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Job Title:Pharmacist (Position is located in the In-Patient Pharmacy)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FHCC-12-034-GB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,595.00 to $120,679.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 16, 2012 to Thursday, March 1, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - North Chicago, IL United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


United States Citizens may apply. (Must provide proof of citizenship)


Vacancy Identification Number: 606480


Work Schedule: Full Time- Employees are typically expected to work forty hours per week.   This may include days, evenings, swing-shift, midnights, weekends and holidays as assigned.


Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience. 

*****If you have qualifying education debt you may be eligible to apply for the federal Education Debt Reduction Program upon permanent appointment, based on availability of funds.*****


Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes!


This position is located within the TAG:Customer at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL.   The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD).   It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission.   The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.  Additionally, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest single provider of graduate medical education training sites in the U.S., with as many as one-third of the nation's resident physicians receiving part or all of their training in VA health care facilities.  The Lovell FHCC supports this tradition through our various affiliations.


The FHCC offers an opportunity for self-motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal, automation, analytical, and leadership skills with a strong work ethic to launch or continue a career in public service.   Our fast paced, prestigious environment consists of challenging and rewarding work and training opportunities.


Join the FHCC's team of energetic, career-minded professionals!


For additional information, click on



  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing will be required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • You may be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.


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The Staff Pharmacist is the primary professional pharmacy staff member responsible for the daily operations of the pharmacy medication management systems, to include ward stock, unit dose, IV admixture, outpatient prescription dispensing, investigational drugs, and ambulatory care pharmacy programs as determined by the pharmacy location assigned work areas (Inpatient Pharmacy or Outpatient Pharmacy).  Staff Pharmacist ensures safe, cost effective, and appropriate use of drugs within FHCC.   This position is located in the Inpatient Pharmacy.


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Applicants must possess the following experience/education requirements:


a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

b. Education. Applicants must possess a degree in pharmacy 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 (AACP).

c. Licensure. Applicants must possess 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.


II. Creditable Experience: In addition to the basic requirements above, Applicants must have completed the equivalent of one (1) year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a one (1) year post-graduate accredited Residency.

To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice.  The experience or education must demonstrate current professional practice.   Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the GS-9 level in the federal service.   


III. Grade Requirements: In addition to meeting all requirements for appointment at the GS-9 level, including licensure, GS-11 Staff Pharmacists must demonstrate the requirements below:

(a)  Experience or Education.  Completion of one of the following:

          1.  The equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level; OR

          2.  Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. Program; OR

3.  B.S. graduate in Pharmacy with a graduate degree in Pharmacy or in a health care or related management field, including MHA, MSHCA, MBA and others.  The graduate program must be accredited by the appropriate governing body.


(b)  Demonstrate the ability to perform the KSA’s:

NOTE:  Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position as defined below. Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the following competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

KSA #1: Ability to read, interprets, and applies written instructions.

KSA #2: Basic knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

KSA #3: Ability to communicate orally.

KSA #4: Ability to communicate in writing. 

KSA #5: Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care.

KSA #6: Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions.

KSA #7: Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical decisions.

KSA #8: 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).

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

If you are qualifying based on education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. It will be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

Physical Requirements:  Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.).  May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours).   Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color.  An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary.  Employees must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used on the job.  Employees may be required to work at various pharmacy locations as assigned.

Working Conditions:   Work is performed in patient care, office, pharmacy, and storage areas of the facility.  Work areas are adequately heated and lighted.  Potential exists for exposure to infectious patients or materials; exposure to hazardous and toxic substances including but not limited to cytotoxic chemotherapy, solvents, grease, oils, and cleaning solutions; sticks or cuts from hypodermic needles, lancets or other sharp items; musculoskeletal injuries if proper lifting and carrying techniques are not used; unusual musculoskeletal fatigue due to prolonged standing, electronic data processing, etc.; eye strain.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions Apply - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service. Exceptions to TIME-IN-GRADE: New employees (not currently working for the federal government or in the past 52 weeks) and current employees applying for a NEW appointment using a special hiring authority such as 30% or more VA-Compensable service connected disability, VRA, Schedule A, etc... MUST submit all required documents to apply under the specific special hiring authority.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans must claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s), Member Copy 4, if available, 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 a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference".

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

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, 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

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


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


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  1. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).   
  2. The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 01, 2012.
  3. Click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. 
  4. You must upload the required documents before you submit your application.  
  5. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

NOTE:  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

When submitting your RESUME ONLINE yet unable to upload all other required supporting documents, you may fax supporting documents using the below instructions:


    1. Complete this supporting documents cover sheet for submitting supporting documents using the following Vacancy ID: 606480.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Without the cover page, your documents will not be processed.
    2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

NOTE:  The supporting documents cover sheet in this section is only for use when you have applied online and need to submit faxed supporting documents.


  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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt for your verification.

NOTE:  The 1203FX form is considered a part of your initial application package.  You must submit all six (6) pages of the form.  Please ensure you use the 1203FX form when you are submitting your entire application via fax.  DO NOT use the cover page listed above under the heading section "TO APPLY ONLINE”, USE THE 1203FX as your cover page.

To change or update your application, reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be basis for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected will be subject to a pre-employment medical screening.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants will be denied employment consideration if listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year Probationary period.




1. Résumé* - A sample can be obtained at

2. Application for Associated Health Occupations.* 

3. Responses to the questionnaire.*            View Occupational Questionnaire (note when submitting application by fax responses must be captured on the        1203FX form. )

4. Transcripts*

5. Copies of required licenses/certifications* 

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces MUST ALSO submit the following documents in addition to the above REQUIRED documents:

Copy of your DD-214. Your copies must be legible and MUST show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Copies of DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at

If you are claiming 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service/all dates of service, a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.

* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings 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, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.



Kea Massey
Phone: (224)610-3263
Agency Information:
VA Federal Healthcare Center
3001 Green Bay Road
Building 135
North Chicago , IL


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine eligibility. We will also review your application to ensure that your résumé supports the answers you provided in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers,  you will be rated ineligible for this position.

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