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Job Title:Dental Officer

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:AN744741

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$86,391.00 to $104,472.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 13, 2012 to Thursday, September 27, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Mashpee, MA United StatesView Map


US Citizens, Status Candidates, and Candidates eligible under Indian Preference procedures


*Announcement amended to reflect appropriate salary range: $86,391.00-$104,472.00


As a Dental Officer located at the Mashpee Wampanoag Service Unit located in Mashpee, MA you will provide advanced dentistry services in accordance with the Indian Health Service policies.

Who may apply:

All U.S. Citizens (DE)

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP) - Indian Preference

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA)

 Commissioned Corps Officers:  The USPHS Commissioned Corps Officers who wish to apply for this vacancy announcement must submit a resume and all other documents specified in this announcement.

- visit for more information on Who May Apply

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be reannounced.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT - In accordance with the IHS Employee Immunization policy, selectee will be required to be immunized against measles and rubella by providing documentation/proof of immunity to measles and rubella prior to entrance on duty. Exceptions are persons born before 1957 who are not required to take the measles vaccine or provide proof of immunity. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of vaccine or have a history of severe reaction to a vaccine or who are currently pregnant. This applies to candidates for positions in any Service Unit or any Area Office position which requires regular work at a Service Unit.

In accordance with the Child Services Act, applicants must complete the attached addendum and submit it with their application.

Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available at:



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.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required
  • IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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·        Participates in an integrated oral health program with other health services.          

·        Performs oral and radiographic examinations of theo oral cavity

·        Provides diagnostic evaluations of pthological or irregular conditions.

·        Treats a variety of difficult cases associated with dental pathology.

·        Communicates with dental professionals in order to coordinate and provide  patient care, diagnosis, and education.  


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To qualify for the Dental Officer position you must meet both of the Basic Requirements listed below and the Minimum Qualification requirement listed below.


Basic Requirements:

You must possess a degree in dental surgery (D.D.S.) or dental medicine (D.M.D.) from a school approved by the Council on Dental Education, American Dental Association (ADA) or other dental school, provided the education and knowledge acquired was substantially equivalent to that of graduates from an ADA-approved school. ( Must provide dentistry school transcripts.)


You must be  currently licensed to practice dentistry in a State, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico. ( You must provide proof of licensure)


Minimum Qualification

You must have two years of professional dentistry *experience and/or training; or superior academic ability defined as that demonstrated by an intern, who on the basis of an evaluation of all interns who have completed training in the same hospital or in the same kind of internship program over the past 5 years, would fall into the upper half of the group.


 *The experience and/or training listed in the minimum qualification above must be one of the following types:

post-licensure professional experience in the general practice of dentistry; Approved internship training; approved residency training; graduate-level study in an accredited dental school; post-licensure professional experience in a specialized area of practice; other advanced study or training (outside a dental school or hospital) creditable towards satisfaction of training program requirements for Board eligibility.

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.

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualifications requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.   Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  You are responsible for the accuracy of your application package.


For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:   Will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:

1) Best Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position;

2) Well Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position;

3) Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless approval has been granted.

For Merit Promotion Applicants:  Who meet the qualification requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following skills and competencies:

  • Technical Competence in Clinical Dental Practices and Procedures
  • Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication


To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions



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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Indian Preference:  If you are claiming Indian Preference for Federal employment, you must submit form BIA-4432 for verification and be found suitable for Federal employment.  Form BIA-4432 can be found at:

Veterans' Preference:   If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit appropriate documentation (e.g., DD214, VA letter, etc.).  For more information on veterans' preference, click on: .

Career Transition Program:   This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified' or at a score of 85 and above.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to:

Selective Service:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit .



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Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on Vacancy 744741

If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., resume, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.


·         Your Résumé

·         Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

·         Dentistry school transcripts and licensure documentation (to support basic requirement)

·         Child Care Addendum Form must be included for this position and is available at:


Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable to you)


·         Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., Member Copy 4 of the DD-214, SF-15, VA letter)

·         CTAP/ICTAP documentation

·         SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (if you are a current or former Federal employee)

·         Non-Competitive Appointment Documents


Indian Preference applicants - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." The current form (expiration date 11/30/2014) does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal decent, state or academic records that document you posses one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA-4432). Please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.


Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.


To obtain a BIA-4432 form, click here:

You may use the fax or upload feature to submit your documentation. 



Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
OPM Federal Building
200 Granby Street
Suite 500
Norfolk, VA


You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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