Dental Hygienist (Part-Time, School Year)

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc.

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) is a diverse, community-focused nonprofit dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of families living with the everyday barriers of poverty.


What we are proud to offer you:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Savings (IPERS and/or 403b) with generous company match
  • Paid time off and 9 company paid holidays
  • Short Term Disability
  • Basic Life and AD&D coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Optional benefits: Flexible Spending, Long Term Disability, Voluntary Life, Voluntary Accident


In this school based role, you will provide oral hygiene instruction, dental screening, fluoride application, sealant placement and care coordination to children in various elementary schools in Linn, Benton and Jones Counties.  This program helps families attain preventive dental care for their elementary aged children, promoting positive life-long oral health habits.   

Wage and Schedule

  • Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (32 hours per week)
  • $30.65
  • This position is eligible for a $1200 retention incentive after successfully completing 6 months of employment


  1. Perform direct services within the scope of practice for a licensed dental hygienist, including, but not limited to: oral assessment and screening, fluoride varnish and/or sealant application, oral hygiene instruction, and nutrition-dental counseling.
  2. Provide services as specified in the written Public Health Supervision Agreement and under the protocols specified in the agreement.
  3. Refer clients to area dentists for dental treatment and to establish ongoing dental homes.
  4. Document dental findings and preventive treatments.
  5. Develop and conduct oral health education programs for individual patients and community groups.
  6. Follow Maternal/Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) protocols for dental assessment and education.
  7. Conduct follow-up contacts and dental care coordination with clients and/or parents.
  8. Assist the I-Smile Coordinator with school based sealant program duties including recruiting participants, obtaining parental consent, contacting school administrators, and conducting presentations.
  9. Serve as a mandatory reporter to the Department of Human Services (DHS).
  10. Stock, maintain, and disinfect dental service areas and storage areas.
  11. Assist in program quality improvement and evaluation including program, divisional, and department performance indicators.
  12. Participate in emergency preparedness response as directed.
  13. Participate in work-related meetings, training, and conferences as required.
  14. Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with HACAP policies, procedures, and safety practices.
  15. Attend work regularly at the designated place and time.



 Knowledge of:

  1. Principles, techniques, terminology, and practices of dental health, and preventative clinical services
  2. Development of pediatric and adult dentition
  3. Dental procedures, principles of infection control, infection control procedures, instruments, equipment, and supplies
  4. Methods and outreach used in health education
  5. HIPAA, OSHA, CDC, and IDB regulations
  6. English language to include grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary

Ability to:

  1. Collect data, keep accurate records, and prepare specialized reports
  2. Apply State or Federal standards as they relate to programs
  3. Interpret, apply, and articulate departmental policies and procedures
  4. Interact effectively with persons representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view
  5. Organize and prioritize multiple tasks and competing priorities
  6. Be detail-oriented and accurate while performing duties
  7. Use a computer for the purposes data entry, spreadsheets, presentations, word processing, email and Internet
  8. Handle low to moderate levels of stress, meet deadlines and solve problems appropriate to the position
  9. Follow oral and written instructions
  10. Organize and present facts, ideas, and opinions clearly and concisely, orally and in writing




  1. Associate’s degree in dental hygiene from an accredited dental hygiene program.
  2. Licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of Iowa.
  3. One year of dental hygiene clinical experience in private practice, schools, hospitals, or community/public health setting.
  4. Ability to obtain a Public Health Supervision Agreement.


  1. Three years of dental hygiene clinical experience in private practice, schools, hospitals, or community/public health settings.
  2. Experience with pediatric population



  1. Receive clearance by the Iowa Department of Human Services on child abuse and criminal records checks upon employment and resubmit/receive clearance every two (2) years.
  2. Complete Child Abuse Reporter training within six (6) months of employment and update every five (5) years.
  3. Complete Bloodborne pathogen training within (10) days of employment and update every year.
  4. Valid driver’s license.
  5. Valid car insurance.
  6. Reliable transportation for on-the-job use.
  7. Maintain required continuing education hours to retain state licensure.

Job ID: 78505

Posted 28 days ago

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