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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HN-1266-783658-BC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$110,499.00 to $128,580.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Thursday, November 29, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Hines, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."    –Abraham Lincoln

This position is located in the Pharmacy Service department at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL.

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: HN-1266-783658-BC

Vacancy Identification Number: 783658

Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience.

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. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.

DUTIES:

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The Clinical Pharmacist is the primary professional pharmacy staff member, responsible for the daily operation of the pharmacy medication management systems of this affiliated tertiary care, teaching, medical, surgical, and research hospital, and outpatient pharmacy. Pharmacy medication management systems include a centralized unit dose program, a centralized IV admixture program, a decentralized oncology preparation program, point-of-care automated dispensing machines, an investigational drug program, an outpatient dispensing program and an ambulatory care program with work areas located in various physically separate sites within the hospital complex. Within this integrated system, the Clinical Pharmacist, both centrally and decentrally, provides clinical, educational, administrative and distributive functions to ensure the safe, cost-effective, and appropriate drug use within the hospital complex. The Clinical Pharmacist will be involved in the independent professional practice of pharmacy in accordance with the guidance set forth in Pharmacy Service and Hines Hospital policies and procedures, VA regulations, state laws, and federal laws governing the practice of pharmacy. The Clinical Pharmacist may be scheduled and assigned to any pharmacy practice area, and must possess the required knowledge and skills in order to perform the following functions:  The therapeutic appropriateness of the patient's drug regimen; Therapeutic duplication in the patient's drug regimen; The appropriateness of route and method of administration ; Reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; Contacting providers as appropriate; Documenting recommendations and interventions; The degree of patient compliance with the drug regimen; Assisting in medical emergencies. Performs other duties as necessary.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Citizenship.  Must be a United States citizen. 

Education. 

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 Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

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).

Licensure.  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.   

Physical Requirements.  Must be willing to undergo medical examination, to include drug testing. 

English Language Proficiency.    Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)

(a) Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:

1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or

2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. 

(b) Assignment. A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.

3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.

4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

NOTE:   Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position.  Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire. 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.


If you are qualifying based on education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. It will be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

 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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans must claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s), Member Copy 4, if available, showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability and a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference".

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, must refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, 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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp 

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:   The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.  

TO APPLY ONLINE:

1.    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).   

2.    The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 29, 2012.

3.    Click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. 

4.    You must upload the required documents before you submit your application.  

5.    Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

NOTE:  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

When submitting your RESUME ONLINE yet unable to upload all other required supporting documents, you may fax supporting documents using the below instructions:

TO FAX YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

1.    Complete this supporting documents cover sheet for submitting supporting documents using the following Vacancy ID: 783658.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Without the cover page, your documents will not be processed.

2.    Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

NOTE:  The supporting documents cover sheet in this section is only for use when you have applied online and need to submit faxed supporting documents.

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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt for your verification.

NOTE:  The 1203FX form is considered a part of your initial application package.  You must submit all six (6) pages of the form.  Please ensure you use the 1203FX form when you are submitting your entire application via fax.  DO NOT use the cover page listed above under the heading section "TO APPLY ONLINE", USE THE 1203FX as your cover page.

To change or update your application , reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be basis for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·          Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.

·          Applicants tentatively selected will be subject to a pre-employment medical screening.

·          Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·          New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

·          Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. http://www.sss.gov/

·          Applicants will be denied employment consideration if listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·          Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year supervisory probationary period.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

·          Résumé * (ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)

·          Curriculum Vitae (CV)* (ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)

·          Application for Associated Health Occupations .* (ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)

·           Declaration for Federal Employment ,   OF-306 (ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)     

·        Your most recent SF-50*   (ALL Current Federal Employees, and Former Federal Employees MUST SUBMIT, if applicable.)

·          Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (All applicants must submit required documentation, as applicable.)

·          Any other documents required    (i.e. DD-214, SF-15, VA Disability Award Letter, etc.) 

·          Responses for Questionaire*       View Occupational Questionnaire                                                                               

 NOTICE: Eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligible must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL receive a rating of IFM (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 or fax transmissions, etc.

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Stephen Campbell
Phone: (708)202-8387x25655
Email: STEPHEN.CAMPBELL4@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA VISN 12
5000 S 5th Ave
Hines, IL
60141-5000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine eligibility. We will also review your application to ensure that your résumé supports the answers you provided in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers,  you will be rated ineligible for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

HN-1266-783658-BC

Control Number:

330808700