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    Summary

    If you are not an internal employee (i.e. VA Applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant), VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement

    BH-17-464R-SV-2024263-BU

    Our Mission: 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?

    The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Black Elk Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo. 

    VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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    Responsibilities

    The primary responsibilities of the Compounded Sterile Products (CSP) Lead/ Pharmacy Clinical Technician includes ensuring compliance with United States Pharmacopeia (USP),  making chemotherapy and functioning in the capacity of a GS-6 pharmacy technician.

    This position will assist pharmacy management in ensuring the pharmacy program meets the USP standards and maintenance of cleaning procedures for all pharmacy sterile compounding sites, managing competencies relating to the practice of compounding sterile products, educating staff, administering testing (gloved fingertip sampling, media fill testing, etc.), maintaining current and forthcoming USP standards for sterile compounding, maintaining environmental quality control procedures, communicating results/issues to pharmacy management and providing inventory management for pharmacy sterile compounding sites.

    Specific clinical work assignments may include participation in daily activities of making chemotherapy, pharmacy coordinated anticoagulation clinics, laboratory value monitoring, medical chart/action profile, poly-pharmacy reviews, medication utilization monitoring, appointment scheduling, telephone logistical support, and supplemental patient education communication. These pharmaceutical care activities include ambulatory care services such as outpatient prescription processing and dispensing of prescriptions, centralized unit dose and IV admixture programs for inpatient beds, and functions in the capacity of a GS6 pharmacy technician in any area of competency as staffing requirements dictate. The incumbent assists pharmacy management in providing optimal pharmaceutical care and timely customer service. The incumbent operates on a broad delegation of authority with independence of action. This technician functions under the supervision of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist assigned to the Clinic a daily basis. This position requires candidate to be certified by National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

    Location: The position is located in the Pharmacy Service Line at Fort Meade, SD.

    Work Schedule: 80 hours biweekly.

    Functional Statement Title/#: CPS Clinical Pharmacy Technician GS-0661-7

    This position is not required to file a financial disclosure report.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Travel may range from 25% to 50% of the time between VA Black Hills HCS Facilities

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current Federal Employees

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • Open to VA BHHCS employees working within the Pharmacy Service
    • Must hold PTCB certification.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15 - 44 lbs); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors' ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

    Qualifications

    Basic Requirements:  

    • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Certification. National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required.
    • Grade Determinations: GS-7 Pharmacy Technician.

             (a) Experience.  One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-6).

             (b) Assignment. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
             (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:

                   (1) Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.

                   (2) Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.
                   (3) Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff

                   (4) Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.

                   (5) Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.

                   (6) Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.

                   (7) Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.
                   (8) Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems.
    Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet program objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to various organizational levels.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G28. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    Education

    Education. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.  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.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE

    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

    Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position you must submit a complete application package which includes:

    1. Occupational Questionnaire--submit online as described above

    2. CV or Resume. This must include starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, hours worked per week, and salary information.

    3. VA Form 10- 2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations -

         Available by clicking here. (Must be signed and dated.)

    4. Copy of certification.

    5. SF-50 - Must submit your most recent SF-50 which shows your current grade and step.

    Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2024262.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    For a short video with explicit instructions and guidance on how to apply online, please click on the following link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4&feature=youtu.be&list=UUAGtfAdoxif6an9xM6YUIAQ


    To apply for this position, you must complete the

    View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 14, 2017 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.  

    NOTE:  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Stacie A. Kehn

    Address

    VHA Black Hills HCS
    113 Comanche Road
    Fort Meade, SD 57741
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    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 2024262

    Next steps

    After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met.  During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.  Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview.  All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. 

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.”  For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.”  Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484707500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.