This position is a Dental Assistant located at the Red Lake Service Unit, Division of Dental Services, Red Lake, Minnesota. This position reports to the Chief Dental Officer.
This position is being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion and Excepted Service procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-18-BJ-10269909-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered
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Receive patients and schedule appointments.
Prepare and arrange instruments and materials for each treatment; prepare patient and operatory.
Perform chair side assistance; pass instruments and material and retrieve them; keep operation clear using high-speed evacuator, suction tip and irrigation; retracts tissue, tongue and cheek.
Relay patient instructions form dentist for post-treatment care.
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0681 Dental Assistant
Conditions of Employment
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary period.
To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.
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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.
NOTE: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (l) 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 (2) be certified as radiographers in their field. The following meet these requirements:
(1) Persons employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel prior to the effective date of the regulation (January 13, 1986) who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic who prescribes radiologic procedures to others.
(2) Persons first employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not license that particular field or did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program, provided such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence, as determined by OPM or the employing agency.
All applicants, however, must meet the requirements below.
: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4
(l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.
(for positions at GS-4 and above): Experience in dental assistance to general or specialized dentistry, dental assistant (expanded function) work, or any combination of these appropriate to the position being filled.
Education and Training:
Successful completion of a 2-year dental assistant program or completion of a 2-year dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that included at least 12 semester hours of courses such as those shown above for GS-3.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in a dental assistant or dental hygiene program that included at least 24 semester hours in courses as shown above for GS-3.
Examples of Specialized Experience for GS-04
: Clean, polish and oil equipment; clean and sharpen instruments; sterilize instruments using autoclave and dryclave techniques; prepare sterile trays, packs, sutures, etc.; schedule and route patients for services; receive and prepare patients for treatment such as routine restoration; lay out instruments and materials needed for treatment; provide chairside assistance during oral examinations and restorative treatments; operate oral evacuator and suction tip to keep area of operation clear; retract tissue, cheek and tongue; relay to patient post-treatment instructions from dentist.
Examples of Specialized Experience for GS-05
: Key entry of data into an automated dental patient system; maintain a variety of recurring reports related to dental activities; assure adequate sterilization and maintain record in accordance with agency accreditation requirements and infection control guidelines; place pit and fissure sealants, rubber dams, matrix bands with wedges, liners and temporary fillings.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave is earned.
Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.
This position has promotion potential to the GS-05 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and Regulatory/Administrative approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
This position is covered by Public Law 101-630, the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act (25 United States Code Chapter 34) requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this law, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.
Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
Government housing is not available.
Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
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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.
If you meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position, your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your qualifications will be conducted to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified
. Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles.
Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume ( your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position
) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:
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The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.
individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
* Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) - ***** Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) - ***** Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - ***** Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled - ****Click here to view vacancy questions: ****All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of 12/31/2018 to be considered.
Background checks and security clearance
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Drug test required
Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:
You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience (month and year), hours worked per week, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.
: Transcripts must be provided at time of initial application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
Indian Preference Applicants
: Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated Form BIA-4432 (Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only) is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records, this may include the completion of the family history chart if necessary. If you are obtaining a new form you must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 with expiration date 1/31/2018. For detailed instructions on how to obtain a completed form, see Form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. Refer to BIA-4432 link: ****Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30% or more disabled)
: include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:****Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
: If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: ****Include this verbiage for SR/OCA JOAs: The first Cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 08/22/2018 . Other Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veterans Preference applicants who submit a complete application after a Cut-off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the list, if qualified.
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This is an Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. This Announcement is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur for a 3-month period or the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first. You will be considered for those vacancies that match your desired geographic locations, skills and or job preferences. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept.
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The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Cindy Bedeau, (218) 335-3268, and/or ****.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
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Red Lake Service Unit
24760 Hospital Drive
Red Lake, MN 56671
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Open & closing dates:
08/08/2018 to 12/31/2018
Pay scale & grade:
GS 4 - 5
$29,847 to $43,414 per year
Multiple Appointment Types