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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:03-13-763729

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

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$87,987.00 to $125,344.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 09, 2012 to Tuesday, October 30, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 763729 


Anchorage is a mid-sized city of approximately 290,000, with all of the modern amenities expected, including shopping, dining, cultural opportunities, entertainment, and public transportation. Leave the traffic jams and commuter stress behind and enjoy the scenic mountains or Cook Inlet views as you travel around the area. And in 15-20 minutes you can be in the Alaska wilderness of the Chugach National and State Parks, with little evidence of civilization. Hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating, skiing, climbing, golf, tennis, recreational leagues and wildlife photography are all pursuits available in or near Anchorage. And the University of Alaska Anchorage provides educational opportunities for continued personal education and growth.

Alaska has no state income tax and Anchorage has no sales tax.

Join a team fulfilling President Abraham 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.

Positions in Alaska receive a tax free Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in addition to the base salary. The COLA for Anchorage is currently 5.57% and is subject to change in the future.

NOTE: Relocation expenses are not approved for this vacancy. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be approved for this position.

As a VA professional, you will have numerous opportunities – the Department of Veterans Affairs has a wide range of locations throughout the country. The VA is the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation. The 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 VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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Position Summary: The primary purpose of this position is to provide pharmaceutical care to Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) patients The incumbent serves as a Staff Pharmacist, promoting the most appropriate, safest and cost-effective drug therapy to achieve outcomes that improve the patient's quality of life. Primary responsibilities include consulation and management of patients on drug therapies, providing a complete range of pharmaceutical services to authorized Veterans throughout the state of Alaska, and participating in the education and operational activities of the Pharmacy Service.


The grade and salary of the selectee for this position will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board after a review of the documented education and experience.


Special Employment Consideration:  Individuals eligible for the following appointment authorities 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.


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. For more information, see .


  • 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
  • Licensure/Registration as a Pharmacist required.


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The primary purpose of this position is to provide pharmaceutical care to Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) patients The incumbent serves as a Staff Pharmacist, promoting the most appropriate, safest and cost-effective drug therapy to achieve outcomes that improve the patient's quality of life. Primary responsibilities include consulation and management of patients on drug therapies, providing a complete range of pharmaceutical services to authorized Veterans throughout the state of Alaska, and participating in the education and operational activities of the Pharmacy Service. The Staff Pharmacist is responsible for the following functions:

  1. Promotes delivery of pharmaceutical care service for all patients of the AVAHS
  • Works with other clinical staff to develop effective patient flow through the clinic and to ensure patients have the opportunity to speak with a pharmacist before prescriptions are processed
  • Ensures that pharmacists provide patient medication counseling to verify patient understanding of the medication, proper medication use, expected outcomes, how to obtain additional medications, and how the current prescrption will be processed
  • Documents all patient counseling in the patient record
  • Identifies actual and potential drug related problems and work with other clinical staff to resolve adn prevent actual drug related issues
  • Participates in quality improvement activities to ensure optimal drug therapy outcomes
  • Participates in the provision of pharmaceutical care services such as drug distribution, database management, drug information and documentations of interventions

   2.  Provides excellent customer service

   3.  Participates in educational activities

  • Identifies staff educational and training needs
  • Provides orientation and training for new Pharmacy employees
  • Precepts pharmacy residents and students
  • Participates in educational programs for patients
  • Provides drug information support to other AVAHS healthcare providers
  • Serves as a resource to the Medication Usage Functional Lead Team regarding drug therapies

   4.  Participates in administrative functions of Pharmacy Service

  • Develops, organizes and manages outpatient care rotations for residents and students
  • Develops policies and procedures for Outpatient Care clinical activities
  • Interviews and assists with the selection of residents and staff pharmacists
  • Develops goals and objectives for residents and students and provides feedback on their work performance

   5.  Assists in research projects

  • Fosters and assists with the development and implementation of pharmacy based research studies
  • Dispenses and maintains accountability records for investigational drugs
  • Participates as a consultant or co-investigator in resident research projects



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  • U.S. citizenship
  • (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 Pharmayc (Pharm. D.) degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the ACPE through their website at: or (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).
  • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining a full, current and unrestricted licensure.
  • Meet the physical requirements as outlined in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).



GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements listed above.

GS-12: One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level which is directly related to this position; or completion of a one year ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.



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.  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. ***

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 .

NOTE: Applicants selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Employee Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. Application packets may be referred and a selection made at any time after announcement for thie vacancy. This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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.


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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: 763729.  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 Tuesday, October 30, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.     CV or Resume - submit under the "Resume" category.

2.     VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) - submit under "Core Qualifications" category

3.     OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at ).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application - submit under "OF306" category.

4.     If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 submit under "DD214" category. 

5.     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 ) and other supporting documentation. - submit under "Other Veteran documents".

6.     If a current or former Federal employee, include your most recent SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action; also submit your most recent performance appraisal if available - submit under "Other" category.


Heather D. Roberts
Phone: (907)257-5450
Agency Information:
VHA Alaska HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
1201 N Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK


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 IDMA (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, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


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

You will be notified when this decision is made.

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