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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dental Assistant (Odontology)

Bulletin Number: 

HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10199148

Position Title:  DENTAL ASSISTANT (ODONTOLOGY)
Salary:

$37,301 to $48,488
The salary indicated above is basic pay and your locality pay will be adjusted

Series/Grade:GS 0681-07
Promotional Potential:N/A
Appointment Type:    Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment
Position Information: Intermittent - This is an episodic, intermittent position, on an irregular or
occasional basis with hours and days of work not on a prearranged schedule
and with compensation for the actual time employed or for service rendered.
Duty Location(s):Regions 1 thru 10
Who May Be Considered:United States Citizens



This Bulletin is applicable only to candidates who were previously hired on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary – Announcement Number HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10199148 Direct Hire Term appointment advertisements. 


Responsibilities:

  1. Positions and cleans human remains (upper torso and skull portions) in preparation for dental examination.

  2. Performs forensic odontology procedures. The assessment of ante mortem remains includes interpreting examination, x-ray, and laboratory reports, determining need for alternate tests. Makes dental impressions.

  3. Removes teeth, mandible and maxilla using tools and saws so that dental material may be prepared and examined.

  4. Performs radiographic examinations and postmortem forensic dental examination of intact or fragmented remains using digital/ computerized equipment (or analog film when necessary), as well as remains subjected to mild to severe environmental conditions such as cold, heat, fire, water submersion, and traumatic fragmentation.

  5. Prepares requisitions and receives dental station equipment and supplies.

  6. Establishes and maintains ante mortem and postmortem dental files for victims.


Travel required
: 76% or greater – 95% Domestic and 5 % International


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Registered or exempt from Selective Service (www.sss.gov)
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • One-year trial period may be required.


Following a Presidential Declared Disaster, a Public Health Emergency declared by the Secretary of HHS, or a designated augmented mission requirement, the incumbent may be required to work irregular work schedules (evenings, nights, and weekends) and work hours could be extended at critical times.  During actual emergency responses and exercises, the incumbent may be required to work for extended periods of time under austere and highly stressful conditions; may be required to remain on-call 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  During training and deployment, work may require lifting and carrying heavy equipment, supplies, and using flights of stairs when elevators are not operating.  The incumbent may be required to travel on short notice to disaster areas with only minimal comforts, including requirements to eat military-style rations (such as Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE) due to limited or no access to commercially available food.  Extended and frequent travel may be required and will be governed by the need for the incumbent to fully cover all emergency preparedness responsibilities (i.e. disasters, meetings, exercises, etc.).  This travel may depend upon the number and type of events or emergencies that may occur.

During deployments, the work is primarily related to readiness for and deployment for response during the aftermath of a disaster or public health emergency, where work may be field-based, in a tent environment that is remote and austere, caring for sick, injured, dying, or deceased persons.  This work requires above average health, physical, and mental conditioning with routine long periods of repetitive walking, bending, lifting, and carrying, such as carrying NDMS equipment or heavy patients on litters.  Incumbent must be capable of working in a high-stress, high-security, remote, austere, and uncharacterized environment, void of infrastructure and vital services, requiring specific physical demands, such as the ability to lift 50 pounds, and work characteristics that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  For these reasons, employees are required to complete a physical and health screening process, meet and maintain certain physical standards, as well as mental, behavioral, and cognitive competencies.Work may be performed in an office setting or indoor and outdoor field sites, sometimes in adverse weather.  During emergency situations, the work environment may be situated in austere conditions and environment in terms of destroyed infrastructure (e.g., food and water, housing, electricity, communications), the presence of endemic diseases, and limited health and sanitation facilities requiring special safety precautions.


Qualifications

To have qualified for this position you must have met all of the following requirements:

Basic Education Requirements: Have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in 42 CFR Part 75, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education and I am certified as a radiographer in my field as evidenced by my active State or national license which is in good standing.

-OR-

Have been employed by the Federal Government in a Radiologic position prior to January 13, 1986 and 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.

-OR-

Have been employed by the Federal Government in a Radiologic position after January 13, 1986 and have (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 that such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence.

Special Requirements for GS-5 and above Dental Assistant (Expanded Function): Applicants for Dental Assistant (Expanded Function) positions must have completed l year of acceptable course work, preceptorship, or other formal training and/or work assignments specifically designed to equip them with knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures involved in the position to be filled. Examples of acceptable training are:

  • Courses in a dental hygiene or dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that are directly related to the intra-oral procedures (also referred to as expanded functions) that are to be performed in the position to
    be filled.

    -OR-

  • U.S. Army's Dental Therapy Assistant Training Program.

    -OR-

  • Continuing education courses in expanded functions for dental assistants offered by the Indian Health Service of the Department of
    Health and Human Services.

    - OR-

  • Other training comparable to the above in private or governmental hospitals, clinics, or schools that included formal classroom instruction and clinical training in the knowledge and skills required to perform intra-oral procedures in the position to be filled.


Specialized Experience: Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-06, in the Federal service performing forensic odontology procedures; assisting in dental procedures, dental record preparation, dental record maintenance and management, dental x-ray procedures, and preparing and presenting dental information to facilitate victim identification; obtaining dental records, controlling privacy and health information and maintaining dental records in a morgue operation; performing review and inspections of
ante mortem and postmortem dental charting and associated records.

-OR-

One full year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position. 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; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.


Education

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.


Additional information

Travel and transportation expenses may be paid: No
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Drug Screening Required: No
Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No 


Security clearance

Q – Non Sensitive


What to Expect Next

When you return the email notification that you received to:  IntermittentRecruitmentRequest@hhs.gov  your current Term Appointment Position – will be reassigned to an Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment, once it has been processed in the Enterprise Human Capital Management System (EHCM), you will receive a copy of your updated Position Description.

  • This page last reviewed: April 18, 2020