Max Salary
Position Type Part-Time Faculty, Temporary

Posting Text

General Statement

This position is a “pool” position meaning that openings may or may not be currently available. The District maintains a “pool” of applications for positions which are needed on an ongoing basis at Canada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. The advantage of “pool” positions is when a position becomes available, the Dean may immediately begin screening applications from the available pool of applicants without having to post a position and wait while the position is being advertised. Your application for this position will be kept current for a period of three years.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide instruction in Dental Assisting

2. Implement skill building in the Dental Assisting lab setting

3. Prepare class assignments and course work

4. Grade student work

5. Record and post grades in a timely fashion

6. Report to the lead instructor as needed

7. Consult with students during regularly scheduled office hours

8. Participate in Dental Assisting team, department, and division meetings

9. Assist in curriculum development and revision

10. Perform other duties as required by contract, collective bargaining agreements, and general institutional needs

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree AND two years of Dental Assisting experience OR Associate degree and six years of Dental Assisting experience OR the equivalent (see below).

2. A current California Registered Dental Assistant license (in good standing).

3. A current national Certified Dental Assistant license (in good standing).

4. A current CPR certificate.

5. Ability to communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities.

6. Demonstrated sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Physical Requirements
Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications

Please note that equivalency determination is based solely upon the screening committee’s review of the applicant’s transcripts. The equivalency application form and conclusive evidence to support the request for equivalence (i.e. must be uploaded as part of your application package to be considered. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of your application. The request for equivalency form can be found on the left-hand side of the home page by clicking on ‘Applicant Documents.’ Equivalence requests can be in one of the following areas:

Degree Equivalence: Possession of a degree(s) with similar content to those listed in the job announcement. Transcripts required.

Academic Background Equivalence: Meet all of the requirements for minimum qualifications in an allied field, and twenty-four (24) semester units of both upper division and graduate work in the academic field specified in the job announcement. Transcripts required.

Professional Achievement Equivalence: Outstanding professional achievement or substantial training in the field specified in the job announcement. Preparation, experience, and ability must be equivalent to those expected from a candidate who meets minimum qualifications. Supporting documentation may include official transcripts, credentials, licenses, certificates, employer attestations, publications, or other relevant materials.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Recent experience in dental assisting and/or concurrent employment in a dental office.

2. Willingness to update skills if needed.

3. Maintain licensure by attending continuing education classes or home study courses.

4. Ability to teach in those areas as assigned. These positions may require assignment to evenings or weekends.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of successful teaching techniques.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of current dental assisting issues and trends.

7. Be willing to actively participate and contribute to changes in the Dental Assisting program at department and team meetings.

Evidence of ability as a teacher including:

1. A commitment to staying abreast of new trends, techniques, and materials in dental assisting.

2. A commitment to supporting gender and ethnically diverse students enrolled in dental assisting.

3. The ability to ensure consistent and appropriate monitoring of student progress.

4. The ability to use teaching methods that engage students actively in their own learning and encourage them to learn problem solving skills.

5. The ability to adapt teaching methodology to meet the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse group of students.

6. The ability to assist students in the acquisition, analysis and evaluation of knowledge and skills in dental assisting.

7. A willingness to work with both faculty and staff in a spirit of collegiality at department , division, college, and district levels.

8. The ability to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of one’s own pedagogy and modify techniques to engage students.

9. A familiarity with and willingness to expand the use of computer-based technology appropriate to the field of dentistry.

10. A commitment to the SMCCCD goal of integrating writing skills across the curriculum.

11. A commitment to the goals and ideals of the teaching profession and enthusiasm for the mission of the community college.

Preferred Qualifications
Faculty Benefits

Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS), a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California or they may choose to participate in the STRS Cash Balance program or Social Security.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 07/08/2014
First Review Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Required application materials will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and desirable skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to provide a teaching demonstration or demonstrate other job-related skills.

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2017 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2017 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2017 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2017 Annual Security Report is now available at You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. 

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • District Employee
    • District Employment Site
    • CCC Registry
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • ACCCA
    • HERC
    • Other
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook or Twitter
  2. * Do you possess a Bachelor's degree AND two years of Dental Assisting experience OR an Associate degree and six years of Dental Assisting experience OR the equivalent? If you are applying for equivalency, you must attach an equivalency application in order to be considered for this position.
    • Yes
    • No
    • I have applied for equivalency
  3. * Do you possess a current California Registered Dental Assistant license (in good standing)?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you possess a current national Certified Dental Assistant license (in good standing)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you possess a current CPR certificate?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you possess demonstrated sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with disabilities, in both day and evening settings?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. College Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Equivalency Application
  2. Letter of Reference 1
  3. Letter of Reference 2
  4. Letter of Reference 3
  5. Other Document 1
  6. Other Document 2
  7. Other Document 3