Chief Dentist

Washington D.C.
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Basic Requirements:
    Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitzens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with section A, chapter 3, paragraph 3g, this part.)

    Education: Degree of doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine resulting from a course of
    education in dentistry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools
    (1) United States and Canadian schools of dentistry listed by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
    (CODA), in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.

    (2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or
    Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia as qualifying for full and unrestricted
    licensure provided the licensure requirements include a written examination measuring science
    achievement and a performance examination measuring clinical competence.

    NOTE: The Under Secretary for Health or designee in Central Office may approve the appointment
    under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a graduate of a school of dentistry not covered above if the
    candidate is to be assigned to a research or academic position with no patient care responsibilities. The
    appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly
    demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area. (Also see paragraph 2d(4)
    below on waiver of licensure provisions.) The Under Secretary for Health or designee may also approve
    the appointment of a graduate of a school of dentistry not covered above as a resident under 38 U.S.C.

    Residency or Comparable Experience. Completion of an approved residency program in general
    practice or specialty, or comparable experience as a dentist actively involved in treating medically
    compromised patients. (NOTE: The appointing official may approve, under unusual circumstances, a
    waiver of Residency or Comparable Experience.)

    Licensure and Registration: Dentists (Except Residents). Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. The dentist must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure, Residents (Independent and Integrated Programs). Graduates of approved United States and Canadian schools of dentistry must have a current, full and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before the second year of VA residency, or, for integrated programs, meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active current licensure.

    (3) Impaired Licensure. A dentist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended,
    denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance
    with the provisions of section B, chapter 3, paragraphs 14 and 17c, of this part.

    (4) Waiver of Licensure. Licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in
    Central Office for individuals in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care
    responsibilities in accordance with current regulations.

    Physical Requirements: Work is mostly sedentary in nature. Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling.

    English Language Proficiency: Dentists, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care
    positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

    Manager/Supervisor: A dentist assigned to a managerial or supervisory position. Dental
    leadership positions are called Directors, Service Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Section Chiefs, and/or Lead
    Dentists. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, Managerial/Supervisory Dentists must
    demonstrate the following:

    (a) Outstanding professional ability in the practice of dentistry or a dental specialty;

    (b) Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective
    domain. These would include, but are not limited to dental practice, professional standards, personnel
    issues, quality and performance improvement.

    Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. 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. For further information, visit:

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

    Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    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.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., 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.

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