The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Dental Assistant. The Dental Assistant will function in Dental Service. The Dental Assistant duties include:
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Setting up operatory for planned dental procedures.
Providing chairside assisting by passing instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently.
Cleaning dental unit for timely turnover.
Performing dental imaging utilizing safety techniques and minimizing retakes.
Demonstrating proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatories.
Assisting patients with scheduling appointments.
Confirming inpatient and outpatient dental appointments.
Assisting the dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records.
Monitoring patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress.
Pouring impressions and preparing study models.
Making final denture impression trays and preparing bite rims.
Performing other dental laboratory functions as time and skill level allow.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
#### Job family (Series)
0681 Dental Assistant
Assistants, Certified Dental
Certified Dental Assistants
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be 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
* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Experience or Education: Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work OR successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on [Dental] Accreditation [(CODA)].
* Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.
* Certification: Successful completion of an educational program accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field. Alternative provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence include: (1) Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (2) Successful completion of the education and training, including coursework in radiation health and safety, described by the board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD) as fully qualifying for any grade level (copies of certificates of successful completion, plus transcripts or course descriptions of the required subjects must be filed in the employee's official personnel folder). (3) 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. The Chief, Dental Service, will certify competency based on documentation of successful completion of this training, a copy of which will be filed in the personnel folder.
Experience as a dental assistant working in a hospital with in-patients and out-patients with complicated medical conditions.
Experience as a dental assistant working with General Practice Residents.
Certification in basic life support methods is highly desirable.
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.
: GS-6: At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: the use of concepts of four-handed dentistry; assisting with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; anticipating surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment; takes preliminary impressions; selecting and manipulating a variety of gypsums and waxes; pours, trims and evaluates the quality of diagnostic casts; fabricates custom trays.
VA Directive and Handbook 5005/46.
The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Moderate lifting up to 44 pounds, use of fingers and hands, walking, standing, and bending between 3 to 4 hours.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: ****Additional information
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
Your most recent SF-50 that shows title, series, and grade.
If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade in addition to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status. Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. 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 U.S. Department of Education.
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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 (ET) on 08/29/2018 to receive consideration.
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VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
Areas of Consideration - Applicants will be considered based on the following areas of consideration.
First Area of Consideration (facility employees) - Current, permanent VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System employees (this includes CBOC's, permanent employees of the Veteran Canteen Service assigned to this facility, Office of Information & Technology employees assigned to this facility, CPAC bargaining unit employees located at the Cleveland VAMC, and Virtual CBOPC bargaining unit employees under station 741 located at the Cleveland VAMC.
Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) - Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located at other VA medical centers).
Third Area of Consideration - Current, permanent employees of other Federal agencies.
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Open & closing dates:
08/08/2018 to 08/29/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$38,743 to $50,360 per year
Term - Not to exceed one year