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Job Title:CHIEF, PHARMACY GS-0660-15

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RQ-12-KG-758154

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

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$116,233.00 to $145,700.00 / Per Year


Friday, October 05, 2012 to Friday, October 19, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): RQ-12-KG-758154

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?




DUTY LOCATION/CAMPUS: Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock 


TOUR OF DUTY: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm


The Chief, Pharmacy Service must be a Licensed Pharmacist and provide leadership, direction, organization, planning, and implementation of pharmacy programs which promote effective utilization of all resources and promote quality pharmaceutical services throughout the outpatient and inpatient settings.  


Relocation/Recruitment and/or Appraised Value Offer (AVO) incentives may be offered to highly qualified applicant.



Area of Consideration:  All groups of qualified individuals.   






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


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DUTIES: (Please use a separate sheet of paper to address the following duties, then upload with you other documents)

Leading Change:  Ability to bring about strategic change, both within CAVHS and VISN 16, to meet organizational goals pertinent to clinical pharmacy programs designed to maximize pharmacotherapeutic benefits from patient outcome and cost perspectives. Ability to establish an organizational vision for Pharmacy Service and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.  Works directly with Deputy Medical Center Director and develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes. Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Leading People:  Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of CAVHS and VISN 16. Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.  Encourages and supports efforts to publish and present at professional pharmacy meetings and associations. Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals. Directs ASHP accredited pharmacy residency program. 

Results Driven:  Ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers in pharmacy. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.  Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations through the Deputy Medical Center Director to Senior Leadership. Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements (USP 797, TJC, OHSA), regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.  Encourages collaborative research activities and supports CAVHS investigational drug studies.

Business Acumen:  Strong ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically within a large pharmaceutical budget.  Prepares, justifies, and administers the pharmacy budget to Deputy Medical Center Director to Senior Leadership. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities for CAVHS and VISN 16 Pharmacy Manager.  Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

Building Coalitions:  Ability to build coalitions internally, medical affiliate University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS), other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations to achieve common goals.  Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.  Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.


Citizen of the United States: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English.




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·         U.S. citizenship.  

·         Education Requirements:            

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). Verification of approved degree programs may from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610 Phone: (312)664-3575.                               

                 Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs must 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  the following:


                                  A letter of acceptance into a U.S. graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE.

·     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.

·     A letter from a U.S. college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual’s foreign pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.

·         License or certification Requirements:

Full, current and unrestricted license to practice 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.

·         Qualifying Experience:  Is only creditable if it is post-licensure as a professional pharmacist directly related to position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level (GS-14 grade level). Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

Part-time Experience: Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours per week, or on ½ time basis, would receive one full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

Fellowships: Fellowship programs are typical 2-year training programs in a specialized are of clinical practice. Applicants for these programs usually possess a Pharm D, or an equivalent degree and have completed an accredited clinical or specialized residency (or both). Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for –year basis.

Residency: A hospital residency recognized by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. It does not include internships, which are shorter training programs designated to meet the requirements of boards of pharmacy of licensure. Hospital residencies may be substituted for experience on a year-to-year basis.

In addition to the basic requirements for employment listed above assignment at the GS-14 grade level required an additional year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled. The experience must be evidence possession of supervisory and management skills.

Applicants must meet VA basic eligibility and qualification requirements prior to appointment; will be evaluated according to their experience, and education as it relates to the duties of the position and scope of practice required for the occupation. Experience, education, training, certifications, etc. will be evaluated by the Professional Standards Board.


References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


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 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


Awarded the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award in 2011 and the Robert W. Carey Performance Trophy Award in 2010, the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is large integrated health care system that is comprised of two main campuses located in Little Rock and North Little Rock and includes eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) strategically placed throughout Arkansas in Mountain Home, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Mena, Pine Bluff, Searcy, Conway, and Russellville.


 CAVHS serves about 164,000 veterans residing throughout 46 counties in Arkansas. In fiscal year 2012, CAVHS treated 62,000 patients which included 754,000 outpatient visits and 11,900 inpatient discharges.

CAVHS has 280 operating hospital beds on both campuses as well as a 152-bed community living center in North Little Rock.  Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, tertiary, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, dentistry, ophthalmology, geriatrics, and extended care, and women’s health.  A 119-bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Unit provides ling-term rehabilitative care in North Little Rock.


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

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
















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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 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:

  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: 758154.  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.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.  CV or Resume.

2. All applicants MUST SHOW that they possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined in the duties outlined above (not to exceed 2 pages per ECQ).  It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas.

3.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

4.  Occupational Questionnaire

5.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

6.  If current or former Federal Employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action, from your Official Personnel Folder, noting current grade, salary and position title.


The following documents are required if you are claiming Veterans Preference:

1.  Veterans' Preference documentation

2.  Legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  NOTE:  More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Your Veterans preference will be based on the documents you submit.

3.  SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, complete and signed.

4.  VA award letter of disability indicating certification of entitlement.


You will not be contacted for additional information.



Kathy C. Girndt
Phone: (501)257-1427
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR


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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