This announcement is an "Open Continuous" vacancy announcement to allow for current, permanent employees of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System to indicate interest in current (and future) Dentist vacancies. Candidates will be reviewed and referred to the Selection Official as vacancies occur.
Incumbents are assigned to the Dental Service and provide direct dental care to the assigned patient population, in accordance with VHA guidelines.
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Open & closing dates
09/14/2021 to 09/13/2022
$108,645 - $243,000 per year
1 vacancy in the following locations:
0680 Dental Officer
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
This job is open to
Current federal employees of this agency.
Clarification from the agency
Open to current, permanent employees of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.
The Staff Dentist will provide direct dental care to qualified patients in an outpatient setting and serve as a consultant to other healthcare providers in accordance with VHA Office of Dentistry Standard of Care. The Dentist will be expected to be able to perform the following functions:
The Staff Dentist will be experienced in the interpretation of dental radiographs, in delivery of diagnostic consultations, and in clinical dental treatment as outlined in their individual approved privileges and in accordance with the VHA Office of Dentistry Standard of Care to include but not limited to the following topics: Appropriate and Timely Management of Dental Infections, Prescribes appropriate antimicrobial treatment when clinically indicated, Performs dental extractions on site when clinically indicated, Appropriate Management of Tooth Restoration, Diagnosing need for tooth restoration and performs said restoration successfully, Performing dental extractions on site should the tooth be unsalvageable, Appropriately plans course of treatment that leads to overall dental health for the patient, Appropriate Planning and Performance in Regard to Dental Prosthetics, Diagnosing need for dental appliance, Obtaining proper impressions for dental appliance, Ensuring proper fit of dental appliance before delivery to patient, Ordering surgical consultations in a timely manner when clinically indicated
The Staff Dentist maintains appropriate documentation to include but not limited to the following topics: Timeliness - all documentation must be completed by the incumbent themselves within 7 days from Date of Service, Each note meets Standard Criteria - must contain the basic elements for an accurate, complete, and billable dental note, Each note documents course that leads to overall dental health for the patient.
All Staff Dentists are expected to adhere to VHA Code of Ethics, performs own duties as required, and Maintains Information Security Protocols as covered in N.E.0. Incumbent displays Professionalism at all times and will be responsible for Performing own duties as required; understanding and respecting duties and roles of others in the department; Is responsive to needs of team members regarding time and information; Is available at assigned duty station during duty hours for team members to consult; Adheres to HIPAA guidelines in both written and verbal communication.
The Incumbent will perform only those privileges for which approval has been granted by the Medical Center Director prospectively and in writing. Incumbents maintains own professional qualifications, participates in customer service training, computer training, and attends mandated medical center training activities as required. The Incumbent may be assigned administrative or managerial responsibilities through participation in clinical, educational and administrative committees, task groups, or special projects. Incumbents who supervise residents will provide education, training, mentoring, and supervision to students and residents. Incumbents with specialized training in a particular specialty may be assigned section chief responsibilities for the subspecialty and may function as the primary clinician or subject matter expert responsible for formulating policy, procedures, education, and training affecting the daily clinical operations of the subspecialty.
Other duties as assigned.
NOTE: this announcement will remain open until filled or closed at the request of management. Applications received by 1/20/2021 will be considered part of the first cutoff. Applications received after this time will be reviewed weekly or at the request of management.
Work Schedule: May vary, but typically covers normal operating hours (Monday
4:00p.m.), not to exceed 40 hours per week. Candidates may be required to work alternate shifts, be on call, work weekends and/or holidays as patient care and needs of the service require.
Bargaining Unit Status: This position is part of the bargaining Unit.
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
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.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. Degree of doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine resulting from a course of education in dentistry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
(1) United States and Canadian schools of dentistry listed by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.
(2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia as qualifying for full and unrestricted licensure provided the licensure requirements include a written examination measuring science achievement and a performance examination measuring clinical competence.
Residency or Comparable Experience. Completion of an approved residency program in general practice or specialty, or comparable experience as a dentist actively involved in treating medically compromised patients.
Licensure and Registration Dentists (Except Residents). Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. The dentist must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
Residents (Independent and Integrated Programs). Graduates of approved United States and Canadian schools of dentistry must have a current, full and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before the second year of VA residency, or, for integrated programs, meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active current licensure.
English Language Proficiency. Dentists, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and
Preferred Experience: Residence training experience, hospital experience or have been practicing for over 5 years; good computer skills and understanding of electronic record keeping; prior VA experience
References: VA Handbook 5005/93 Appendix G3
Physical Requirements:Light carrying, under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability. See VA Handbook and Directive 5019.
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.
NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.
NOTE: If your school was accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.
Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
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.
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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, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
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.
Veterans' Preference Note: Preference eligible candidates and other Veterans will be given preference when qualification of candidates are approximately equal for Title 38 positions in VHA. 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 Feds Hire Vets
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