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Job Title:DENTAL HYGIENIST

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-PHS-1092102-LMW-082

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$46,020.00 to $74,880.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 to Friday, May 09, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

CC-0682-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Taylor, TX View Map
Tacoma, WA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

NOTE: This position is in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and you will be referred as a Commissioned Corps personnel and not as a candidate to a permanent GS career or career-conditional appointment. This USPHS position is being filled at the rank of Lieutenant (O-3).

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: ONLY USPHS OFFICERS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION BASED ON THE APPLICANT'S YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND THE NEEDS OF THE LOCATION.

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov/.

The ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) directorate. The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contractors comprise the healthcare professionals working together to provide quality healthcare services. IHSC staff serves as the medical experts for ICEs.

***This Position is open for Commissioned Corps officers only***

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Optional

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Must meet travel regulations

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain CPR/BLS certifications
  • Competencies
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Ability to pass background investigation

DUTIES:

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It is the responsibility of the Dental Hygienist to adhere to policies and procedures as stated in the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) Policies and Procedures Manual.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties

2. Assess these employees’ language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enhancing employees’ language abilities

3. Completes preliminary dental examinations on new dental service patients. The hygienist reviews patient’s medical and dental history for evidence of past and present conditions such as medical illness and use of drugs which may complicate or alter dental hygiene treatment.

4. Examines the teeth and surrounding tissue for evidence of plaque and periodontal disease and chart findings: inspects the mouth and throat for evidence of disease such as oral cancer; interprets routine x-rays to identify tooth structures, calculus, and abnormalities such as cavities and deep periodontal pockets.

5. Refers abnormalities such as cavities; traumatic occlusion, and suspicious lesions to the dentist. Prepares dental hygiene treatment plans for patient including assessment of the problem, type of oral hygiene care required, and the sequence of appointments needed to complete treatment.

6. Performs a complete oral prophylaxis on ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. Performs deep subgingival scaling, root planning, and curettage under local anesthesia. Polishes the teeth and applies stannous fluoride for hypersensitivity and caries prevention. Gives home care instructions to patients after curettage.

7. Provides bedside prophylactic treatment using specialized procedures for comatose patients, neurosurgical patients, and other type of nonambulatory patients.

8. Assists the dentist by making repairs and adjustments to the teeth by smoothing rough edges of restorations, removing overhanging margins of fillings, reducing sharp edges of fractured teeth, polishing and finishing amalgam restorations, and inserting temporary fillings in teeth.

9. Instructs patients at chairside in oral hygiene, brushing and flossing techniques, and periodontal aids which increase the amount of stimulation to the teeth. Plans and adapts instructions in home care techniques, tailoring them to the oral hygiene needs and oral problems of individual patients. Explains to patients the causes of periodontal disease and tooth decay, and the importance of diet as it relates to oral and systemic health.

10. Regularly instructs nurses and nursing assistants in the proper techniques of oral hygiene to be applied to the bedridden, handicapped, disabled and chronically ill patients. Presents lectures and demonstrations in oral health care to various patient groups such as diabetics, hemodialysis patients, and drug or alcohol dependent patients, using slides denture models, toothbrushes, charts, and other education materials.

11. Exposes, develops and processes radiographs on patients including bite wing, periodical and panoramic x-rays. Adjusts voltage, amperage, and timing of x-ray equipment. Selects type of radiograph that will be necessary for patient’s mouth. Positions film and machine to insure coverage of area to be x-rayed. Mounts and labels X-rays.

12. Maintains patient’s record of treatment. Records oral conditions of teeth and surrounding tissues, progress and therapy notes, appointments, and the number of patients treated and type of treatment administered.

13. Assists the dentist by applying the concepts of four-handed dentistry to maintain a field of operation through the use of retraction, suction, irrigation, drying, placing and removing cotton rolls and shields, lighting, etc, during all dental procedures.

 

COMPETENCIES:

1. Maintains CPR/BLS certification.

2. Cultural Competency.

3. Interpersonal Skills.

4. Good Oral/Written Communication Skills.

5. Integrity/Honesty.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

1. Knowledge of broad Dentistry functions (e.g diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and emergency care).

2. Knowledge of American Dental Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention standards regarding dental care and related issues.

3. To perform four-handed dentistry, must have good finger dexterity and arm-hand steadiness, ability to work with persons from a wide diversity of ethnic and social backgrounds, ability to work with other health care providers from a variety of disciplines.

4. Information Technology (IT): Minimal requirement is a basic level of experience in working with office technology including Microsoft Office products.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  1. The work may require physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds.
  2. Required to perform CPR standing or kneeling.
  3. Must be able to assist patients in and out of wheelchairs.
  4. The work may necessitate some physical characteristics that will be required when responding to an emergency situation, such as running short distance, prolonged standing and working in an austere environment.
  5. Must be able to walk up and downstairs, to include during emergency situations

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applications will be evaluated against the required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as listed in this announcement.


BENEFITS:

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Pay and benefits for PHS officers are managed through the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness and are comparable to the pay and allowances authorized for members of the Armed Forces. Specific information can be found in the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation, 7000.14-R at http://comptroller.defense.gov/fmr/07a/index.html.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

MISSION:

The ICE Health Service Corps protects America by providing health care and public health services in support of immigration and customs law enforcement. This is accomplished through maintaining a committed, effective and efficient workforce who provides evidenced based appropriate health care in a cost effective manner.

 

DHS SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

1. DHS

2. ICE

3. ERO

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

1. Works under the clinical direction of the local Chief Dentist unless the IHSC Dental Director delegates another provider to supervise him/her.

2. If a Dentist is not on site, the clinical supervision is provided by the Clinical Director.

3. Works under the local administrative direction of the Health Services Administrator (HSA) or designee.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you need only submit a complete initial Application which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below)

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 09, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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. 
 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1092102.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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/pd_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • You must submit your resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training. Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • You must submit copies of proof of licensures, degrees, certificates and all other required documentation identified in this announcement.
  • You must submit your three (3) most recent Commissioned Officer Effectiveness Report (COER). 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) 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 supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usacover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1092102.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 09, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Friday, May 09, 2014 for further instructions. You must submit all required information by Friday, May 09, 2014. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

IHSC Recruiting
Phone: (202)732-4600
Email: IHSCRECRUITING@ICE.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
500 12th St SW
Washington, DC
20024
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you meet all eligibility requirements, your application package will be sent to the hiring manager for further consideration.

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Job Announcement Number:

LAG-PHS-1092102-LMW-082

Control Number:

366570000