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Job Title:Dental Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Hiring Organization:VA Central California Health Care System

Job Announcement Number:NP-14-KEB-1002464

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$24,933.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 29, 2013 to Friday, December 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0681-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Fresno, CA View Map
Fresno County, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1002464

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.

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or security investigation required
  • Designated and-or random drug testing required
  • Must pass pre-employment health examination

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as a Dental Assistant in the Dental Service at the Fresno VA Central California Healthcare System, CA in one of the following positions:

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  • Work schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Non-exempt (covered)
  • Bargaining Unit Position: Yes


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GRADE DETERMINATIONS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-03 Dental Assistant (Entry Level):

Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

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.

GS-04 Dental Assistant (Developmental Level):

Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, one year of experience at the next lower level, OR two 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 knowledge, skills, and abilities (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.

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.

GS-05 Dental Assistant (Developmental Level):

Experience or Education. In addition to the requirements listed at GS-04 above, applicants must demonstrate at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-04) 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 experience or education above, the applicant must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

  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.

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.

GS-06 Staff Dental Assistant (Full Performance Level):

Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-05) that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (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.

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.

Grade and Salary: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06. 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 and may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/46, PART II, APPENDIX G36, dated: April 19, 2011.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Education and/or Experience Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.

Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work; OR,

Education.  Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

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.

Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence:

  • Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.; OR,
  • 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,
  • Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD).

Exception. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification of radiologic competence may be given a temporary appointment as a Graduate Dental Assistant under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This will result in removal from the GS-0681 series and may result in termination of employment.

Certification in basic life support methods is highly desirable.

Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants. DANB certification 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.

Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending, reaching for supplies or materials and lifting moderately heavy items. The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as dexterity and color vision.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

  • 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.


OTHER INFORMATION:

  • The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s) and documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

To request a copy of a DD-214, SF-180 or military and medical records, please visit this website: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

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 Veterans Preference" (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf) with required proof as stated on the form. If required, include a copy of your Disabled Veteran Civil Service Preference (AB4) letter, which can be generated here: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/

For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist found here: http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc or visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 13, 2013 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or login to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 13, 2013.

To verify your application is complete, login to your USAJOBS account at: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, login to your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume or CV (required)
  • Responses to the occupational questionnaire (either by online application or fax) (required)
  • VA 10-2850c, "Application for Associated Health Occupations" (Revision Jun 2006) http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf (required)
  • OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" (Revision Oct 2011) http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf (required)
  • Copies of unofficial college transcripts (required; official college transcripts will be required for employment)
  • Copies of all applicable licensures and certifications required for the position (required)
  • If prior military service, include your DD-214(s) or proof of service (required, if claiming Veterans' preference). 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" http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. If required, include a copy of your Disabled Veteran Civil Service Preference (AB4) letter, which can be generated here: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/
  • SF-50(s), "Notification of Personnel Action", you must submit your most recent non-award SF-50 (Must reflect grade/step equivalent to, greater than, or one grade lower than the position applied to, tenure and title. Federal employees are able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF portal: https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/ (required, if Federal employee)
  • Any other documents you identify as necessary on this checklist (for reference only): http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc

Note: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application with the 1203FX cover page, as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload required and/or supporting document(s):

  1. Fax your documents using the following 1203FX cover page: http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy Identification Number is: 1002464
  2. Fax your documents to: 1-478-757-3144

If you cannot apply through the online process: You may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 13, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed. To complete the application process by fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX cover page: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX cover page, along with all required and supporting documents to: 1-478-757-3144

Note: Allow 48 hours after documents have been faxed for the system to update the application status.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kevin E. Boatman
Phone: (559)225-6100x3718
Fax: (559)228-6938
Email: KEVIN.BOATMAN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central California HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
2615 E Clinton
HRMS / 05
Fresno, CA
93703-2223 Fax: (559)228-6938

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes, your complete application (including any required documents) will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. An e-mail notification letter will be sent to the account that you registered in USAJOBS at different phases in the review and referral process.

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Job Announcement Number:

NP-14-KEB-1002464

Control Number:

356142600