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Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

Contract (November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020), 0.4 FTE (14 hours/week)

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre (Parkdale Queen West CHC) is a dynamic, community-based health care organization serving mid-west downtown Toronto. Offering a broad range of services, including primary health care, dental care, harm reduction, health promotion, counselling, and community development programming, we are also committed to serving people who face barriers to health care, and we strive to reduce these barriers. PQWCHC is a multi-sited organization.

General Responsibilities: This position provides dental treatment to the clients of the communities served by Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, and acts as a navigator to improve client access to the social/health/community resources. The majority of work will be based at Queen West site and the position may be expected to work across sites.

Reporting Manager: Manager of Primary Care Services

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Performs oral examinations, formulates treatment plans, informs clients and families of treatment plans and obtains consent for treatment.
  • Provides a broad range of basic dental treatment, such as dental restorations, extractions, oral hygiene procedures, root canal treatment on selected teeth, fixed and removable prostheses.
  • Performs emergency dental procedures.
  • Prescribes appropriate medications and administers local anesthetic.
  • Monitors and performs universal precaution procedures for infection control in the dental office.
  • Operates dental x-ray machines, radiographic processor and interprets radiographs.
  • Ensures medical emergency kits and oxygen are available and in a state of readiness, and the staff is prepared to implement lifesaving procedures as necessary (such as administer emergency medication, provide oxygen, perform CPR, use AED).
  • Ensures proper x-ray quality assurance and safety, and the proper disposal of biohazard and/or environmental waste.
  • Receives referrals from private dental and medical provider and makes referrals to other appropriate dental practices and specialists. Builds referral pathways with other dental providers.
  • Resolves conflict with staff, clients, and members of the public when necessary.
  • Performs the duties of a team leader in a clinical setting, which includes ensuring effective teamwork and efficient flow of clients.
  • Mentors and supervises dental and dental hygiene students from universities and colleges.
  • Ensures that the clinic is properly equipped and maintained and meets safety requirements for staff and clients.
  • Ensures that the relevant policies and procedures of the designated clinics are implemented.
  • Optimizes navigation tools to provide clients with access to social/health/community resources and collaborates with the partner agencies. Incorporates health promotion and harm reduction strategies.
  • Respects and values the diversity of clients and the target communities, preserves confidentiality and seeks to minimize risk.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in dentistry from a recognized university, licensed by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario to practice dentistry in the Province of Ontario, and current dental licensure in good standing.
  • Extensive experience working in a dental office, community health facility and/or public health setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and interdependently in a multi-disciplinary team environment, in which the skills and responsibilities of each team member are recognized and respected.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the diverse and complex health and social needs of the community members, particularly those experiencing social inequity and discrimination.
  • Ability to provide service excellence and commitment to the coalition and work effectively with various and diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Fluency in languages other than English is an asset.
  • Familiarity with government legislation, such as occupational health and safety, and privacy legislation.

Compensation: $103,439 - $115,329 (to be pro-rated to FTE)

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining a creative and dedicated team to make things better, we want to hear from you. Please send your resume and cover letter in a single document (MS Word or PDF format only) to, quoting “Dentist_0.4 FTE” in the subject line. Internal candidates please submit application by 5:00 pm of November 14, 2019. External candidates the deadline for application is by 5pm of November 20, 2019. We truly appreciate your interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please also note that the successful candidate will be required to provide a criminal reference check as a condition of employment.