King County Access To Baby & Children Dentistrycoordinator

King County
Full Time $100,568 - $127,462 Per year WA 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 7/2/2024 11:59


The Department of Public Health’s program is hiring for a King County Access to Baby & Children Dentistry (ABCD) Coordinator to join its innovative team. The ABCD program in each Washington county or region is coordinated by the local health department or a community agency under the direction of the state Health Care Authority. Local ABCD coordinators work closely with the ABCD Dental Champion, dental society, and ABCD-participating dentists. They also outreach to organizations in which Apple Health-eligible (Medicaid) children receive services, to identify young children eligible for ABCD, orient the family to the program, and connect the child with an ABCD-certified dentist.

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) puts young children across Washington state on a lifelong path to good oral health. ABCD connects low-income families with providers who know how to care for young children, focusing on prevention and avoiding tooth decay, as well as educating parents about how to take good care of their children’s teeth. Originally established to increase access to dental services for Medicaid eligible clients ages five and younger, starting in January 2022, the program will be expanded to include children with a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) indicator through age twelve.

The ABCD program services detect and prevent early childhood dental decay by engaging dentists in seeing Apple Health/Medicaid-eligible clients, ages birth to six (6), and ages six (6) to thirteen (13) who are clients of the Developmental Disabilities Administration with an emphasis on children of color and children aged zero (0) to two (2) as well as other eligible but underserved children in the service area, through engaging local public health departments and/or community partners in Outreach and case management.

Why Join Our Team?

This job makes a difference. Most children of color on Medicaid or who are low income have some of the highest dental disease due to poor dental care. You can see the outcomes of developing new relationships with King County dentists who open their practices to King County ABCD program. You’d be working to reduce dental cavities in children and increase the dental visits for children. You'd able to work with private dentists and be able to find dentist to service the most vulnerable, train them on pediatrics dental care, educate families about the importance of dental care, and provide children with dental services. Be a part of expanding the ABCD program in King County, while creating more access to quality dental services for children by eliminating dental inequities.


  • In three months: Understanding the program; understanding the role of the Health Care Authority and the Acora Foundation. 
  • In six months: Expanding dental services in underserved areas and school districts. 
  • In twelve months and beyond: Incorporate the new funding. Seeing the results of the expansion work.


Access & Outreach works to eliminate health inequity and health disparities by ensuring that residents have access to public health services. We eliminate the barriers that prevent residents from living long healthy lives. We review policies and programs and determine how these programs will affect the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in King County. We do this in three ways: Listen to the voice of the community and allow their voices to drive the work we do. Enroll residents into health insurance, ORCA Lift, Basic Food, Access to Baby and Children Dentistry (ABCD) and the Breast Cervical Colon Health program. The programs also works to provide infrastructure support to our community partners through training, technical assistance and being the Lead Navigator Organization in King County for health insurance, ORCA Lift and ABCD. We manage the Black Equity Team, Hispanic/LatinX Equity Team, African Immigrant Equity team and newly form COFA Islander Equity Team. Although we serve all of King County, we focus on communities who face the highest health disparities: Hispanic/LatinX, Black/African Americans and COFA/Pacific Islanders.

Note: This posting will create a list of qualified candidates that may be considered for selection of additional career service, term limited temporary (TLT), short-term temporary (STT), or special duty assignment (SDA) vacancies over the next 6 months. 

Commitment To Equity and Social Justice

Named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

The county government has a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

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Work Schedule

This position has a regular schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend work required. Hours vary based on need of the candidate. This position is exempt and not overtime eligible.

Work Location

This position is hybrid with a combination of home-based telework and onsite work at the Chinook Building located at 401 Fifth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104. Friday team meetings in person. First Friday Forum in-person.


Some of the work associated with this position will be performed through teleworking, and will report to office location and to meetings as needed. Travel to other work locations may be necessary. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.

Job Duties

  • Continuously provide outreach to families of Apple Health enrolled children, birth to six (6). Coordinate care, provide case management and linkage to dental care. Provide orientation for families of eligible children to routine preventive oral health care and behaviors that promote positive dental clinic experiences.
  • Strategize on connecting eligible children under age two, children of color, and other underserved populations, with care.
  • Address family needs, including translation, transportation, and other case management needs, which may be barriers to care.
  • Continuously outreach to local dental and medical providers and their staff/agency, both private practice and community health center-based, to recruit, train, certify and maintain their participation in the ABCD program. Collaborate with the local dental champion(s) to achieve these goals.
  • Plan and facilitate ABCD trainings leading to ABCD certification in collaboration with the UW School of Dentistry; and follow-up regularly, both in person and via email/phone, with ABCD providers and staff to assure their continued involvement with the program, including troubleshooting billing issues and outreaching to Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) for additional assistance.
  • Provide opportunities for HCA and state partners to participate in the process of selecting local ABCD coordinator.
  • Continuously ensure that community agencies, families, and medical providers are aware of and make referrals to the ABCD Program. Ensure dental providers and the broader community are aware of and utilize the ABCD program.
  • Obtain media support, including earned media (TV, radio, print), paid media (advertising and underwriting) and social media to reach target populations with ABCD referral and oral health/prevention messages.
  • Participate in community outreach events, service area coalitions and organizations.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following (Minimum):

  • Previous experience working in a Public Health or Community Center working with low-income families or clients on Medicaid.
  • Experience educating families on Medicaid dental and/or other public health services.
  • In depth knowledge of Medicaid and billing system in Washington State.
  • Ability to work independently with little direction.
  • Prior experience with supervising others or coordinating volunteers.

The most competitive applicants will have the following experiences and qualifications (Desired): 

  • Experience with linkage of dental or medical services.
  • Ability to communicate with health care or dental providers about services needed in communities of color.
  • Prior experience coordinating meetings and facilitating and coordinating trainings.
  • Experience with case management of clients/residents’ needs.
  • Prior experience with community outreach.
  • Ability to create a strategic plan based on data.
  • Certified Health Insurance Navigator for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
  • Understanding of the Health Care Authority rules and billing policies.

Core Competencies

  • Ability to translate medical and oral health concepts into clear language for an audience which may have basic literacy skills and for whom English may not be their first language.
  • Respect for and ability to work with people of diverse races and ethnicities, ages, abilities, and socioeconomic status in a culturally relevant and sensitive manner.
  • Ability to participate, engage and present at public meetings, including dental society meetings, dental study clubs, agency and community meetings, Board of Health, etc.
  • Ability to work with and communicate effectively with private practice dentists and physicians and their staffs, and community health center providers and staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently, with good judgment and a minimum of supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with computers and computer software programs including email, databases, Microsoft Word, and Excel spreadsheets.

Supplemental Information

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Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply

All interested and qualified candidates may apply.

Application Process

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • NeoGov Job Application (The responses on your job application should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process)
  • Supplemental Questions (The responses to the supplemental questions should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process)
  • Cover letter (Expressing interest in the position)

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Necessary Special Requirements

  • The selection process may include evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.
  • The selected candidate must be able to pass a thorough background investigation, but findings may not necessarily disqualify an applicant for employment.
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  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • When Public Health responds to an emergency, and in accordance with relevant CBA language and/or KC policy and procedures, we may assign duties outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department. 
  • If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

Union Membership

This position is non-represented.


For questions about this recruitment, please contact Salyse Duckworth, HR Analyst at .