Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Dental Assistant Ii

Posted over 1 month ago · Full time

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Job Description



Under clinical supervision of a Dentist and under administrative supervision of the Director of Health Services, provides a variety of basic and expanded preventative and restorative dental care services to SRPMIC patients. Assumes a leadership role with the Dental Assistant (DA) staff, acts as a professional role model and works to provide high quality dental care and hygiene education to patients. This job class is treated as FLSA Non-exempt.

Essential Functions : Essential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be comprehensive list of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.
Examples of Tasks
1. Mentoring: Mentors Level I DA staff so they attain the technical and customer service skills along with experience necessary to perform to the fullest extent possible within their scope of practice.

2. Leadership: Provides senior leadership to DA staff and provides input to other dental team staff regarding program and service improvements that will benefit the Community.

3. Clinical: Provides chair-side assistance duties for the Dentist in all phases or restoration, prosthodontic, surgical, endodontic and periodontal treatment. Must be fully functional in all aspects of the job within 6 months of obtaining advanced ("expanded function") DA Certification.
  • Provides fully functional services within 6 months of obtaining advanced, "expanded function", DA Certification.
  • Assists with all routine, advanced and specialty procedures including dental examinations, oral surgery and general dentistry.
  • Works with varnishes, sealants, dental films and impression models.
  • Provides compassionate care for all patient age groups, especially children, youth and elders.
  • Performs routine prophylaxis and topical fluoride treatment assigned by the Dentist.
  • Operates dental x-ray equipment to take intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs.
  • Processes and mounts radiographic films.
  • Restores teeth after cavity preparation by the Dentist.
  • Operates mechanical (eg. ultrasonic scaler) and hand instruments to remove calculus.
  • Provides patient education and instruction in prevention of oral diseases and post-service and operative care.
  • Maintains professional knowledge regarding new procedures and emerging issues in oral health.
  • Cleans, packages and sterilizes all dental instruments.
  • Utilizes autoclave and ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Takes primary dental impressions for study model, pours stone and trims model.

4. A dministrative: Acts as Receptionist. Answers phone calls and schedules patients.
  • Pulls and files medical records.
  • Maintains supply levels and requisitions supplies for the dental clinic.
  • Participates in meetings and trainings with Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) and Phoenix Area Office and other dental-related organizations as required.

5. Miscellaneous: Performs other job related tasks as assigned by the Dentist or Director of Health Services.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of the history, culture, laws, ordinances, customs and traditions of the SRPMIC.
  • Knowledge of general dental clinic procedures.
  • Knowledge of properties of dental materials.
  • Knowledge of contours, occlusion and functions of teeth.
  • Knowledge of infection control and blood borne pathogens precautions.
  • Knowledge of appointment scheduling procedures.
  • Knowledge of customer service principles.
  • Knowledge of diabetes.
  • Skill with both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill performing intra-oral and extra-oral procedures.
  • Skill using an autoclave, x-ray equipment, ultrasonic cleaner and other dental equipment.
  • Skill in placement and finishing of dental materials.
  • Skill maintaining accurate lab and patient records.
  • Skill working with clients of all ages.
  • Skill educating patients regarding oral hygiene and care.
  • Skill using dental tools and supplies.

  • Ability to mentor colleagues.
  • Ability to learn the Indian Health Service system.
  • Ability to learn new procedures and improve knowledge of dental care and disease.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with all staff, patients and members of the Community.
  • Ability to accurately and promptly follow directions.
  • Ability to make patients feel at ease.
  • Ability to work as an effective and contributory member of the Clinic team.
  • Ability to operate a variety of standard office equipment including personal computer and software, copy machines, fax machines and calculators.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited Dental Assistant (DA) program and 2 years full-time experience as a Dental Assistant I.
  • Must have advanced training and certification in expanded functions for Dental Assistants.
  • At least 1 full year experience as a full-time Dental Assistant II preferred.
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid or receive certification within six months of hire date.

Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of education and experience that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered.

Underfill Eligibility: An enrolled Community Member whom closely qualifies for the minimum qualifications for a position may be considered for employment under SRPMIC Policy 2-19, Underfill
Special Requirements
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods.
  • May be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
  • May be required to lift materials up to 25 lbs.
  • Employees in, and applicants applying for, jobs providing direct services to children are subject to the "Community Code of Ordinances", Chapter 11, "Minors", Article X. "Investigation of Persons Working With Children".

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

"SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer" Preference will be given to a qualified : Community Member Veteran, Community Member, Spouse of Community Member, qualified Native American, and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain preference, the following is required: 1) Qualified Community Member Veteran (DD-214) will be required at the time of application submission 2) Qualified Community Member (must provide Tribal I.D at time of application submission),3) Spouse of a Community Member (Marriage License/certificate and spouse Tribal ID or CIB is required at time of application submission), and 4) Native American (Tribal ID or CIB required at time of application submission).

Documents may be submitted by one of the following methods:

1) attach to application

2) fax (480) 362-5860

3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date.

The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted .

Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.