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Dental Dispensary Technician II

University of Colorado System
Aurora, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Dental Medicine

Job Title: Dental Dispensary Technician II

Position: # 00211913 – Requisition: #33919

Job Summary:

This Dental Dispensary Technician position will decontaminate, clean, and provide basic maintenance of instruments and equipment in the dental operatories and clinical units as assigned. This employee will provide support in assigned clinical units including undergraduate dental student clinics and in all areas of four handed dentistry which includes, but is not limited to restorative, periodontal, surgical, and all other related procedures.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Key Responsibilities:

Instrument Sterilization:

Responsibilities at the Technician II level (40%):
  • Learn and understand the principles of sterilization and sterile processing.
  • Disassemble, inspect, test, and ensure the proper functioning of instruments and equipment.
  • Decontaminate, clean, and sterilize various SDM instruments, equipment, and sanitizing machines according to established procedures and techniques.
  • Inspects and verifies proper functioning of sterilization equipment.
  • Prepares sterilization instruments set-ups for undergraduate students, residents, faculty to be used during dental patient treatment.
  • Executes various sterilization processes and workflows, as assigned.
  • Serves as a backup/support for the central sterilization unit.
  • Creates and maintains accurate inventory, sterilization, and testing records and logs using a computer, laser wand, or scanner for barcode entry; runs reports.
  • Responds to questions/inquiries of students, faculty, residents, and staff by providing guidance /assistance as needed.
  • Operates all equipment in sterile processing including, but not limited to, steam sterilizers, biological incubators, heat sealers, instrument, and cart washers.
Instrument and Equipment Management:

Responsibilities at the Technician II level (35%):
  • Issue sterile reusable instruments/equipment to operatories and clinical units.
  • Document checked-out instruments/equipment using clinical inventory business application.
  • Troubleshoot and address sterilization equipment issues.
  • Maintain stock of supplies and materials needed in support of patient care.
  • Conduct inspection/audits of sterilization and patient equipment.
  • Maintain sterilized instrument inventory levels.
  • Troubleshooting patient care equipment. (i.e., operatory equipment, glucose, meter, blood pressure monitor, stethoscope).
Learning & Development (5%):

Responsibilities at the Technician II level:
  • Ensures department, school, and university policies and procedures are followed.
  • Participates and engages in department, school, and university learning and development.
  • Supports colleagues on understanding principles of sterilization and sterile processing.
Audit & Quality Assurance Coordination (10%):

Responsibilities at the Technician II level:
  • Audit sterilization and infection control processes (i.e., mask, PPE, etc.).
  • Sterilization and dispensing quality control log maintenance.
Chairside Assistance (5%):
  • Responsibilities at the Technician II level:
  • Assists undergraduate students and faculty in the undergraduate clinic and advises undergraduate students in specialized areas of four-handed dentistry. Duties may include:
    • Patient preparation and positioning
    • Clinical area preparation for the treatment of patients
    • Perform intraoral and extraoral radiographs using appropriate equipment and technique.
    • Testing clinic equipment
Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is nationally recognized for the quality of its educational programs, its interdisciplinary research and its excellent clinical care programs that contribute to the health and well-being of many of Colorado’s most underserved citizens. We are invested in creating career pathways, learning and development opportunities, and developing people infrastructures to support the workforce.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: .

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of current dental assisting experience.
    • Substitution : Successful completion of an accredited dental assisting program may substitute for one year of experience.
      • NOTE : If exercising the education substitution, applicants MUST attach a copy of their dental assisting certificate to their application materials no later than the closing date listed in the announcement.
  • Current valid CPR and/or BLS certification.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Current dental assisting experience that includes, but not limited to, decontamination, cleaning, sterilizing, and maintenance of dental instruments and equipment.
  • Experience with dental instrument terminology.
  • Experience working with sterilizing and dispensing dental instruments, and equipment.
  • Experience with clinical area preparation in a dental clinic and/or office.
  • Experience working with students and faculty in a higher education and/or academic medical environment.
  • Two years of current dental assisting experience specific to the dental care specialty/unit, that includes, but not limited to, decontamination, cleaning, sterilizing, and maintenance of dental instruments and equipment.
  • Successful completion of an accredited dental assisting program.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Willing and able to complete the State of Colorado background check process.
  • Applicant must be eligible for a State of Colorado Surgical Assistant (SA) Original License, with the ability to maintain an active surgical license.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Learn and develop knowledge and skills in job specific responsibilities.
  • Effective oral/written communication skills; effective interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated professional, ethical, and professional accountability and work behaviors.
  • Initiative in seeking and evaluating solutions; ability to problem solve.
  • Demonstrates effective collaboration/teamwork approaches; fosters and builds inclusiveness.
  • Fosters life-long learning and professional development.
  • Learn and develop knowledge and skills in business applications, technologies, and resources/tools required to perform responsibilities; Able to perform basic computer functions.
How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position

2. Curriculum vitae / Resume

3. Three to five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

4. Copy of current valid CPR and/or BLS certification

Questions should be directed to: SDMHR,

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by June 27th, 2024. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting hiring range for this position has been established as $42,951- $49,828.

The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Total Compensation Calculator:

ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date. Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:


Unit-Specific Exemptions: Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons

The University of Colorado seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

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