Indian Health Service Dental Officer/Supv. Dental Officer (Open Cont.) in Fort Totten, North Dakota

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Fort Totten, ND
  • Fort Yates, ND
  • Fort Thompson, SD
  • Lower Brule, SD
  • McLaughlin, SD More Locations (2)
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Thursday 5/12/2016 (165 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 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-GP-1656975-ESEP/MP*++;* for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

NOTE: This position is replacing the position IHS-16-GP-1657063-DE. If you would still like to be considered for this position you will need to re-apply under this vacancy and you application will remain active in the system for three (3) months for any availabilities.

The purpose of this position is to provide comprehensive care to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients within the Great Plains Area.

"Exceptional recruiting difficulty may result in payment of a recruitment or relocation incentive/bonus."


Major Duties:

  • Provide dental diagnosis, evaluation, studies and treatment services of professionally acceptable quantity and quality in accordance with sound public health practices.
  • Provide professional dental information and educational services to patients.
  • Provides dental data, reports and other information as required for dental program accountability, evaluates resource and performance.
  • Organizational Support: Provides supervisory and teamwork services in support of the Dental unit.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses MAY BE authorized and MAY BE be paid. 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.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

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.

NOTE: Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-11 grade level.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS for GS-12: 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 ADA. Graduate-Level Study: Either Dental Graduate study leading to an advanced degree such as a Masters of Science, or post-graduate degree (non-degree) dental 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 ADA. 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 or residency training. 3.) Graduate-level study in an accredited dental school. 4.) Post-licensure professional experience in a specialized area of practice. 5.) 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.

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.

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.

FOR SUPERVISORY POSITIONS: Experience leader or Supervisor of a Dental Department by assigning and evaluating work. Experience evaluating performance and conduct and knowledge of creating a work schedule.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants MUST be able to distinguish shades of color.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 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.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information


  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized.

  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

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

  • Rotating Shifts, Alternate work schedule, Nights/Weekends/Holidays, possible overtime.

  • The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.


NOTE: This facility is planning to be contracted by the Spirit Lake Tribe, this means, if selected, you will be required to sign a formal Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) to be assigned to work for the Tribe or be separated from Federal employment. While under an IPA incumbent remains a Federal worker occupying a federal position, still being paid by IHS and maintaining Federal benefits.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $120,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0680-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: Yes


Control Number: 438798000

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GP-1703390-DE