Dental Hygienist I

Texas Health & Human Services Commission El Paso, TX
Dental HygienistBrief Job Description:Under the administrative and professional supervision of the Regional Dentist for Health Region 9/10, performs complex public health work in dental hygiene. Serves as the Regional Hygienist to provide preventive services and oral health education to improve the dental public health of the region. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. IEssential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. (50%) Preventive Dentistry: Under the direction of the regional dentist, provides preventive dental services (dental sealants and/or topical fluoride varnish) that meet or exceed professional standards. Performs data entry. Assists with planning effective dental public health preventive activities and oral health surveillance projects. Partners with local, state and national groups (e.g. Head Start and Title V) in efforts, such as health fairs, to provide oral health education. Travels to regional and non-regional locations for oral health surveillance projects, preventive dental clinics, health fairs, and program required meetings. Helps other regions during periods of dental personnel shortage.(35%) Administrative: Responsible for organizing and scheduling preventive dental service clinics with select public school administrations and preschool programs throughout the region. Assists in overseeing the development and execution of contracts with public school administration and preschool program coordinators. Ensures completion and collection of all documentation from participating children; maintains accurate record of site visit; enters collected data into epidemiology program. Responsible for regional dental office activities including answering telephone calls and e-mail requests, duplicating various materials, ordering, organizing and inventorying dental supplies. Assists in maintaining upkeep of dental vehicle. Coordinates personal travel arrangements within Travel Request System (TRS).(10%) Professional Development and Community Support: Responsible for independently maintaining professional licensure and meeting continuing education requirements. Develops and maintains relationships with dental professional groups at the local, county and state levels.(5%) Performs other duties as assigned which include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a support role to meet the agency's obligation for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternative shift pattern assignment and location. Safe operation of either a state owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with agency policy. Compliance with DSHS Immunization Policy required: serologic evidence of immunity to, or documented evidence of vaccination against, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, with TDaP, and annual vaccination against influenza.Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of dental disease prevention techniques, dental prophylaxis techniques and procedures, and public health dental programs.Knowledge of current social and economic issues pertaining to public health dentistry.Knowledge of dental nomenclature.Knowledge of dental sealant placement and fluoride varnish application techniques. Knowledge of educational program development and teaching techniques.Knowledge of OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Precautions rules and regulations related to body fluids and Biomedical Waste handling.Skills in the use of dental tools and portable dental equipment.Skills in using personal computers, e-mail, word processing and database software including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, and Microsoft Word.Ability to instruct patients in the proper care of teeth and gums.Ability to identify abnormal dental conditions.Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.Ability to deal tactfully and professionally with the public.Ability to maintain effective working relationships and to work as a team member.Ability to organize time and materials effectively.Ability to make sound assessments and decisions.Ability to understand and follow directions and organize and set timelines for accomplishment of tasks.Ability to move 70 pounds—such as movement of dental equipment and supplies—in the performance of job duties.Safe operation of either a state-owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy 3901, Fleet Operations and Management & Procedures and standards developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Licensed as a Dental Hygienist by the State of Texas.Current CPR certification.Must possess a valid Class C Texas driver's license, or equivalent from another state.Initial Selection Criteria:

Licensed as a Dental Hygienist by the State of Texas.Experience as a Dental Hygienist (2 years preferred). Outreach or clinical experience (2 years preferred). Additional Information:

* Phone interview may be conducted prior to in-person interview. Skills exercise may be used as part of the interview process. Travel requirements and working hours other than 8-5 are applicable and must be able to accommodate. HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work. I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form. •Hygienist I Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68E, HM, 890, 4Y0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.