Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Dental Hygienist in District of Columbia, District Of Columbia

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Summary

This position is located in Patient Care Services, Dental Service of the VA Medical Center in Washington DC.

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Responsibilities

The Lead Dental Hygienist Lead Dental Hygienist monitors work flow and makes work assignments for all dental hygienist ensuring that their daily clinical schedules are properly filled with patients that are eligible for treatment, provides counseling and oversight of operations and communication with their supervisor, ensures all relevant training, licenses and certifications for all dental hygiene staff are current, provides input on performance, provides oversight, monitoring and ordering of all dental hygiene equipment and consumables, provides orientation and training for all dental hygiene staff, students, and/or trainees, resolves daily workplace issues, completes competencies for all dental hygienist and maintains efficient flow of patients.

Duties include, but not limited to the following:

  • Provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision;
  • Provides oral prophylaxis, scaling and root planning, topical application of drugs, and one-on-one instruction in proper preventative dental procedure and nutritional information;
  • Develops, coordinates, administers, and executes the hospital preventive dentistry program;
  • Records examination and treatment information in the patient record, assists the patient in preparation of a complete medical history and prepares necessary consent forms;
  • Responsible for the care and treatment of veterans who participate in the Homeless Veterans Dental Program initiative or the Homebound Dental Program;
  • Communicates and treats customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and all medical center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner;
  • Provides instructions to dental hygiene staff in achieving diagnostic quality radiographs, provides instruction in maintenance off all dental service hygiene equipment.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Position Description Title/PD#: Lead Dental Hygienist/0000

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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Conditions of Employment
  • 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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Qualifications

**Basic Requirements:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:Dental hygienists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). **LICENSURE REQUIREMENT:Applicants must be currently licensed to practice as a dental hygienist with a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. NOTE: You MUST provide a copy of your license with your application package to receive consideration. CERTIFICATION: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. Accredited dental hygiene programs contain curriculum addressing radiologic procedures which will meet the requirement for certification as dental radiographers. NOTE: You MUST provide a copy of your certification with your application package to receive consideration. BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT:Associate Degree or higher in an accredited dental hygiene program. This program must be accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). NOTE: You MUST provide a copy of your transcripts with your application package to receive consideration.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in federal service that has provided you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Lead Dental Hygienist. Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the concepts, procedures, and techniques of recreation therapy; performing recreation therapy programming, completion of assessments, interacting with core team members, developing treatment plans, creating and administering therapeutic activities and safety procedures; creating therapeutic activities, coordinating treatment plans, and completing documentation.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Advanced knowledge of dental hygiene and/or dental assisting across multiple types of dental practice, and demonstrated ability to provide guidance to dental auxiliary staff (dental assistants and/or dental hygienists);
  2. Ability to monitor and report on the status and progress of work, and make adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established procedures;
  3. Ability to assist in dental program development, outcome management, and strategic planning;
  4. Ability to act as liaison between dental staff to resolve informal employee complaints and concerns; and
  5. Knowledge of procedures and policies to provide oversight and training for dental auxiliary staff (dental assistants and/or dental hygienists).

Preferred Experience:Minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing clinical hygiene with preference given to applicants who have experience working within a VA Medical Center.Must have previous training and certification in administering local anesthesia (both block and infiltration) under supervision of the dentist and be proficient in taking digital radiographs Must have previous experience in personnel management to include: 1)monitoring work flow, and making work assignments, 2) providing input on performance, 3) Resolving daily work place issues, 4) Coordinating patient care plans to reduce redundancies and delay in patient treatment.

Grade Determinations:At least one (1) year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

References:VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G37.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10.

Physical Requirements:See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Education

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional 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.

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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Background checks and security clearance
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Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Certification, License, VA Form 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Certification, License, VA Form 10-2850c
  • VA Compensation Letter (If Applicable)
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/05/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Rafael Gonzalez
Phone

(317) 988-1262

Email

Rafael.Gonzalez3@va.gov

Address

Washington VA Medical Center 50 Irving Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20422 US

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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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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510899800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 10/05/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 10

Salary: $61,926 to $80,505 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time