Dental Assistant (Float)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Dentistry
Posted on January 24, 2023
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$50,169.60 - $63,606.40 Annually

Multiple locations in King County, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DPH - Public Health

Job Number

Community Health Services



Public Health Seattle & King County is looking for dynamic, flexible and client centered candidates to fill three (3) positions of Dental Assistant for our Public Health Clinical Dental program!

The Dental Assistant positions will be based out of Columbia, North, and Eastgate Center. Each Dental Assistant will have a primary work location. However, as business needs dictate, the incumbent may be asked to provide backfill assistance at any of our other dental clinic locations. Those locations include:

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

North Dental Clinic
12359 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Eastgate Dental Clinic
14350 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98007

Public Health Dental serves a diverse population of clients, both children and adults, from a wide range of economic, cultural and differently abled backgrounds. This includes seniors, pregnant or postpartum women, people with physical or mental disabilities, foreign language speakers, members of the LGBTQIA+, clients experiencing homelessness and clients currently experiencing and recovering from substance abuse illness. Competitive candidates will possess a desire and ability to offer excellent and empathetic service to all the clients we serve.

Dental Assistants work to the full scope of their certification under the supervision of a Dentist or Dental Hygienist as well as the Dental Clinic supervisor in a variety of dental restoration and prevention procedures and other related duties as required in a dental clinic and/or community health setting. Our dental clinics use Epic Wisdom electronic dental records. Training in Epic Wisdom is provided for all clinical dental employees. This is a benefit eligible 1.0 FTE (40 hours/week) Term Limited Temporary position that will float to all clinics as needed.

This is posted as continuous, and these vacancies will be open until filled. The first review of applications will take place on January 05, 2023. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed Friday of each week.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:

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.

Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan .
Who May Apply:

This full-time position is open to all qualified applicants.
(Applicants Bilingual in English and Punjabi or Spanish are encouraged to apply.)

Work Schedule:

The work schedule for North Public Health Dental is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Schedules at our other locations vary slightly based on the site with Downtown, North, and Renton on an 8:00am to 5:00pm schedule; Columbia on a 8:00am-5:00pm 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 1.0 FTE at 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday).

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 entry of visit data into the electronic dental record as per Dental Program Policies and Procedures and Medicaid billing guidelines.
  • Accurately document medical record information under the direction of the dentist.
  • Maintain patient records.
  • 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.
  • Assist with patient reminder calls and follow up on missed appointments as needed.
  • Greet and reassure clients.
  • 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 diverse team.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • 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, different physical and developmental abilities, 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.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in a public/community health center or clinic setting desired.
  • Experience with using EPIC Wisdom electronic dental record.
  • Applicants bilingual in English and Punjabi highly desired.
  • Applicants bilingual in English and Spanish highly desired.
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.
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

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.
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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
Application process:

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  2. Supplemental questionnaire responses
  3. Resume
Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.

Please do not copy and paste your entire resume, or copy and paste your entire job history, as your answers to the supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.

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.

Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.

The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. In the event the job classification requires an exam; an offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam and must maintain security clearance.
Supplemental Information:

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.

Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.

Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.

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.

If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a 6 months.
Union affiliation:

Local 8

For more information about the application process please contact Mark Lacy at .

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.