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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacist (Mental Health)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  BI-12-752363-KJH

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

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$102,731.00 to $124,232.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 02, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Battle Creek, MI United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 752363


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 Veteran's.


Applicants who have previously applied for this position will still be considered and need not re-apply.


The primary function is to provide pharmaceutical care services to patients in the Mental Health Clinics, the residential rehabilitation treatment programs, the domiciliary, and the homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) of the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.


Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Full-Time, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or as specified.  




  • Must be a Citizen of the United States.
  • Requires graduate degree program in pharmacy
  • Occupation requires Licensure/Registration.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license.


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A well qualified applicant should possess a professional knowledge of drug information, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacy practice.  The Clinical Pharmacist functions with other health care professionals as an essential component of the multidisciplinary team.  You may initiate therapy as defined by individual scope of practice statements.  The Clinical Pharmacist interviews and examines patients, reviews laboratory and diagnostic test results and reviews medication profiles to identify any medication related problems.  The Clinical Pharmacist organizes educational initiatives for both health professionals and patients. The incumbent provides a leadership role in directing CQI activities in related areas and implementing solutions to improve patient care.  Incumbent will review non-formulary and criteria monitored medication requests and precept Doctor of Pharmacy students and residents as well as provide staff development presentations to pharmacy and medical staff.


Relocation expenses are not authorized.



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You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. 

Must be a graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an accredited 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). 

Must possess a 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.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination. 

Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

This position will require some travel, therefore a valid state's drivers license is required.  


Assignments at this grade level requires 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level that is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency. 

Salary and grade level are determined by the Medical Center Director, with recommendation from the Pharmacy Professional Standards Board.


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 qualification. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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.***

After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. 

You will need to successfully complete an extensive background security investigation before you can be appointed to this position. 

Strong candidates will possess one of the following experience/education combinations:

  • Completion of three years of practice experience with at least 50% of time spent in direct patient care activities in Psychiatric Pharmacy.
  • Completion of both a pharmacy practice and a specialty residency with a substantial component (>50%) of patient care activities in Psychiatric Pharmacy. 

Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skill, and Ability (KSA's) during a performance based interview.   

1.  Comprehensive 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 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;

2.  Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;

3.  Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

4.  Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care;

5.  Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions;

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

7.  Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State, 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);


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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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, thrift savings plan, 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 or


This position is a full-time permanent position.  

After being appointed you will be required to complete a 1 year probationary period.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides 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 CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website 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.

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

Please visit to review the qualifications to apply under Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), Veteran's Employment Opportunities Act 1998 (VEOA), and 30% or more Disabled Veteran.

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.


You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

If you have an existing resume stored on your computer, you may apply directly at by entering Vacancy Identification Number 752363

PRIOR TO CONVERSION YOU MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF VA FORM 10-2850c. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

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

If you cannot apply online:

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

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 752363. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 14, 2012.


Prior to appointment you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at
  3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at


Kelly J. Hoig
Phone: (269)223-5245
Fax: (269)223-5433
Agency Information:
VHA Battle Creek VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
5500 Armstrong Road
Human Resources Management Service
Battle Creek, MI
49037-7314 Fax: (269)223-5433


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.

Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) is utilized by our agency as part of the selection process.  Please consult the PBI website at for further information.

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