Certified Dental Assistant

The Mustard Seed - Okanagan, BC (30+ days ago)

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Certified Dental Assistant-Relief


The Mustard Seed is a Christian humanitarian organization whose vision is to build community, grow hope and support change. Intentionally following Jesus Christ and partnering with the community, The Mustard Seed combats the root causes of poverty in Alberta and British Columbia and works to create positive, lasting change in the lives of those we serve. The Mustard Seed provides basic services—food, clothing and housing, and support services—education and employment, to those living in poverty within Alberta and British Columbia.


Reporting to the Managing Director - Kamloops, the Certified Dental Assistant will prepare dental room for patient and dentist. This includes sanitizing and preparing dental instruments or materials, performing procedures in compliance with the dental practice act, passing instruments to dentist, and supporting the overall mission of The Mustard Seed. The ideal candidate is a positive, friendly person with proven customer service and professional skills. Working with confidential information, the Certified Dental Assistant will take direction and work intuitively to support the completion of the dental office’s goals and objectives in a professional and clinically appropriate manner.


CDA Administrative Support

Operate dental equipment such as pan machine, sterilizer, distiller, etc. to maintain hygiene and sterilization standards. Provide oversight and training of such equipment to all CDAs to maintain standards of hygiene and sterilization practices
Complete internal and external correspondence; maintain patient records and legal documents according to FOIP standards, form letters and other documents, distribute them as required
Review progress on standard department deliverables and take appropriate action to ensure timely completion of all department tasks
Assist in data collection and research; ensure compliance for legal requirements of dental record storage
Prepare treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols
Prepare patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient
Provide information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests
Provide instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area, positioning instruments for dentist's access, suctioning, and passing instruments
Take and develop X-rays
Provide materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient's mouth
Make temporary crowns and restorations
Take preliminary impressions for diagnostic casts
Polish teeth and clinical crowns and apply fluoride and sealant
Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory
Educate patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions (when applicable)
Documents dental care services by charting in patient records–maintain confidentiality
Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations as per British Columbia dental practices
Protect patients and colleagues by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols
Ensure operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements, troubleshoot malfunctions, and call for repairs
Maintain dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level—anticipate needed supplies, order supplies, verify receipt of supplies, and record supplies obtained
Conserve dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results
Maintain professional knowledge and accreditation—complete continuing education credits, attend educational workshops, participate in professional associations
Other duties as assigned


Complete an approved Level II dental assisting program to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia or the equivalent in a different province
Minimum 1 year experience working in a dental clinic is mandatory
Valid Level C CPR certification
Minimum 3 years’ experience of proven administrative assistant experience
Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and competency using data management systems or software programs
Able to work in a fast-paced role managing a diverse workload
Excellent attention to detail, time management, and multi-tasking skills
Passion to improve the health and wellness of and ending homelessness for British Columbia


This is a casual position with no guaranteed hours or shifts. You will be notified at least 24 hours prior to shift being covered
Dental Clinic hours of operation: Tuesday –Thursday from 8:30-4:30. Hours of operation subject to change
Dental setting, extended sitting, reaching, standing, minimal lifting, and walking
Moderate mental effort: periods of high volume workload with significant people interaction (staff, guests, and volunteers)
Employment Security Check is required
As The Mustard Seed is a Christian ministry, we require our employees to be in agreement and to sign our statement of faith
Must have legal authorization to work in Canada on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status

Start date: once a suitable candidate is found

Apply online using our Position Application Form on our Careers page. (https://themustardseedhr.wufoo.eu/forms/position-application-form/)

The Mustard Seed offers an Employee Family Assistance Plan and Health Spending Account benefit for hourly staff. We embrace the concept of employment equity, which includes fair representation, anti-discrimination and reasonable accommodation.

Privacy Policy: The Mustard Seed follows the principles of privacy therefore the privacy policy will be adhered to. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Mustard Seed reserves the right to amend job advertisements. No phone calls please.