Dental Dispensary Assistant

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Dental Medicine

Dental Dispensary Assistant (Dental Care II)

Position #00002697 – Requisition #21144

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The School of Dental Medicine has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Dental Dispensary Assistant position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Job Summary:

The Dental Dispensary Assistant is responsible for assisting students, faculty, and residents with supplies and instruments for all patient care activity and/or preclinical activity. Responsible and accountable for inventory control of supplies, equipment, and dental instruments. Responsible for maintaining equipment, including minor repairs of equipment. Responsible for assisting with the collection of dirty instruments and assisting with the processing of these instruments. Responsible for the upkeep and order of storage rooms to ensure proper ordering of supplies needed for clinics and to maintain the integrity the supply inventory system. Responsible for maintaining supplies in all clinics, dispensaries and clinical labs.

This position is designated as a Floater position and will have various assignments as required to meet clinical demands.

Decision Scope

    Decision making would be the day to day four handed dentistry, usage of appropriate tools and equipment for providing treatment to patientsMakes recommendations on instrument/equipment repair or replacement.Judgment is used by studying the patient information to identify what means of dental assistance the resident/faculty member will need when providing the patient treatment.  Identifying this level of need serves as guidance for determining what the specialized instruments setups will be.Deciding which type of materials to use for impressions, fillings and other dental procedures.  Must stay up to date on any new materials or instruments available and/or new requests or needs of the faculty

Interaction with students, faculty or staff on a daily basis to meet the demands of clinical and educational operations. Strong communication skills and problem-solving skills for dealing with a variety of personalities and various levels of stress at times.

Working Schedules

    Position may be assigned weekend and/or evening shiftsPosition may be assigned a 4/10 work week schedule
FLSA Non-Exempt

    This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligibleEmployees agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of overtime payment

Examples of Work Performed:

Chairside Assistance – 70% (Essential Function)

Assists undergraduate students and faculty in the undergraduate clinic and advises undergraduate students in specialized areas of four-handed dentistry.  Duties may include:

    Patient preparation and positioning, Clinical area preparation for the treatment of patients
Clinic Support – 15% (Essential Function)

    Cleans and decontaminates and provides maintenance of instruments and equipment according to established procedures and techniquesEnsures proper functioning of equipmentCleans sanitizing machines and equipment.  Maintains a level of sterilized instruments for distribution.
Instrument Preparation – 10% (Essential Function)

    Issues sterile reusable instruments to operatories and clinical unitsCollects used instruments and moves them for sterilization Prepares specialized instruments set-ups for residents, faculty and undergraduate students to be used during dental patient treatment.
Monitoring Supplies and Materials – 5% (Essential Function)

    Maintains an adequate inventory of supplies, equipment and materials for the clinical area of responsibility.  Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of dental materials, their use, maintenance and storage. 
Other Duties – (Non-essential Function)

On occasion, this position may be assigned other duties needed to help drive to the vision, fulfill the mission, and uphold the organizational values of CU Denver/Anschutz and the SDM.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary rate for this position has been established at $45,760.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at hr.adaco[email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of dental assisting experience
  • Must possess current valid CPR and/or BLS certification
Substitution: Successful completion of an accredited dental assisting program may substitute for one year of experience. 

NOTE: If exercising the education substitution, applicants MUST attach a copy of their dental assisting certificate to their application materials no later than the closing date listed in the announcement.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a fast-paced dental environment 
  • Experience with clinical area preparation in a dental clinic and/or office. 
  • Experience working with students and faculty in a higher education and/or academic medical environment
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to establish rapport with a wide variety of individuals 
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task 
  • Excellent time management skills 
  • Ability to work independently and exercise judgment in decision making  
  • Excellent customer service skills 
  • Strong oral communication skills 
  • Knowledge of dental terminology and instrumentation  
  • Knowledge of current dental materials, tools and instruments, and proper use and technique  
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level, knowledge, and proficiency in all phases of dental assisting 
  • Familiarity with OSHA and HIPAA guidelines

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 4, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 5/5/2021
Application Due: 8/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time