Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Dental Assistant in Miami, Florida

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Miami VA Healthcare System serves Veterans in three South Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe, with an estimated Veteran population of 152,597. Our parent facility, opened in 1968, is the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center that is located on 26.3 acres in downtown Miami.

The Miami VA Healthcare System is an accredited comprehensive medical provider, providing general medical, surgical, inpatient and outpatient mental health services. The Miami VA Healthcare System includes an AIDS/HIV center, a prosthetic treatment center, spinal cord injury rehabilitative center, and Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). The Miami VA Healthcare System is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Spinal Cord Injury Research, Substance Abuse Treatment and is a recognized Chest Pain Center.

In addition to serving South Florida, the Miami VA is the tertiary referral facility for the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and provides open-heart surgery and other specialty services to other VA facilities in Florida and the country.

The Miami VA Healthcare System operates 372 hospital beds, including a four-story community living center attached to the main facility. The Miami VA is also responsible for two major satellite Outpatient Clinics located in Broward County and Key West, five Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Homestead, Key Largo, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood and Deerfield Beach.


The Supervisory Dental Assistant is responsible for the supervision, administrative management, and direction of Dental Assistants. The Supervisory Dental Assistant may be delegated full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the dental assisting activities for the service, over a section or work unit which would require three or more dental assistants. The following duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Creating work assignments, monitoring staff dental assistant clinical performance, conducting performance appraisals, and other clinical and administrative responsibilities.
  • Supervise, administratively manage, and direct dental assistants performing at the GS-07 grade level or below.
  • Develop performance standards, request equipment, and analyze workload.
  • Hear and resolve employee complaints and workplace issues, and issue minor disciplinary actions such as warnings and reprimands.
  • Develop and provide training to staff dental assistants and students or trainees.
  • Set-up operatory and/or surgery suite for dental procedures, and assist in specialized dental procedures such as oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, implant placement and restoration.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of dental imaging and provide instruction to others. Work Schedule:Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens, current permanent Federal Employees and Internal VA Employees.

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • You may be required to serve a supervisory probationary period.

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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a.
  • Experience and/or Education. Candidates must possess either six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of a dental assistant, or provides familiarity with the work; OR, successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA); OR, an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • 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. Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence are:
  • Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.; OR,
  • 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; OR,
  • Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD).
  • Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants. DANB certification is required for all positions above the full performance level. Preferred Experience: Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS)

**Grade Determinations for the GS-08 Supervisory Dental Assistant:

Experience.**At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs: 1. Advanced knowledge of dental assisting across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to provide guidance to staff dental assistants 2. Skill in coordinating clinical work flow and assignments 3.Ability to assist the Chief in Dental Clinic operations related to policy development, equipment requests and workload analysis 4. Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative work relationships 5. Ability to analyze clinically appropriate data effectively to optimize quality, performance, and productivity within section 6. Ability to perform supervisory functions such as assessing competency, providing performance appraisals and managing training

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G3, Dental Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local HR office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-08.

IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Physical Requirements: ?Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (6 hours); standing (6 hours); repeated bending (1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to read type; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

Environmental Factors: Excessive noise, intermittent; dust; vibration; working closely with others.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-21

Salary: $47,825 to $62,179 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 8

Series: 0681 Dental Assistant

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: CASB-10036371-17-TKL

Control number: 476487000