Dental Assistant

### Indian Health Service #### Few vacancies in the following locations: Lawrence, KS Anadarko, OK Claremore, OK Clinton, OK Lawton, OK More Locations (3) ##### Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (56 day(s) ago) Closes Friday 12/23/2016 (23 day(s) away) ## Job Overview ### Summary The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs. The Dental Assistant positions are located at one of the Indian hospitals, clinics, or health centers in the Oklahoma City Area. The purpose of this position is to perform dental assisting duties in order to allow the dental team to function efficiently. The incumbent will be supervised by the facility Dental Officer or Supervisory Dental Assistant (depending upon location). For Program Information: Contact Dr. Bob Smith, Area Dental Officer at (405)951-3735, or email bob.smith@ihs.gov This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration when vacancies occur. The first Cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 10/26/16. 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 (with Indian Preference) 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. Your application will expire in 3 months. You must reapply at least every 3 months to keep your application active for this vacancy. This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-17-OK-1819054-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both announcements. The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ### Duties Receives and prepares patients for dental treatments. Prepares materials and equipment for use by the Dentist. Maintains records related to appointments, examinations, treatment, and supplies. Performs chairside assistance and placement of sealants and varnish. Higher grade levels perform radiological procedures (GS-3 and above), and restoration of teeth (GS-5). ### Travel Required Not Required ### Relocation Authorized No ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check. If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59) U.S. Citizenship is required Selectee may be subject to a one year probationary period. ### Qualifications To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: For GS-02: 3-months of general experience that demonstrates the ability to perform or a familiarity with customer service, record-keeping, and clinic maintenance duties. OR Successfully completed a high school education or equivalent. For GS-03: 6-months of general experience that demonstrates the ability to perform or a familiarity with customer service, record-keeping, and clinic maintenance duties. OR Successfully completed a 1 year dental assistant program or completed 1 year of dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that included a course in radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety and protection; x-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting; or (b) practical nurse training approved by the appropriate State or District of Columbia accrediting body. OR A combination of experience and education. For GS-04: At least 6 months of general experience (described above) AND 6 months of specialized experience. Qualifying specialized experience is work providing dental assistance to general or specialized dentistry, dental assistant (expanded function) work, or any combination of these appropriate to the position(s) being filled. Specialized experience at this level includes: providing chairside assistance; setting up proper instruments for dental procedures; recording treatments rendered; providing receptionist services; expose, process, and mount intra and extra-oral radiographs. OR Successfully completed 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 radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety and protection; x-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting. OR A combination of experience and education. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. For GS-05: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service) providing dental assistance duties to general or specialized dentistry, dental assistant (expanded function) work or any combination of these appropriate to the position(s) being filled. Experience at this level includes: performing restoration of teeth; providing routine prophylaxis and placement of sealants and varnish; setting up proper instruments for dental procedures; providing chairside assisting; recording treatments rendered; and expose, process, and mount intra and extra-oral radiographs. OR Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in dental assistant or dental hygiene program that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety and protection; x-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting OR A combination of experience and education. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. 60 semester hours beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. Special Requirements for GS-5 Dental Assistant (Expanded Function): Applicants for Dental Assistant (Expanded Function) position must have completed 1 year of acceptable course work, preceptorship, or other formal training and/or work assignments specifically designed to equip them with knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures involved in the position to be filled. Examples of acceptable training are: Courses in a dental hygiene or dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that are directly related to the intra-oral procedures (also referred to as expanded functions) that are to be performed in the position to be filled. U.S. Army's Dental Therapy Assistant Training Program. Continuing education courses in expanded functions for dental assistants offered by the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services. Other training comparable to the above in private or governmental hospitals, clinics, or schools that included formal classroom instruction and clinical training in the knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures in the position to be filled. Radiological Certification Requirements for GS-3/4/5 Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiological procedures meet the credentialing standards, which are set forth in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (1) have successfully completed an educational program, which meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation and which is credited 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 radiological 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 radiological procedures to others. 2. Persons first employed by the Federal Government as radiological personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign jurisdiction which did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State of foreign jurisdiction which did not license that particular field or which did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program; provided that such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence as determined by OPM or the employing agency. Dental Assistants who wish to be considered for positions at the GS-3/4/5 level that requires performance of dental radiology duties, must have a current I.H.S. or a State (or foreign jurisdiction) dental radiological health and safety certification of competency or proof of otherwise meeting the requirement. (Submit documentation with application) Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education. You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 23, 2016 ### Security Clearance Q - Nonsensitive ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the ¬“Status¬”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process. If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant¬’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant. Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer #### BENEFITS You can review our benefits at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits ### Other Information Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. Appointment Type: May be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited, or Term with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent. The Agency has the option of extending Time-Limited and Term appointments for up to a maximum of four years. Temporary positions not to exceed 12 months or less are subject to termination at any time. The Agency has the option of extending Temporary appointments for up to a maximum of two years. Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-04 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. Temporary positions are not eligible for promotions without competition, unless the selectee was within reach at the higher grade on the initial certificate of eligibles. 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 annual leave is earned. This position may be covered by a Bargaining Unit depending upon location. 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. 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. This position is covered by PL 101-630 and is considered a Child Care Worker position. You MUST submit the Child Care Addendum form with your application to be considered (see Required Documents section for form). IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free Salary Range: $23,582.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year Series & Grade: GS-0681-02/05 Supervisory Status: No Who May Apply: United States Citizens Control Number: 452669500 Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-OK-1819062-DE


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