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Colorado State CDOC Dental Assistant - Sterling, CO in Sterling, Colorado

CDOC Dental Assistant - Sterling, CO



CDOC Dental Assistant - Sterling, CO


$2,971.00 - $4,193.00 Monthly


Sterling, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Corrections

Job Number

SCF 30506 - C6Q2XX 03/2020


4/8/2020 4:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Who May Apply: Both residents and non-residents of Colorado will be considered, the primary duties of this position are located within 30 miles of the state border; therefore, this position is exempt from the residency requirements.

The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law abiding, productive citizens"

Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow"

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and build greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.

In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible Retirement Benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;

  • Medical and Dental health plans;

  • Paid life insurance;

  • Short and long-term disability coverage;

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick time;

  • Employee wellness programs;

  • Tuition Reimbursement;

  • Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Programs;

  • Training opportunities and more.

Description of Job

This position assists the dentist in providing routine and emergency dental care, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in a prison clinical setting. Assures daily completion of dental clinic operations to include but not limited to scheduling, tool control, chemical control, infection control practices, bio hazardous waste, hazardous materials and radiation control, and exposure control regulations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Obtain digital x-rays;

  • Set up restorative procedures and place temporary restorative under dentist's direction;

  • Educate offenders about preventive dental health care;

  • Sterilize instruments and equipment;

  • Dispose of medical contaminated waste;

  • Interpret and adapt radiation safety and infection control guidelines and regulations to fit individual circumstances;

  • Monitor and maintain intra-oral x-ray machines;

  • Set schedule and perform preventive maintenance on dental equipment, trouble shoot and initiate work orders;

  • Maintain inventory levels of supplies & chemicals, prioritizing usage based on expiration dates and re-ordering as needed;

  • Ensure safety & security by maintaining a controlled environment for tools, chemicals & supplies;

  • Maintain cleanliness of dental clinic;

  • Under direction from the dentist, plan the workload and appointment schedule of offenders to achieve maximum efficiency;

  • Triage urgency of dental requests for treatment, gather information, consult with dentist and schedule appropriately;

  • Arrange transport of offenders for appointments if indicated;

  • Monitor progress of prosthetic cases and determine how best to schedule these patients;

  • Obtain signatures and track co-pay charges and submit them for approval;

  • Maintain suitable filing system, supply usage, expiration dates and stock levels;

  • Perform and log autoclave spore strip testing per Dental Service Standards;

  • Responsible for monthly reports on all dental activities to Chief of Dental Services;

  • Provide assistance with the upkeep of ACA files and presentation of Dental Clinics during ACA Audits.

  • May be required to participate in restraining an offender primarily for medical reasons;

You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


  • Applicant must have two years of full-time, professional work experience as a Dental Assistant.


  • Successful completion of an accredited dental assisting program may substitute for one year of the required experience. You must attach proof of completion that includes your name, name of college/program and date program was completed.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Dental Assistant Certification (attach certification);

  • Dental X-Ray Certification (attach certification);

  • Experience working as a Dental Assistant in a correctional environment;

  • At least two years of experience providing chair side assistance in General Dentistry.

Required Competencies:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and ability to apply infection control practices;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and ability to safely control bio hazardous waste and hazardous materials;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and ability to apply exposure control regulations;

  • Ability to select supplies and instruments based on knowledge of procedure, knowledge of patient requirements and familiarity with the preferences of the dentist;

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills;

  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;

  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;

  • Ability to effectively work with offender patients;

  • Individual must be thorough and detail oriented;

  • Individual must be proficient in basic computer skills;

  • Strong problem-solving skills.


The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

In order to process a background investigation, your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

Conditions of Employment:

  • All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position, completed at the applicant's own expense. Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC's consideration of application for employment;

  • Must be 21 years of age;

  • Possess a valid Driver's License;

  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED;

  • Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior, in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents;

  • Successfully complete the Department of Corrections Basic Training upon hire, initial drug screening, and random drug screening throughout employment;

  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete PPCT (Pressure Point Control Tactics);

  • Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;

  • Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;

  • Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows;

  • Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows;

  • Swing a baton in a striking technique;

  • Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic;

  • Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;

  • Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and may be exposed while on assignment;

  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security;

  • Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;

  • Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;

  • Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;

  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;

  • Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;

  • Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;

  • Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;

  • Willing and able to travel;

  • Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;

  • TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire;

  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant's background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

The CDOC is committed to a drug and alcohol free work environment. Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass. Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Time sensitive correspondence will be sent via email from the Office of Human Resources, the Background Investigation Unit and so ensure that a working email address is included in your application. YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CHECK YOUR E-MAIL DAILY to include your spam and junk folders.

After submitting your application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your application submission. If you do not receive this email, ensure that you have submitted the application, ensure the correct email address is listed in the application, and check your spam/junk folders. If you still do not receive an email, please contact Barbara Wilson at 719-226-4493 or

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time).

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Employee Relations Specialist, Heather Tepley, at or call 719-226-4401.