San Mateo County

Dental Assistant - Spanish Speaking Preferred - Extra Help (19233581)

Medical Services
San Francisco/Peninsula
$21.59-$31.90 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


County Center Redwood City, 94063


Are you a dedicated and motivated Dental Assistant who enjoys being part of a team of professionals who provide exceptional dental care to the community and patients in need? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment where the rewards are many? If so, then the San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) Dental Clinics have an exciting career opportunity for you!

The San Mateo Medical Center operates five dental clinics located in San Mateo, Redwood City, Daly City, Half Moon Bay, and a Mobile Dental Clinic. These clinics treat children and adults, homeless and transitional populations, and patients with HIV diagnosis. Pregnant women on Medi-Cal can also obtain dental services in these clinics covered by the Ryan White grant.

All Clinics are open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM and some Saturdays and evenings.  The Fair Oaks Health Center in Redwood City is staffed with an oral surgeon and pedodontist, and the San Mateo Clinic is staffed with an oral surgeon.  The Fair Oaks Health Center and the Mobile Dental Clinic host dental students from the University of the Pacific and University of San Francisco to aid in patient care.

The Dental Assistant Series levels include:
Dental Assistant I ($21.59 - $26.99 Hourly) is the experienced level class in the Dental Assistant series, competent to independently perform the full range of journey-level dental assisting work under the supervision of a dentist. This class is flexibly staffed with the II level and incumbents may advance to the higher level after obtaining required certification and demonstrating the required proficiency for the II level.

Dental Assistant II/Registered Dental Assistant ($25.52 - $31.90 Hourly) is the advanced journey-level classification in the series. Under the supervision of a dentist, incumbents at this level perform dental assisting duties which are limited to a person certified as a Registered Dental Assistant in addition to performing Dental Assistant duties of the lower.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will:

  • be a team player, self-starter, and multi-tasker;
  • be capable of scheduling appointments and processing insurance claims, and have pedodontia experience;
  • possess good organizational skills.

Special Instructions


  • Possession of a Certificate of examination for radiation safety from the California Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Possession of a Certificate of completion for a course in Basic Life Support as approved by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
  • To qualify for the II-Level, possession of a valid California License as Registered Dental Assistant issued by the California Board of Dental Examiners.  

Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (pass/fail) based on the candidate's application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations, or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.
Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.