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    Standing Register:
    This is an open continuous announcement. It will be used to fill 3 Dental Assistant vacancies in the Syracuse VA Medical Center Dental Clinic. Should the closing date arrive before all vacancies can be filled, the announcement will be extended another 90 days, and continue to remain open until all positions have been filled.
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    Work Schedule:
    Full-Time, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm

    Financial Disclosure Report:

    The Dental Assistant positions are located at the Syracuse VA Medical Center Dental Clinic, aligned under the Surgical & Diagnostic Care Line at the VA Medical Center, Syracuse, New York.

    The dental assistant performs patient care and a full range of duties with indirect supervision from the lead or supervisory dental assistant or the treating dentist. Performing procedures as assigned with independence and some complex patient procedures are performed under indirect supervision of more experienced dental assistants or dental supervisor.

    Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:
    • Shows courtesy, respect, and positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public.
    • Provides assistance to customers with questions or concerns, provides service as necessary.
    • Sets up surgery suite for planned dental procedures and cleans dental unit for timely turnover.
    • Prepares dental medications and impression materials per manufacturers instructions.
    • Maintains specialty dental equipment per manufacturer instructions and dental service standards.
    • Exposes both standard and specialty dental imaging.
    • Demonstrates proper infection control procedures.
    • Assists in filling gaps in the doctor's schedule due to late cancelations and failed appointments.
    • Assists patients in scheduling appointments.
    • Follows computer security regulations.
    • Monitors patient vital signs and condition during invasive treatment and during recovery period.
    • Removes plaque and soft debris from removable prostheses.
    • Performs other duties, as assigned.
    Functional Statement Title / Number:
    Dental Assistant - 000000

    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0681 Dental Assistant

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

    Applicants must meet the following conditions:
    • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen that is proficient in both written and spoken English
    • Must pass a screening for illegal drug use
    • Must be subjected to electronic fingerprinting
    • Must be registered with the Selective Service if you are male born after 12/31/1959
    • Must participate in a post appointment NACI level background investigation

    Basic Requirements:
    The basic requirements of the position are below.

    United States Citizenship:
    Applicants must be U.S. Citizens that are proficient in both written and spoken English.

    Experience & Education:
    Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides familiarity with the work. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    OR -
    Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
    OR -
    An equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying.

    Radiologic Procedures 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.
    OR -
    Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examination developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry,
    OR -
    Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DOD).

    Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification of Radiologic competence may be given a one year temporary appointment as a graduate dental assistant under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(a)(1)(D). This appointment cannot be extended. Applicants appointed in this manner must become certified before their one year appointment expires. Should certification be obtained, the applicant would be eligible to convert to a permanent appointment. Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination.

    Preferred Experience:
    A Certification from the DANB (Dental Assistant National Board) is preferred, but not required.

    Grade Determinations:
    There is no education or experience needed beyond the basic requirements.

    In addition to the basic requirements, one (1) year 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 Accreditation. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's: Basic knowledge of infection control and safe instrument handling, basic knowledge of dental procedures and medical emergencies, ability to perform basic radiographic image capture and processing/retrieval, basic knowledge of maintenance, care and storage of dental equipment, and basic knowledge of patient privacy requirements.

    GS-5 :
    (1) In addition to the requirements at GS-4 above, applicants must demonstrate at least one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level OR (2) Successful completion of a full- four (4) year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by CODA.

    GS-5 Note:
    In addition to meeting paragraph (1) or (2) above, the applicant must demonstrate the following KSA's:
    • Knowledge or anatomy and ability to evaluate diagnostic quality,
    • Knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement,
    • Ability to learn and utilize software programs used within VHA, and
    • Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol.

    Must have one or more years of specialized work experience, equivalent to the GS-5 level above. This work experience includes, but is not limited to:
    • Knowledge of anatomy,
    • Ability to evaluate diagnostic quality,
    • Knowledge of medical emergencies and vital signs measurement,
    • Knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures,
    • Knowledge of software programs,
    • Ability to communicate.

    VA Handbook 5005/46, Part II, Appendix G36, Transmittal Sheet Dated April 19, 2011

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.

    Physical Requirements:
    Use of fingers; use of both hands required; walking; standing; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing without aid; and mental and emotional stability.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . 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. For further information, visit: .

    Additional information

    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
    • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
    • The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
    Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

    Applicants will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of anatomy and ability to evaluate diagnostic quality.
    • Knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement.
    • Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol.
    • Ability to identify normal oral anatomy.
    • Ability to enter are retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.
    • Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

  • Required Documents
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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • VA10-2850c
    • Resume

    VA Form 10-2850c:
    Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • OF-306
    • VA10-2850c
    • VBA Letter
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

    Veterans' Preference:
    When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.

    For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 11/09/2018 to receive consideration.
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    Agency contact information Russell Shaffer

    315-425-4400 X53597


    Syracuse VA Medical Center
    800 Irving Ave
    Syracuse, NY 13210

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    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Full time
Syracuse, NY, US