University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Dental Medicine
Dental Care II - Dental Dispensary Assistant
Position # 00211943 - Requisition #20180
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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 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
The School of Dental Medicine has an opening for a full-time
University Staff (unclassified) Dental Dispensary Assistant
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public
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and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of
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more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and
colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each
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provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually.
Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a
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The Dental Dispensary Assistant is responsible for assisting
students, faculty, and residents with supplies and instruments for
all patient care activity and/or preclinical activity. Responsible
and accountable for inventory control of supplies, equipment, and
dental instruments. Responsible for maintaining equipment,
including minor repairs of equipment. Responsible for assisting
with the collection of dirty instruments and assisting with the
processing of these instruments. Responsible for the upkeep and
order of storage rooms to ensure proper ordering of supplies needed
for clinics and to maintain the integrity the supply inventory
system. Responsible for maintaining supplies in all clinics,
dispensaries and clinical labs.
- Determining what instruments will be needed in the
- Makes recommendations on instrument/equipment repair or
- Judgment is used by studying the patient information to
identify what means of dental assistance the resident/faculty
member will need when providing the patient treatment. Identifying
this level of need serves as guidance for determining what the
specialized instruments setups will be.
- Deciding which type of materials to use for impressions,
fillings and other dental procedures. Must stay up to date on any
new materials or instruments available and/or new requests or needs
of the faculty
Interaction with students, faculty or staff on a daily basis to
meet the demands of clinical and educational operations. Strong
communication skills and problem solving skills for dealing with a
variety of personalities and various levels of stress at times.
- Position may be assigned weekend and/or evening shifts
- Position may be assigned a 4/10 work week schedule
This position is located in the Second Floor Dispensary and the
primary function is non-chairside dental assisting work.
Examples of Work Performed:
Clinic Support - 50% (Essential Function)
- Cleans and decontaminates and provides maintenance of
instruments and equipment according to established procedures and
- Ensures proper functioning of equipment
- Cleans sanitizing machines and equipment.
- Maintains a level of sterilized instruments for
Instrument Preparation - 35% (Essential Function)
- Issues sterile reusable instruments to operatories and clinical
- Collects used instruments and moves them for sterilization
- Prepares specialized instruments set-ups for residents, faculty
and undergraduate students to be used during dental patient
Chairside Assistance - 10% (Essential Function)
- 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
Monitoring Supplies and Materials - 5% (Essential Function)
- Maintains an adequate inventory of supplies, equipment and
materials for the clinical area of responsibility.
- Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of dental materials, their
use, maintenance and storage.
Other Duties - (Non-essential Function)
On occasion, this position may be assigned other duties needed
to help drive to the vision, fulfill the mission, and uphold the
organizational values of CU Denver/Anschutz and the SDM.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been
established at $35,652 - $39,324.
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set
based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to,
internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
The above salary range (or 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: http://www.cu.edu/node/153125
Diversity and Equity:
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 email@example.com.
The University of Colorado Denver | 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 and all veterans. The
University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in
education and employment.
The University of Colorado Denver | 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
- Two years of dental assisting experience
- Must possess current valid CPR and/or BLS certification
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
- Experience working in a fast-paced dental environment
- Experience with clinical area preparation in a dental clinic
- Experience working with students and faculty in a higher
education and/or academic medical environment
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to establish
rapport with a wide variety of individuals
- Ability to prioritize and multi-task
- Excellent time management skills
- Ability to work independently and exercise judgment in decision
- Excellent customer service skills
- Strong oral communication skills
- Knowledge of dental terminology and instrumentation
- Knowledge of current dental materials, tools and instruments,
and proper use and technique
- Ability to demonstrate a high level, knowledge, and proficiency
in all phases of dental assisting
- Familiarity with OSHA and HIPAA guidelines