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Community of Hope
Washington, DC 20032
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Effective September 19, 2021, all COH employees, interns, subcontractors, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This includes all staff, whether they are working remotely, hybrid, or in person. To be in compliance, and to be considered fully vaccinated, employees should have received one shot of Johnson & Johnson or two shots of either Pfizer or Moderna, plus, as of March 18, 2022, the appropriate booster, as based on CDC guidance below: If you require a religious or medical exemption, please reach out to hr@cohdc.org

  • Moderna: Eligible for the booster 5 months after completing your Moderna COVID-19 vaccination series, with an additional 30 days to receive your booster allowed for by COH 

  • Pfizer: Eligible for the booster 5 months after completing your Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination series, with an additional 30 days to receive your booster allowed for by COH.  

  • Johnson & Johnson: Eligible for the booster 2 months after receiving your Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with an additional 30 days to receive your booster allowed for by COH. 


The Dental Hygienist is accountable directly to the Director, Dental. The Dental Hygienist performs clinical oral hygiene procedures as delegated and directed by a dentist in accordance with department protocols, accepted professional practice and in compliance with applicable DC law. The Dental Hygienist documents all relevant patient information and service in the dental practice management system. This is a full-time position.

  • On-site: A majority or all of the position is required to work on-site. Please note that remote work designations are subject to change or fluctuate at any point in time and the supervisor may require in person learning for a specific amount of time after hire.

  • Salary- This position starts at $85k and up based on experience. Indeed provides their own estimated salary calculator and is not affiliated with COH's range. 

Highlighted Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse;

  • Records patient-hygienist transactions as they occur in the patients dental record so that the dental record accurately and completely reflects the nature of the contact, the condition of the patient and the care or treatment provided;

  • Integrates appropriate patient dental hygiene care with other health care professionals involved in the patients health care management.

  • Removes calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth via use of a cavitron, piezo or by hand instrumentation.

  • Performs taking and mounting diagnostic dental radiographs (x-rays);

  • Applies preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides);

  • Counsels patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health;

  • Participates in the Quality Improvement program of the Dental Department of the center;

  • Teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth-brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling); Incorporates different modalities to educate patients about proper oral care including but not limited to distribution of educational pamphlets, playing videos, demonstration on dentiform, etc.

  • Coordinates with Dental Director to maintain and update provider schedules as needed

  • Provides coordination with the Dental Office Manager as needed.

  • Maintains ongoing training and licensing and other credentials as required by DC and COH;

  • Remains compliant with Community of Hope policies and state and federal regulations governing confidential information, including HIPAA and HITECH.

  • Completes and locks all progress notes within 3 days after patient visit.

  • Documents all patient encounters, including face to face, telephone and electronic communications in the health record of the patient in a timely fashion. 

  • Respond to all telephone encounters in a timely fashion

  • Performs other duties as requested by supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Diploma from an accredited dental hygienist program required;

  • Must have an active DC dental hygienist license or willing to obtain one required

  • 2 years experience in a dental office practice preferred;

  • CPR required;

  • Must have the ability to work in a non-profit environment and a commitment to work with under-served populations.

  • Certification in Administration of Local Anesthesia preferred

  • Ability to work in a non-profit environment;

  • Must be physically capable of sitting or standing for extended periods of time

  • Knowledge of examination, diagnostic, and treatment procedures

  • Complies with all OSHA and Safety guidelines

  • Experience with EMR or other IT systems required; experience with Open Dental preferred.

  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required. COH will consider requests for reasonable accommodations for anyone who cannot be vaccinated for a religious or medical reason, subject to applicable law.

We offer great benefits including:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield;

  • Life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance;

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan;

  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care reimbursable expenses;

  • Transportation pre-tax payroll deduction for metro;

  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave and holidays;

  • Eligible for up to 5% raises on an annual basis based on performance evaluation

  • Tuition Reimbursement for graduate studies;

  • NHSC and DCHPLRP loan repayment participants  

  • Opportunities to volunteer at our programs or COH events

  • And much more!

About Us:

Community of Hopeis a mission-driven, innovative, and rapidly growing nonprofit. For nearly 40 years, we have provided healthcare, housing, and supportive services for low-income, underserved, and homeless people in Washington DC. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, we provide medical, dental, behavioral health, and care coordination services for the whole family at three locations in DC. Community of Hope also has a strong emphasis on maternal and child health, with a midwifery practice and the only free-standing birth center in DC. Community of Hope is also providing community walk-in COVID testing and COVID vaccines. Community of Hope is also one of the largest providers in DC of housing and support services for families experiencing homelessness. Through providing these programs, we live out our mission to improve health and end family homelessness to make Washington, DC more equitable. 


At Community of Hope, we care for families by providing direct services with a focus on prevention, healing, and wellness. We improve lives by building on families strengths, honoring their choices, and taking a whole-family, multi-generational approach. We lead and advocate for system change to address the effects of historical and current racial inequities on health outcomes and housing opportunities. We embrace the diversity of our community, welcome all voices and perspectives, and treat everyone with respect, compassion, and integrity. We strive for excellence in all that we do, implement evidence-based practices, measure our outcomes, and use this knowledge to continuously strengthen our work. In 2020, and in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, we were selected as one of The Washington Post 150 Top Workplaces based on feedback from our staff. Community of Hope is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through our mission, strategic plan, and at the staff level with several ways for staff to get involved with DEI initiatives.

Check out our website for more information here.


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Posted: 2022-10-05 Expires: 2022-11-04

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