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Job Title:  Associate Service Chief, Pharmacist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PB-HA-PH-12-768792

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$108,658.00 to $141,253.00 / Per Year
Friday, October 19, 2012 to Thursday, June 27, 2013
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
1 vacancy in the following location:
Poplar Bluff, MO United States
This vacancy is open to VAMC employees only. Interested applicants will need to access the announcement through the following internet address:


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 768792 (Include # on all documents).



This announcement will remain open until filled.  First referrals will be made after November 2, 2012.  Additional referrals will be made as necessary after this date until position is filled.


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.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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.


VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  The applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program subject to availability of EDRP funding.


Appointment is contingent upon applicant meeting qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board.




  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


The Associate Service Chief, Pharmacy Service, assignments involve complex problems of a wide range and highly specialized nature. 

H/she is responsible for overseeing all professional and clinical pharmacy activities.  These include but are not limited to: disease state management services; direct patient care services (e.g., Anticoagulation Clinic, Medication Management Clinic, etc.) where appropriate and feasible; the procurement, storage and distribution of drugs and supplies; patient education; medication therapy management; drug information and consulative services; coordination of all drug and supply dispensing from CMOP; the provision of drug information and consultative services to all patients and health care professionals.


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  May require weekends and off tours.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.



  • U.S. citizenship.  

  • 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, or through thier web site at:   

  • 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.  


EXPERIENCE:  In addition to the GS-12 requirement, must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.  


At this level, the Associate Service Chief is responsible for coordinating multiple programs in pharmacy service in a medical facility.  Serves as the Acting Service Chief in the absence of the Service Chief.  Develops and maintains a system of internal reviews that ensure service programs operate at a satisfactory level of performance and in compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies.  Has extensive responsibility for pharmacy utilization of resources and budget.  Makes selections, assigns personnel, and serves as a mentor to help employees develop their full potential. 


Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):



1.  Ability to negotiate to influence clinical and management decisions.


2 .  Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.


3 .  Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.


4 .  Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.


5 .  Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization.


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




References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard.  You may access a copy of this standard at : You may contact a local VA Human Resources Liaison Office to view the standard.  Candidates who meet the appropriate requirements contained in this standard and provide supporting documentation will be considered.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.   For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website(s) on the Internet: .   In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.


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 .


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


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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 ( 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 ( ) 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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 768792.  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 Friday, October 18, 2013.


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 (Required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Copy of Transcript (Required).
  5. Copy of License (Required).
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, and not a John J. Pershing VAMC employees, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Failure to submit the required forms will result in being found NOT QUALIFIED for this position.


Cassandra D. Brown
Phone: (913)758-6458
Agency Information:
VHA Poplar Bluff VAMC
Human Resources Liaison Office
1500 N Westwood Blvd
Poplar Bluff, MO


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: 329223300
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