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Senior Dentist

Florida DEpartment of Health- DeSoto County
August 9, 2018
Arcadia, Florida
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The Senior Dentist is a professional Career Service (CS) position with the Florida Department of Health (DOH). The incumbent, an employee of the DeSoto County Health Department, represents the agency and its mission and values.  The incumbent is part of the organization and is expected to promote cooperation, courtesy and teamwork in a diverse environment.  Employee abides by State/Federal laws governing confidential and public information.  Assigned responsibility for control of department assets. This position is headquartered in Arcadia but based on Agency needs the incumbent will work in either Highlands or Desoto County on any given day.


Licensure as a Dentist in the State of Florida in accordance with Florida Statute 464 is required.  One (1) to three (3) years of relevant experience is preferred. A valid Florida Driver's license and a motor vehicle to carry out these duties are required. This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.  Incumbent must obtain Incident Command System (ICS-100) certification within 60 days and National Incident Management System (IS-700) certification within 90 days of employment. Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours in the event of a disaster or as needed. EMERGENCY DUTY:  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat thereof, man-made or natural. Certain immunizations and TB assessment may be required.


Provides dental treatment services for eligible patients in accordance with all Federal and State laws and within the guidelines established by the State Health Office and the Dental Administrative offices.  Services are to include:

  • Dental and medical evaluations
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning – including all necessary procedures required to make proper diagnosis
  • Restorative procedures (per program limitations)
  • Oral surgery procedures (extractions)
  • Preventive services, dental and medical
  • Prosthetic services, when indicated (per program limitations)
  • All other dental services permitted by Medicaid
  • Other medical and dental referrals as authorized by dental program policy.

Provides for the proper daily operation of the dental clinic, including:

  • Scheduling of patients
  • Patient load sufficient to meet productivity standards
  • Maintaining adequate supplies and equipment, including schedules for maintenance
  • Maintaining and periodically checking emergency equipment and supplies
  • Documenting all patient services and activities in the client record and service record
  • Performs all other activities necessary for the smooth and professional operation of a dental practice, including appropriate supervision of clinical staff (to include approval of leave requests and regular performance evaluations)

Performs other related work as required, including dental surveys, screenings, presentations, staff meetings and quality improvement meetings.

All EARS (Employee Activity Record) will be coded accurately and submitted daily.


  • Statutes, and Rules and Regulations that pertain to the programs. The incumbent in this position is considered to have regulatory responsibilities and is subject to provisions of Chapter 60K-15, Career Service System Rules;Use of equipment and supplies related to the position;
  • Lead People: Motivate, provide constructive feedback, positive recognition, and organize activities to improve the team skills and performance;
  • Manage Processes: Integrate and effectively utilize all components of the strategic planning process to help DCHD achieve its vision;
  • Appropriately assesses and allocates resources (financial, human, equipment and supplies) develop, implement and evaluate business plans;
  • Human Relations: Work with others in a professional, considerate and helpful manner. Projects a positive image of DCHD and self;
  • Initiative: Be self-confident, motivated, and enthusiastic drive to perform current job duties and undertake duties of greater responsibility;
  • Responsive to Direction: Take and give direction; accept and deliver constructive criticism; and respond and implement suggestions for improvement;
  • Flexibility: Accommodate changing situations or plans for satisfactory performance of the job. Able to change easily from one task to another;
  • Technology: Navigate the Internet, use office suite and assorted software, and use of technology equipment;
  • Communication (Oral & Written): Takes the initiative to communicate accurate, up-to-date plans and information to subordinates, peers, and management. Expresses thoughts clearly, both verbally and in writing. Listens and understands the views of others;
  • Creative Thinking: Develops new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational improvements; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes;
  • Team Building: Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishments. Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilitates cooperation within the organization and with customer groups; fosters commitment, team spirit, pride, trust. Develops leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding and guiding employees;
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others; relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations;
  • Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing excellence in products and services.
  • Time Management: Manages a variety of responsibilities in a timely, efficient manner and is able to prioritize tasks.


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country. Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, eligible veterans and spouses of veterans will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. For applicants claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach supporting documentation that includes character of service (for example, DD form 214 Member Copy #4) when you apply for a vacancy. Applicants may upload their supporting documentation to People First when applying. All documentation is due by the closing date of the job announcement.


    • ** Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **
  • This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


    • Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:
  • If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.  Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • The State of Florida is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
  • Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268


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