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Job Title:  Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DQ-13-DAu-794177

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,449.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Providence, RI United States
United States Citizens


Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  794177 (Please include on all documents)

Be a member of our team providing compassionate health care to veterans.  We are an employer of choice and a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research.  We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you.  Go to http:/ for more information.

Our Medical Center is located in Providence, RI with outpatient clinics located in Middletown, RI, Hyannis and New Bedford, MA. We provide high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient care to veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Rhode Island, also known as the Ocean State, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting.
This Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager position is located in Pharmacy Service and is not a bargaining unit position.

**Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.**

The work schedule is: Full-time, Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. 

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


  • You must be a US citizen
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
  • Designated and random drug testing may be required
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English


  • Plans, coordinates, directs and monitors targeted, clinical pharmacotherapy services of a new Pharmacy Mental Health Care Clinic (P-MHCC) within PVAMC's Mental Health & Behavioral Science (MH&BS) Service.
  • Performs Clinical Pharmacy Specialist duties, participates as an Inpatient Mental Health Consult Liaison Team member, and supports Seriously Mentally III (SMI) services within Pharmacy. 
  • Schedules, reviews, consults and assures patient care while assuring coverage for the clinic at all times.
  • Applies epidemiological and analytical tools to capture and evaluate prescribing and other health care data and identify, prioritize and optimize P-MHCC interventions and health care delivery processes to improve patient outcomes, minimize poly-pharmacy and conserve health care resources.
  • Provides input to the Mental Health & Behavioral Health Director for the development of performance plans and standards that are realistic, challenging and related to organization goals and objectives.
  • Assures drug use is consistent with national, VISN, and local policy (e.g. formulary vs. non-formulary as well as criteria for use).
  • Provides medication education to patients, colleagues and clinical staff.
  • Serves as a liaison between Pharmacy and MH&BS Services.
  • Serves as a preceptor for the ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and Residency and PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency programs.
  • Conducts direct patient-care activities that are performed with the efficiency and depth of an experienced  clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) in Mental Health, Behavioral Health and Ambulatory Care.


(From VHA Qualification Standards)

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship:  Must be a citizen of the United States.  (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.

Education:  Have a Pharmacy degree from an approved college or university.  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. 

Licensure and Registration:  Hold a full current, and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.  The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure.  A pharmacist who has, or has 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.

English Language Proficiency:  Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Specialized Experience GS-13 requires: In addition to meeting all basic requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or equivalent; or board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Associations Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, or the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (or equivalent) or completion of two year post-Pharm.D. ASHP fellowship in a clinical or specialized program.  Specialized experience includes: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. 

Preferred Qualifications: PGY-2 in Mental Health Psychiatry and board certification plus practice in Mental Health setting. 

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

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 in a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.***
Reference: VA Qualifications Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.



  • Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • Position does not confer competitive status.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application material. 

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15m, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and required documentation with your application material.

Physical Requirements:  Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.  Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.



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 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.
An incomplete application will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions.


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


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.


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.  For additional informaton see VA Guide to Applying for VA Vacancies at  

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:55 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy Identification Number 794177.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Curriculum Vitae (CV), Resume or application

   2. Online Questionnaire.
   3. If current or former Federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required)   
   4.Proof of meeting educational requirement (unofficial transcript is acceptable for initial application. If selected
you will be required to furnish an official transcript).

   5. Copy of licensure/certification if applicable.

 Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit the following:
   1. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty

   2. SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference (if applicable). 
   3. VA letter of service-connected disability rating (if applicable) dated 1991 or later.


Bruce Coski
Phone: (401)273-7100x4736
Agency Information:
VHA Providence VAMC
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI


After we receive your complete package (including all required documents) and if found qualified, you will be referred to the Selecting Official for consideration for an interview.   You may or may not be interviewed.
An electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address; otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
Applicants who have never worked for the Federal Government will receive a tentative job offer. Applicants must complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, prior to receiving a firm offer. This form is available at http://www/

Control Number: 332129300
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