Dental Assistant Job Opening

Dental Assistant

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Lakewood, Washington
$29,453.00 - $53,611.00 a year — Full-time, Part-time
Category: Dental Assistant



    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


    • Responds to patients, families, visitors and staff requests for assistance in a prompt, friendly and cooperative manner.
    • Sets up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover.
    • Obtains and records vital signs in the medical record.
    • Passes instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently.
    • Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably.
    • Prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer's instructions.
    • Accomplishes all intra-operative procedures within standard infection control protocols.
    • Assists in routine general dental procedures using concepts of four-handed dentistry.
    • Assists in specialized dental procedures, such as oral surgery, endodontic, periodontics, prosthodontics, implant placement and restoration.
    • Maintains both routine and specialty dental equipment per manufacturer instructions and dental service standards.
    • Exposes both standard and specialty dental imaging (i.e. TMJ, ceph, cone beam) in traditional and/or digital formats.
    • Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized.
    • Imaging requests are accomplished within the desired time frame.
    • Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning operatories.
    • Disinfects oral appliances to prevent cross contamination.
    • Properly prepares Instruments for transfer to SPS for sterilization.
    • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME).
    • Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing Images.
    • Utilizes all proper PPE per national and local policies.
    • Follows all hospital infection control protocols including hand hygiene.
    • Changes traps on dental unit as directed.
    • Participates and manages dental waterline testing program.
    • Transportation of soiled linen to soiled linen utility closet on daily basis.
    • Assists in filling gaps in the doctor's schedule due to late cancelations and failed appointments.
    • Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records.
    • Locates/tracks all pending patient lab cases for use during patient appointments.
    • Properly completes all dental laboratory cards.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    Work Schedule : Various Schedules.
    Financial Disclosure Report : Not required.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0681 Dental Assistant

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  • Requirements


    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


    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 08/08/2019.
    Basic Requirements :

    Citizenship . Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

    Experience and Education .
    (1) Experience . Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work.
    OR ,
    (2) Education . Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on [Dental] Accreditation [(CODA)].
    (3) Experience/Education Combination . Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.

    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 assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

    Creditable Experience :
    (a) Knowledge of Current Professional Dental Assistant Practices . To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with current professional dental assisting practice. Evidence of such experience includes graduation from a certified dental assisting training program, experience in private practice, VHA, Department of Defense (DoD), or other federal, state, community or charitable health care agency.
    (b) Quality of Experience . Experience is only creditable after the training program certifies that the individual has completed all required courses, an internship if it is part of the program, and graduated with passing grades.
    (c) Part-Time Experience . Part-time experience as a dental assistant is credited according to its relationship to full-time workweek. For example, a dental assistant would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
    (2) Expanded Function Level . Expanded function level is defined as possessing the training and ability to provide independent and expert dental procedures as well as providing clinical assistance to the treating dentists in more complex procedural cases. The expanded function dental assistant has an increased depth and breadth of dental practice skills, and has mastered a range of dental procedures and interventions and provides direct patient care within the scope of practice. Examples of procedures may be diagnostic, restorative and/or surgical in nature. The expanded function dental assistant will make independent professional decisions and recommendations to the treating dentist and interdisciplinary care teams. The expanded functional dental assistant has the expertise to participate in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching.

    Grade Determinations :
    Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

    Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience at the next lower level, OR 2 years of education above high school that included completion of a dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on [Dental] Accreditation [(CODA)]. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

    1. Basic knowledge of infection control and safe instrument handling.
    2. Basic knowledge of dental procedures and medical emergencies.
    3. Ability to perform basic radiographic image capture and processing/retrieval.
    4. Basic knowledge of maintenance, care and storage of dental equipment.
    5. Basic knowledge of patient privacy requirements.

    Experience or Education. In addition to the requirements listed at GS-4 above, applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience equivalent to at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level.

    OR ,

    Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by CODA.

    In addition to meeting paragraph (1) or (2) above, the applicant must demonstrate the following KSA's:

    1. Knowledge of anatomy and ability to evaluate diagnostic quality.
    2. Broad knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement.
    3. Basic knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures.
    4. Ability to learn and utilize software programs used within VHA.
    5. Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol.

    Experience. At least 1 year of experience [equivalent to] the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:

    1. Ability to identify normal oral anatomy.
    2. Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures.
    3. Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs.
    4. Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist.
    5. Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats.
    6. Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry.
    7. Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.
    8. Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures.

    References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G36, Dental Assistant.

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.

    Physical Requirements : Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Light Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability required. This position requires some exposure to blood borne pathogens, body fluids, and other potentially infectious materials.


    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.

    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 .

    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 recommend 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


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

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

    • VA Form 10-2850c
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume

    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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • VA Form 10-2850c
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    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.

  • Benefits


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