Dental Assistant Downtown/North Float

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Dentistry
Posted on November 23, 2021
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Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking a Dental Assistant to join our vibrant & diverse team at our North Public Health Center and Downtown Dental  .
Dental Assistants work under the supervision of a Dentist or Dental Hygienist in a variety of dental preparation and prevention procedures and other related duties as required in a dental clinic and/or community setting. This full-time Temporary Term-Limited (TLT) position serves a population that includes pediatric clients as well as pregnant or parenting women referred by Maternity Support Services and other adults.

As the only jurisdiction in the world 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.
We have 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 vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
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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. 
  • Responsible for accurate completion of encounter forms as per Dental Program Policies and Procedures and Medicaid billing guidelines. 
  • Accurately document medical record information under the direction of the dentist. 
  • Maintain patient files. 
  • Maintain operatories and dental spaces in good working order and insure 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

  • 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 effectively manage your own and patient schedules. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team. 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain patient files and other 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 interpreters in a clinical setting.

  • Experience in a public/community health center or clinic setting desired. 
  • Experience with using EPIC patient management software systems to register, check in, check out, collect payments, and schedule clients. 
  • Applicants bilingual in English and Arabic, Mandarin, or Cantonese are encouraged to apply. This skill is highly desired but will not disqualify you from being considered 
  • Applicants bilingual in English and Spanish are encouraged to apply. This skill is highly desired but will not disqualify you from being considered.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently 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? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
• submit proof of vaccination or
• have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office. King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer.


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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
 NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  1. Supplemental questionnaire responses 
You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
 Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume will not be considered a complete application. All supplemental questions must be completely answered.

This position is open to all qualified candidates. We are currently recruiting for one full time Term-Limited Temporary position.  Term-Limited Temporary positions are "at-will" positions but are eligible for benefits. The projected length of this Term-Limited Temporary position is one year. This vacancy can also be filled as a Special Duty opportunity. For Special Duty Assignment interest, you must be a Career Service, Career Service Exempt or other regular (non-temporary) employees in King County who have completed their initial County probation.  You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.

The work schedule varies slightly based on work location with Downtown, North, and Renton on an 8:00am-5:00pm schedule; Columbia on a 8:30am-5:30pm schedule and Eastgate on a variable schedule as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, and Wednesday 8:30am to 5:30pm. 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.

  • This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to 
  • 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. 
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law 
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time. 
  • A valid Washington State Drivers' License and/or the ability to travel to locations throughout the King County area in a timely manner with little advance notice.
 This position is represented by Office Professional Employees International Union, Local 8.

Contact: For more information about the application process, please contact Debbie Baker or 206-263-4053.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Please indicate if you have completed a course of study from a recognized dental assistant program.
  • Yes
  • No
Do you possess current registration as a Dental Assistant in the State of Washington?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate your experience as a dental assistant.
  • None
  • Some ( 6 months to a year)
  • Considerable (1 to 3 years)
  • Extensive ( More than 3 years)
Please indicate the types of dental assistant duties you have performed. (Check all that apply)
  • Act as chairside assistant for general dentistry procedures, including restorative procedures.
  • Take intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs.
  • Apply dental sealants
  • Maintain operatories and dental spaces in good working order.
  • Assist with restorative procedures on young children with challenging behavior.
Please indicate your experience working in a public/community health center or clinic.
  • None
  • Some ( 6 months to a year)
  • Considerable ( 1 to 3 years)
  • Extensive ( more than 3 years)
Please indicate language(s) spoken and/or understood other than English. If none, write "none".
Please indicate your level of fluency in the language noted above.
  • Not applicable
  • Formal education at the secondary or post-secondary level.
  • Native speaker
  • Can provide health care services in another language without an interpreter (will be asked to describe if selected for interview).
Are you an existing King County Career Service Employee?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" to the above question, please provide the Department you work for, and your Employee ID number. If you answered NO, please type N/A.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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