Dentist (On Call and Permanent)

Washington State Department of Corrections
Snohomish, Washington State; Gig Harbor, Washington State
$140,376.00 - $188,844.00 Annually plus WA. State Benefits
Closing date
May 29, 2023

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Dental Assistant, Employee Dentist
Contract Type
Job Type
Full Time

Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

Full Time, Permanent and On-Call
Monroe, WA and Gig Harbor WA


The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Dentist for Monroe Correctional Complex located in Monroe, WA and Washington Corrections Center for Women located in Gig Harbor, WA.  This is a full-time position working Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm and On-Call positions who work various schedules. 


The Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) is a 2400 bed male all-custody level facility located 30 miles northeast of Seattle. The complex consists of four units; the original "reformatory", a large mental health inpatient treatment unit, a sex offender treatment unit and a minimum custody unit that also houses community corrections violators, much like a jail. Monroe is considered the hub of medical and psychiatric care for DOC. We are looking for teammates who share our vision of public service, committed to an equitable and inclusive culture that fosters and inspires excellence, while promoting innovation, engagement, and safety, leading to better outcomes for our incarcerated population, our agency, and our community. 

WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN is a 64.2-acre facility located approximately two miles from Gig Harbor. The site includes living units, administration buildings, a health clinic, education buildings, a gymnasium, a chapel, industries buildings, food service buildings, and support facilities.


Application assessment will be on going, the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible. 



Under the administrative supervision of the facility's Health Services Manager and clinical supervision of the department's Chief of Dentistry, DOC dentists provide medically necessary dental care to incarcerated patients.  Dentists provide clinical supervision to dental assistants and dental hygienists consistent with the Washington State Laws (RCW, WAC) and department policies, protocols and health plan.

  •  Reviews the patient's medical condition and consults with other medical and mental health providers, when appropriate

  • Performs intraoral and extraoral examination of patients to determine oral health status.

  • Fabricates treatment plans.

  • Administers routine dental care and the treatment of urgent care dental problems that involve pain, trauma, and/or infection.  This includes non-surgical and surgical extractions (within the limits of the facility and personal expertise), anterior endodontics, periodontics, and restorative dentistry.

  • Refers removable prosthodontic services to denturists.

  • Refers patients to off-site specialists, when appropriate

  • Participates in regular facility drills; subject to emergency assignments to help with security in the event of an incarcerated individual(s) disturbance, civil disturbance, or natural disaster.  Assist with the Trauma/Emergency Medical Team as deemed necessary.

  • Actively participates in quality improvement at the facility level to include monitoring quality indicators for improving patient care and clinic operations.

  • Attends in-service education programs, mandatory training, and employee meetings.



Required Qualifications:
Doctor's degree DDS or DMD from an accredited school of dentistry,
a valid, unencumbered, Washington State license to practice dentistry, or has the ability/qualifications to obtain the license prior to hire.
Possession of unrestricted DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances.
Valid BLS certification for health care providers
Experience and/or education in working with medical/dental documents, maintaining or processing health/dental records and using dental terminology.
COVID 19 Vaccination Requirement 
Pursuant to Emergency Proclamation 21-14, all Washington State executive branch employees, on-site contractors, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021.  As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process for all positions within our agency.  If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruiter listed in the supplemental information section at the end of the job announcement. 
Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years clinical experience in the practice of dentistry.
  • Knowledge in the areas of scheduling routine/special dental procedures and patient visits.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications and related technologies.
  • Proficient in performing dental extractions (both non-surgical and uncomplicated surgical)


Supplemental Information


Mission: The mission of DOC is to improve public safety by positively changing lives.
Our Vision: Working together for safer communities.
Our Commitment: To operate a safe and humane corrections system and partner with others to transform lives for a better Washington.

Our Core Values:

  • Cultivate an environment of integrity and trust: Corrections values partnership and trust. We foster openness and support courageous conversations. We are committed to doing what we say we are going to do by being accountable and taking personal ownership in our actions.
  • Respectful and inclusive interactions: Corrections appreciates and values individuals by promoting an inclusive and diverse environment, which encourages safety. We respect, value, and listen to the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of our stakeholders and consider the impact on those we serve as well as each other.
  • People's safety: Corrections believes in creating an environment that values physical, mental, and emotional security and well-being. We honor those who advance safety for all.
  • Positivity in words and actions: At Corrections, we assume positive intentions and believe there is a shared desire for the best outcome. We consistently demonstrate positive behavior and always put forth our best effort.
  • Supporting people's success: Corrections is committed to our community – understanding individuals, instilling hope, embracing change, and providing opportunities.

For additional information about the agency, please visit


  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies.  If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.

Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.

  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire.  When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • All DOC staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021.
  • This position may be represented by a Union Shop.
  • This position requires respirator medical evaluation questionnaire, fit testing, training, and use of respiratory protection as required by the WA Industrial Safety & Act standards. Refer to WAC 296-842 to learn more.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies: 

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. 

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