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Job Title:Pharmacy Benefits Manager

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:V15-HA-12-774638

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

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$113,735.00 to $147,857.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 07, 2012 to Wednesday, November 21, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Poplar Bluff, MO United StatesView Map
Topeka, KS United StatesView Map
Columbia, MO United StatesView Map
Marion, IL United StatesView Map
Wichita, KS United StatesView Map
More Locations  (3)


US Citizens This position is to fill 1 vacancy that may be located in any one of the following locations: Kansas City Network Office,Columbia MO., Leavenworth KS., Marion IL., Poplar Bluff MO., St Louis MO., Topeka KS., or Wichita KS..


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 774638 

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized, however a relocation incentive may be considered. 

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?

  This vacancy is advertised at the single grade of GS-15, which is above the full performance level.


 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 education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

This position is to fill 1 vacancy that may be located in any one of the following locations: Kansas City Network Office,Columbia MO., Leavenworth KS., Marion IL., Poplar Bluff MO., St Louis MO., Topeka KS., or Wichita KS..

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

AOC will be given to all public (U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals).



  • 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
  • Travel is required


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This position is located within the VISN 15 Network.   The VISN 15 Network consists of seven VA medical centers on nine campuses and 43 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in six states (Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana).  The Pharmacy Benefits Manager is responsible for performing a wide array of pharmacy duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Network Director and Chief Medical Officer. 


The duties include but are not limited to: 


  • Responsible for the overall Network coordination, planning, and organizing the pharmacy benefit program.  

  • Provides management with professional guidance and consultation on matters pertaining to clinical pharmacy, medication management, drug therapy and cost-effective delivery of pharmaceutical care and services. 

·         Serves as the Chairperson for the VISN 15 Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee (P&T Committee)

·         Represents VISN 15 on the National Formulary Committee. 

·         Interacts with national pharmaceutical company representatives to obtain information on new approved drugs, existing drugs with new indications, contracting issues, and educational programs for appropriate use of drugs.

·         Provides guidance and support to clinical pharmacy programs. 

·         Provides the VISN 15 Network Officers and the Medical Center Management Officers with pharmaceutical utilization and cost-effectiveness information by maintaining databases and charting trends in medication errors and adverse drug reactions. 

·         Reviews the distribution systems in the VISN 15 network facilities to assure the optimal utilization of resources, customer service and customer satisfaction.   

·         Serves as a professional and technical consultant to VISN 15 Executive Management, VISN 15 Executive Leadership Board, VISN 15 P&T Committee, VISN 15 Clinical Services Lines, VISN 15 Local Pharmacy Managers, and other VISN 15 committees.  

·         Serves as chairperson of the VISN 15 Pharmacist Professional Standards Board. 

·         Develops and coordinates implementation of Network wide policies and procedures that will assure veterans receive consistent high quality pharmaceutical services with positive outcomes at all Network facilities.

·         Routinely meets with pharmaceutical representatives to explore pharmaceutical research partnerships that will enhance the quality of care for veterans. 

·       Facilitates pharmaceutical research efforts in all the VISN 15 Network facilities. 

Tour of Duty: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Relocation Expenses: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized, however a relocation incentive may be considered. 


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U.S. citizenship.    


(1)  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 be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:

(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).You must submit a copy of your transcripts. 


  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. You must submit a copy of your current license or licenses.  

English Language Proficiency:

Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 740(d), and 7407(d).



To qualify for the GS-15 level, in addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must have completed 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14) directly related to the position being filled. Pharmacist at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs: 

1. Skill in persuading other and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals.

2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.

3. Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.

4. Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.

5. Skill in utilizing available resources to support the missions and goals of the organization.


Qualification Standards Used:  References:  All individual applying under this announcement must meet the qualifications for appointment as contained in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15.   This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review.  

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. ***

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting.  Travel is required.

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( 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: 774638.  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, November 21, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. CV or Resume.
    2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at
    3. Occupational Questionnaire.
    4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
    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 and supporting disability entitlement.  
    6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.   
    7. Any other documents required by the checklist.
    8. Copy of Transcripts.
    9. Copy of current license or licenses.



Keith D. Lober
Phone: (913)682-2000x54171
Agency Information:
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Heartland Network 15
4101 S 4th St Trafficway
Leavenworth, KS


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.

Additional Duty Location Info

1 vacancy in the following locations:
Poplar Bluff, MO United StatesView Map
Topeka, KS United StatesView Map
Columbia, MO United StatesView Map
Marion, IL United StatesView Map
Wichita, KS United StatesView Map
Leavenworth, KS United StatesView Map
Kansas City, MO United StatesView Map
Saint Louis, MO United StatesView Map

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