Dental Assistant

Job description

Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Dental Assistant - Journey

Working Title:

Dental Assistant

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$33,319 - $38,718

Pay Band Information:

To learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet.

Salary Grade Equivalent:


Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Department Name and Number:

Comprehensive Oral Health-436500

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Closing Date:


Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Health Professional (Physician/Nurse/Other)

Department Description:

The Division of Comprehensive Oral Health houses several disciplines including, Periodontology, Dental Hygiene, Comprehensive Dentistry, Operative Dentistry/ BioMaterials, Prosthodontics, and Endodontics. The Division Chair and vice-chair manage the operating procedures for the entire division. The Division of Comprehensive Oral Health consists of full-time faculty, part-time faculty, phased retired faculty and adjunct faculty; full-time and part-time staff; DDS, MSc and PhD students; clinical/research fellows and visiting scholars. The Division of Comprehensive Oral Health balances teaching, scholarship, patient care, research and professional service activities.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

The Dental Assistant is responsible for providing dental and surgical assisting duties to all Division of Comprehensive Oral Health (COH) clinics. This includes Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Operative, General Dentistry, and the Dental Faculty Practice. Tasks include preparing the clinic, setting up trays using sterile techniques, assisting with a variety of restorative and surgical procedures, assisting with obtaining informed consent, and obtaining and documenting pre- and post-op vitals. The Dental Assistant will be responsible for preparing patients for their procedure and subsequently reviewing post-op instructions, assisting patient and families as needed, and restocking the inventories in the rooms in a prescribed manner.

The Dental Assistant will assist clinical faculty in training dental, dental auxiliary, and graduate specialty students in clinical practice as well as providing dental assisting as needed in support of the Division. This includes monitoring/implementing clinic policies and procedures, restorative and surgical tray preparation, sterilization of instruments and maintaining asepsis, exposing and processing radiographs, seating and interacting with patients, collecting and recording patient data, taking intraoral photographs, and providing chairside assistance to students, graduate residents and faculty.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalency and completion of an accredited dental assisting program; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Previous chair-side dental assisting experience is essential. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with, and exercise, tact and diplomacy with a wide variety of individuals (including staff, students, graduate residents faculty and patients) and to be flexible in working in many different specialty clinics including Periodontology, Dental Hygiene, Comprehensive Dentistry, Operative Dentistry/BioMaterials, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Dental Faculty Practice. The Dental Assistant must be customer-service oriented and patient care driven. The position requires the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, to negotiate to achieve successful results, and to thrive in a fast-paced environment while delivering high-level customer service. The position requires strong professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to work with others and change tasks frequently is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in a team environment, and providing support with various dental procedures.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Clinic – UNCH or ACC, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory

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Job No:
Posted: 4/14/2021
Application Due: 4/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time