Date:  May 31, 2023


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Requisition No: 790347 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: DENTAL ASSISTANT - 64068535

Position Number: 64068535 

Salary:  $31,200.00-$35,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 06/20/2023 

Open Competitive

Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is work assisting dentists and providing patient care. Some positions in this occupation may be responsible for coordinating work and supervising employees.

Public Health Competency Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills – Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information as part of the QI Team for the Clinic. Ensures ethical principles are applied in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.

Public Health Competency Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills – Implements the strategies developed by the QI Team for quality improvement at the clinic level. Contributes to development of program goals and objectives. Contributes to implementation of organizational strategic plan.


  • Prepares patient, sterilizes, and disinfects instruments, sets up instrument trays, prepares materials, and assists dentist during dental procedures
  • Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients
  • Records treatment information in patient records
  • Assists dentist in management of medical and dental emergencies
  • Exposes dental diagnostic x-rays
  • Applies protective coating of fluoride to teeth
  • Provides postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist
  • Makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts
  • Pours, trims, and polishes study casts
  • Cleans and polishes removable appliances
  • Fabricates temporary restorations and custom impressions from preliminary impressions
  • Places and removes rubber dams and matrices
  • Places temporary restorations
  • Places dental sealants
  • Instructs patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs
  • Removes sutures


  • Schedules appointments, prepares bills and receives payment for dental services, completes insurance forms, and maintains records, manually or using computer
  • Maintains supply inventory
  • Orders supplies
  • Performs routine equipment maintenance and minor repair
  • Ensures clinic follows OSHA and ADA guidelines
  • Submits Timesheets and EARs as required by supervisor
  • Completes all mandatory training as required by supervisor

Public Health Competency Domain 3: Communication Skills – Communicates positively, clearly, and concisely with supervisors, team members, and external representatives in all interactions. Manages difficult clients positively and appropriately. Ensures writing, including electronic communications, is professional, error-free, clear, and concise. Communicates information to influence behavior and improve the health of clients.

Public Health Competency Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills – Ensures the diversity of individuals and populations are addressed in policies, programs, and services affecting the health of the community.

Public Health Competency Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills - Explains the ways relationships between primary care and dental care are affecting health of clients. Suggests relationships that may be needed to improve the health of clients. Collaborates with community partners to improve health by connecting clients to additional resources. Provides input for developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services.

Public Health Competency Domain 7: Financial Planning and Management Skills – Adheres to organizational policies and procedures. Operates program within budget. Motivates colleagues for the purpose of achieving program and organizational goals by participating in clinic team meetings and respecting different points of view. Uses performance management systems for program and organizational improvement to meet productivity standards.

Public Health Competency Domain 8: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills – Incorporates ethical standards of practice into all interactions with clients and team members. Strives to uphold the Department of Health’s values of I.C.A.R.E. Abides by the Florida Department of Health Code of Ethics. Provides opportunities for professional development for team members through training, mentoring, and coaching. Participates in professional development opportunities. Contributes to continuous improvement through active participation in the Annual QI project.

Initiative and Motivation-appropriately champions issues through resolution; research possible solutions and alternatives; communicates issues and possible solutions to appropriate internal and external partners; asks for assistance as appropriate; initiates and maintains collaborative relationships with supervisors, and internal and external partners.

Decision-making-uses DOH policies and procedures to inform decisions; seeks advice from supervisors or other authority; utilizes research or professional organization standards or information to inform decisions.

Performs all other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of dental equipment, instruments and supplies, basic dental terminology.
  • Ability to perform routine dental laboratory work, supervises people, determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, prepare reports, communicate effectively, and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Technical dental assisting skills; organizational and planning skills; self-direction and self-motivation; and human relations skills.
  • Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds as needed



  • Graduate of a dental assistant program approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry or accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental accreditation
  • Certification as an expanded duties auxiliary


  • CPR Certification
  • Florida Dental Radiology Certification


Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.


Where You Will Work:

Jacksonville, Florida

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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Please be advised:


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


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.


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, please visit the SSS website: 


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 upon the date of your retirement. 


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.   


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


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


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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. 


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 Department's 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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Jacksonville