Dental Assistant

King County
Full Time 40 per week $26 - $33 Per hour WA Public Health - Seattle & King County, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 5/14/2024 11:59


Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking a Dental Assistant to join our vibrant & diverse team at our Eastgate Public Health Dental Clinic.
King County Dental Clinics provide emergency and comprehensive dental services to an ethnically and racially diverse population of low-income children and adults, including pregnant women and homeless adults and teens.

Note: This posting will create a list of qualified candidates that may be considered for selection of additional career service, term limited temporary (TLT), short-term temporary (STT), or special duty assignment (SDA) vacancies over the next 6 months. 
Commitment To Equity and Social Justice
Named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
The county government has a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
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Work Schedule
The work schedule for the clinic locations will be Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. This position is a full-time at 40 hours per week (1.0 FTE). This position is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.
Work Location
This position will work primarily at the Eastgate Dental Clinic 14350 SE Eastgate Way Bellevue, WA 98001. You may need to occasionally float to other Public Health Dental Clinics throughout King County. The other clinics you may need to work at include:

  • Renton Public Health Center at Renton Technical College: 3201 NE 7th Street, Renton, WA 98056
  • Columbia City Center for Health: 4400 37th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
  • Downtown Public Health Center: 2124 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
  • North Seattle Public Health Dental Clinic (Lake City): 12359 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Job Duties

  • Act as a chairside assistant for restorative, oral surgery, endodontic, hygiene and other procedures as needed.
  • Take diagnostic quality intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs.
  • Provide child prophys. Apply dental sealants in clinical and community settings. Apply topical preventative agents.
  • Take and review patient medical and dental history and present relevant info to the Dentist.
  • Assist dentist with emergency procedures.
  • Perform other duties as allowed by the Washington State Dental Practice Act 18.32.
  • Educate patients in oral hygiene and anticipatory guidance health behaviors.
  • Maintain patient flow.
  • Accurately document medical record information under the direction of the dentist.
  • Maintain operatories and dental spaces in good working order and ensure compliance with OSHA/WISHA requirements.
  • Clean and sterilize dental instruments in accordance with State and Federal requirements.
  • Perform routine dental equipment maintenance (clinical and portable) and process repairs.
  • Maintain dental supply inventory and ordering.
  • Make patient reminder calls and follow up on missed appointments as needed.
  • Schedule appointments, greet and reassure clients.
  • Complete client registrations, billing, and conduct follow-up with patients as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following (Minimum):

  • Current registration as a Dental Assistant in the State of Washington.
  • Completion of a recognized Dental Assistant course program or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of methods and techniques used in dental assisting.
  • Working knowledge of terminology, materials, equipment, and instruments used in dentistry.
  • Working knowledge of dental radiograph techniques and principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain patient records in accordance with practice guidelines and applicable regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage behavioral issues in a dental clinic setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to address conflict in a direct and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with clients of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds as well as the ability to work with clients for whom English is a second language.
  • Experience working with both in-person and telephonic or video interpreters in a clinical setting.

The most competitive applicants will have the following experience and qualifications (Desired):

  • Experience in a public/community health center or clinic setting desired.
  • Experience with using EPIC software systems.
  • Applicants bilingual in English and Spanish are encouraged to apply.

Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference?  dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply
This Career Service position is open to all qualified applicants.
Application Process
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NeoGov Job Application (The responses on your job application should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process)
  • Supplemental Questions (The responses to the supplemental questions should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process)
  • A current Resume is desired but not required
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selection process may include evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.
  • The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of Basic Life Support (BLS) / CPR.
  • The selected candidate must be able to pass a thorough background investigation, but findings may not necessarily disqualify an applicant for employment. 
  • For more information on our selection process, please refer to . For tips on interviewing, please visit . 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • When Public Health responds to an emergency, and in accordance with relevant CBA language and/or KC policy and procedures, we may assign duties outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department. 
  • If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

Union Membership
This position is represented by OPEIU Local 8.
For questions about the application process, contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, Sr. HR Analyst at .