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$14.50 to $17.50 Hourly

Benefits Offered

Dental, Vision, Life, Medical

Employment Type


The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless seeks a Dental Assistant to assist the Dental Director, Operations Coordinator, Dentist, and Hygienist in the care and treatment of patients. This position is located at 2111 Champa Street Denver, CO 80205 and reports to the Dental Director and Dental Operations Coordinator.

Résumés without a cover letter may not be considered. In addition to information about qualifications, applicants must describe their interest in helping homeless people and should include language describing their understanding of the causes of homelessness. Please indicate where you first saw this job posting in your cover letter.

Coalition Benefits

In addition to the unique challenges and extraordinary rewards of our work, eligible Coalition employees enjoy a rich benefits package, including:

  • Health insurance coverage on the first day of employment: full-time employees contribute only 1% of their earnings for their own health coverage and no more than 4% of their earnings for coverage of eligible dependents. We’re proud to offer same- and opposite-sex domestic partner coverage;
  • Dental, vision, and flexible spending/dependent care/public transit accounts;
  • Free basic life insurance and long-term disability coverage;
  • Dollar-for-dollar retirement plan matching contributions up to 5% of earnings;
  • Extensive paid time-off, including 8 holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and three weeks of vacation for new full-time employees in their first full year.

Essential Job Functions

1. Assists the Dentist and Hygienist during a variety of treatment procedures.

2. Maintains compliance with infection control protocols, including appropriate sterilization of instruments.

3. Maintains a clean and orderly work environment.

4. Completes protocols for opening and closing of the clinic.

5. Seats patients, obtain medical history, completes radiology and prepares patients for new exam and dental procedures.

6. Assists dental office coordinator with maintaining charts, scheduling appointments and other front office tasks as requested.

7. Primary chairside assisting duties:

  • Assists the Dentist and Hygienist in the examination, prevention, and treatment of oral disease.
  • Has chart present and X-ray mounted when patient is seated.
  • Prepares patients, set up instrument trays, and prepares materials used in dental procedures.
  • Keeps the patient’s mouth free of debris and hands the Dentist appropriate instruments during the procedure.
  • Practices rubber dam techniques, sterilizes equipment, and maintains infection control protocols.
  • Cleans, disinfects, sterilizes, and recirculate instruments.
  • Prepares dental materials, cements, amalgams, composites, impression materials, prepares casting models and dies.
  • Takes, develops, mounts, and labels dental radiographs (X-rays).
  • Prepares outgoing lab cases and receives incoming lab cases.
  • Collects and records patient medical and oral health histories; take blood pressure and blood sugar if necessary.
  • Helps patients feel comfortable before, during, and after the procedure. This may include using low voice tones and voice control and providing reassurance.
  • Provides patients with instructions prescribed by the Dentist for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of restoration.
  • Stocks, cleans, and disinfects treatment rooms; maintain equipment and work areas.
  • Disposes of contaminated biological and chemical waste according to OSHA procedures and protocols.
  • Retrieves and maintains dental records; records treatment information in patient records.
  • Assists Dentist in managing medical and dental emergencies performs CPR with attending Dentist if necessary.
  • Performs dental assisting duties within scope of practices as defined by Colorado law.

8. Secondary front office duties as requested or assigned:

  • Schedules and confirms patient appointments.
  • Handles incoming phone calls and inquiries about the dental clinic.
  • Maintains patient reception procedures; receives and seats patients.
  • Completes task list for opening and/or closing the clinic each day. Tasks include starting up compressors and vacuum each morning and at noon, arranging dental chairs, filling all water bottles, and changing X-ray developer and fixer once per week with cleaning.
  • Completes patient registration and insurance verification procedures and enters data into computer.
  • Assists patients in completing new patient registration packets and other financial/benefits forms as needed (e.g., Friends of Man applications).
  • Makes charts, organizes, and maintains filing of patient records and release of confidential health information.
  • Accurately records information in patient records.
  • Prints patients route slips; ensures completion and timely submission of route slips to the MIS department.

Employee must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of self or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above 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.

Qualifications Summary

1. Graduate from high school or GED

2. Graduation from dental assisting program is required. Program accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association preferred.

3. Current CPR certification required.

4. One-year experience as a dental assistant with patient care and front office duties preferred.

5. EDDA strongly preferred.

6. Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred.

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is committed to delivering services, making employment-related decisions, selecting volunteers, and selecting vendors without regard to age over 40, race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, military status, or any other applicable status protected by law.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

About Colorado Coalition for the Homeless:

Our Mission
The mission of The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children and individuals throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of those it serves.

Our History
CCH was established in 1984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It was founded by a group of individuals with a will to take action on behalf of Colorado's homeless. They recognized the struggles of working people living in poverty. And they refused to tolerate the dangers faced by those people sleeping in their cars, in tents, or on the streets.

More than 30 years later, many of the underlying social causes of homelessness persist, like poverty, shortages of affordable housing, and unattainable healthcare. The Coalition's integrated housing, healthcare, and supportive service programs have been highly effective at responding to these conditions over time.

Our Philosophy of Service
We believe all people have the right to adequate housing and healthcare. We work to remove the barriers that restrict access to these rights. Society benefits when adequate housing and healthcare are available to everyone.

We create lasting solutions to homelessness by:

1. Honoring the inherent dignity of those we serve, affirming their capabilities, and fostering their hope that a better life is possible;
2. Building strong, caring communities through the integration of housing, healthcare, and supportive services;
3. Advocating for social equity and challenging the status quo on behalf of the individuals and families we serve;
4. Achieving excellence through continuous quality assurance, innovation, and professional development; and
5. Using resources judiciously and effectively.

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Posted date: 26 days ago

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