This Position Is No Longer Available

Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  13-T38-780912-PM-PNC

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

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$102,731.00 to $124,232.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 02, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Seattle, WA United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 780912

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 Pharmacist, 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.







  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


The incumbent will serve as the Pharmacy Residency Director who has full responsibility for planning, integration and coordination of all Pharmacy Service residency, teaching and training programs.  The incumbent provides leadership, mentoring, and coaching to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy residents and students to promote the provisions of pharmaceutical care to all patients served by VA Puget Sound.  Additional responsibilities include formulary program development, management, monitoring, reporting and continuous improvement.  Formulary functions concentrate on outcomes analysis and impact assessments designed to optimize resource utilization, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. 


Clinical:  Promote a patient focused, team-based multidisciplinary model of pharmaceutical care to promote drug prescribing, medication monitoring and drug laboratory review that assures positive outcomes from medication use.  Enhances current pharmacy system to place residents and trainees into an environment of direct patient and prescriber contact, where pharmacists also have access to complete clinical information.  Works to establish a system where every trainee takes responsibility for the quality of the patient's medication care provided.  This educational model provides exceptional, timely pharmaceutical care service to all medical care patients.  Promotes and maintains Indian Health Service (IHS) pharmacy counseling program for pharmacy residents and trainees to educate and verify a patient's understanding of a medication indication, proper use and expected outcomes from the drugs use.  Assists with the development and implementation of pharmacist Scope of Practice prescribing guidelines and system to monitor prescribing effectiveness.  Communicates clinical practice guidelines to assure consistent level of pharmaceutical care.  Develops and overseas Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) program to monitor rational, cost-effective and safe use of medications and to focus on outcomes that improve patient's quality of life.  Provides formulary drug information, drug consultation services and in-service to trainees, practitioners, nurses, pharmacy staff, and other health professional, and patients and their family members.


Education:  Provides stimulus and focus for innovative learning.  Advocates continual learning for pharmacy trainees, residents and employees at all levels to help improve performance and contributions in t he health-care process.  Continually reads medical and management journals to keep up with new technology and management practices.  Promotes Pharmacy work site programs such as Clinical Pharmacy Conference and student patient presentations journal reviews.  Promotes membership and participation in professional pharmacy organization.  Maintains membership in ASHP pharmacy professional organization.  Contributes to the profession through publications and/or  presentations at professional meetings.  Participates in teaching and training programs for employees, Doctor of Pharmacy candidates, pharmacy technicians students, ASHP accredited residency program.  Maintains faculty appointment with the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy and may have faculty appointment with other VA affiliated school/colleges of pharmacy.


Administration/Supervision:  Using the medical center's mission, works with pharmacy residents, trainees and pharmacy employees to establish vision, mission, goals and values of Pharmacy Service.  Develops, coordinates, monitors and evaluates pharmacy residents and student activities.  Coordinates the implementation of formulary management, drug protocols, decision analysis tools and outcome instruments.  Designs and develops tools and m mechanism to document and quantify the effects of formulary management changes on clinical outcomes.  Oversees professional staff  communications regarding drug alerts and shortages.  Serves as primary liaison with pharmacy procurement technicians to assure optimal substitution during shortage periods.


Research:  Designs and coordinates the implementation of formulary related research that assesses formulary effectiveness and takes into account the characteristics of treating designed patient populations, impact of substitution, resources used (within and outside of pharmacy) and adverse events related to formulary changes.

Provides drug and patient specific research information to investigators to help identify potential study patient population and monitor resource consumption.


Program Management:  Maintains close liaison between clinical and administrative services.  Serves on major clinical and administrative medical center and VISN committees.  Provides administrative support to the VA Puget Sound Pharmacy, Nutrition, and Therapeutics Committee.  Oversees and directs the Pharmacy Resident Program by coordinating the selection, scheduling, preception, and evaluation of the residents during their one year program and maintaining accreditation of the program through ASHP.  Provides education to the preceptors so they can provide the residents and students with appropriate teaching goals and objectives. 




Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.






a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.

b.  Education. 

(1) Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accedited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) degree. 

(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 Examination (FPCEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Languarge 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. 

d.  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e.  English Language Proficiency.  Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).


GS-12 -Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)

(a) Experience or Education.  In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:

   1.  One (1) year of expereince equivalent to the next lower grade level or

   2.  Completion of an ACPE accredited Pharm D. program.



(a) Experience.  In addition to the GS-12 requirements above,  MUST have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

(b) Assignments.  Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.


Creditable Experience is expereience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to perform the duties of the position.

Examples of qualifying creditable experience would include:

* Experience functioning at the highest level of Clincal Practice.

*Working independently under a scope of practice as defined by the medical center to directly care for patients.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other characteristics (KSAs) based on your application for this position.

a.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

b.  Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

c.  Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximimze outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

d.  Experet knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

e.  Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

 Facility Program Manager.  Manages all aspects of a distinct program to include policy development, quality resources and specialty functions unique to the program to optimize cost effectiveness (budget) and patient outcomes.  Coordinates a single program area of a complex pharmacy operation, or multiple program areas within a facility to develop, organize, manage, and control complex pharmacy programs.  Develops, organizes, coordinates and manages single or multiple program areas within the medical facility; this may include a single program area at multiple facilities. The Program Manager title is reserved for those individuals who have one or more of the following: supervisory responsibilities for various sections within Pharmacy Service; a complex program requiring coordination of multiple locations such as medical center care facilities, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), rural health, telemedicine, etc; specialized areas of a complex nature such as nuclear pharmacy, quality assurance, pharmacy informatics, clinical applications coordinator, Home Based Primary Care, pharmacoeconomist or liaison pharmacist duties requiring the coordination of processes with other medical facilities or VISNs.  Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the KSAs identified in paragraph above.



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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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.


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. 


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: T780912.  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, November 26, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for (Available at (required).
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Paula McClard
Phone: (206)658-4290
Agency Information:
VHA Puget Sound HCS
1660 S Columbian Way S-005A -HRMS
Seattle, WA


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: 330499800
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