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Professional Opportunity: Dentist

Type of Opportunity

If you are a dentist who believes that quality dental care is essential for all people no matter their situation, we encourage you to maximize your individual and professional potential in a public service career.

At the Department of Corrections (DOC), State Correctional Institute (SCI) at Houtzdale, basic dental services are provided in a compassionate and professional manner to our inmate population. The DOC offers an excellent compensation package, including competitive income, benefit package, generous paid time off, health insurance, and an excellent retirement package.

As a Dentist in the Department of Corrections, you enjoy clinical autonomy and a balanced lifestyle. We operate Monday through Friday during normal business hours. There is no evening, weekend, or on call duties. You work with experienced auxiliary staff and have excellent managerial support. Many of our facilities are located in or near some of the most beautiful areas of Pennsylvania.

Daily tasks include providing basic dental care to the inmate population and performing all dental treatment, assisting specialists in the performance of all treatment and related duties while onsite, and assuring that adequate security, tool control, and Toxic and Caustic Control are carried out within the dental office. You are responsible for consulting with and referring inmate patients to physicians, oral surgeons, and other health care professionals.

Other duties include supervising the work of the dental staff on a daily basis, including all aspects of the clinical services provided to the inmate population by DOC dental clinic staff.

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

Full-time employment, 37.5-hour work week.
Work hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday, with a 30-minute lunch.
This position is eligible for full retirement benefits at age 50 or 55.
This position may be eligible for quality assurance program payments
Salary: Selected candidates who are new to employment within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will begin employment at the starting annual salary of $128,274.00 (before taxes).
You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

Graduation from an approved school of dentistry.
Necessary Special Requirement:
Possession of a license to practice dentistry issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.
Other Requirements:
PA residency requirement is currently waived for this title.
You must be able to perform essential job functions.
Legal Requirements:
You must pass a background investigation.
How to Apply:
Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
This posting requires submission of a copy of your college transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You may upload your document as an attachment during the application process. You must still complete the application and answer the supplemental questions. All documents MUST be uploaded prior to the submission of your application.
Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to and click the Veterans’ Preference tab or contact us at
Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):
711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).
If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Required Experience

Graduation from an approved school of dentistry/Possession of a license to practice dentistry issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry


Name of Practice
SCI Houtzdale
Practice Owner
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


209 Institution Drive