Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (VAHS) is a not-for-profit health and social services organization, established in 1991 to improve and promote the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness of individuals, focusing on the Indigenous community in Metro Vancouver. Current programs and services include the Primary Care Clinic, Dental Clinic, Indigenous Early Years programs, the Our Circle is Strong Elders/Cultural program, and the Sheway Pregnancy Outreach Program.

We are currently seeking one (1) full time Certified Dental Assistant to join the VAHS Dental Clinic team.


The Certified Dental Assistant provides clinical and administrative assistance with a team that delivers primary dental health care to the patients of the VAHS Dental Clinic. This position provides assistance to professional dental staff and performs Dental Assistant duties such as setting up instruments and supplies and performing procedures during dental treatment and surgery.


This position is responsible to and reports directly to the Dental Program Manager.



  • Preparation of treatment/clinical area.

  • Assists dentists with all aspects of dentistry performed in the operatory.

  • Expose/process/mount dental radiographs.

  • Preparation of restorative materials as necessary.

  • Clean, sterilize and maintain instruments and equipment.

  • Monitor, replenish and store dental supplies in appropriate location.

  • Perform prophylaxis and fluoride as required.

  • Ensure completeness and accuracy of dental and medical health records.

  • Ensure practice standards are being met with respect to infection control.

  • Patient education on oral health.

  • Record patient data on patient charts as directed by dentist.


  • Triage of patients as they arrive.

  • Gather information from patients (expectations, insurance)

  • Manage patient accounts, dental claims, etc.

  • Manage patient inquiries and concerns.

  • Maintain clinic statistics.

  • Recruit and schedule volunteers to meet clinic needs.

  • Interface with the UBC School of Dentistry to organize student clinics.

  • Train staff and volunteers.


  • Valid certification as a Dental Assistant. New graduates are welcome.

  • Additional certification or training is an asset.

  • Proven experience as a Dental Assistant.

  • Knowledge of dental instruments and sterilization methods.

  • Understanding of health & safety regulations.

  • Ability to perform regulated non-surgical tasks, such as coronal polishing, is an asset.

  • Good computer skills.

  • Excellent communication and people skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Well-organized and reliable.

We encourage all qualified people to apply. Pursuant to section 41 of the Human Rights Code, qualified Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous) applicants are preferred for this position.

This is a unionized position included in the upcoming BCGEU Collective Agreement. The information in this posting may be subject to change, consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.


Please email your current resume with cover letter to: [email protected]
ATTN: Lex Vides
Subject Line: Dental Assistant Position Application

Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.