Lead Dental Assistant Job in Spokane, Washington – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Lead Dental Assistant – Spokane, Washington
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 4965
Start Date: 09/25/2018
End Date: 10/15/2018

Qualification Summary
Basic Requirements:
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Experience and Education
(1) Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work.
(2) Education. Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Accreditation that included a course in 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 practical nurse training approved by the appropriate State, territory, or District of Columbia accrediting body.
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. 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. (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 education and training, including coursework in radiation health and safety, described by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as fully qualifying for any grade level (copies of certificates of successful completion, plus transcripts or course descriptions of the required subjects must be filed in the employee’s official personnel folder); OR, (c) 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. The chief, dental service, will certify competency based on documentation of successful completion of this training, a copy of which will be filed in the personnel folder. Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Preferred Experience: Extremely familiar with all specialty procedures including operating room dental assisting, laboratory procedures, pouring models, making trays, and provisional restorations. Assignments include advance use of the computerized dental patient records system to include initiating patient consults, storing and viewing images, entry of diagnostic data, setting up for treatment planning and presentation to the patient, and providing training to staff dental assistants to effectively use the computerized record system. Certification in basic life support methods is highly desirable. Grade Determinations: GS-7 Lead Dental Assistant
Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. GS-6 level Dental Assistant assignments 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 addition, the candidate must demonstrate the technical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for the position: a. Advanced knowledge of dental assisting across multiple areas of practice, and demonstrated ability to provide guidance to staff dental assistants. b. Skill in coordinating clinical work flow and assignments. c. Ability to assist in dental program development, outcome management, and strategic planning. d. Skill in acting as liaison between staff dental assistants and the supervisor. e. Ability to provide professional oversight and consultation for staff dental assistants. References: VA Handbook 5005/46 Part II Appendix G36 dated April 19, 2011 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: The Dental Assistant position requires hand-eye coordination necessary for extremely fine motor control; full manual dexterity including the functioning of both arms, both wrists, both hands and all fingers; intermittent reaching, twisting & bending; pushing and pulling up to 15 lbs; and lifting & carrying of items up to 15 lbs (e.g. dental records, dental tools and dental supplies). The position requires the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, tactile ability sufficient for the use of small instruments with control, and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care. Work is performed in a clinic setting. The position performs direct patient care involving both sitting and standing chairside. The work may involve an environment containing aerosols, flame, solvent fumes and bodily fluids. The incumbent remains continuously on task for several hours while sitting, standing or moving. The work requires communication skills, the ability to demonstrate sensitivity, confidentiality and respect when speaking with patients, peers, faculty and staff.

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