Indian Health Service Dental Officer DE (OC) in Chinle, Arizona

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Chinle, AZ
  • Inscription House, AZ
  • Kayenta, AZ
  • Pinon, AZ
  • Red Mesa, AZ More Locations (6)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 1/27/2016 (267 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 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 announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-NJ-1611419-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active.This is an open continuous vacancy announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. Qualified Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur within the time period of this announcement. You will be considered for those vacancies that match your desired geographic locations. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept.

The Staff Dental Officer, Advanced Clinical, is located at one of the various Indian Health Service Hospitals or Clinics under the Navajo Area Office. Assists the Chief, Service Unit Dental Program, in implementing and operation of the dental program that includes preventive, educational, and corrective dental services. The Dental Program provides emergency, preventive, restorative, rehabilitative and community services in a highly complex and diverse setting to American Indian and other Native American beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries. Incumbent reports to Supervisory Dental Officer at respective health facility.

  • Position Details: Permanent position(s) to be filled
  • Promotion Potential: GS-12
  • Merit Promotion Position: Yes
  • Supervisory/Managerial Position: No
  • Is Position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, see Item #3 in the How to Apply Tab.
  • Is Drug Testing Required? No
  • Is Government Housing available? Yes, depending on availability and duty station.

Incumbent will be responsible for the following and other duties as assigned: **Professional Services: Provides dental diagnosis, evaluation, studies and treatment services of professionally acceptable quantity and quality in accordance with sound health practices to all dental patients.

**Dental Education and Information: Provides professional information and educational services to dental patients, other citizens of the community(s) who reside within the scope of work area assigned, and to other dental service workers as appropriate.

**Resource and Performance Accountability: Provides data, reports and other information as required for dental program accountability, evaluates resource and staff performance within the scope of responsibility ant acts in accordance with performance standards.

**Organizational Support: Provides advisory and teamwork services in support of the above operational unit of the Indian Health Service and to the Federal Government and the dental profession at large.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid Dental License in a State.

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


**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. GS-11: Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-11. For GS-12: Two (2) 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 five (5) years, would fall into the upper half of the group.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the additional requirements stated below- 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: 1. Post-licensure professional experience in the general practice of dentistry. 2. Approved internship training. 3. Approved residency training. 4. Graduate-level study in an accredited dental school. 5. Post-licensure professional experience in a specialized area of practice. 6. 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.MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be able to distinguish shades of colorMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: Candidates must have completed at least 52 weeks at the GS-9 grade level to qualify for the GS-11 grade level; and 52 weeks at the GS-11 grade level to qualify for the GS-12 grade level. If selected under the Excepted Service Examining Plan, individuals may be appointed without regard to time-in-grade requirements.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience is defined as, work concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries and deformities of the teeth, the jaws, organs of the mouth, and other structures and connective tissues associated with the oral cavity.NOTE: Positive Education Requirements, this position has specific educational requirements. To qualify for this position, you MUST possess the required education as noted under Qualifications.CLINICAL PRIVILEGES: 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: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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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.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only)

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized.


  • 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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $97,987.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0680-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427804500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NJ-1611423-DE