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Dental Assistant - Mobile Dental Clinic

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 28, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID346141

LocationTwin Cities

Job FamilyLR-Health Care NonProfessional

Full/Part TimeFull-Time


Job Code5039

Employee ClassAFSCME Unit 4 - Health Care

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Days/hours/location of work:
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
Locations vary; 3 weeks per month are in local communities. 1 week per month is extended travel (within the State of MN) with overnight stays required.

Position Description:
The Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) is part of the Outreach program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (SoD). The MDC is staffed by licensed dentists and student dental providers from the SoD. Each week the MDC travels around the Twin Cities area to provide dental care for UCare members. The MDC also travels to a greater MN location for one week out of each month. Hotel arrangements and food costs incurred will be covered by the School of Dentistry during these trips. The Dental Assistant on the Mobile Dental Clinic is a critical member of this care team. The MDC travels into the community to serve a population that is underserved due to multiple access issues, providing preventive and primary dental care services to pediatric and adult populations.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide chairside assisting clinical services to Mobile Dental Clinic/Ucare patients under the care of faculty dentists and undergraduate students
  • Daily preparation and maintenance of the operatories on the Mobile Dental Clinic. Maintain equipment on board and follow infection control protocols of the School of Dentistry
  • Working knowledge of dental procedures and materials
  • Take digital radiographs as directed
  • Cleaning, maintenance and sterilization of instruments
  • Dental Assistants may be required to drive the clinical transportation vehicle (a separate vehicle than the actual mobile clinic) to and from the clinic sites .
  • Organization, ordering, transporting, and stocking of supplies
  • Conduct orientation with students on procedures/protocol on the Mobile Dental Clinic
  • If the Mobile Dental Clinic is not in use, the Dental Assistant will be reassigned to on-campus School of Dentistry Clinics at supervisor discretion
    The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
    • Competitive wages, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
    • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
    • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
    • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
    • Disability and employer paid life insurance
    • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
    • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
    • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
    • Opportunities for growth and promotion
    • Employee Assistance Program
      For more information regarding benefits, download our benefits brochure:

      The hourly pay rate for this position ranges from $22.56 - $28.22/hour.


      All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.Required Qualifications:
      • Graduation from an accredited dental assisting program
      • Current State of Minnesota Dental Assistant License *New Graduate/Trainee option below
      • Certified as a Dental Assistant (DANB) *Trainee option below
      • Current CPR Certification
      • Must be able to multi task and adapt to changing work environment and work responsibilities
      • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations
      • MN Driver's License
      • Availability to travel to metro and outstate locations
        Preferred Qualifications:
        • At least one year of chairside experience in General Dentistry working in a dental office or clinic preferably with multiple providers
        • Proficient in managing electronic patient records
        • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work well in a team setting and with learner providers
        • Successful experience providing dental care to a diverse patient base
        • Familiarity with computers, computer software, and willingness to work with University IT on computer and connectivity related issues.
          * New Graduate/Trainee option:

          New graduates who are offered a Dental Assistant position at the School of Dentistry are hired with the expectation of State of Minnesota Licensure** is obtained within 4 months of hire.
          ** State of Minnesota Licensure requires Minnesota Jurisprudence Exam, Dental Assistant Licensure Exam and Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Exam to apply for licensure.

          Licensed Dental Assistants without DANB certification are encouraged to apply with expectation that DANB certification is obtained within 3 months of hire.

          About the Department

          The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is the state's only dental school and the only dental school in the northern tier of states between Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest. We are a regional resource to five states for dental education, consulting services, patient treatment, and ongoing continuing dental education.The School of Dentistry educates general dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental educators and research-scientists. For more than two decades, we've offered specialty training in six ADA-recognized specialties: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.We also offer an advanced education program in TMD and orofacial pain, oral biology, dental hygiene, and oral health for older adults.Dentists who are graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada wishing to practice in the United States train here, as well. A novel, interdisciplinary Dentist-Scientist Training Program rounds out our educational offerings.Our work affects nearly every person in Minnesota. We educate 73% of the state's practicing dentists, 68% of Minnesota's licensed dental therapists, and 49% of its dental hygiene educators. Our researchers develop and test dental materials used by every dentist in the state and around the world.Our students and faculty treat patients: 105,260 patient-visits each year in our Twin Cities' campus clinics and 48,700 in outreach sites located in underserved communities throughout the state. We provide continuing dental education for 7,100 practicing dental professionals each year.

          How To Apply

          Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


          The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

          Employment Requirements

          Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

          Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to report complete vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation requesting a medical or religious exemption on their first day of employment. To learn more, please visit the University's COVID-19 Response webpage.

          About the U of M

          The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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