The New York Harbor VA Medical Center is seeking multiple Dental Assistants. The announcement will remain open until the closing date of the announcement or until all vacancies have been filled, whichever occurs first. Applications will be reviewed and referred to the hiring managers as needed. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Experience and Education: Experience: Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work; OR Education: Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA); OR Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. 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: 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). Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification of radiologic competence may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate dental assistant under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This will result in removal from the GS-681 series and] may result in termination of employment. English Language Proficiency: Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements candidates must meet the following grade requirements. GS-6 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to identify normal oral anatomy; Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures; Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs; Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist; Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats; Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry; Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records; and Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures. References: VA Handbook 5005;46, Part II, Appendix G36 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-6 Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["Duties include but are not limited to: Using the concepts of four-handed dentistry; Assisting with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; Anticipating surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment; Taking preliminary impressions; Selecting and manipulating a variety of gypsums and waxes; Pouring, trimming and evaluating the quality of diagnostic casts; and Fabricating custom trays. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8am-4:30pm (Shift may vary slightly depending on the location selected for.) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: May vary depending on location. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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