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Job Title:CLINICAL PHARMACY SPECIALIST

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JV-12-454CNW-754680

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$93,863.00 to $116,526.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Friday, October 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Decatur, GA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 754680 

 

PLEASE READ THE COMPLETE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT TO ENSURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS & SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET.

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.

 

The Atlanta VAMC has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

 

The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. Additionally, Carrollton, Georgia will be the home of a 42-bed Community Living Center (CLC).

 

Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized

 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6:30 pm; NOTE: Management reserves the right to adjust this tour based on patient care needs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English language proficiency required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Background and security investigation required

DUTIES:

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This  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist serves in the Emergency Department (ED) and provides pharmaceutical care to assigned inpatient and outpatient areas as directed by the Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor.  The primary area of involvement for the incumbent is the ED.  Responsibilities include, but are not be limited to:

 

* Plan, implement and operate the drug monitoring and utilization programs in ED.

* Clinical functions:

      - Assess the appropriateness of medication orders and ensure the timely provision of effective medications for symptom control.

      - Review patient medications profile for any possible drug allergies, incompatibilities, interactions, duplications, etc.

      - Interview and evaluate patients upon admission to ED/Urgent Care and before admission to the hospital for appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy, and make a pharmaceutical care plan for those patients who need pharmacotherapy.

     - Evaluate the impact of age, disease and other factors as it relates to the patient's ability to understand directions provided.

* Order Entry functions:

      - Demonstrate working knowledge of the VA computer software programs.

      - Write prescriptions to change doses on existing medications; change medications within major or minor drug classes; or discontinue if the patient is no longer using the medications, not tolerating the medication or the medication is not indicated for the patient's condition.

        - Initiate prescriptions for over-the-counter medication or expendable medical supplies as deemed necessary.

        - Serve as a resource for providers.

* Educational functions:

      - Supervise and participate in on the job training for pharmacists, technicians, clerks, students, interns, etc.

      - Contribute to continuing education by providing presentations and in-service training on current pharmaceutical issues to both professional and technical staff.

*Program Management functions:

      - Serve as a representative of Pharmacy Service and on assigned committees and subcommittees.

      - Promote cost effective use of VA formulary and actively participate in facility, VISN and national cost initiatives.

      - Assist in developing and updating various medication -related policies and operational procedures that affect his/her area of practice.

      - Accurately and completely finish patient care encounters (PCEs) to meet timeliness standards for capture of workload.

* Must exhibit teaching skills as demonstrated in clinical conferences and in-service programs. 



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

1.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States. 

2.  Education. 

(1)  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).  

(2)  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.  This finding may be based on any of the following:

      (a)  A letter of acceptance into a United States graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE.

      (b)  Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination.

      (c)  A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual’s pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

3.  Licensure.  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.  The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure.

4.  English Language Proficiency.  Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.  In additional to meeting the basic requirements, all applicants are required to meet either specialized experience or education: 

5.  Specialized Experience or Education.  Completion of one of the following: 

            a.  The equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level which directly relates to the position to be filled; or

            b.  Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program; or

            c.   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.      

 

Completion of a pharmacy residency program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is desired. 

 

TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) RESTRICTION- Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet TIG requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held at the GS-11 grade level for at least one year in the Federal service (or have been held at the GS-12 or higher grade level).  You must submit a SF-50 that shows you meet this TIG restriction, or you will not be considered for this position and will receive the "ITIG" rating.

 

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.  Your resume must show that you are able to demonstrate these KSAOs.  You do not need to provide narrative responses to these KSAOs at this time. 

      1.  Comprehensive knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy such as Primary Care, Inpatient Clinical, or Long Term Care areas. 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 (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate) 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).


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 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. ***

Physical Requirements.  You must pass a pre-employment physical.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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. 

 

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


BENEFITS:

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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 (see below). 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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance.  For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - All new permanent employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

The Thrift Savings Plan- A tax deferred retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees (similar to private corporations' 401(k) plans).  It provides 1% automatic contributions and dollar-for-dollar or dollar-for half dollar matching contributions from the agency (up to 5% of your pay).  https://www.tsp.gov/planparticipation/planParticipation.shtml



OTHER INFORMATION:

Equal Employment Opportunity:  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 accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Bargaining Unit Status: National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

 

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 754680.  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, October 19, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:   (Incomplete packets will not be considered)

NOTE:  All forms must be complete and signed.

  • VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Associated Health Occupations  (Available at: http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf).
  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • Copy of your current pharmacy license
  • Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at:http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf)
  • Résumé: For each job/position listed, you must include a job title, detailed duties, month and year for each start/end date and if full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.

 The following documents should be submitted, if applicable:

  • SF-50: If you are a current Federal employee, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (that is not an award SF-50). 
  • To receive Veterans Preference, you must submit: Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy) and if you have 10-point preference: SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) along with the supporting documents required by that form.
 

 NOTE: The information provided on these documents will be the main source for determining your qualifications and how many points you receive in the rating and ranking process. Be sure to give complete and accurate information. If you do not furnish documents/information or your information is incompleteinaccurate or illegible, it may not be possible to determine your qualifications, and you will be determined ineligible. It is your responsibility to submit the correct forms and documentation. Additional information and guidance on completing or obtaining these forms is available from HRMS. 

 

Please only submit documents that are required by this announcement and used to determine your qualifications and ratings for this position.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRMS Service Line
Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
Email: ATL.STAFFING2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Pharmacy Service
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA
30033

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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Job Announcement Number:

JV-12-454CNW-754680

Control Number:

327403500