This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Chief Pharmacy Service

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:12-VA-706429-AP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$115,750.00 to $152,764.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 23, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Jackson, MS United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 706429 

Non-U.S. citizens may be appointed when qualified U.S. citizens are not available.

 

SALARY WILL BE COMMENSURATE WITH QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE. 

 

THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL A SELECTION HAS BEEN MADE.

Previous qualified candidates from announcement 12-VA-619056-AP need to re-apply to be consider.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates.  

AVO (Appraised Value Offer) formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout (GHBO)  MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates.  

 

The incumbent in this position will be the Chief, Pharmacy Service, of the Jackson, Mississippi, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The medical center has a major affiliation with the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Related Professions.

 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.   

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Pharmacy Degree or PharmD.
  • Spoken and Written English Language Proficiency required
  • License to practice Pharmacy
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must pass Pre-Employment examination

DUTIES:

In the capacity as the Chief, he/she functions as the top professional and administrative planner, director, and coordinator for all pharmaceutical programs and services provided at this large medical center.  Directly supervises or oversees the supervision of the pharmacy staff, which includes the Assistant Chief, three (3) first-line supervisors, one(1) clinical pharmacist coordinator, ten (10) clinical specialists, twenty-five (25) staff/specialist pharmacists, one program assistant, twenty-eight (28) pharmacy technicians, and a varying number of intermittent pharmacists, volunteers, and work study students. The incumbent establishes short and long range planning objectives for Pharmacy Service consistent with good patient care and with the mission, vision, and values of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the medical center.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

 

a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

 

b. Education 

(1)  Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.  Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at:  http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.

(NOTE:  Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program.  Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) 

(2)  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).

c. Licensure.  Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.  The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure.  A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.

 

NOTE:  Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)).  Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment.  This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.

 

d. Physical Requirements.  Must pass Pre-Employment Examination

 

e. English Language Proficiency.  Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

Creditable Experience

 

    * Knowledge of Current Professional Pharmacy Practices.  To be creditable, the experience must demonstrate the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice.

 

     * Quality of Experience.  Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. 

 

In addition to the basic requirements the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Grade Qualifications:

 

GS-14 Pharmacist

        Experience.  Assignments at this grade level require 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled.

 

GS-15 Pharmacist

      (a)  Experience.  Assignments at this grade level require 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled.

 

(1) one year probationary period required to be completed of all first-time managers and supervisors.

 

************Professional Standards Board will determine Grade.************** 

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionaire for this position:

 

1. Ability to develop performance standards and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancement, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions; identification of continuing education and training needs; etc.

 

2. Ability in serving as a consultant within Pharmacy Service and with other facility health care staff in evaluating health care delivery to patients.

 

 

3. Ability in assessing, planning and evaluating the pharmacy program to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of pharmacy services and the overall delivery of health care.

 

 

4. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

 

5. Ability to effectively use all available data bases to efficiently operate the pharmacy and monitor prescription utilization.

 

6. Knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics.

 

7. Ability to manage people or projects, evaluating results and designing process improvements.

 

8. Knowledge of standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to both inpatients and outpatients (including research and investigational drugs).  This includes but is not limited to basic knowledge of the standards of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate),   and The Joint Commission (TJC).

 

9. Comprehensive knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, informatics systems, drug information, etc.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification.

 

10. Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification.

 

11. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

 

12. Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions.

 

13. Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care.

 

14. Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical decisions.

 

15. Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), TJC and other standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to both inpatients and outpatients (including research and investigational drugs).

 

16. Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.   

 

 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:  http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:  http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.



HOW TO APPLY:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 706429.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 31, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. Transcript to support pharmacy education

 6.   Current Licensure

 7.   Latest Nofication of Personnel Action SF-50 if an current Federal Employment

  8.   If prior military service, include all copies of your Active Duty DD Forms 214, member 4 copy to show discharge status (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Alma Phillips
Phone: (601)368-4369
Email: ALMA.PHILLIPS2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Jackson VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
1500 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
GV Sonny Montgomery VAMC
Jackson, MS
39216
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

Control Number: 321656800
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