Dental Assistant

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Perry Point, MD
Oct 03, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
Accountant, IT
Full Time
* Duties Help ## Duties Summary Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA: 5. A premium benefits package 4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment 3. Work where you want to live 2. On-the-job growth and advancement 1. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve **VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.** **L ocation: Perry Point, Maryland** **Work Schedule:**Monday thru Friday; 8:00AM - 4:30PM **Functional Statement Title/#:**000000-This is a Hybrid Title 38 position and is covered by a Functional Statement. **Bargaining Unit Position:** This is a bargaining unit position **Incentives:** Recruitment incentives, relocation incentives, and relocation expenses **ARE NOT** authorized for this position. **Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:** * Performing four-handed dentistry assisting with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; and anticipating surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment * Maintaining advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, endodontic, prosthodontic, oral surgery and periodontal care and procedures * Gathering diagnostic information and charting of existing conditions * Receiving and preparing patients for treatment including seating, position chair, placing napkin, performing disinfection procedures in the operatory * Preparing procedural trays/set-ups * Exposing and processing digital dental radiographs; capturing good diagnostic quality images; saving digital images to the electronic medical record * Performing standard recommendations for equipment maintenance and infection control requirements between patients * Monitoring and performing basic interpretation of vital signs; broad knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement; reporting medical emergencies to dentist * Independently provide procedure-specific patient education * Entering and retrieving data utilizing electronic dental records; ability to learn and utilize software programs used with VHA * Taking preliminary impressions, pouring and trimming models, fabricating custom trays, as needed Learn more about this agency Responsibilities **Basic Requirements:** *U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. *Experience and Education (1) Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. OR, (2) Education. Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on [Dental] Accreditation (CODA). OR, (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. *Certification. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field (1)Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence (a) Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.; OR, (b) Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry. OR, (c) Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD). *Physical Requirements - Scope of the Examination: The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies *English Language Proficiency- Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English **Grade Determinations:** GS-6 Staff Dental Assistant (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience [equivalent to] the next lower grade level (GS-5) that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. Examples of duties at the next lower grade level (GS-5) include but are not limited to Responds to basic medical emergencies; measures and records vital signs; provides pre- and post-operative instructions; maintains a field of operation during dental procedures through the use of retraction, suction, irrigation, drying, placing and removing cotton rolls; using the concepts of four-handed dentistry, assists with basic restorative procedures; mixes basic dental materials; assists in preparation of laboratory prescription forms; applies pressure indicator paste to removable prostheses; exposes and processes basic dental radiographs; mounts and labels dental radiographs and/or saves digital imaging to electronic medical records; evaluates radiographs for diagnostic quality; maintains routine dental equipment per manufacturer and dental service standards. Knowledge of anatomy and ability to evaluate diagnostic quality. Broad knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement. Basic knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures. Ability to learn and utilize software programs used within VHA. Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol. (b) Assignment. Employee serves at the full performance level with the ability to perform full range of duties with some independence in assigned specialties, with indirect supervision from the lead dental assistant, dental assistant supervisor or treating dentist. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: using the concepts of four-handed dentistry; assists with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; anticipates surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment; takes preliminary impressions; selects and manipulates a variety of gypsums and waxes; pours, trims and evaluates the quality of diagnostic casts; fabricates custom trays. Preferred Experience: *Certification in basic life support methods *Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants. DANB certification is not required, but highly desirable for the appointment of Dental Assistants up to and including the full performance level, and is required for all positions above the full performance level. Travel Required Not required Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 06 Who May Apply This job is open to Current Federal Employees and Current VA Employees Questions? This job is open to 2 groups. * Job family (Series) 0681 Dental Assistant Similar jobs * Assistants, Dental * Dental Assistants * Requirements Help ## Requirements Conditions of Employment * Must pass pre-employment examination * Must be proficient in written and spoken English * Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required * Background and-or Security Investigation required * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. **NOTE: ** The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments Qualifications Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. References: VA Handbook 5005/46 Part II Appendix G36 Dental Assistant Qualification Standard Dated 04/19/2011 at available in the local Human Resources Office) **Note:** Only education or degrees recognized by the US Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Education IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Additional information It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. VA is committed to an ethical culture. All employees are expected not only to abide by all government ethics laws, but also to avoid any actions that raise even the appearance of impropriety. As a VA employee, you will be subject to criminal statutes and government ethics regulations that ensure that every citizen can have complete confidence in the integrity of VA's operations. If you believe that you will be unable to abide by these laws, you should not accept the offer of VA employment. All new VA employees must complete initial ethics orientation within three months following their appointment. Your supervisor (or HR office) will provide further orientation instructions after your appointment. This position does not require the submission of a financial disclosure report. Read more How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. **All applicants are encouraged to apply online.** **To apply for this position**, you must complete the Full Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/25/2017 consideration. 1. To begin, click **Apply Online** to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. 2. Click **Submit My Answers** to submit your application package. *NOTE*: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 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You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the US Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the US Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. * Benefits for federal employees * Healthcare insurance * Pay and leave VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: **Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave**: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply All applicants are **required** to submit the following supporting document type(s): * Resume Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants: * Cover Letter * DD-214 * OF-306 * Other (License, Certification, 10-2850, Application, BLS-ACLS) * Other Veterans Document * SF-15 * SF-50 * Transcript **All Applicants** CV or Resume-to include: contact information; descriptions of jobs held, including the names and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending dates (month/year) of employment, hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and phone number; education including name and location of college, dates attended, and date, type of degree earned; other information such as possession of license, certificates, etc. **(Required)Failure to include all the above information in your CV or Resume will result in an ineligible rating of IRSI. **Federal Employees:** Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50)-include a copy of your latest SF-50 which documents a personnel action **NOT** an Award. **Preferred/Optional Documents- All Applicants** VA Form 10-2850c-Application for Associated Health Occupations. Available at the VA Forms website:**(Highly Desired)** **Other:** Proof of current certification, licenseure or registration; internship, unofficial transcripts(s) Please use this checklistto make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. **Veterans' Preference:** When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit **Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: **You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is TAG:VacancyID. *NOTE*: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible. Read more Agency contact information Colleen Megibow Phone (410)642-2411x5198 Email COLLEEN.MEGIBOW@VA.GOV Address VHA Maryland HCS Perry Point PO BOX 1045 Bldg 11H Perry Point, MD USA Learn more about this agency Next steps You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. 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Read more Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 09/28/2017 to 10/11/2017 *Salary:* $39,414 to $51,243 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 06 *Work schedule:* Full-Time - Full Time *Appointment type:* Agency Employees Only