Surgical Assistant

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Oct 2022

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department ASOD Oral Maxillofacial Surg-434200
Career Area Health Professional (Physician/Nurse/Other)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Posting Open Date 10/03/2022
Application Deadline 10/10/2022
Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Dental Assistant - Advanced
Salary Grade Equivalent GN07
Working Title Surgical Assistant
Position Number 00057344
Vacancy ID P016179
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $37,715 - $41,906
Pay Band Information
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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC Adams School of Dentistry Division of Craniofacial and Surgical Care provides a diverse approach to treatment for patients with craniofacial or oral and maxillofacial conditions, including those with multiple or complex oral health problems. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery discipline functions within the Adams School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals and specializes in implant surgery, jaw tumors and disease, trauma surgery, cleft palates, facial cosmetic surgery and much more.
Position Summary
This position is eligible for a SIGN ON BONUS of $2,000 to be paid in two installments:
$1,000 within 90 days of your hire date and
$1,000 6 months after hire date.

The Surgical Assistant is responsible for providing surgical and dental assisting duties to the dental faculty practice, student, and graduate clinics within the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty. Tasks include preparing the clinic, setting up surgical trays using sterile techniques, assisting with a variety of surgical and dental procedures and obtaining surgical consent from patients, obtaining and documenting pre- and post-op vitals, and preparing patients for their procedure and subsequently review post-op instructions. The Surgical Assistant is responsible for reviewing the surgical caseload at the beginning of each day and assisting with clinical education of students and medical emergencies when needed. The Assistant may be asked to take impressions, order x-rays, complete the appropriate pathology and microbiology forms, maintain operating room inventory and complete duties assigned by the direct supervisor or faculty member.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
High school diploma or equivalency and completion of an accredited dental assisting program; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
CPR certification. Knowledge of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, sterile technique, and infection control guidelines.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Basic comprehension of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures. Ability to maintain composure and professionalism when exposed to stressful situations. Ability to work cooperatively with faculty, residents, dental students, management, staff, and patients. Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete tasks in a timely and independent manner. Ability to accept constructive feedback. Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions. Ability to communicate and express thoughts and ideas competently. Ability to quickly grasp relevant concepts regarding duties and responsibilities .
Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Active movement throughout the day: sitting, walking, standing, squatting, bending, stooping, reaching, etc.
Vision: close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Hearing: able to satisfactorily communicate with patients, doctor, and other staff members to ensure that verbal communication is clearly understood, particularly during emergency situations. May be required to push up to 250-lb person in a wheelchair.
May be required to lift up to 50 lbs.
May be required to physically assist/lift drowsy patients after anesthesia.
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Not Applicable.
Position/Schedule Requirements Patient care involved
Special Instructions
To be eligible for a sign-on bonus, the candidate must not have worked as a probationary, permanent, or time-limited employee in the last 12 months as an employee subject to the State Human Resources Act.
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Office of Human Resources Contact Information
If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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