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Careers at the MDS

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is a professional association dedicated to improving the oral health of the public and the professional development of its membership through initiatives in education, advocacy, and promotion of the highest professional standards. To accomplish these goals, the MDS engages in political advocacy, access to care, various communications—including publications, website, and social networking—and produces an annual dental conference in Boston. The MDS delivers continuing education onsite and throughout the Commonwealth. It also includes a Foundation focused on improving access to care for the underserved in Massachusetts.

Employee benefits include:

  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Generous Paid Time Off and Holidays
  • 401(k) Profit-Sharing Plan
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts


Executive Director

Executive Director

Southborough, MA (Greater Boston Area; Remote work negotiable)

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is a Tripartite membership association whose members also belong to the American Dental Association (ADA) and one of the MDS’s 14 local District Societies. The MDS serves its members by facilitating advocacy and information exchange by providing extensive resources for all career stages and by fostering a strong sense of community. The association also functions as a sounding board for its members, a source for industry and market information, and as a coordinating and decision-making body for dealing with industry issues.

The MDS seeks a proven executive-level leader whose career in a trade association or comparable business enterprise has been noted by their ability to chart a path forward with exceptional communication skills and an empathetic leadership style. This person must exhibit success in collaborating with and convening diverse stakeholders sharing common interests and values so that the tactics and strategic goals of the organization are pursued in a collegial, transparent, and highly participatory manner. Direct experience in dentistry is not required, though general knowledge of the industry would be highly advantageous.

The successful candidate will possess a high level of business and financial acumen and strategic budget analysis. S/he will have a proven record in building strategic advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of an organization or association, a creative and innovative approach to marketing and branding, and a comfort level being the face of the organization. The MDS seeks a leader who can develop and support a team of professional employees through effective delegation, professional development, and confident decision making.

This person should demonstrate an ability to both positively raise the profile of the MDS and to support the best interests of members. Experience working with stakeholders to build new business relationships, collaborative partnerships, and expanded membership is highly desired. Along with these skills, some of the important personal attributes the MDS seeks include integrity, energy, a sense of humor, authenticity, fun, and a proactive and collaborative approach.

An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required. An advanced business degree is preferred. Demonstration of continuing professional education, accreditation in a professional field, and/or board leadership at a local, state, or national professional or trade association would be highly desirable. A CAE designation is highly valued.

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC, at https://bit.ly/3jYgLsJ.