Definition TO APPLY:
Priority Application Date: September 5, 2023 by 5:00 PM (Mountain Time)
- Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted. A resume will not substitute for completing the work history section of the application.
- Please include with your completed application the following attachments: Cover Letter, Resume, copy of Dental Hygienist license, copy of valid Driver's License.
- Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
- Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
Complete applications with required attachments received by the 'Priority Application Date' will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
Located halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and home to the University of Montana, Missoula is an academic center situated in an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Depending on the season, you can hike, ski, fish, float rivers, ride mountain bikes, or just sit back and marvel at the surrounding scenery. Join us in scenic, sophisticated, and service-oriented Missoula!
Partnership Health Center (PHC), 2019 and 2022 winner of the Employer of Choice Award for Missoula, and 2022 winner of the Montana Employer of Choice Award, offers impeccable, integrated services to over 16,000 individuals and families. A 7-site, co-applicant Federally Qualified Health Center with Missoula County, PHC fulfills its mission through the provision of a full range of primary care services - medical, dental, behavioral health, and an on-site pharmacy with a dedication to attending to the social determinants of health. Please visit our website to see the amazing benefits you will receive by joining our team such as medical (no cost for employee), dental, and vision insurance, loan forgiveness, retirement plan contributions, and generous paid sick and vacation time.
Provides Dental Hygienist services in the PHC Dental Clinic.
Representative Examples of Work
Provides direct patient care in accordance with state dental laws.
- Provides oral health education to patients.
- Maintains patient charts, clinic progress notes, and PHC clinic records.
- Works with PHC Dental Director and Coordinator to order supplies.
- Serves as dental assistant upon request, including chair-side assisting, sterilization of equipment and radiograph processing.
- Participates in PHC staff meetings.
Performs related work as required or directed.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the direction of the PHC Dental Director.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None. May act as a preceptor for dental hygiene students.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Works with the public seeking dental care; works closely with PHC and community health care providers, dental volunteers, all PHC staff and other Health Dept. employees. Acts as an expert in a professional field to inform people of their oral health status and problems and to influence patients to comply with oral health care recommendations. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
KNOWLEDGE : Thorough knowledge of dental office and dental hygiene practices, procedures and techniques. Thorough knowledge of dental terminology and charting practices. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of dental health promotion and prevention. Some knowledge of Federal and OSHA regulations for dental clinics. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of HIPAA compliance. Working knowledge of the PHC Corporate Compliance Guidelines.
SKILLS : Skill in dental hygiene practices including dental cleanings and patient education.
ABILITIES : Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and groups. Ability to effectively community in English orally and in writing. Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality. Ability to be culturally sensitive to the needs of the medically indigent. Ability to respond to new client needs. Ability to work effectively in a dynamic clinic environment and to handle multiple demands and responsibilities.
EDUCATION : Requires graduation from an accredited Dental Hygiene Program. Requires a current license to practice dental hygiene in the state of Montana.
EXPERIENCE : Work-related experience is desirable, but not required. Experience working with a multi-disciplinary health care team desirable.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS : Subject to passing a criminal background investigation that will require fingerprinting. Requires immunizations or proof of immunity to certain infectious diseases and a TB test. New employees will be asked to volunteer vaccination status for required vaccines upon hire and will be offered assistance during hiring to receive necessary immunizations. Employees who have not received the vaccines required for their positions or who are unwilling to voluntarily provide vaccination status for required vaccines will receive a reasonable accommodation where such accommodation does not require an undue hardship or endanger the health or safely of any person.
The work requires lifting of supply boxes in the medium range (up to 30 lbs); requires exposure to x-ray equipment. The employee may risk exposure to biohazards (ex. blood and disinfectant chemicals), and communicable diseases. Work is performed walking or standing much of the time.
This summary outlines the benefit programs; actual benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.
Missoula County will reward your contributions to our community with competitive compensation and generous benefits, including but not limited to:Excellent Medical Health Benefits
– Group health benefits, including dental and vision coverage, are available to eligible County employees. The medical health benefits premium is covered for full-time employees. The County contribution is pro-rated on hours paid for part-time employees. The employee pays the premium portion for dependent coverage. Family health benefits coverage is $258.00 per pay period.
Medical deductible is $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a family. Flexible Benefits Plan
– Pre-tax out-of-pocket medical expenses and day care expenses.Voluntary Life Insurance Coverage, Long and Short-Term Disability, Critical and Accident Insurance
are offered through Mutual ofOmaha.Public Employees Retirement System
– Montana public employees of the state, university system, local governments and certain employees of school districts are covered by the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). New members to the PERS have an opportunity to choose between two retirement plan options: the Defined Benefit Plan or the Defined Contribution Plan.Sheriffs' Retirement System (SRS)
– A public pension plan for all Montana Sheriffs hired after July 1, 1974 and Detention Officers hired after July 1, 2005.Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- Working for Missoula County may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness. Look here to learn more and understand whether you may be eligible.Supplemental Retirement Benefits
are offered through Valic or Nationwide.Sick Leave
– Full-time employees accrue 7.38hours per month and are eligible to use sick leave once you have been an employee for 90 days.The accrual is pro-rated for part-time employees.Vacation Leave
– Full-time employees accrue 9.24 hours per month and are eligible to use leave after continuous employment for a period of 6 full months. The accrual is pro-rated for part-time employees.Holidays
– The County observes eleven legal holidays in even numbered years and ten legal holidays in odd numbered years.Paid Parental Leave (PPL)-
In recognition of the importance of bonding and care of a newborn child or a child placed for adoption, Missoula County 6 continuous weeks of PPL to eligible full-time employees that have been with the county for 180 days. The hours are pro-rated for part-time employees.Tuition Assistance
- Because we value the professional and personal development of our employees, Missoula County is proud to offer reimbursement of certain education expenses.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous