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Johnson County Iowa Dental Hygienist in Iowa City, Iowa

Dental Hygienist


$58,620.67 - $70,344.80 Annually


Iowa City, IA

Job Type



Public Health - Global

Job Number



10/10/2022 11:59 PM Central

  • Description

  • Benefits

Definition & Duties

Under general supervision, provides dental screenings, oral hygiene instruction, caries preventive treatments, dental referrals, and oral health education as part of public health dental programs.

Knowledge of & Ability to

  • Principles, techniques, terminology, and practices of dental health, and preventative clinical services

  • Development of pediatric dentition

  • Dental procedures, instruments, equipment, and supplies

  • Methods and outreach used in health education

  • HIPAA and OSHA regulations

  • English language to include grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary

Ability to:

  • Collect data, keep accurate records, and prepare specialized reports

  • Apply State or Federal standards as they relate to programs

  • Interpret, apply, and articulate departmental policies and procedures

  • Represent Johnson County and perform duties in a professional, responsible, and trustworthy manner

  • Maintain confidentiality and security of information as appropriate

  • Provide customer service that is courteous and responsive

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other departments, agencies (including physicians, dentists, nurses, school officials/personnel), and members of the public

  • Interact effectively with persons representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively managing bias

  • Organize and prioritize multiple tasks and competing priorities

  • Be detail-oriented and accurate while performing duties

  • Use a computer for the purposes data entry, spreadsheets, presentations, word processing, email and Internet

  • Operate common office equipment such as calculators, fax machines, photocopiers, scanners and multi-line telephones

  • Handle low to moderate levels of stress, meet deadlines and solve problems appropriate to the position

  • Follow oral and written instructions

  • Organize and present facts, ideas, and opinions clearly and concisely, orally and in writing

  • Have clarity of speech and hearing which permits effective communication

  • Have sufficient vision which permits light to moderate production and review of a wide variety of materials both in electronic and hardcopy forms

  • Have sufficient manual dexterity to make handwritten notations and which permits moderate use of a keyboard and mouse

  • Lift, move, carry, push and/or pull up to approximately 35 pounds

  • Stand, sit, squat, kneel, bend, crouch, twist, reach, and use a step stool as needed

  • Have sufficient personal mobility to complete work at various facilities

  • Work flexible schedule and occasional overtime as needed

Minimum Education, Training & Experience & Special Requirements

Associate’s degree in dental hygiene from an accredited dental hygiene program AND three (3) years of dental hygiene clinical experience in private practice, schools, hospitals, or community/public health settings. Experience with pediatric population preferred.

Special requirements: Must be licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of Iowa. Valid driver’s license and insurable under County liability coverage. Must pass background check.

Specific Duties

to be performed satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Perform direct services within the scope of practice for a licensed dental hygienist, including, but not limited to: oral assessment and screening, sealant application, fluoride varnish application, oral hygiene instruction, prophylaxis, and nutrition-dental counseling.

  • Provide services as specified in the written Public Health Supervision Agreement and under the protocols specified in the agreement.

  • Refer clients to area dentists for dental treatment and to establish ongoing dental homes.

  • Document dental findings and preventive treatments.

  • Develop and conduct oral health education programs for individual patients and community groups.

  • Follow Maternal/Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) protocols for dental assessment and education.

  • Conduct follow-up contacts and dental care coordination with clients and/or parents.

  • Assist the Oral Health Coordinator with school based sealant program duties including recruiting participants, obtaining parental consent, contacting school administrators, conducting presentations, and staffing clinics.

  • Serve as a mandatory reporter to the Department of Human Services (DHS).

  • Stock, maintain, and disinfect dental service areas and storage areas.

  • Assist in program quality improvement and evaluation including program, divisional, and department performance indicators.

  • Participate in emergency preparedness response as directed.

  • Assist with development of undergraduate and graduate students completing internships and practicum experiences at Johnson County Public Health.

  • Participate in work-related meetings, training, and conferences as required.

  • Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, and safety practices.

  • Attend work regularly at the designated place and time.

Resume and cover letter must be attached to online application.

Employee Benefits

The following is a summary of benefits for full-time, non-bargaining County employees. Benefits, privileges and duties for employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement may vary depending on specific contract provisions.


Employees serve a six-month probationary period and are eligible for meritorious performance compensation increases based upon performance evaluations. Across the board compensation increases are considered by the Board of Supervisors, and are made effective July 1 annually.


  • During 1st through 9th years: 3 working weeks

  • During 10th through 19th years: 4 working weeks

  • During 20th or later years: 5 working weeks


12 paid holidays per year plus 2 personal holidays:

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King's Birthday

  • President's Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Juneteenth

  • Labor Day

  • Veteran's Day

  • Thanksgiving Day and day after

  • Christmas

  • Floating Christmas holiday

Sick Leave

Accrues at the rate of 18 days per year on a per-pay period basis to a maximum accrual of 120 days. After accumulation of 90 sick days, employees may convert sick leave to vacation on a 4:1 basis.

Wellness Program

Voluntary wellness activities, screenings, educational opportunities and incentives are offered throughout the year for employees and their families.

Employee Assistance Program

Employees and their families may contact Synchrony for free EAP counseling and referral services.

Health Care Coverage

Eligible employees may elect health care coverage the first of the month following one full month of employment.

  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa is the third party administrator for this self-funded plan

  • PPO with 90/10 in-network and 80/20 out-of-network co-insurance; $275 deductible single or $550 deductible family; $1000 out-of-pocket maximum single or $2000 out -of-pocket maximum family

  • Single coverage is $32/month for eligible full-time employees; family coverage is $112.00/month.

Dental Care Coverage

Eligible employees may elect dental care coverage the first of the month following one full month of employment. Single coverage is paid by the County for eligible full-time employees; family coverage is a cost between the County and employee.

Vision Care Coverage

Eligible employees may elect vision care coverage the first of the month following one full month of employment. Single coverage is paid by the County for eligible full-time employees; family coverage is a cost between the County and employee.

Flexible Spending

Eligible employees may set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for out-of-pocket health, dental and vision expenses that are not reimbursable through another source. Employees may also set aside pre-tax dollars for dependent care expenses.

Life Insurance

Eligible full-time employees are covered after 60 days of employment. Coverage is 1 times annualized compensation rounded up to the nearest thousand in group term life insurance and AD&D. Max covered salary $100,000.

Long-Term Disability

Eligible full-time employees are covered after 60 days of employment. County provides up to 2 years of long term disability coverage at 66 2/3% of the employees wages as a result of injury, sickness or pregnancy; employees may opt to purchase additional coverage.


Iowa Public Employee Retirement System is a mandatory retirement plan designed to supplement both Social Security and private savings. Non law-enforcement employees contribute 6.29% and the County contributes 9.44%.

Deferred Compensation (457)

A deferred compensation plan is offered that provides tax advantages and an additional means in which to save for retirement with an easy payroll deduction. Employees may select from several companies offering deferred compensation.

Discounted Bus Pass

Full-time and part-time employees are eligible to purchase discounted bus passes for Iowa City Transit and Coralville Transit for commuting to/from their jobs as Johnson County employees. Bus pass availability is subject to available funds and continuation of the program.

Johnson County is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

Women, minorities and elderly are encouraged to apply.


Johnson County


913 S Dubuque St Suite 103 Iowa City, Iowa, 52240





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