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Dental Assistant

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 22, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Dentistry
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Dental Assistant

Primary Purpose:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Dean, Clinic Services assists faculty in all clinical aspects of patient care and treatment in the Faculty Dental Service Group Clinic.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Essential Functions:
  • Perform chairside duties to include four-handed dentistry.
  • Clean, sanitize and maintain dental operators; maintain proper sterilization of instruments and materials.
  • Provide post-treatment instruction and materials to patients, escort patients to and from treatment rooms.
  • Take radiograph images.
  • Pour diagnostic models and perform minor laboratory procedures.
  • Restock supplies, clean, and maintain equipment as needed.
  • Assist with front desk duties including telephone coverage and filing.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean for Clinic Services

Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge of:
  • Dental terminology and treatments.
  • Chair side dental assisting.
  • Sterilization and infection control procedures.
  • Emergency procedures including CPR.
  • General office methods.

Ability to:
  • Recognize and set-up dental instruments.
  • Effectively provide assistance to staff and faculty.
  • Perform chairside assisting duties in all assigned roles.
  • Utilize computer/scanner to employ bar coding system.
  • Utilize clinic management system.
  • Maintain and utilize equipment, instruments and supplies.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Current RDA license.
  • Current California x-ray license.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Minimum of one-year dental assisting experience in a group practice or dental school setting.
Working Conditions:
  • Position is full-time, five (5) days per week, seven and one-half (7.5) hours per day.
  • Occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens may reasonably be anticipated. Personal protective equipment will be provided to reduce or eliminate exposure to routine or limited infectious agents.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to:
• Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and patients. Always maintain a professional demeanor.
• Apply patient management and time management skills.
• Demonstrate initiative and sound judgment in fast paced environment.
• Follow oral and written instructions.
• Bilingual skills (Spanish) highly desirable.
• Work independently or as part of a team.
• Current CDA license desirable.
• Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
• Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
• Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Position requires standing during most working hours; occasional reaching and bending.
  • Frequent handling of instruments requires incumbent to possess sufficient motor function to execute movements essential to providing oral health care to patients.
  • Occasional computer and telephone use.

Hiring Range: 30.88 per hour

Background Check Statement:
All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening.

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.



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