Education: 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.
Licensure: Applicants must be currently licensed to practice dentistry in a State, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
Additional Requirements for Grades GS-12 and above:
For purposes of this standard, the following terms are defined.
Approved internship; approved residency-Training in a hospital dental internship or residency approved by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
Graduate-level study -- Either dental graduate study leading to an advanced degree such as Master of Science, or postgraduate (nondegree) dental school study involving a level of instruction comparable to that provided in a graduated degree program.
National certifying board -- An examining board in a special area of dental practice recognized by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
Board eligibility -- Qualification for examination by a national certifying board as a result of having met the advanced training program requirements for a dental specialty.
Experience and/or training 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.
In Addition to Meeting the Basic Requirements: For GS-13, candidates must have three years of professional dentistry experience and/or training equivalent to at least that of a Board eligible.
Applicants must be able to distinguish shades of color.
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE (PHS) LICENSURE POLICY: Each PHS dentist must possess and maintain a current, valid dental license in a State. The sole exception involves dentists who have met all professional requirements for admission to the state licensure examination and have passed such examination, but who have been issued a limited state license on the basis of either non-citizenship in that State or lack of residency requirements in that State.
SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES: Candidates should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in these competencies prior to entry into a supervisory position:
1. Accountability Holds self and other accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, set priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
2. Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
3. Decisiveness - Makes well informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
4. Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
5. Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
6. Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
7. Oral Communications - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
8. Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weights relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
9. Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
10. Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
OTHER COMPETENCIES RELATED TO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
1. Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
2. Assess and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
3. Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
4. Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector work force and a variety of work situations.
5. Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
6. Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.
7. Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
8. Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.
9. Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.
Time-In- Grade Requirement: Federal status applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks of service in a position no more than 1 grade lower than the position to be filled. If selected under the Excepted Service Examining Plan, individuals may be appointed without regard to time-in-grade requirements.