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Job Title:  Formulary and Pharmacoeconomics Program Director/Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VR-677167 T38-12-50 (GM)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,232.00 to $145,733.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 08, 2012 to Thursday, January 03, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Long Beach, CA United States  View Map
United States Citizens



 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 677167


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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

***This position is Open Until Filled***

***Salary determined by a Professional Standards Board***

***Qualified applicants will be referred after the following dates***

June 22,2012

July 6, 2012

July 20, 2012

August 3, 2012

August 17, 2012

Additional Dates will be announced if no selection is made.

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


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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This position is located at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in the Pharmacy and Support Services Healthcare Group. The Formulary and Pharmacoeconomics Program Director /Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (PE) is a highly skilled licensed pharmacist clinician with Scope of Practice, competent in the practical application of pharmacoeconomics in formulary systems and an expert in health care data and information technologies.  Under the direction of the Chief of Pharmacy Service, and in concert with other supervisory personnel (four direct reports) within Pharmacy Service, the incumbent is responsible for administering the Healthcare System formulary, for inventory management and controls, for resource allocation and budgeting ($37 million) and for pharmacy data management systems. He/she will have decision making authority of the service and must have a comprehensive understanding of needs, integration and mission of VA pharmacy and of the VA healthcare system. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of VistA pharmacy programs, VistA service-integrated programs, the graphical user interface (GUI) employed by VHA, VA FileMan, Computerized patient Record System (CPRS), and ProClarity. 

Programs and program activities shall include but are not limited to: formulary administration, inventory management and logistics, budgeting, strategic planning, daily operation and oversight of the pharmacy’s automated data processing and management information systems, utilization management, pharmaceutical and supply formulary selection; formulary implementation; prior authorization processing, drug shortages and recalls, medication conversions; medication utilization evaluations, therapy treatment and pathway assessments (economic and clinical); disease state management; health-related quality of life assessments, clinical activities, medical and pharmacy education and preceptorship, information communication and research. Participation on Local, VISN and National committees (Formulary, ADPAC, Inventory Management, etc).


Work Schedule: We are a 24/7 medical center with various tours of duty and incumbent may be required to work off tours, nights, holidays and/or weekends to meet the mission of caring for the Veterans

Position Description Title/PD#: 015040  
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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Education: Graduate of a degree program 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).  


Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE.


Specialized Experience: Applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as expert knowledge of formulary administration, inventory management, and pharmacy’s automated data processing and management information systems


Completion of a VA Post Graduate Year 2 Residency Program. (PGY-2)


A Pharmacy Doctorate degree is Highly preferred as well as completion of a VA PGY-1 (post graduate year 1) Residency and 3 years of VA or managed care experience.




This section evaluates your knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.  For each task below, choose the statement from the online assessment tool that best describes your experience and/or training. If you are not applying online, please darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire (Form 1203 FX). Please select only one letter for each item.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   


1.  Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, informatics systems, drug information, etc.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;


2.  Expert knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;


3.  Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.  This level of skill is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;


5.  Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions;


6.  Demonstrate an expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for all medications including investigational drugs.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification; and


7.  Skill to manage people and/or programs. 



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.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:


VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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


 Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave :  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 03, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply 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. 

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire (
View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 677167.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:

  •   Résumé.
  •   Responses to the questionnaire. 
  •   Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
  •   Any other documents required by the checklist


Grant D. Sloan
Phone: (562)826-5651
Agency Information:
VHA Long Beach HCS
Human Resources Management
5901 E 7th Street
Do Not Mail Applications
Long Beach, CA


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.

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