This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist) Mental Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:PM-12-KMO-760816

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$104,472.00 to $122,553.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 04, 2012 to Thursday, October 25, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Tucson, AZ United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) is a state of the art network of health care facilities throughout Southern Arizona comprised of the medical center in Tucson, Arizona and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Northwest and Southeast Tucson. Through an environment of compassion, education, and research, SAVAHCS is a national model of clinical and organizational excellence.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): TAG:Vacancy (Include # on all documents)

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 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 .  

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.


NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS- 12 .  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. 


The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


Are YOU the one?

We expect members of the SAVAHCS team to continually meet the VISN 18 Quality Standards.

Safety: SAFETY comes first!

Kindness: Treat Veterans, families, guests and SAVAHCS team members with compassion, respect and dignity.

Performance Excellence: Give your personal best and strive to "exceed expectations."

Presentation: Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and passion.

Stewardship: Accept responsibility for the duties entrusted to you, maintain the environment and support the SAVAHCS tradition of exceptional health care.



  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


Back to top

This position will be responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to patients seen in the ambulatory setting.   Strives to consistently provide pharmaceutical care to these patients and should optimize patient care outcomes. Supervision of Pharmacy Practice Residents and Doctor of Pharmacy students is inherently part of the responsibilities.   A limited portion of the responsibilities will be to plan and conduct research projects.   Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable.   Actively involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions and therapeutic outcomes as required.   Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed.   Apply knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care and recognizes significant abnormalities.   Must have expertise in the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and is knowledgeable and able to make dose adjustment recommendations based on objective laboratory findings.   Reviews and implements Pharmacotherapy and treatment guidelines with providers, documents clinical interventions accurately, and works collaboratively with clinical providers to provided pharmaceutical care to selected patients.   Serves as an authority on drug usage, interactions, over-dosages, and adherence to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians and students.   Must have a good working knowledge of information resources, both written and electronic.   Provides timely and accurate responses to drug information inquires from customers.   Monitors for and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient adherence issues. Reviews literature routinely to provide an evaluation of efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness for routine patient care and projects assigned.   Promotes and monitors compliance for drug therapy policies, works with providers to ensure compliance with national, VISN, and local initiatives, serves on medical center and /or VISN committees as requested.   Serves as an effective preceptor, directing and supervising pharmacy residents and students as assigned, assists in the development, enhancement, and operation of resident and student training programs, and participates in activities of interdisciplinary training and in-servicing of medical staff, nursing staff, residents, students and other allied health professionals at SAVAHCS.   Effectively instructs patients and family members in the appropriate use of medications.   Assists in planning and implementing of Pharmacy quality assurance activities.   Assists in the therapeutic recommendations for selected disease states according to best evidence or VHA and/or SAVAHCS published guidelines.   Assists in the operations of the other areas of Pharmacy Service Line including distribution and clinical work in other areas.   Responsible for guidance and direction of staff members as needed by circumstance, making appointments for patients as required following all VA rules and regulations, and assisting in designing and completing research studies involving clinical pharmacist functions.   Participates in collaborative research studies involving drug therapy with other services.   Supervises projects as required by pharmacy residents and students.


Work Schedule:  Monday thru Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title:  Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist) Mental Health

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.



Back to top

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  VA Qualification Standards Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15 for Licensed Pharmacist.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the VA Handbook 5005. It is available for your review at  It is also available in the local Human Resources Office.

Applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provision of the Education Debt Reduction Program (based on the availability of funds).
U.S. citizenship.  

  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

   • 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).  You must submit A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPT(S) with your application (REQUIRED).

   • Applicant must have a full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a state, territory, commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico, District of Columbia).  You must submit A COPY OF YOUR UNRISTRICTED LICENSE with your application (REQUIRED).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: GS-12: Must meet Basic Requirements AND Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level GS-11, which is directly related to the position to be filled.


Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. Program.

Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

 Experience gained in practicing in an ambulatory care specialty (e.g., medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, ambulatory care, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, medical research).

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAs) based on your application for this position:

KSA -1: Knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or a specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, ADP systems, drug information.

PHYSICALS REQUIREMENTS: This position may require lifting of 15-44 pounds, walking and standing of 2 - 4 hours, reaching above the shoulders, and use of fingers.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.


If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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. ***



 (1) Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.  Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at:
(NOTE:  Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program.  Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)

 (2)  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).

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 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.


Back to top

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


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



This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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


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.





Back to top

To apply for this position, you MUST provide a complete Application Package which includes, the following documents are required. Please note that applicants who fail to submit all required documents will not be considered for this position.

1.  CV or Resume (required); and, 

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  ) (required); and,

3.  Online Questionnaire (required) Online Questionnaire; and,

4.  Copy of Full, Current, and Unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia (required); and,

5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  

6.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action which reflects your current title, grade, step and salary. (required).

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 MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   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:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
When entering your responses on the 1203FX form, please answer the eligibility questions first, then continue to the occupational questionnaire entering your responses on the next available number within this section of the form.To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  TAG:VacancyID
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144 .

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date


The following documents are required. Please note that applicants who fail to submit all required documents will NOT be considered for this position.

1.  Résumé or CV (required); and,
2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required); and,

3.  Copy of your 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; and,

4.  If prior military, a copy of all DD-214's; and,

5.  If claiming veterans disability preference, a copy of your disability rating; and,

6.  If applying as a Schedule A applicant, provide documentation to support your claim; and,

7.  If current or former federal employee, a copy of your most recent SF-50 that reflects your title, grade, step and salary; and,

8.  Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).

9. Any other documents required by the checklist.


Other documents - use the checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will NOT be contacted for additional information.


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. 



Abby Bernier
Phone: (520)792-1450x6075
Agency Information:
Tucson, AZ


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.

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


Back to top
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:


Control Number: