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Job Title:Dental Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-552-13-888928

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$25,387.00 to $46,203.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0681-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 20 hours - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

6

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 888928 

 

Tour of Duty:  Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (varied) part-time not to exceed 20 hours per week.

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?

 

 

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.  This job is being actively recruited for a GS-6 (preferred).

 

This is a re-posting to Vacancy VHA-552-13-827580. 

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Certification in radiologic procedures required

DUTIES:

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Incumbent identifies normal oral anatomy; utilizes advanced knowledge of dental instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures; anticipates surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment; performs infection control practices in accordance with standard protocols; monitors and performs basic interpretation of vital signs; concepts of four-handed dentistry; independently provides procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist; captures standard and special dental radiographic images of good diagnostic quality in digital formats; performs maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry; performs dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures; takes preliminary impressions; selects and manipulates a variety of gypsums and waxes; pours, trims and evaluates the quality of diagnostic casts; fabricates custom trays. 

 

Incumbent utilizes the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), Dental Record Manager (DRM) and VISTA medical and dental information to verify patient treatment needs; assists in entering and retrieving patient data and in-patient scheduling; utilizes organizational skills in order to meet daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly deadlines; complies with Employee Education requirements; completes mandatory annual safety training sessions and in-services.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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2.  BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 

    a.  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.)

 

    b.  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.

 

    c.  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.

 

    (1)   Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence

 

    (a)  Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.;

 

    OR,

 

    (b) Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry. 

 

    OR,

 

    (c)  Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD).

 

   (2)  Certification in basic life support methods is highly desirable.

 

    (3)  Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).  The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants.  DANB certifi- cation is not required, but highly desirable for the appointment of Dental Assistants up to and including the full performance level, and is required for all positions above the full performance level.]

 

    (4) Loss of Credential.  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

     

    e.  Physical Requirements: There is walking, extended periods of standing, repeated bending, carrying light objects such as instruments or other small parts. The work requires working under stressful conditions in a fast-paced setting to facilitate patient care.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 

 

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

 

3.  GRADE REQUIREMENTS

  

    (1)  GS-3

 

    (a)  Experience or Education.  None beyond the basic requirements.

 

    (b)  Assignment.  Employees at this level serve in dental assistant career development positions.  It is expected that they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patient issues, and require daily close supervision.

 

    (2)  GS-4

 

    (a)  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:

 

    (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

    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.

 

    (c)  Assignment.  Employees at this level serve as developmental staff dental assistants.  It is expected that they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patient issues and require daily and direct contact at the site of work from the assigned supervisor. Assignments at this level include but are not limited to:  receiving and preparing patient for treatment including seating, positioning chair, placing napkin, performing disinfection and sterilization procedures; performing basic chair side assisting with direct instruction from treating dentist; reporting medical emergencies to dentist; preparing procedural trays/armamentaria set-ups; exposing and processing basic dental radiographs with direct supervision; mounting and labeling dental radiographs and/or saving digital images to the electronic medical record with direct supervision; complying with standard recommendation for equipment maintenance; retrieving all pertinent patient records prior to seating the dental patient; directing patient to appropriate staff for the intent of scheduling visits.

 

    (3)  GS-5

 

    (a)  Experience or Education

 

    (1)   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,

 

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

 

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

 

    (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

    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.

  

    (c)  Assignment.  Employees at this level serve as staff dental assistants for routine dental procedures.  Direct supervision is given for any complex patient procedures from more experienced dental assistants or the treating dentist.  Assignments at this level include but are not limited to:  responds to basic medical emergencies; measures and records vital signs; provides pre- and post-operative instructions; maintains a field of operation during dental procedures through the use of retraction, suction, irrigation, drying, placing and removing cotton rolls; using the concepts of four-handed dentistry, assists with basic restorative procedures; mixes basic dental materials; assists in preparation of laboratory prescription forms; applies pressure indicator paste to removable prostheses; exposes and processes basic dental radiographs; mounts and labels dental radiographs and/or saves digital imaging to electronic medical records; evaluates radiographs for diagnostic quality; maintains routine dental equipment per manufacturer and dental service standards.

 

    (4)  GS-6 Staff Dental Assistant (Full Performance Level)

 

    (a)  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:

 

    (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

    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

 

    (c)  Assignment.  Employee serves at the full performance level with the ability to perform full range of duties with some independence in assigned specialties, with indirect supervision from the lead dental assistant, dental assistant supervisor or treating dentist.  Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to:  using the concepts of four-handed dentistry; assists with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; anticipates surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment; takes preliminary impressions; selects and manipulates a variety of gypsums and waxes; pours, trims and evaluates the quality of diagnostic casts; fabricates custom trays.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

 

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  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.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related 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.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package.  Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.  You must complete application VA Form 10-2850 C and you must show proof of Radiologic Certification. 

 

NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS:

Although you are no longer required to submit essay-style responses to knowledge, skills and abilities statements in your initial application package, you should provide detailed information in your resume that reflects the extent of your specialized experience, as defined under the qualifications section of the annoucement. To maximize your opportunity for referral, your resume MUST clearly state the experience you wish to be considered, to include duties and responsibilities in each position, starting and ending dates (mm/yy), grade level (if applicable) and the number of hours per week spent in such employment and defined as Full-time or Part-Time. 
This information must be clear; we will not make assumptions regarding your experience or you may be rated ineligible. 

 

 To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 888928.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

 

Need additional assistance on How To Apply Online: Click on the link for the Application Manager Quick Start Guide.

 

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm. ET



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Copy of Radiological Certification (required).
  4. Copy of Transcripts (if using education to qualify).
  5. Occupational Questionnaire
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

 

You will be rated IFM (ineligible forms missing) for incomplete application packages.

 

Mailed documents will not be accepted

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Leanna B. Seyler
Phone: (937)268-6511x1242
Email: LEANNA.SEYLER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Dayton VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH
45428

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-552-13-888928

Control Number:

343181300