Indian Health Service Dental Officer in Lawrence, Kansas

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Anadarko, OK
  • Claremore, OK
  • Clinton, OK
  • Lawton, OK More Locations (3)
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/23/2016 (57 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Salary is based upon market pay and is negotiable contingent upon multiple factors such as specialty, experience as a dentist, expected supervisory roles, etc.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The Dental Officer positions are located at one of the Indian hospitals, clinics, or health centers in the Oklahoma City Area. The purpose of this position is to provide basic and advanced dental health services to the designated population in accordance with Indian Health Service Policies. The incumbent will be supervised by the Service Unit Dental Chief. For Program Information: Contact Dr. Bob Smith, Area Dental Officer at (405)951-3735, or

This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration when vacancies occur. The first Cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 10/31/16. Other Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veterans Preference applicants (with Indian Preference) who submit a complete application after a Cut-off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the list, if qualified. Your application will expire in 3 months. You must reapply at least every 3 months to keep your application active for this vacancy.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-17-OK-1821877-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both announcements.

Appointment Type: May be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited, or Term with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Independently examines, diagnoses, and treats commonly encountered dental diseases or dental health problems.
  • Diagnoses malocclusions, and pathological or irregular conditions and ensures proper referral of patients for evaluation or specialty care.
  • Provides all appropriate dental disease prevention measures for each patient treated.
  • Communicates effectively with patients and families with multiple dental and health problems and of different backgrounds.
  • Ensures appropriate medical records are maintained and updated in a timely manner.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and may be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selectee may be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • Must be able to distinguish shades of color.

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-11.

Education: Degree in dental surgery (D.D.S.) or dental medicine (D.M.D.) from a school approved by the Council on Dental Education, American Dental Association (ADA); or other dental school, provided the education and knowledge acquired was substantially equivalent to that of graduates from an ADA-approved school. Must submit a copy of your transcript. Application will be considered incomplete without proof.

Licensure: Applicants must be currently licensed to practice dentistry in a State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Must submit copy of your Dentistry license that includes expiration date. Application will be considered incomplete without proof. New graduates must submit verification of licensure prior to encumbering a position with IHS.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below to qualify for the GS-12 level.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: For GS-12: Your resume must demonstrate at least two years of professional dentistry experience and/or training; OR superior academic ability defined as that demonstrated by an intern, who on the basis of an evaluation of all interns who have completed training in the same hospital or in the same kind of internship program over the past 5 years, would fall into the upper half of the group.

Experience and/or Training must be one of the following types:

  • Post-licensure professional experience in the general practice of dentistry
  • Approved internship training
  • Approved residency training
  • Graduate-level study in an accredited dental school
  • Post-licensure professional experience in a specialized area of practice
  • Other advanced study of training (outside a dental school or hospital) creditable towards satisfaction of training program requirements for Board eligibility.

For purposes of this standard, the following terms are defined.

  • Approved internship; approved residency - Training in a hospital dental internship or residency approved by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

  • Graduate-level study - Either dental graduate study leading to an advanced degree such as Master of Science, or postgraduate (nondegree) dental school study involving a level of instruction comparable to that provided in a graduated degree program.

  • National certifying board - An examining board in a special area of dental practice recognized by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

  • Board eligibility - Qualification for examination by a national certifying board as a result of having met the advanced training program requirements for a dental specialty.

The selected individual(s) is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 23, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Promotion Potential: This position may have promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. Temporary positions are not eligible for promotions without competition, unless the selectee was within reach at the higher grade on the initial certificate of eligibles.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

For IHS – For NHSC – For HRSA Nurse Corps –

This position may be covered by a Bargaining Unit depending upon location.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $98,967.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0680-11/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 453093700

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-OK-1821879-DE