Indian Health Service Supervisory Dental Assistant in Toppenish, Washington

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Toppenish, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. This position is located in the branch of Dental Services at the Yakama Service Unit in Toppenish, WA. The purpose of this position is to serve as a senior level Dental Assistant who provides the full range of direct supervision, technical oversight, instruction and training for the Dental Assistant Staff. This position reports to the Supervisory Dental Officer.

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 procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-WR-1813788-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


Supervisory and Managerial Function duties:

  • Plan and prepares work schedules of Dental Assistant Staff to meet dental program goals and objectives.
  • Revises performance standards of Dental Assistant Staff performance, and timekeeping.
  • Facilitates problem-solving related work by improving the effectiveness of the dental team.
  • Monitoring of the proper maintenance of record systems related to patient care and treatment progress according to the standards of reporting and recording established by the service unit, Portland Area Indian Health and Indian Health Services.
  • Ensures supply inventory is maintained and that ordering of dental supply needs are met for the department.

Direct Patient Care Tasks:

  • Passes instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently.
  • Performs preventive, periodontal, restorative, pediatric, endodontic, and prosthetic dentistry.
  • Accomplishes all intra-operative procedures within standard infection control protocols.
  • Assists in routine general dental procedures.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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): INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS - Radiological Certification Requirements: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (1)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 (2) be certified as radiographers in their field. The following meet these requirements: (1) Persons employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel prior to the effective date of the regulation (January 13, 1986) who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic who prescribes radiologic procedures to others. (2) Persons first employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not license that particular field or did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program, provided such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence, as determined by OPM or the employing agency.

Dental Assistants who wish to be considered for positions requiring performance of dental radiology duties must have a current IHS or State dental radiological health and safety certification of competency or proof of otherwise meeting the requirement. (Please submit a copy of your certification or other proof with application.)

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: GS-8: Must have at least 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: providing dental assistance to general or specialized dentistry and in dental assistant expanded function work that includes preforming complex alloy restoration (pin retention and cusp buildups), and complex composite restoration which involves multiple surfaces and incisal angles.


Although the paramount requirement for this job have specific subject-matter knowledge and skill requirements (i.e., technical requirements) candidates for this job must also meet certain competencies listed below that reflect those considered as most important for successful performance of Federal supervisory work. Candidates should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in these competencies prior to entry into a supervisory position.

  • Accountability
  • Customer Service
  • Decisiveness
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Resilience
  • Written Communication

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

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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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.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. The position to be filled must have the same title, series and grade, geographic location and the same qualification requirements as the original vacancy announcement. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. 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.

Immunization: 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. Child Care Covered Position: This position is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. If you are selected, you are required to complete, sign and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care; Indian Child Care Worker Position, form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these position have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere to guilty to certain crimes.

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Salary Range: $44,335.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0681-08/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Public

Control Number: 452397600

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-WR-1817366-DE