Associate Director, Oral Health Project

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Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for health equity and justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill. Learn more about our vision for the future in our five-year strategic plan.


The Associate Director, Oral Health Project is primarily an internal facing administrative and operations position responsible for assisting the project leadership with day-to-day management of the Program.

The Program is comprised of two projects. The Dental Therapy Project (DTP) focuses on expanding the dental team to include a community-based practitioner called a dental therapist. The Dental Access Project (DAP) works to build consumer leadership and a strong, organized consumer voice to shape oral health policy at the federal, state and local levels. Both projects are rooted in health equity and are focused on elevating community voice to improving the oral health outcomes of underserved communities.

The Associate Director will take direction from the project leadership and work with the team to help oversee and implement the goals of the program. The individual in this position will provide leadership and focus on internal operations and help shape the future direction of the Program. The Associate Director will also play a leadership role within the organization, representing the department across internal teams and projects, helping to align the project with the new strategic direction of the organization. The individual will need to work with colleagues across the organization and think about how various initiatives intersect and how we coordinate and collaborate within the organization. 

The individual is expected to support team to consistently provide excellent service to our external partners as well as represent the needs and goals of those partners within the organization. Where needed, the individual will also need to build relationships with external partners – including state and community-based organizations that we work with to improve oral health. The below responsibilities are the key responsibilities for this position, however the scope of the job responsibilities are likely to evolve as the project leadership identify the best way to advance our oral health work.


Supervision: The Associate Director will report to the Director of the dental access program






Applicants should submit a resume with a one-page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “Associate Director, Oral Health Project” in the subject line.


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Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status. It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender- nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

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