Dental Officer (Chief Dental Officer)

Bureau of Prisons Bruceton Mills, WV
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. In our agency, you'll find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost efficient, appropriately secure, and provides reentry programing to ensure their successful return to the community. Our employees at federal correctional facilities are "correctional workers first" and perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

Our long-standing culture of being a close-knit family sets us apart from other agencies - at the BOP you don't just get to know your co-workers, you make life long friends.

We have many facilities located throughout the nation: 122 institutions, 6 regional offices, a headquarters, 2 staff training academies, and 26 residential reentry management offices.

The representative rate for this position is $122,884 per annum ($58.88 per hour).

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This position is located at a Federal Correctional Complex (FCC). The incumbent serves as a Chief Dental Officer and utilizes technical skills and professional judgement to provide a full range of dental services to the inmate population.

Serves as a general dental practitioner responsible for diagnosis and treatment of difficult dental problems in a correctional environment. Provides comprehensive dental care to the inmate population, who may have behavior and communication problems.

Responsible for the coordination and supervision of the dental program, providing input regarding proposed modifications to operating procedures.

Responsible for establishing and maintaining quality control measures to ensure final product conforms to standards set forth by the American Dental Association, National Board for Certification of Dental Technicians and the Dental Service of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Responsible for recommending and writing the local policies and procedures relating to dental health care.

Responsible for providing technical oversight and guidance to staff Dental Officers, contract staff and consultants and has the authority to grant dental privileges to institution dental staff. The incumbent will provide clinical oversight of contract dental services at the FCC.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

This announcement is open to the following:

* DOJ Employees Nationwide (Internal Employees/Agency Employees Only)

* DOJ Surplus and Displaced (CTAP) Employees in the LCA.

Duty Location: FCC Hazelton, WV

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0680 Dental Officer

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship is Required.

* See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements.

Basic Requirements:


Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from a school approved by the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST electronically upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. All academic degrees and coursework MUST be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable).

For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.


Licensure: Applicants must have passed National Board of Dental Examinations (NBDE) which are developed and administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) and possess a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST electronically upload proof of current, active and unrestricted license to practice dentistry and proof of successful completion from the National Board of Dental Examinations (NBDE) at the time you apply.

All qualified referred candidates will undergo a credentialing process prior to employment with the Bureau of Prisons. This process includes validation of medical examinations, education, internship and residency. Please electronically upload these documents along with your required supporting documentation at the time you apply.



In addition to meeting the above basic requirement and licensure requirements, applicants must have one year of experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing professional dentistry work. Qualifying experience involves evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injuries, and disorders of the oral cavity and maxillofacial area.

Examples of dentistry experience may include the following:

* removal of decay;

* filling cavities;

* straightening, extracting, and repairing teeth;

* treating gum disease;

* performing corrective surgery;

* making measurements/models for dentures to replace missing teeth;

* administering anesthetics;

* writing prescriptions; and

* performing other requirements of the position.

Some examples of qualifying experience are:

* Experience in a clinical setting, administering of local anesthesia, monitoring vital signs, performing exodontia, removal of impacted teeth, soft tissue surgery, and incisional and excisional biopsies.

* Experience in general dentistry to include radiologic techniques and interpretation, periodontal and endodontic therapy. To include root planing, furcation management, periodontal therapy, and splinting, and endodontic treatment of multi-rooted teeth.

* Experience in the treatment planning and treatment of restorative and prosthetic care. Provide and direct and indirect restorative procedures. Design and construction of simple and complex removable prostheses including partial, full, and overdentures.


Medical Requirements:

Applicants must be able to distinguish shades of color.

If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.


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