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Job Title:  Pharmacist (Medication Safety Officer)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VR-683407 T38-12-22 (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 29, 2012 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy - Long Beach, CA United States  View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates



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.



POSITION TITLE:  Pharmacist (Medication Safety Officer), GS-0660-13


Functional Statement #: 600-013630


VR-683407 T38-12-22 (GM)


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 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



INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of ineligible due to missing forms. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  Human Resource Management Service will not go to employee personnel files for this information. If you do not submit the required documents, you will not receive consideration for this position. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc. 


  • Applications will be accepted from US Citizens.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation and a physical exam.
  • Designated and/or randon drug testing may be required
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 683407 (Include on all documents).


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TOUR OF DUTY: Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.

The incumbent will be assigned to Pharmacy Administration in support of the Medication Safety Program.  The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of ensuring medication safety.  This includes oversight of medication error prevention and reporting, adverse drug events (VA ADERS) reporting and analysis. The incumbent is responsible for reviewing all medication management processes including purchasing, ordering, pharmacist review, preparation, dispensing, storage, administration, reconciliation, and monitoring that could lead to medication errors.  The incumbent will provide ADPAC support of pharmacy VistA/CPRS and pharmacy automation to reduce the likelihood of medication errors.  The incumbent will Chair the Medication Safety Committee.  The incumbent will develop, conduct and report Quality Assurance monitors for medication safety; serve on hospital or departmental committees as requested; participate in and maintain documentation for continuing education activities; present and document in-service education programs to pharmacy staff and other health professionals; precept pharmacy students and pharmacy residents.



           -  Relocation Expenses Are Not Authorized 

           -  Relocation Incentive Are Not Authorized

           -  Recruitment Incentive Are Not Authorized


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CITIZENSHIP: Citizen of the United States.

EDUCATION:  a)  Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.  b)  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the education requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).  You must submit a copy of your final college transcripts.

EXPERIENCE: Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled, gained within the last three years;  Or Board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Board of Pharmaceutical Specialists.  Preferred experience:  Completion of an ASHP-accredited residency program and a minimum of three years of pharmacy practice experience; or five or more years of practice experience with demonstrated mastery of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities expected of one who has completed a residency.  

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical Standards: Must pass physical examination and TB test before entering on duty.

English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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 – OPM Form 1203-FX. Please select only one letter for each item.

1. Advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.

2. Ability to analyze drug related medical problems.

3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals.   This would typically include beneficiaries, professionals in other health care disciplines, and health related groups in the community.

4. Knowledge of the pharmacy and medication related standards established by DEA, VHA, USP, and Joint Commission.

5. Knowledge of performance improvement philosophy and ability to incorporate it into pharmacy practice.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

Unofficial transcripts required whenever qualifying based on education.  Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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 a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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.

* Job title
* Duties (be as detailed as possible)
* Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
* Full-time or part-time status (include hours works per week)


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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, 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


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.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors which are prohibited by law.  Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences.

Reasonable Accommodation:  This agency provides reasonable accommodations(s) to applicants with disabilities.  If you need reasonable accommodation(s) for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on case-by-case basis.


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To apply for this position:  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 08, 2013.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  


Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online: The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 08, 2013, which includes:

·         Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

·         Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

·         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.

·      Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


·         Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 683407.

·         Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.




The following documents are required:

1. Resumé

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at

3. Complete responses to the questionnaire

4.. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at:

5. Copy of your unofficial transcript if you are using education to qualify.

6. Copy of Current and Unrestricted licensure or certification, if applicable.

7. People with Disabilities (Schedule A Letter).

8. Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable. (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate). SF-15 -

9. Optional - Former/Present Government Employees (SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action).

10. Optional - Demographic Information on Applicants (OMB-No. 3046-0046).


Gwen Maze
Phone: (562)826-8000x5397
TDD: 562-826-8000
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 all required documents), your qualifications will be determined.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire.  If you are qualified based on your resume and narrative responses, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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