Applicants must possess the following experience/education requirements:
I. BASIC 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 KSAs:
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.