Employment Opportunities

The Center for Oral Health (COH) is a nonprofit, California-based organization dedicated to promoting public oral health, with a focus on children and vulnerable populations. COH collaborates with national, state, and local partners to develop innovative community-based strategies for improving the oral health.

COH is an equal opportunity employer committed to staff diversity.

Current Job Openings:



Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) / RDH in Alternative Practice (RDHAP)

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Job Title:            Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) / RDH in Alternative Practice (RDHAP)

Reports To:         Senior Program Manager 

FLSA Status:       Per Diem Exempt, Six Month Project

Effective Date:    TBD

Pay Range:         Based on Experience and Education

To Apply:            Email Resume and Cover Letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Project Manager, performs a variety of professional program activities for COH’s Oral Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults. This is a per diem position to conduct screenings within nursing facilities and congregate meal sites within the state of California. RDH/RDHAP must be available 2-3 days per week to participate in the project. The Registered Dental Hygienist/Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDH/RDHAP) assist in the Basic Screening Survey (BSS) data collection of older adults in community dwellings and meal sites. The RDH/RDHAP will provide technical assistance with program content, implementation strategies and evaluation. 

Due to the broad scope of this project, the RDH/RDHAP works closely with Center for Oral Health’s partner organizations to implement and expand the components of Older Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities 


Program Implementation

Responsible for the implementation of the Oral Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults project in compliance with established rules, regulations, and ordinances.

Interfaces with partner organizations, health practitioners of various types, and assist in developing relationships with external stakeholders, provider networks, and partners.

Works closely with Program Manager and Director of Research to assist in the coordination and management of data collection necessary. Ensures program performance goals are met.


Program Development

Informs program design, delivery, and evaluation of Oral Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults. 

Works closely with the Program Manager and other clinical staff and partner organizations to continuously review the program and ensures that it meets the needs of participants from a variety of cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds, classes, languages, religions, and other diversity factors.



Works with partners and other clinical staff to survey older adults in accordance with the Basic Screening Survey model.

Educates individuals in the nature of oral health related conditions and in the general promotion of oral health and prevention of dental disease.

Completes data collection and other records or paperwork as required by COH. 

Responsible for personal as well as organizational full compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and center rules, regulations, protocols and procedures governing the practice of dental hygiene and the clinical provision of dental hygiene care as well as those relating to, but not limited to, personnel issues, work place safety, public health and confidentiality.

Other duties may be assigned. The duties listed here are typical examples of the work performed; not all duties assigned are included, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty.


Supervisory Responsibilities 

This position is NOT responsible for the oversight of other staff. 



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Training

Completion of an accredited Dental Hygiene program.



A minimum of two (2) years of previous experience within the dental profession as a dental assistant or dental hygienist.

Experience in public health or community health highly preferred.


Other Skills and Qualifications

Must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills in order to manage the diverse tasks and interact with the varied constituencies involved in the programs.


Language Skills

Given the service population that is benefitted by the funding for this position, Bilingual skills in Spanish (English-Spanish) are strongly preferred.

Ability to write reports and business correspondence.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Computer Skills

Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access) for email, data access, budgeting, and reporting. 

Ability to navigate electronic dental health record/billing software. 


Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

Current RDH or RDHAP license to practice in California.  License must be in good standing with the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC). 

Valid California Driver License and Automobile Liability Insurance.


Other Requirements 

Must be willing to complete additional training for the implementation of Basic Screening Survey (BSS) component of the Oral Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults project. 

Must complete and submit documentation of the DOJ Live Scan process (Department of Justice) to obtain clearance to work. 

TB Screening: upon hire and periodically thereafter. TB clearance is a strict requirement for this position.


Travel Requirements

Must have reliable transportation and be available to travel to various locations where Oral Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults project is implemented. Travel may be required on a local, regional, or national level for program implementation, program activities or attend conferences related to the programs.


Physical Demands

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 frequently required to sit, use hands, and to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision due to see the intricacies of the dental equipment. Prolonged sitting or standing may be required. Those physical movements and the degree of mobility normally associated with the practice of primary care dentistry will be performed on a repetitive basis. The ability to distinguish letters and symbols, as well as the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals, and copiers is required.


Work Environment 

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. Work under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required. Exposure to communicable diseases, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation and other conditions common to a clinical environment may routinely be encountered. 


To Apply To be considered for this position, applicants must attach a resume and cover letter.

Please forward all to:

Jessica Woods, RDHAP, BSDH

Senior Program Manager

Center for Oral Health

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