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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  GF-12-DJH-766824

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

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$84,382.00 to $102,463.00 / Per Year
Thursday, October 18, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Gainesville, FL United StatesView Map
Ocala, FL United StatesView Map
Lake City, FL United StatesView Map
Leesburg, FL United StatesView Map
Saint Marys, GA United StatesView Map
More Locations  (3)
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 766824 VacancyID is to be included on all documentation. The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System is recruiting two (2) full-time Clinical Pharmacist for Pharmacy service line located in Gainesville, Florida.

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 Veterans.

Florida has a low cost of living and no state income tax.  Enjoy excellent recreational activities year-around and nearby beautiful beaches. 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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications 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.

This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

Special Employment Consideration:   VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. Department of Veterans is an equal opportunity employer.


Announcement Amended on 10/22/2012 to add multiple locations.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment physical exam.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Must meet education and licensure requirements.


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The primary function is to provide professional expertise in the preparation and dispensing of pharmaceuticals, monitoring the use of pharmaceuticals, and organizing and prioritizing this work.

  • Verify physician orders to be complete and appropriate for dose, route and frequency.
  • Screen orders for incompatibilities, patient allergies, drug interactions and formulary restrictions.
  • Monitor patients for medical and pharmaceutical problems and documents, when necessary.
  • Provide basic consultant information concerning drug therapy to physicians, nurses, and health care professionals.
  • Evaluate a patient's ability to understand medication instructions and provides oral or written counseling on their drug therapy.
  • Clarify and resolve all problems identified relating to patient drug therapy.  
  • Refer all matters requiring administrative action to the supervisor.
  • Supervise technicians in the immediate work area.
  • Report the actual or projected usage patterns to the Procurement Section to assist in the timely and cost effective ordering of supplies to meet patient needs.
  • Perform the immediate dispensing of medications in the inpatient area with the ultimate goal to provide quality medical care and timely drug delivery.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, Rotating Shifts to include rotating weekends and holidays.

Physical Demands: No special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc.


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Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.  

Education: 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).   

Licensure/Registration: Possess 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.   

NOTE:   Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. § 7402(f).   Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment.   This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.

Loss of Licensure or Certification:

Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment.   Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.

Physical Standards:

Must pass pre-employment physical, see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency:

RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).


(1) Creditable Experience

a. Knowledge of Current Professional Pharmacy Practices.

To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice.  The experience or education must demonstrate current professional practice.  This may be evidenced by one or more of the following during the 3-year period prior to appointment:

  1. The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice.  Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board ; or
  2. In addition to a full, current and unrestricted license, annual completion of a minimum of 15 continuing education units (CEUs) recognized by ACPE, or as required by the licensing authority by which the pharmacist is licensed; or
  3. A Master's or Ph.D. degree in pharmacy or a related health care field.

b. Crediting Residency and Fellowship Training as Experience

  1. Pharmacy degree programs have changed over time from the traditional bachelor's 4-year degree to the 6-year Pharm.D. or formal post-baccalaureate (Pharm.D.) hospital oriented degree program as recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).   This change impacts the entry level for placement when compared to traditional two-grade level qualification standards for other occupations.
  2. After completing the degree requirements, many pharmacists seeking hospital positions complete a 1-year PGY-1 (and occasionally a 1-year PGY-2) clinical pharmacy residency program or a 2–year pharmacy fellowship program (particularly those pharmacists interested in research positions).   This post-degree training is creditable as experience on a year-for-year basis (e.g., completion of a Pharm.D. degree and 1-year clinical residency is qualifying for GS-12; completion of a Pharm.D. degree and a
  3. A residency accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) does not include internships which are shorter training programs designated to meet the requirements of boards of pharmacy for licensure.   Residencies may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.  There are two levels of residency.  The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) is a general practice residency.  The Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) residencies are in specialized areas of pharmacy practice.
  4. Fellowship programs are typically 2-year VA training programs in a specialized area 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.

b. Quality of Experience.

Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level.  

c. Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time work week.   For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

(2) Board Certification.  Board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties or the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is awarded based on successful completion of a validated exam.  Individuals usually have multiple years of experience prior to successful completion of the Exam.  Certified Diabetic Educators (CDE) awarded by the National Certification Board for Diabetic Education is considered an equivalent board certification.

(3) Certificate Programs in Pharmacy.  Only accept certifications accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).    The ACPE recognizes accredited specialized treatment programs in disease state management that meet the criteria established.  They teach specialized skills in disease management and may be considered when setting the entry step of the individual.


GS-12 - Clinical Pharmacist

Experience.  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.

Clinical Pharmacist.  A Clinical Pharmacist spends significant time in Clinical Practice

(> 25percent).  Examples of practice sites include but are not limited to: medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, primary care, ambulatory care including open pharmacy, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, medical research and others recognized by the professional standards board.


Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience requirements and KSAs at the GS-11 level, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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 (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), 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); and
  8. Ability to manage people and/or programs.  (An additional KSA for Pharmacy Supervisor positions.) 


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 .



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.


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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: T766824.  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 Wednesday, December 12, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • CV or Resume (required)
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Nurses (Available at (required).
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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
  • If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50, which indicates Title, Occupational Series, Grade, Step, Salary, etc of the position you currently hold/held.   ‘Awards' or ‘Incentive' SF-50s do not contain the required information. (required)
  • Copy of Transcripts for Education verification.(required)
  • Copy of Certification and/or Licensure (required)


Julio Rodriguez
Phone: (352)376-1611x6009
TDD: (800)829-4833
Agency Information:
VHA North Florida South Georgia Gainesville
Malcom Randall VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL


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.


HR Offices will review the applications for basic requirements only (i.e., each basic requirement as stated in the qualification standard). HR Offices will not review applications for minimum qualifications (e.g., specialized experience requirements).

Notices are sent to applicants for Title 38 vacancies at three points in the recruitment process: when the application is received, when applicants are determined to be ineligible, when applicants are referred, and when a selection is made. USA Staffing automatically sends an acknowledgment notice. The HR recruiter sends the remaining notices. Note that the HR recruiter does not send Notice of Rating letters. This is because HR recruiters do not determine qualifications and in fact qualifications are only determined when a selection is made.

The first notice sent by the HR recruiter is to any ineligible candidates (those who fail to meet basic requirements for the vacancy). The second notice sent by the HR recruiter is the referral notice. (For Title 38 vacancies, all eligible applicants are referred.) The third notice is the disposition notice, informing candidates that a selection has been made. The selected candidate is also notified in writing that they are selected.


HR recruiters screen for basic requirements (such as citizenship or equivalent status, proficiency in English, and required license or degree). When an applicant is determined to be ineligible because they fail to meet a basic requirement, the HR recruiter notifies the applicant that the applicant is ineligible and will not be considered further.

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Gainesville, FL United StatesView Map
Ocala, FL United StatesView Map
Lake City, FL United StatesView Map
Leesburg, FL United StatesView Map
Saint Marys, GA United StatesView Map
Marianna, FL United StatesView Map
Valdosta, GA United StatesView Map
Palatka, FL United StatesView Map

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