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Dental Hygienist

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

$57,891.00 to $75,260.00

Oklahoma City, OK

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$57,891 to $75,260 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 9

Work schedule


Appointment type



1 vacancy in the following location:

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City, OK

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This is an EXTERNAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Facility, VA, or other federal employees should apply under the internal announcement # 10161276. All applicants applying under this announcement will be subject to veteran's preference.

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As a Dental Hygienist working in Dental Service, you will perform advanced clinical techniques and serve as an instructor for a dental hygiene program. You may also lead/supervise lower graded Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistants. Duties include, but are not limited to the following tasks:

Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit

Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions

Provides gross debridement, deep scaling, and curettage and root planning procedures

Cleans dental prostheses, fixed and removable

Manages dental recall system, referring patients to the doctor for additional care when needed

Applies desensitizing and sealant materials

Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays Administers topical anesthetic agents and local anesthetic (per State license)

Administers local anti-infective agents per direction of dentist

Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols

Provides patient education appropriate to the veteran's needs and oral condition

Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPD standards

Assists patients in scheduling appointments

Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information

Follows computer security regulations

Instructs and supervises dental hygiene studentsTakes diagnostic dental images

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0682 Dental Hygiene

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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


Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Licensure. Applicants must be currently licensed to practice as a dental hygienist with a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.

Certification. Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. 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.

English Language Proficiency. Dental hygienists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: It is preferred that candidates have their local anesthesia certificate. Incumbents experience with student training programs is useful in this setting. Keyboard/computer experience is very helpful since our patients' dental/medical chart is electronic. Incumbent should be proficient in exposure of dental imaging techniques. Experience of dental specialties such as endodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, geriodontics and prosthodontics is very helpful.

Grade Determinations:


Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level GS-08, that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*)

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Skill in performing specialized prophylactic and preventive dental hygiene procedures;

2. Ability to independently perform expanded dental functions under the technical guidance of a professional dentist;

*3. Skill in providing individual and group oral health care instructions to patients and other staff regarding the practice of effective oral hygiene techniques; and

*4. Skill in presenting oral hygiene lectures and demonstrations, and developing training materials.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G37.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.

Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting 15 lbs-44 lbs; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking 1 hour; Standing 6 hours; Repeated bending 1/2 hour; Both Legs Required (If compensated by lower prosthesis, must be able to withstand other functional and environmental demands.); Near vision correctable at 13 to 16; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Emotional and Mental Stability.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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:

Additional information

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

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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

How You Will Be Evaluated

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: 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

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

VA Form 10-2850c, proof of Licensure


REQUIRED: VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist

to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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VA Form 10-2850c, proof of Licensure

Other Veterans Document





Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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

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.



A career with the U.S. 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. Learn more about federal benefits

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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

How to Apply

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 03/26/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information

Scott Bailey Scott Bailey


(405) 456-5197



Oklahoma City VA Health Care System

921 Northeast 13th Street

Oklahoma City, OK


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Next steps

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the U


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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

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An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Company info

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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