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This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Annual Pay Range:  $52,203.83 – $65,833.47

Hourly Pay Range:   $25.097997 – $31.650705

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate’s experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee’s date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

12 hours of vacation accrued per monthEligible newly hired employees will have the one-time option to frontload their first year of vacation accruals in compliance with EPP 66 – Vacation Leave! This means you have access to vacation time at time of hire.
8 hours of sick accrued per month
10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year
Other Benefits:

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee’s share of the retirement contribution.)
OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65
A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage
A Choice of Dental Plans
Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
Longevity pay
Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)
This is a full time County position represented by the Employees’ Association.

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Clackamas County’s Health Centers Division is looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated professional to fill a position as a Dental Assistant, EFDA. The EFDA will assist dentists and dental hygienists in providing dental services and education to improve the oral health of the community. Ideal candidate will be a team player with a positive attitude, personable, professional, motivated, highly-skilled, have integrity, and dependable. We are looking for a detail oriented individual who has a strong ability to work well under pressure with frequent interruptions and shifting priorities.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) certification as provided in OAR 818-042-0080, including a certification of radiologic proficiency, issued by the Oregon State Board of Dental Examiners (must have upon hire).
Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate (must be certified at time of employment & during employment).
Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. Learn more about the County’s drug testing policy .
Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.
Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver’s license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Learn more about the County’s driving policy
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

Sealant certification, issued by the Oregon State Board of Dental Examiners
Two or more years of experience in dental assisting
One or more years of experience working as an EFDA

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.

Greets and instructs patient on visit process, prepares patient by interviewing for problems and assessing oral health education needs, and delivers oral health education as directed by the dentist and hygienist.
Cleans, sterilizes, and maintains all dental instruments, set-ups, and equipment following Center for Disease Control and OSHA guidelines; ensures that the dental office and clinic rooms are orderly and clean; and orders, checks, and stores supplies.
Takes appropriate and diagnostic dental radiographs.
Initiates and maintains dental records and files; records information on charts as directed by dentists and hygienists.
Performs expanded function duties as allowed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry, that may include: polish coronal surfaces with brush or cup as directed by a dentist or dental hygienist, remove temporary crowns, preliminarily fit crowns, place temporary restorative materials, place and remove matrix retainers for alloy and composite restorations, polish amalgam restorations with a slow speed hand piece, remove excess supra-gingival cement, fabricate temporary crowns, and perform any other functions permitted under OAR 818-042-0070 as directed and approved by a licensed dentist. EFDA certified dental assistants with completed course work may place sealants under direct or indirect supervision provided the patient has been examined by a dentist as well as apply temporary soft relines to full dentures.
Provides chairside assistance to dentists and dental hygienists in limited oral surgery, operative and hygiene procedures; locates and passes dental instruments used in procedures, and mixes amalgam and synthetic filling materials.
Plans and notifies dentists of the clinic schedule; maintains a list of dentists, programs and facilities who will accept emergency referrals; acts as liaison between dental clinics and other services of County health program.
Screens phone calls, walk-in patients and referred patients for eligibility for services; schedules clients to appropriate dentists according to need and urgency; makes reminder phone calls; makes outreach phone calls; and refers patients to medical and dental assistance programs or to area dentists.

Working Knowledge of: Apply the techniques of expanded duty dental assisting; standard office procedures, techniques and equipment; x-ray techniques; materials, instruments and tools used in the field of dentistry and oral hygiene; dental record documentation processes; appropriate cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing techniques, dental terminology and routine practices, procedures, and techniques of preventative dentistry and oral hygiene; basic math; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation, both orally and in writing.

Some Knowledge of: Oral anatomy; nutrition as it relates to oral hygiene; public health and community health principles, concepts and practices; HIPAA guidelines.

Skill to: Operate and maintain dental equipment and supplies; operate, maintain and test various laboratory equipment; operate x-ray equipment and process film; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in a courteous and professional manner with patients of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds; instruct patients in the techniques, practices and methods of promoting and maintaining good oral hygiene; implement standard office procedures and use modern office equipment effectively; maintain and sterilize dental instruments and equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, other health care professionals and patients; maintain strict patient confidentiality as outlined in HIPAA guidelines.

This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday. The Beavercreek Dental Clinic is open Monday-Friday.   Typical work schedule is a five (5) day work week/8 hours per day (4 days/week 8am – 5pm, 1 day/week 10am – 7pm).

Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. This position is designated as on-site/in-person. It is expected that the selected candidate will perform duties at the specified on-site work location.
Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.

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Clackamas County Health Centers provide direct medical, dental, and mental health services to Clackamas County residents.

We provide services at our Integrated Primary Health Care Clinics, our mental health clinics, or through our School Based Health Centers.

Health Centers is a Division of the Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department.

Learn more about Clackamas Health Centers.

Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) consists of six divisions, dedicated to ensuring health families and strong communities in Clackamas County.

Mission Statement: We lead and learn with equity in serving individuals, families, and communities by providing access to high quality healthcare, housing, and services that strengthen social and economic resilience.

Vision Statement: Individuals, families, and communities are resilient and thriving.

H3S is committed to improving programs and ensuring better outcomes for the people served, and focuses on the following goals:

EMPOWERED AND THRIVING STAFF – H3S staff are empowered, engaged and have a sense of belonging while being valued and supported to thrive.
EQUITY DRIVEN SERVICES – H3S promotes and provides accessible, equitable and culturally responsive services.
ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE & CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT – H3S operates consistently, efficiently and effectively as a cohesive department, using our individual and collective skills and expertise.

Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us.  Our office hours are Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).


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Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Once a job applicant has accepted a position, they will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States prior to their first day.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.

Jenn Johnson, Recruiter

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