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Dental Assistant (EF)


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    Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

    Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

    Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Great Plains Area, Dental Department, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Position reports to the Chief Dental Officer.

    The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who had previously applied need not re-apply unless updating and/or submitting additional information.
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    Responsibilities

    MAJOR DUTIES:
    Chair Side Assisting:
    • Under the direct Supervision of a licensed provider. The dental assistant assists the dentist or dental hygienist to perform all preventive, periodontal, restorative, pediatric, endodontic, surgical, prosthetic and operating room dentistry procedures.
    Expanded Functions Perio:
    • Provide oral prophylaxis including the removal of visible and shallow calculus deposits with or without untrasonic devices) commensurate with level of training.
    Expanded Functions Restorative Procedures:
    • Provide advanced (complex) reversible restorative procedures on teeth that have been prepared by the dentist. This will include the placement of amalgam and composite material per dentists' order.
    Infection Control:
    • Proper cleaning and disinfection of the dental chair, dental operating unit and operatory surfaces including surgical operating room surfaces, after its use and prior to subsequent patient treatment to prevent cross-examination.
    Health Education:
    • Provides patient with chairside health promotion and disease prevention information, individualized oral hygiene instruction, and proper post-operative instructions.
    Housekeeping:
    • Assures that dental operatories are adequately supplied with all needed supplies, instruments, material and equipment and restocked at the appropriate times as needed.
    Record Keeping:
    • Obtains required forms related to patient care and records all patient identification, health history, diagnostic, epidemiological, treatment information, and patient education codes in the appropriate location on these forms and/or EHR.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned within the scope of the dental program's operations.


    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    6

  • Job family (Series)
    0681 Dental Assistant

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
    • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
    • ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required
    • Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period.

    Qualifications
    To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

    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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT - Radiological Certification Requirements:
    Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiological procedures meet the credentialing standards, which are set forth in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (1) have successfully completed an educational program which meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation and which is credited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and (2) be certified as radiographers in their field. The following meet these requirements:
    Persons employed by the Federal Government as radiological personnel prior to the effective date of the regulation (January 13, 1986) who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic, who prescribes radiological procedures to others.
    Persons first employed by the Federal Government as radiological personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign jurisdiction which did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State of foreign jurisdiction which did not license that particular field or which did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program, provided that such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence, as determined by OPM or the employing agency.You must have a current I.H.S. or a State (or foreign jurisdiction) dental radiological health and safety certification of competency or proof of otherwise meeting the above described requirement. (You must submit documentation with application)

    In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
    GS-04: grade level must have had 26 weeks of General Experience AND 26 weeks of Specialized Experience OR successful completion of a 2-year course of study in a dental assistant or dental hygiene program that included at least 12 semester hours in courses such as radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety, and protection; x-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting.

    GS-05: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector) providing dental assistance duties to general or specialized dentistry, dental assistant (expanded function) work or any combination of these appropriate to the position(s) being filled. Experience at this level includes: performing restoration of teeth after preparation, providing routine prophylaxis and placement of sealants and varnish, setting up proper instruments and providing chairside assistance, and exposing and processing digital oral x-rays.
    OR Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in dental assistant or dental hygiene program that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety and protection; x-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting
    OR A combination of experience and education. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. 60 semester hours beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience.

    GS-06: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector) providing dental assistance duties to general or specialized dentistry, dental assistant (expanded function) work or any combination of these appropriate to the position(s) being filled. Experience at this level includes: performing Class IV (caries affecting proximal including incisal edges of anterior teeth) restorations of teeth after preparation, cementing stainless steel crowns, and carving and polishing any type of cusp protected alloy.

    Special Requirements for GS-5 and above Dental Assistant (Expanded Function): Applicants for Dental Assistant (Expanded Function) position must have completed 1 year of acceptable course work, preceptorship, or other formal training and/or work assignments specifically designed to equip them with knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures involved in the position to be filled. Examples of acceptable training are:
    • Courses in a dental hygiene or dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that are directly related to the intra-oral procedures (also referred to as expanded functions) that are to be performed in the position to be filled.
    • U.S. Army's Dental Therapy Assistant Training Program.
    • Continuing education courses in expanded functions for dental assistants offered by the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Other training comparable to the above in private or governmental hospitals, clinics, or schools that included formal classroom instruction and clinical training in the knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures in the position to be filled.

    Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

    Education
    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous 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 is earned.

    This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

    This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

    Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

    The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

    This Position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

    A two year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)

    IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free.

    You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 02/27/2018

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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.

    You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions.
    You will be further evaluated/rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions to determine your competency in the following:
    • Technical Competence
    • Teaching Others
    • Interpersonal Skills

    You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaires. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.

    The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
    • Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/
    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) - http://www.ihs.gov/jobs/permanentDocs/ctap.doc
    • Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
    • Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

    Click here to view vacancy questions: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10087812 . All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of 12/31/2018, to be considered.

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    Security clearance
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:
    • Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.
    • Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. Refer to BIA-4432 link: http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-029504.pdf . When an Indian Preference candidate possesses Veterans' preference the rules regarding Veterans' preference apply under ESEP and the applicant must provide documentation in order to receive preference.
    • Veterans Preference: If claiming Veteran's Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form (Member 4 copy). To claim 10-Point Veteran's Preference, submit a SF-15 Application ( http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) along with the appropriate supporting documentation. For additional information regarding Veterans Preference visit: www.fedshirevets.gov
    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf .
    • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50 or if Reinstatement eligible include your Career SF-50.
    • Noncompetitive eligibles: submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy.
    • Certification as radiographer.
    • Certification of completion of Dental Assistant program.
    Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 12/31/2018, the closing of this announcement.

    ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED - Applications will be reviewed starting on 04/26/2018 and every 10 business days thereafter until filled.

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  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.
    Click 'Apply' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    1. Follow the prompts to upload required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
    2. Please ensure you click the 'Submit Application' button to submit your application.
    3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
    4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Home, then click the Job Title to expand the details. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

    The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, Troy Lynn Roach-Briggs, Human Resources Specialist, PHONE: 605-867-3012, and/or E-MAIL: troy.roach-briggs@ihs.govThe decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here: https://www.ihs.gov/jobs/index.cfm?module=faq

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    Agency contact information Norene Mousseau

    Phone
    6058673018
    Fax
    6058673404
    Email
    Norene.Mousseau@ihs.gov

    Address

    Pine Ridge Service Unit
    PO Box 1201
    E Hwy 18
    Pine Ridge, SD 57770
    US

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    Next steps

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

    You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

    If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    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.


    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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    • Selective Service
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485187400 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Indian Health Service
Posted
10/14/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Pine Ridge, SD, US