Faculty Employment Opportunities

Associate Dean for Clinic Operations and Patient Care

The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) (dentistry.stonybrookmedicine.edu) seeks an innovative, strategic leader with high academic standards and a strong commitment to students, staff, faculty and patients to serve as the next Associate Dean for Clinic Operations and Patient Care. Reporting to the Dean, this full-time clinical or tenure track position plays an important leadership role in the daily operations and strategy to meet its educational, research, clinical and service missions. The next Associate Dean will have the extraordinary opportunity to become a senior member of the SDM administration at an exciting period of transition and growth, working alongside administration to increase the clinical operation's footprint as well as expand service capabilities off campus. In addition, with the ability to provide oral healthcare in the school's faculty practice, the Associate Dean can maintain their clinical skills and benefit from additional compensation. The successful candidate possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to create an environment that promotes collegiality, collaboration and cultural diversity among the members of various education, research and service communities. A willingness to serve as a role model and advocate for the ideals of professionalism and high ethical standards in a health science educational setting is essential.

About the School of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine is one of six schools/programs within the Health Sciences of Stony Brook Medicine, which includes the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, Social Welfare, and the Public Health Program. It is one of two state-supported dental schools in New York. With a pre-doctoral class size of just under 50 students, faculty are able to provide personalized instruction in a supportive environment throughout the entire four years of the program. The school is divided into six departments with CODA-accredited advanced education programs in Dental Anesthesiology, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics, as well as a fellowship in Special Needs Dental Care. The School of Dental Medicine shares basic science courses with the School of Medicine, thereby providing enhanced classroom instruction for pre-doctoral students; clinical rotations in the Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) for residents in advanced education programs; and inter-professional didactic and applied clinical experiences. Through its affiliation with Northwell Health, oral and maxillofacial surgery residents support the school’s predoctoral and residency programs, as well as emergency department coverage for SBUH.

The dental school’s clinical operations are located on Stony Brook’s main campus where students and faculty meet the oral healthcare needs of more than 17,000 unique patients of record, who account for over 80,000 patient visits each year. The General Practice, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Pediatric Dentistry residency programs provide hospital-based dental care at SBUH. And through its outreach programs, the School of Dental Medicine offers dental care for underserved children in the region, as well as for adults in RAM (Remote Area Medical) locations in several northeast states and at an Indian Health Service site in South Dakota. The school also has satellite clinics at the university-affiliated State Veterans Home and on the Shinnecock Reservation, and it is the number one Medicaid dental provider in Suffolk County. In support of its global health mission, international opportunities for dental students exist in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Madagascar. The internal faculty practice is a community resource for comprehensive and inter-specialty dental care.

Primary Responsibilities

  • participate as a member of the school’s Council of Deans and Executive Committee in meetings, decision making, priority setting, budget planning, and schoolwide oversight;
  • provide visionary leadership that inspires faculty, staff, and students/residents to become involved in the school’s clinical mission in a way that demonstrates momentum and direction;
  • manage the clinical operations of the school’s pre-doctoral and residency programs, and coordinate with those of the faculty practice;
  • develop and oversee strategic and annual business planning for the clinics;
  • recruit and retain a diverse, broad-based patient population to meet the treatment needs required for the school’s educational, service, and research programs;
  • develop and oversee financial plans and budgets for the clinics in concert with the CFO and Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration;
  • provide a patient-centered and student/resident-supportive clinical educational experience for those enrolled in the school’s clinical training programs;
  • recruit, develop, retain, and supervise clinic support staff;
  • oversee and manage the clinic’s information systems and information technology in concert with the school’s IT office and that of Stony Brook Medicine;
  • ensure compliance with federal, state, and university policies and regulations;
  • collaborate with the Associate Dean for Education, department chairs, program directors, faculty, and staff to ensure the highest quality of contemporary clinical education experiences for students and residents;
  • partner with Stony Brook University Hospital and its network of hospitals and clinics to better serve patients and expand the school’s education and practice opportunities;
  • facilitate the development of the faculty practice plan so it supports the school’s academic mission and compliance with OSHA, CDC, and other federal/state regulatory policies and guidelines;
  • promote and facilitate educational innovations, research, and programs for continuous quality improvement in clinic operations;
  • lead the development and use of contemporary technologies to improve clinical education and service;
  • represent the school within the SBU community and its Health Science Schools;
  • represent the school to external constituencies, including ADEA, ADA, NYSDA, Suffolk County Dental Society, and the New York State Board of Dentistry and Department of Health in matters that relate to clinical operations and patient care; and
  • serve as the School of Dental Medicine’s official liaison to regional dental licensing examination boards (e.g., CDCA).

Required Qualifications            

  • DDS or DMD degree from a CODA accredited dental program;
  • New York State Dental License or eligibility;
  • excellent organizational, financial, managerial, and communication skills;
  • working knowledge of dental curricula as applied in a dental school setting;
  • 7+ years of experience in the administration of large general and specialty dental care facilities;
  • demonstrated participation and leadership in CODA processes for accrediting DDS/DMD and advanced education programs;
  • experience with the development, refinement, and employment of standard operating procedures, continuous quality improvement and outcomes processes, and OSHA, CDC, DOH, and other federal/state policies and regulatory guidelines;
  • knowledge and use of electronic inventory and purchasing software to ensure timely acquisition, distribution, and audit of dental materials, instruments, and equipment; and
  • proven record of motivating and managing teams, collaborating with other senior dental administrators, partnering with clinical operations in medical centers, and negotiating with external entities.

 Desirable Qualifications

  • MBA, MHA, MSF or advanced degree in a related administrative or business discipline;
  • certification in quality management methodology or other performance-based training programs; 
  • residency in a CODA accredited advanced education program;
  • previous appointment as an associate dean for clinic operations at a university-based, medical center-affiliated dental school/college;
  • experience in developing and managing off-site dental clinic operations as part of a network of primary and multidisciplinary healthcare clinics;
  • familiarity with published literature on the efficacy of different models of pre-doctoral dental education (e.g., discipline-based, comprehensive care, or vertically integrated);
  • demonstrated experience serving as an advisor to senior leaders, adding value beyond the strict definition of the position; able to advise on financial and strategic issues, balancing rigor, structure, and efficacy;
  • proven success leading a data-driven, mission-oriented, service-minded team;
  • experience working in complex, academically-based environments (e.g., healthcare, research, higher education); and
  • served as a Clinical Sciences Consultant to CODA.


Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary, administrative augmentation, and academic rank are commensurate with qualifications. Candidates should submit a personal statement that delineates professional qualifications and career goals, along with curriculum vitae and three professional references.

All application materials must be submitted online. Please use the Apply Now http://apply.interfolio.com/110202  button to begin the application process. For technical support, please visit Interfolio's Support Site or contact their Scholar Service Team at help@interfolio.com or (877) 997-8807. For questions regarding this position, please contact Josephine Levan at (631) 632-6985.

Stony Brook University is a premier employer that provides exceptional rewards, including start-up packages and medical, dental, and vision benefits. The university’s competitive salaries and benefits packages include generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and more. For detailed information, visit stonybrook.edu. For more information about the School of Dental Medicine, visit dentistry.stonybrookmedicine.edu.

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal and state laws. Those who need a disability-related accommodation may contact the Office of Equity and Access at (631) 632-6280.