Careers

El Centro de Corazón was founded in 1994 in Houston’s impoverished East End community as a social service organization with an initial focus on early childhood development. Over the years, El Centro expanded its focus to include the overall health of residents of the East End and the greater Houston area.  Today, El Centro is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three health centers that offer pediatric and adult primary care, women’s health services, pediatric and adult dental care, and behavioral health services.  El Centro is also providing primary care services in The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD’s Southeast clinic.  Additionally, El Centro is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home – Level 1 at its John S. Dunn Health Center.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to careers@elcentrochc.org or fax to 832-494-1636 for consideration.

No phone calls please.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Current Job Opportunities

Community Health Worker (CHW)/ Promotora de Salud

Overview  Influences patients to assume responsibility for their own health and serves as a health advisor offering patients encouragement, support, and health education through community outreach and educational presentations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as point of contact between community/neighborhood and El Centro de Corazón (ECDC).
  • Establishes rapport with community members and families in the community and with patients of ECDC.
  • Conducts home/site visits to identify needs for services and provide information and referrals to appropriate resources.
  • Maintains case record documents providing thorough documentation in a timely manner.
  • Partners with other ECDC CHWs and staff members to assist in contacting community members participating in ECDC initiatives.
  • Adheres to policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Maintains partnerships with community-based organizations (local schools/ school districts or health and community non-profits or stakeholders in the CHWs community/neighborhood.
  • Promotes ECDC programs and services.
  • Responsible for recruitment and management of patients.
  • Assists with the follow-up of patients referred to ECDC.
  • Keeps records of his/her daily activities and prepares reports as required.
  • Schedules educational and/or promotional activities in the community and at ECDC.
  • Analyzes operational issues impacting functional departments and the whole organization, and determines their financial impact.
  • Assists patient to complete forms pertinent to ECDC.
  • Responsible for learning required teaching guides and ECDC services, programs and procedures.
  • Compiles information required for monthly activity reports.
  • Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Plans activities as required.
  • Assists manager in the development of educational materials.
  • Assist in ECDC educational activities.
  • Participates in all promotional activities sponsored by ECDC.
  • Must demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Graduate from an accredited high school or GED program. High school/GED diploma may be substituted for three year of relevant professional-level work experience in health education or related field.
  • Possess a Promotor de Salud/Community Health Worker Certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services or will obtain the certification within seven months of hiring date.
  • Must be able to work hours during the week, with evenings and weekends as necessary.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is required.
  • Strong knowledge of FQHCs preferred.
  • Possess means of transportation.
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License and minimum liability insurance.

 

Physical Requirements Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus. May lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, using proper lifting techniques.

Working Conditions Exposure or potential exposure hazardous materials may exist, however not routinely. Exposure to outside temperatures, elements, dust, and noise.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Medical Assistant (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Overview Under the direction of the Clinic Manager, performs clinical skills in a medical care environment to all El Centro’s patients. The Medical Assistant is a member of the interdisciplinary medical team of the health center (OB/GYN, Family Practice, and Pediatric practice).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains first line contact with all clients who come into clinical care area.      
  • Performs routine intake procedures such as height, weight, temperature, pulse and blood pressure readings, and respiration;
  • Assists with office procedures;
  • Responsibility for assisting with triage of clients and routing of charts to appropriate provider;
  • Assists medical providers with examination and treatment of patients., ensure cleanliness of exam rooms, and sterilization as required;
  • Assists with translation/interpretation as needed;
  • Screens clients for visual acuity using Snellen method and conducts audiometry exams;
  • Responsible for maintenance of medical/laboratory equipment  to include quality controls on a regular basis;
  • Responsible for routine laboratory procedures including but not limited to various dipsticks, urinalysis, hematocrit, glucose screening, gram stains, and other procedures as approved by health center policies and CLIA standards.                          

                 

Non-essential Functions

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested;
  • Maintains supply room and orders supplies on a monthly basis;
  • Informs clinic manager of problems within the clinic.

 

Qualifications

  • Certified or registered medical assistant; required;
  • Fluent in Spanish and English; Required;
  • High school diploma or equivalent; Required;
  • 1 year previous experience strongly preferred;

 

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Psychiatrist
Overview 

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, delivers care commensurate with training and experience to all El Centro’s patients. Delivers care appropriate for an outpatient, primary care FQHC with a multicultural, multilingual patient population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Psychiatrist will provide care in the disciplines of general psychiatry by planning and carrying out psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children and their families.

 

Qualifications

  • Must have a valid medical license to practice in Texas, and be in good standing 
  • Have experience working in a high volume clinic environment
  • A graduate of a formal accredited medical school and certified to practice by Texas State Board
  • Preferably Board Certified in Psychiatry with a high level of competency in working with mental health issues, children and adolescents, families and diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic settings
  • Interest and/or experience in collaboration with interdisciplinary health teams
  • Possess unrestricted DEA certificate
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English) preferred. 

 

Continuing Education and Training Requirements

Participates in trainings required by licensure and/or by the funding source.

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

 

Family Medicine Physician (John S. Dunn Health Center)

Overview  Under the direction of the Medical Director, provides high quality, evidence-based medical care in the discipline of general medicine by planning and carrying out medical care programs.  Examines patients to determine presence of disease and to establish preventive health practices, prescribes and administers medications and immunizations, and performs a variety of medical duties, as within the scope of his/her practice.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works independently using his/her best professional judgment to provide and arrange for comprehensive medical services in an outpatient setting.
  • Examines patients using medical instruments and equipment, interprets laboratory and diagnostic studies and makes appropriate specialty referrals.
  • Perform outpatient procedures in accordance with El Centro de Corazón’s credentialing and privileging policy.
  • Provide consultation to other providers and medical staff in a team environment either in person or by telephone.
  • Assess patient needs for specialty referrals, diagnostic and inpatient care and make appropriate referrals for services. 
  • Responsible for accurate and timely documentation of all interactions with patients in accordance with ECDC policy.
  • Assist the clinic manager in the evaluation and supervision of clinical and auxiliary staff.
  • Works closely with the Medical Director, Director of Operations and other, appropriate staff and administration to identify, develop, and implement the comprehensive clinical services and preventive services.
  • Assists in internal quality control audits and renders care in accordance with quality and standards as established by El Centro and its regulating bodies.
  • Provide clinical supervision to midlevel providers, including appropriate auditing and signing off on charts.
  • Provides indirect supervision of medical assistants and lab personnel in area of specific support services for patient care delivery. 
  • Supervise medical residents and other trainees
  • Work with Medical Director and Quality Program Senior Manager on various quality improvement projects
  • Maintains credentials and continuing education for practice as defined by his/her specialty Board, to include licensure, certification, and continuing medical education.
  • Other duties or responsibilities as assigned by Medical Director.
  • Attends all required staff meetings, provider meetings, and actively participate in appropriate subcommittees as directed by the Medical Director. 

 

Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited medical school with a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy. 
  • Successful completion of an accredited Family Medicine Residency with minimum 2 years Family Medicine experience required
  • Must have a valid license to practice in Texas and experience working in a high volume clinic environment.
  • Board Certified.
  • Current CPR, BLS or ACLS certification
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Must enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standards of health care delivery.

 

Requirements

Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

Behavioral Health Consultant - Family Practice

Overview  Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) is a licensed behavioral health provider who will function as an integral member of the primary care team, providing brief consultative visits to children, adolescents, adults and their families. This provider will work to support integration of services between the medical and behavioral health care rendered to the patients in the form of brief interventions.

The BHC plays the primary role in detecting and addressing a broad spectrum of behavioral health issues in the setting of primary care with an aim of early identification and quick resolution for as many patients as possible. The BHC is an integral member of the care team, providing consultative services for behavioral health issues as they relate to physical health diseases and diagnoses.  Delivering evidence-based brief interventions to a large variety of patients with emotional and mental health issues seen in the primary care setting is at the core of this position.  At times, the BHC will meet with the patients for a single visit and provide recommendations to the primary care provider in order to enhance the patient’s overall well-being.  If needed at the recommendation of the BHC, they will schedule patients for a longer encounter with the goal of further assessment with appropriate follow up care with a BHS.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a visible presence in the clinic to support behavioral health efforts
  • Provide direct behavioral health consultation to primary care providers
  • Perform brief behavioral interventions to patients
  • Perform brief, limited follow up visits for appropriate patients
  • Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions
  • Actively participate in meetings that support El Centro de Corazón’s (ECDC) integrated primary care behavioral health care model
  • Conduct risk assessments as needed
  • Conduct initial patient assessments as needed
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments
  • Document and maintain clinical records including writing progress notes with interventions performed, developing treatment plans, and documenting recommendations made to primary care provider in a timely manner
  • Conduct appropriate discharge of patients
  • Facilitate referrals to Behavioral Health Specialists (BHS) to ensure a smooth transition to traditional therapy models of care
  • Provide individual, family and group psychotherapy services as needed
  • Perform case management duties as necessary
  • Participate in case staffing and administrative meetings
  • Provides and participate in clinical supervision to LPC-Interns and peers as needed
  • Educate primary care team in the basic principles of brief behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions and reinforces their use in the medical visit.
  • Support other programs at El Centro by providing behavioral health education and other duties as assigned
  • Conduct psychotherapy services (individual, family and group) to assist BHS Department as necessary

 

Qualifications

  • Masters or higher degree in Counseling Psychology or Social Work
  • Previous counseling experience with strong clinical skills with a focus on children and adolescents.  Experience in the medical field working with mental health issues preferred, as well as with families, groups, and diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic settings. 
  • Ability to work through brief patient contacts as well as to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental health conditions.
  • Should be comfortable  with the pace of primary care, working with an interdisciplinary team and have good communication skills.
  • Licensed to provide therapy by Texas State board pertaining to individual’s profession (LMFT, LPC, LCSW).
  • Bilingual with ability to read, write and speak Spanish.
  • In-depth knowledge of DSM-V; strong knowledge of different counseling methodologies and techniques. Knowledge and experience in family systems.  Strong knowledge of trauma informed treatments and evidence based models.
  • Strong clinical and assessment skills, cultural competence, basic casework skills (referrals, advocacy) and strong verbal and written skills.
  • Flexibility to be able to work in different work settings and environments, ability to work as part of multi-disciplinary team, ability to provide vision, feedback and creativity to a growing and changing mental health department.

 

Environmental/Working Conditions:  BHC must work in provider area in close proximity to PCP.  BHC will need to adapt to various work spaces including exam rooms and administrative offices. 

Mental Demands Mentally challenging position due to continuous exposure to extreme issues and mental health trauma.

Physical Requirements Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting and a traditional office environment exists.  May experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment; some exposure to hazardous materials or physical risks requiring basic safety precautions; exposure to blood borne pathogens requiring PPE.  Exposure to virus, disease, and infection.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

Client Services Representative (Bilingual English/Spanish)

Overview  The Client Services Representative (CSR) is a member of a multidisciplinary team. The CSR professionally greets patients and visitors, handles and routes calls, makes appointments and follow-up phone calls, is responsible for accurate data entry and performs diverse clerical duties as required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains confidentiality of patients and staff
  • Checks in patients and completes intake/registration paperwork
  • Collects current and past payments from patients and safeguards funds
  • Prepares paperwork for payment arrangements and/or refers patients to a Program Navigator
  • Verifies Insurances
  • Assists patients with inquiries regarding insurance and account balances
  • Assists with obtaining signed consents from patients/family members
  • Enters patient information into data systems
  • Performs pre-certification and authorization reviews
  • Informs patients of required documents for eligibility and determines patients sliding fee scale according to the approved schedule
  • Balances payments on a daily basis
  • Answers phones and directs appropriately
  • Schedules appointments
  • Works with Department Manager to provide coverage if out of office for illness, medical appointments, vacation, etc
  • Reviews charts for accurate Registration forms
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Warm, enthusiastic, energetic personality
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong self-management skills
  • Ability to manage time efficiently
  • Excellent grammar, punctuation, spelling and proofreading skills
  • Experience with data entry and word processing computer software
  • Ability to organize, communicate and perform detailed functions

 

Physical Requirements Required to stand or walk as needed; sit for extended periods; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Rarely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting and a traditional office environment exists. Rarely may experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment. Exposure or potential exposure hazardous materials may exist, however not routinely.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

Program Navigator (Bilingual English/Spanish)

Overview  The Program Navigator helps patients apply for a variety of programs that may benefit them. They will help patients through the eligibility process for El Centro de Corazón’s grant funded programs as well as assisting with applications for other state based programs and public benefits the patient may qualify for. Navigators will assist patients throughout the process of apply for and understanding their options. A program navigator treats patients with dignity and respect while trying to ensure they receive all benefits possible.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide enrollment assistance (including but not limited to completing applications, gathering required documentation and troubleshooting the enrollment process) for uninsured children and adults to access subsidized, low-cost and free health insurance programs through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Providing enrollment assistance for Children with Special Health Care Needs Program, County Indigent Health Care Program, Texas Women’s Health Program, Harris Health’s Gold Card Program, WIC, SNAP, and TANF.
  • Provide structured patient education on health coverage and other public aid programs; engage in follow-up conversations and offer renewal assistance for individuals, as well as referrals for people with questions, complaints, or grievances to appropriate agencies.
  • Refer patients who may qualify for Worker’s Compensation, TRICARE, or VA Benefits
    Screen patients for eligibility in several discount programs offered through El Centro which may include, PHC, EPHC, Title V, and/or the El Centro de Corazón Sliding Fee Discount Program.
  • Act as an information resource and advocate by advising applicants on what aid programs may benefit them and then helping them receive that benefit.
  • Demonstrate and maintain the standards and requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, ensure accessibility for people with disabilities, and provide information and assistance in the applicants preferred language. Applicants with limited English proficiency applicants should be made aware of their rights to receive language assistance services and how to obtain such services.
  • Ensure the protection and security of personal, confidential and identifiable information in a professional and responsible manner and carry out all measures to prevent from unauthorized disclosures.
  • Accurately provide required reporting to track goal achievement and client satisfaction.
  • Produce accurate and complete documentation of applications for any El Centro programs being scanned into the client’s electronic health record.
  • Attend trainings offered by state agencies on any applicable subjects. Training may be in person or through webinar or conference call.
  • Attend public events held by El Centro to promote El Centro’s eligibility services, grant based services, medical services, dental services, and behavioral health services.
  • Maintain adequate knowledge of eligibility in discount programs offered through El Centro de Corazón, state programs and Harris Health’s Gold Card Program, and other public aid programs.
  • Other duties assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Ability to do basic math.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Strong planning and organization skills.
  • Ability to present materials in a clear and meaningful way, both written and verbal, in English and Spanish.
  • Healthcare experience preferred.
  • CHW certified preferred.

 

Physical Requirements Required to stand or walk as needed; sit for extended periods; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus. Rarely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting and a traditional office environment exist. Rarely may experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment. Exposure or potential exposure hazardous materials may exist, however not routinely

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

Grant Writer
Job Title: Grant Writer

Classification: Non – Exempt

Responsible to: Development Manager

Position Summary
Primary responsibilities include preparation of proposals, grant applications, and grant reports; performance of responsible professional and administrative work in researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private grant opportunities.

Essential Functions
• Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations, corporations, state and federal sources, and other grant-making organizations.
• Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of the organization, and use that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought and to recommend the seeking of grants.
• Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
• Compile, write, and edit grant applications, exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
• Keep in contact with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application to be able to supply additional supportive material.
• Work with the Finance department to gather information necessary to report to funders on current grant programs.
• Comply with all grant reporting guidelines as required by foundation/corporate donors and by federal/state departments.
• Provide stewardship to current donors, including working with the Development Manager to provide regular written updates on newsletters, etc. to corporate and foundation donors.
• Manage the process of supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program.
• Track statistics relevant to development fundraising and provide the department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship.
• Provide development input for all written institutional materials, including annual reports and donor newsletters.
• Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.
• All other duties assigned.

Position Qualifications
• Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
• Strong editing skills.
• Attention to detail.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
• Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
• Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
• Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
• Strong contributor in team environments
• Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum of 2-3 years of grant writing experience with a successful track record
• Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
• Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
• Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
• Able to monitor and meet income goals.

Physical Requirements
Required to stand or walk as needed; sit for extended periods; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color, and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus. Rarely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions
For the most part, ambient room temperature, lighting, and a traditional office environment exist. Rarely may experience traumatic situations, such as psychiatric and medical crises within the environment. Exposure or potential exposure to hazardous materials may exist, however not routinely.

Each employee makes a significant contribution to the quality care of patients and the success of El Centro de Corazón. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but is not limit the employee to just the work identified. The expectation is that as a member of the El Centro team, each employee will offer his /her services wherever and whenever necessary.

 

To Apply
Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Call Center Agent
Job Title: Call Center Agent

Classification: Non – Exempt

Responsible to: Clinic Manager

Position Summary
Receives all incoming phone calls and provides general information in a friendly and professional way. Accountable for properly directing and transferring calls to specific departments/staff, and scheduling appointments.

Essential Functions
Manifest excellent customer service.
• Answer phones and direct appropriately by transferring patient/customer calls to appropriate department/staff, or responding to customer requests.
• Acknowledge patient/customer inquiries with courtesy and respect.
• Provides patient/customer with service information.
• Inform patient/customer of eligibility process and documents required.
• Accurately schedule, reschedule, confirm and cancel appointments on a daily basis.
• Ask questions to patient/customer when they don’t understand and make sure patient/ customer feel supported
• Make corrections on inaccurately scheduled appointments, etc.
• Identify, research, and resolve patient/customer concerns.
• Follow up on patient/customer inquiries not immediately resolved.
• Recognize and document data accurately in correlation to appointment type.
• Complete call logs and reports.
• Accurately enters patient information into data systems.
• Maintain confidentiality of patients and staff.

Non-essential Functions
• Assists patients with inquiries regarding insurance and account balances.
• Works with Site Administrator to provide coverage if out of office for illness, medical appointments, vacation, etc.
• Other duties assigned on a regular daily basis.

Position Qualifications
• Excellent customer service skills.
• Fluency in Spanish is required
• High school diploma.
• Warm, enthusiastic, energetic personality.
• Good written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong self-management skills.
• Ability to manage time efficiently.
• Excellent grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading skills.
• Experience with data entry and word processing computer software.
• Ability to organize, communicate and perform detailed functions.

Physical Requirements
Required to stand or walk as needed; sit for extended periods; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color, and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus. Rarely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions
For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting, and a traditional office environment exist. Rarely may experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment. Exposure or potential exposure to hazardous materials may exist, however not routinely.

Each employee makes a significant contribution to the quality care of patients and the success of El Centro de Corazón. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the employee to just the work identified. The expectation is that as a member of the El Centro team, each employee will offer his /her services wherever and whenever necessary.

 

To Apply
Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Job Title: Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Classification: Non – Exempt

Responsible to: Dentist

Position Summary
Performs those duties which assist the dentist and hygienist in the care and treatment of patients.

Essential Functions
• Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions, explaining treatment recommended by the dentist, and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist or dental hygienist.
• Serves as dentist’s chair-side assistant.
• Prepares the operatory for patient treatment as per the dentist’s directions.
• Takes digital dental radiographs in accordance with state regulations and laws.
• Maintains Dental Department equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s directions and Dental Department policy and protocol. Keeps a log on all inspections of equipment.
• Maintains all Dental Department areas in compliance with infection control, exposure control, and safety issues. Responsible for weekly spore testing of autoclaves and keeping results in a log. Responsible for waterline testing and ensure sterility of water lines.
• Maintains adequate operatory supplies and compiles a list of individual item shortages for inventory control and ordering purposes.
• Receives and places necessary telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business, and patient care of the Dental Department.
• Assists with various clinical and administrative functions of ECDC as appropriate.
• Insures the sterility of all reusable dental instruments and equipment.
• Insures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with state and federal regulations.
• Performs all functions in full compliance with the Department Exposure Control Plan including but not limited to the use of Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Precautions.
• Participates in appropriate health promotion/disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required.
• As directed by a supervisor, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.
• Performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with state regulations and law. With the appropriate certifications, the RDA assists the dentist with nitrous oxide administration, coronal polishing of teeth, flosses teeth, applies fluoride, and places sealants when requested by the dentist.
• Responsible for personal compliance in full with all applicable federal, state, local, and ECDC rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures including but not limited to the participation of a Dental Assistant in the provision of clinical dental care, as well as those relating to, but not limited to personnel issues, workplace safety, public health, and confidentiality.

Position Qualifications
• High school diploma or GED certificate.
• Completion of an accredited course in dental assisting.
• Certified Registered Dental Assistant by TSBDE for <2 years preferred • Effective oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish are required. • Current CPR (BLS) required • Prefer Nitrous Oxide Certification, but not required • Prefer Polishing Certification, but not required • Ability to attend to multiple tasks at the same time and to prioritize assignments and responsibilities to ensure compliance with established deadlines and protocols. Physical Requirements
Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color, and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions
For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting, and a traditional office environment exist. May experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment; some exposure to hazardous materials or physical risks requiring basic safety precautions; exposure to bloodborne pathogens requiring PPE. Exposure to virus, disease, and infection.

Each employee makes a significant contribution to the quality care of patients and the success of El Centro de Corazón. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the employee to just the work identified. The expectation is that as a member of the El Centro team, each employee will offer his /her services wherever and whenever necessary.

 

To Apply
Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.