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Dental Assistant

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 12/19/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 02/16/2018
Working Title Dental Assistant
Job Classification Dental II
Department Name 31211-Dent Med-Prosthodontics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0126293
Hiring Range $18,564.00 - $28,860.00
Position Description

Since 1896, the School of Dental Medicine has been educating students to take their places among the best dental practitioners in our region and across the country. Every day our faculty and staff contribute to our mission to advance the future of dental medicine through teaching, research, and service. The Department of Prosthodontics is currently seeking a dental assistant to work alongside graduate prosthodontics residents and faculty to deliver quality oral health care to patients.

The Dental Assistant plays a comprehensive role in the Graduate Prosthodontics Clinic. The Assistant provides chairside assistance during patient procedures and dispenses all materials, equipment, and instruments to Residents. The Assistant also may perform radiographic procedures. The Assistant ensures compliance with infection control and OSHA guidelines via instrument sterilization, post-treatment decontamination, waterline safety, and operatory disinfection. The Assistant manages inventory and orders supplies. The Assistant may also perform miscellaneous clerical duties and assist faculty in preclinical Prosthodontics courses.

A successful candidate will have prior relevant experience in prosthodontic/restorative dentistry or have completed an accredited dental assisting program. The candidate should have strong interpersonal and organizational skills. The candidate must exhibit basic computer skills to operate the University’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) software and must be certified to take radiographs and perform CPR.

Education Required High School Diploma or GED
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Prior experience is desired. EFDA or CDA certifications are preferred.

Required Licenses/Certifications

Authorization from the PA State Board of Dentistry upon successful completion of the DANB Radiation Health and Safety exam is required to perform radiographic procedures.

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a High School Diploma or GED?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents