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Date: Dec 7, 2017

Location: CLEARWATER, FL, US, 33755

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.

Requisition No: 23183 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS DENTAL ASSISTANT - 64952355

Position Number: 64952355 

Salary:  $12.44 hourly 

Posting Closing Date: 12/14/2017 

Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health.  If you're looking to build a great career in public health - you've come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join this team and make the Florida Department of Health your employer of choice.

The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.


The Dental Program promotes a work environment where staff are encouraged to bring their professional and personal expertise from the healthcare, and public health fields to the workplace.  Professional enhancement is supported and highly encouraged.


This position will serve in the Dental Division of Medical Services at the Clearwater Dental Clinic in Pinellas County, FL and will work under the direct supervision of a Senior Dentist. This position requires local travel and some weekend and evening hours. 


This position will require working with both children and adults by assisting the dentist and properly performing assistant functions as delegated and allowed by Florida Statute.  


Responsibilities include:


  • Work as a team and utilizes expertise as a dental assistant in assisting the dentist in all clinical procedures. Effectively prepare operatory with materials and instruments for dental procedure.
  • Maintains material knowledge up to date as provided by manufacturers.
  • Properly prepare dental restorative materials in a timely and effective manner.
  • Properly prepare necessary solutions on a daily/weekly basis required for dental use.
  • Appropriately maintain state equipment and instruments through lubrication, sterilization and daily cleaning.
  • Accurately expose, develop, and file digital x-rays
  • Accurately document records as instructed by dentist and the CHD Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Handles Behavior Management cases as dictated by the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Accurately enters patient information into approved electronic health record
  • Schedules clinic appointments in HMS, controls flow of dental clinic patients and clinic schedules.
  • Maintain patient’s records
  • In a courteous and accurate manner inform public of clinic procedures, CHD services and refer to other agencies as needed.
  • Travel to all clinics as requested.
  • Complies with security procedure guidelines.
  • Adheres to uniformity of dental procedures countywide as approved by Dental Service Manager
  • Instruct patient/parents (guardian) in oral hygiene utilizing appropriate aids


Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements

  • Certification as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)
  • CPR certification


Desirable Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience as an EFDA
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish highly desired.


*Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. 

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days

Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade. 

Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, visit

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) to conduct this background check.

Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.


Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tampa

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