Dental Assistant - Downtown Public Health Dental Clinic

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Dentistry
Posted on March 3, 2023
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$52,187.20 - $66,144.00 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

DPH - Public Health

Job Number

Community Health Services



Public Health - Seattle & King County is seeking a Dental Assistant to join our vibrant & diverse team at our Downtown Public Health Dental Clinic.

This posting will remain open until filled with the first review of applicants to take place on December 14, 2022, and every Friday thereafter.

Dental Assistants work under the supervision of a Dentist or Dental Hygienist in a variety of
dental preparations and prevention procedures and other related duties as required in a dental clinic and/or community setting. This full-time Term Limited Temporary/Special Duty position serves a population that includes pediatric clients as well as pregnant or parenting women referred by Maternity Support Services and other adults.

This is a Temporary Limited Term (TLT) position. TLT positions may be eligible for benefits. As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Public Health- Seattle & King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

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 ensure 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 software systems
  • 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.

This position will work primarily at the Downtown Dental Clinic 2124 4th Ave, Seattle WA 98121. As needed, this position will also work at the three other Public Health Dental Clinics in King County located at...

Columbia Dental Clinic
4400 37th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Eastgate Dental Clinic
14350 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98007

Renton Dental Clinic
3201 NE 7th St
Renton, WA 98056

This position is open to the general public.

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 for the clinic locations will be M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm. This position is full-time, 40 hours per week (1.0 FTE). This position is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

For information regarding the application process, please contact Dawnette Yust at

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
  2. Resume
You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.

To Apply

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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
  • 12paid 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.