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 and Dental Insurance
  • Retirement Savings (IPERS and/or 403(b))
  • Paid time off and 9 company paid holidays
  • Short Term Disability after 1 year of employment
  • Basic Life and AD&D coverage
  • Company paid travel reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Optional benefits: Flexible Spending, Long Term Disability, Voluntary Life, Voluntary Accident, and Vision



In this school based role, you will assist the Dental Hygienist as they provide dental screening, fluoride application, sealant placement and care coordination to children in various elementary schools in Linn, Benton and Jones Counties.   In addition, you will work with schools to provide care coordination and scheduling.  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- 5:00 pm; $18.00-$20.50 based on qualifications



  1. Perform direct services within the scope of practice for a licensed dental assistant, including, but not limited to: care coordination, oral health education, infection control, documentation/recording as part of public health dental programs, chairside assisting of Registered Dental Hygienist who is performing oral screening, fluoride application and sealant placement.
  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. Follow Maternal/Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) protocols for dental education.
  6. Conduct follow-up contacts and dental care coordination with clients and/or parents.
  7. Assist the I-Smile Coordinator and I-Smile @ School Dental Hygienist with school based sealant program, duties including recruiting participants, obtaining parental consent, contacting school administrators, conducting presentations, and staffing clinics.
  8. Serve as a mandatory reporter to the Department of Human Services (DHS).
  9. Stock, maintain, and disinfect dental service areas and storage areas.
  10. Assist in program quality improvement and evaluation including program, divisional, and department performance indicators.
  11. Participate in emergency preparedness response as directed.
  12. Participate in work-related meetings, training, and conferences as required.
  13. Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with HACAP policies, procedures, and safety practices.
  14. Attend work regularly at the designated place and time.


  1. Support the organization's mission, vision, values, policy, and procedure by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect personalization, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.
  2. Demonstrates personal commitment to HACAP through quality job performance, a sense of responsibility for high achievement, professional appearance, awareness of current events throughout HACAP, and positive promotion of HACAP.
  3. Consistently work positively and cooperatively with fellow Team Members.
  4. Consistently demonstrate the ability to respond to flexibly changing situations to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary.
  5. Consistently come to work on time, working as scheduled, and leaving at the scheduled time.
  6. Maintain appropriate attire and good grooming habits to support HACAP’s desire for safe and efficient operations, providing greater service and better customer relations. 
  7. Must possess high integrity and ensure confidentiality of any information concerning an employee, client, family, financial condition, or personal peculiarities is strictly maintained.
  8. Ensure that personal health information is protected during its collection, use, disclosure, storage, and destruction within HACAP as required by HIPAA.
  9. Interact effectively with persons representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests and points of view



 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. Successful completion of a course of study and examination approved by the Iowa Dental Board or successful completion of on-the-job training and examination approved by the Iowa Dental Board.
  2. One year of dental assisting clinical experience. Ability to obtain a Public Health Supervision Agreement.
  3. Valid Certificate of Registration to practice as a Dental Assistant in the State of Iowa.
  4. Experience with pediatric population preferred.


 The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, and grasp; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly use the repetitive wrist, hand, and finger movements to operate dental equipment and a computer keyboard. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, squat, twist, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally climb stairs or steps. The employee must regularly lift, move, push, or pull up to 10 pounds; frequently lift, move, push, or pull up to 35 pounds; and occasionally lift, move, push or pull up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


  • 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.
  • Complete Child Abuse Reporter training within six (6) months of employment and update every five (5) years.
  • Complete Bloodborne pathogen training within (10) days of employment and update every year.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Valid car insurance.
  • Reliable transportation for on-the-job use.
  • Maintain required continuing education hours to retain state licensure.
Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources at
Phone: 319-393-7811 ext. 1014
Email: HResources@hacap.org

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