Indian Health Service Supervisory Dental Officer in Cass Lake, Minnesota

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Cass Lake, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

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 applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Bemidji Area, Cass Lake IHS Hospital, Division of Dental Services, Dental Office, Cass Lake, Minnesota. The primary purpose of this position is to provide professional dental care in connection with the diagnostic treatment of commonly encountered dental diseases or dental health problems requiring standard corrective, restorative, or preventative measures and to assist the Dental Chief with managing the dental department and dental program.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R1-BJ-1783809-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

  • Provides preventative, restorative, surgical, periodontal, endodontic, diagnostic, and rehabilitative oral health services to patients.
  • Provides clinical diagnosis, evaluation, studies and treatment services of professionally acceptable quantity in accordance with sound public health practices.
  • Provides professional information and educational services to patients.
  • Serves as acting dental chief in absence of dental chief.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid only if you are a current Federal Employee. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Copy of current professional licensure required during the hiring process.

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(S): Education: Degree in dental surgery (D.D.S.) or dental medicine (D.M.D.) from a school approved by the Council on Dental Education, American Dental Association (ADA); or other dental school, provided the education and knowledge acquired was substantially equivalent to that of graduates from an ADA-approved school. Licensure: Applicants must be currently licensed to practice dentistry in a State, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico. Additional Requirements for Grades GS-12 and Above: For purposes of this standard, the following terms are defined.

  • Approved internship; approved residency-Training in a hospital dental internship or residency approved by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
  • Graduate-level study -- Either dental graduate study leading to an advanced degree such as Master of Science, or postgraduate (nondegree) dental school study involving a level of instruction comparable to that provided in a graduated degree program.
  • National certifying board -- An examining board in a special area of dental practice recognized by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.
  • Board eligibility -- Qualification for examination by a national certifying board as a result of having met the advanced training program requirements for a dental specialty.

Experience and/or training must be one of the following types:

  • Post-licensure professional experience in the general practice of dentistry.
  • Approved internship training.
  • Approved residency training.
  • Graduate-level study in an accredited dental school.
  • Post-licensure professional experience in a specialized area of practice.
  • Other advanced study or training (outside a dental school or hospital) creditable towards satisfaction of training program requirements for Board eligibility.

For specialist positions, experience and/or training must clearly establish the applicant's status as a specialist Agencies should review the applicant's experience to determine the types and difficulty of the cases dealt with, the level of knowledge and understanding of the specialization regularly required, the degree of diagnostic skills and treatment planning ability involved, and the pertinent graduate study acquired. *For GS-12: *Two years of professional dentistry experience and/or training; or superior academic ability defined as that demonstrated by an intern, who on the basis of an evaluation of all interns who have completed training in the same hospital or in the same kind of internship program over the past 5 years, would fall into the upper half of the group.

SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL ABILITIES: Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision, as listed below: A. Assign to and review work of subordinates, train and work effectively with subordinates from a variety of backgrounds and with different levels/areas of training. B. Accomplish the quality and quantity of work expected within set limits of cost and time. C. Plan own work and carry out assignments effectively. D. Communicate with others effectively both orally and in writing, in working out solutions to problems or questions relating to the work. E. Understand and further management goals as these affect day-to-day work operations. F. Develop improvements in or design new work methods and procedures.

IN ADDITION to the abilities required above, candidates must also possess, or have the potential to develop, the ability to:

1) Deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. 2) Adjust work operations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quantity of quality work. 3) Establish program objectives or performance goals and to assess progress toward their achievement. 4) Coordinate and integrate the work activities of several organizational segments or several different projects. 5) Analyze organizational and operational problems and develop timely and economical solutions. 6) Represent the activity both within and outside the organization or agency and to gain support for the agency's program goals.

Personal Attributes: Candidates for all supervisory/managerial positions must demonstrate all of the following personal qualities: a. Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances; b. Capacity to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress; c. Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; d. Capacity to "see the job through;" e. Understanding of the ability to work with American Indians and Alaska Natives. Medical Requirements Applicants must be able to distinguish shades of color.

*Specialized Experience: *Experience in difficult surgical extractions, molar rotary endodontic treatment, pediatric dentistry, denture and partial treatment, nitrous oxide administration, stainless steel crowns, and extraction of primary dentition. Experience participating with Quality Assurance projects (competencies, chart reviews, etc.) and accreditation survey preparation. 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.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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 is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

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 annual leave is earned. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 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.
  • 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.
  • Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.
  • Government housing is not available.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • Position is covered by PL 101-630 and is considered a Child Care Worker position.
  • 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.
  • A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

  • Recruitment incentive may be authorized.

  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

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Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0680-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 453335100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-BJ-1783900-DE