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Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: PINELLAS PARK, FL, US, 33781

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Requisition No: 328302 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: DENTAL ASSISTANT - 64001945

Position Number: 64001945 

Salary:  $1,024.80 bi-weekly 

Posting Closing Date: 04/15/2021 

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.


Expanded Function Dental Assistant

The Dental Program promotes a safe 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 Program of Clinical Health Services at the Pinellas Park Dental Clinic in Pinellas County, FL and will work under the direct supervision of a Senior Dentist. This position requires local travel and some possible 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.  Previous applicants need not apply.


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 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 Eaglesoft, registers clients in HMS, controls flow of dental clinic patients and clinic schedules.
  • Maintain patient 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
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities necessary for this position:
  • Knowledge of dental procedures, expanded functions, dental materials, dental terminology, and behavior management.
  • Knowledge of Electronic Records and digital radiographs.
  • Skills on preparation of dental materials, skills on sterilization and infection control, skills on equipment maintenance.
  • Skills on delivery of expanded functions, skills on record keeping, computer skills, skills on efficient patient flow.
  • Ability to communicate with children, parents, co-workers, in general. 
  • Ability to learn insurance procedures
  • Ability to work well with others. 
  • Ability to avoid and resolve conflict in a professional manner. Incumbent covers clinic in the Pinellas County area.
  • Ability to drive to satellite clinics.
    Minimum 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.
  • Competent computer skills
  • Experience with behavior management or assisting dentist in the use of nitrous oxide
    Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:
  • State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required
  • 9 Annual paid holidays and 1 personal day
  • Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
  • Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage - State pays 80% of premium
  • Life insurance – State provides a $25,000 policy to Career Service Employees
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waivers
    *Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic submission 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 pay band/ 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.
    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) to conduct this background check.
    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. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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.  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. 

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