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Job Title:  Pharmacist (Resident)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-CA-771421-ESEP/MP/DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$67,878.00 to $80,343.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 01, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Time - Term NTE 13 months
18 vacancies in the following location(s):
Crownpoint, NM United StatesView Map
Albuquerque, NM United StatesView Map
Tuba City, AZ United StatesView Map
Claremore, OK United StatesView Map
Gallup, NM United StatesView Map
More Locations  (11)
All groups of qualified individuals


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At HHS you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.  IHS provides a comprehensive health services delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to meet their health needs.  IHS is now accepting applications for the PGY1 2013-2014 residency year. There are IHS Pharmacy residency programs throughout the United States:


Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Southcentral Foundation Ambulatory Care, Anchorage, Alaska

Albuquerque Indian Medical Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cherokee Indian Hospital, Cherokee, North Carolina

Choctaw Nation Health Care Facility, Talihina, Oklahoma

Claremore Indian Health Care Facility, Claremore, Oklahoma

Crownpoint Health Care Facility, Crownpoint, New Mexico

Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, Fort Defiance, Arizona

Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico

Hastings Indian Medical Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Rapid City PHS Indian Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota

Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico

Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Tuba City, Arizona

Whiteriver Indian Health Service Hospital, Whiteriver, Arizona

Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center, Warm Springs, Oregon


IHS residencies offer an excellent opportunity to learn in a progressive practice setting how to help improve the healthcare of Native Americans. Enjoy learning in a multidisciplinary and friendly team environment. The practice setting, cultural diversity, and recreational opportunities will make this your most rewarding pharmacy experience!  For more information -


Most IHS residencies are accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


Who may apply section 

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP)

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Candidates

Commissioned Corps Officers

All other U.S. Citizens (using the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority)

- visit for more information on Who May Apply


**Please note that applying on-line is not a complete application.  You must also submit additional items.  Please go to for a complete list of application requirements.


  • Position subject to background investigation.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Specific education is required


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The purpose of this position is to serve as a Pharmacy Resident training position performing a variety of developmental assignments intended to increase or further the knowledge, skills and abilities in the incumbent’s area of expertise.  The pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training in a defined area of pharmacy practice.  The graduate will have refined skills in drug therapy management, disease state management, patient consultation, interviewing techniques, laboratory test interpretation and physical assessment.  The graduate will be able to communicate and function effectively with other health care professionals in the IHS and understand their roles and those of the organization.  Duties include:


Using prescribed methods, the incumbent performs clinical assignments of moderate scope and complexity under the general supervision of the supervisor. Assignments are geared to provide on the job experience in the incumbent’s area of expertise; provides orientation, training and familiarization with the work processes of the occupational field or specific job; and reinforces and supplements previous experience and education to allow the incumbent to carry out progressively more difficult and responsible tasks.


Assignments are accomplished by applying familiarity with and use of a number of standard principles, methods, and practices as necessary in order to adapt practices and techniques to specific situations; to adjust and correlate data; to recognize discrepancies and deviations in results and to follow an operation through of series of related detailed steps and/or processes in carrying out the work assignments. May be required to make tentative or preliminary selections and adaptations of alternatives after approval by the supervisor.


The resident carries out clinical pharmacy functions of drug selection, compounding and dispensing which involves a varied range of therapeutic agents. The resident provides information and consultative advice to the prescribing doctor on contraindications and side effects of drugs. The resident actively participates in inter-and intra-departmental hospital training programs for such groups as physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Pharmacist provides physical assessments and under medical staff approval and local privileging can assess patient and be able to adjust medication.


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Minimum Qualification Requirements: 

1.  Basic Requirement - Education:

Four-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education**

2.  Basic Requirement – Licensure:

All applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District

of Columbia**

3.  Additional Requirement – Specialized Experience

For GS-9, applicants must demonstrate successful completion of a 5-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in pharmacy from an approved pharmacy school, or 1 year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least GS-7.

3.  Medical Requirement – Applicants must be able to distinguish basic colors.

**If you do not have your degree or license at time of application, you will be rated tentatively qualified.  Those who are selected will need to provide an official copy of their Pharmacy school transcript and license prior to appointment.

Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position.  Graduate education is qualifying if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. To be creditable, foreign education must have been evaluated for sufficiency by an American education credentialing service. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's website at:

You must provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

  1. Resume complete in USAJOBS
  2. Responses to Questionnaire
  3. Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details)

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, December 28, 2012.


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following:

Technical competency in:  ability to learn; attention to detail; and pharmacy operations.

If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference).  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

In addition, applicants will be further rated on the following criteria:

-applicant site preference (per IHS Pharmacy Residency rank order list)

-professional involvement (presentations, society memberships, professional activities)

-IHS career potential

-Supporting information (interview, recommendations)

For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you score 85 or above.


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This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months.  If selected, you will be required to report for duty on or after July 1, 2013 with authorized travel occurring prior to the report date.  Relocation benefits are authorized.  Entitlement will be determined at time of selection.

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If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

Candidates must meet qualification requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:  Friday, December 28, 2012.

After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position.   If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. 

In addition, this position is covered under Public Law 101-630.  The selectee will be required to certify that they have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes. The certification form can be found here:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

  1. Assessment Questionnaire
  2. Resumé
  3. Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.) 

Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: 

Your Application Package status must be Complete by, Friday, December 28, 2012, the closing date of this announcement.  

Option B:  Fax

If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.  You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL .
  2. You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
  • If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
  • If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.  

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 771421
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name  

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.  

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.  

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.  

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, JEANNE SMITH, (916)930-3981, JEANNE.SMITH@IHS.GOV  "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."


You must provide the required documents listed below during the online application process either through the document upload process or fax using instructions outlined in Section B above. If any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete: 

  • ___Resumé -You are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own resumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • ____Indian Preference applicants -If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/14/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only."  The current form (expiration date 11/14/2014) does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal descent, state or academic records that document you posses one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary.  (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA form 4432. Please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.)     Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.  
  • ___Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant. 
  • ___Transcripts -Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if education is required for this position.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  • ___Veteran's Preference -If claiming Veteran's Preference, include a copy of DD-214 Form, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire. 

Applicants may submit optional documents and place these under the Miscellaneous document type. Documents could include performance reviews, copies of job-related certifications, cover letter, letters of recommendation, SF-50.  Suggest documents submitted are job-related and current.


Phone: (916)930-3981
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
650 Capitol Mall Ste 7-100
Sacramento, CA


First notification : Once the online questionnaire and resume are received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successfully received. Receipt of this email does not confirm receipt of the other required document(s): e.g., copy of your college transcript. We will review your resumé and required supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements.  

Second notification : You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

Additional notifications : For those referred to the hiring manager - We will keep you updated on the status using the online alert system. When a tentative offer is made, the selectee must undergo a fingerprint check.  Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire.  The "tentative" new employee will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants.  You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

Additional Duty Location Info

18 vacancies in the following locations:
Crownpoint, NM United StatesView Map
Albuquerque, NM United StatesView Map
Tuba City, AZ United StatesView Map
Claremore, OK United StatesView Map
Gallup, NM United StatesView Map
Shiprock, NM United StatesView Map
Rapid City, SD United StatesView Map
Santa Fe, NM United StatesView Map
Cherokee, NC United StatesView Map
Fort Defiance, AZ United StatesView Map
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map
Whiteriver, AZ United StatesView Map
Phoenix, AZ United StatesView Map
Warm Springs, OR United StatesView Map
Talihina, OK United StatesView Map
Tahlequah, OK United StatesView Map

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