North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners regulates dental hygienists, dental assistants and dentists
through licensure, regulation and promulgation of laws and rules.  

Job Position Title: Executive Director, North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners
Monthly Salary Range: salary negotiable based upon qualifications. The holder of this position is expected to provide leadership to the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners to enable them to carry out their statutory mission to protect the health, safety and welfare of North Dakota citizens by ensuring that qualified individuals are granted licenses and that only those who adhere to the standards of professional practice retain their licenses.
General Responsibilities:
• This position will have oversight and be generally responsible for the obtaining and renewing of license and registrations for the following professions: Dentists, dental hygienists, qualified and registered dental assistants.
• Preparation for Board Meetings: Provide leadership for the Board of Dental Examiners by preparing for Board meetings. Preparation includes developing the agenda and preparing the public notice; gathering and collating all supporting information for inclusion on the Board’s cloud; reviewing all documents for completeness and accuracy prior to their inclusion on the cloud or other means of communicating information to members of the Board; work closely with the Board’s Assistant Attorney General or General Counsel on the disciplinary docket including advising the Board on all consent and/or agreed orders during the processing of complaints against licensees.
• Attendance at Board Meetings. The holder of this position must attend all meetings of the Board of Dental Examiners, and committees or taskforces on which the Board has representation, and assist the Board in applying their statute, rules and regulations to board business.
• Preparation of Draft Notices. The holder of this position must be able to prepare and guide the Board with pleadings which accurately reflect their purpose. For example, agreed citations must accurately reflect the licensee’s violation of laws/rules and Code of Ethics. Additionally, notices of suspension (suspending a licensees privilege to practice his/her profession) must accurately identify the legal basis for the suspension, the board’s authority to take the suspension action, the length of the suspension and the steps the licensee must take to have the suspension lifted.
• Analysis of Proposed Legislation: Provide guidance and leadership on behalf of the Board of Dental Examiners by providing analysis of pending legislation including fiscal notes to the Department of Health. This position must be skilled in evaluating proposed legislation and its effect on the North Dakota Dental practice act as well as any budgetary impact. This position requires its holder to be able to thoroughly understand the North Dakota Dental practice act and understand it in the context of other statutes and rules.
• Laws, Rule and Board Policy Development: Develop (in consultation with legal and board members), the rules, regulations and policies that govern the Board of Dental Examiners. The rules must derive from specific statutory authority. In order to effectively discharge this responsibility, the holder of this position must be able to work effectively with legal staff and or the legal community at large and must be able to evaluate newly created public chapters and be thoroughly familiar with broad legal principles including due process, notice, HIPAA, confidentiality, open records laws, requirements of promulgating administrative rules and legislative processes.
• Supervision of Subordinate Staff: Provides assistance and management if required for the Board of Dental Examiners committees that report to them by providing supervision, oversight and leadership. The director meets as needed with administrative staff to evaluate progress and to assist staff in licensing and renewal process. In this environment, the director must establish a strong sense of team work among the administrative staff.
• Communication. The holder of this position must be able to respond to comprehensive written communications regarding the statutes, rules and regulations that govern the Board of Dental Examiners. The holder of this position must be able to respond to applicants, licensees and other healthcare professionals citing with accuracy board statutes, rules, regulations and policies.
Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree, required
• Paralegal certificate from accredited college or J.D., dental experience – a bonus.
• 5 years’ experience in a leadership position in a healthcare, legal or regulatory environment
• Must have sufficient work experience to work independently
• Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and be detailed oriented
• Must be able to multi-task and work with deadlines
• Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel software
• Must be highly professional and customer service oriented.
Interested parties may submit a resume along with a cover letter to NDBDE President, Tim Mehlhoff, CPA at Tim.Mehlhoff@BradyMartz.com.

Executive Director Administrative Assistant Assistant Attorney General

Rita Sommers, RDH, MBA

PO Box 7246

Bismarck, ND 58507-7246

(w) 701-833-8551

(f) 701-852-8624

Jacinda Simmons

PO Box 7246

2900 East Broadway

Bismarck, ND 58501

(w) 701-258-8600

(f) 701-224-9824


David Schaibley

Assistant Attorney General

Office of Attorney General

600 East Boulevard Ave.

Bismarck, ND 58505-2226

The NDBDE office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  The office is closed for all State holidays.

If you are unable to reach the administrative assistant when calling the Board office, please leave a message. She is either away from her desk or assisting other callers.  Phone messages are returned daily in the order they are received. You may also email the Board office at info@nddentalboard.org