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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist (HBPC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-612-13-784968SHB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$114,517.00 to $132,598.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 15, 2012 to Thursday, December 06, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 40 hours - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
McClellan, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 784968 

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?

 

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 full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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.

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

For positions covered by the Bargaining Unit:   First consideration will be given to employees of this facility. 

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES:  You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.”  Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration.  Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate. 

 

On-Call:  No

Rotating Shifts:  No

Required to work Holidays and/or weekends:  No

Work Schedule:  Monday thru Friday, (Part-time 20 hours per week) hours negotiable

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:  Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Requires licensure and/or certification

DUTIES:

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This position will be located at the McClellan VA Outpatient Clinic and will cover Placerville & El Dorado counties.  The HBPC clinical pharmacist is responsible for all facets of medication management for patients enrolled in the HBPC Program including but not limited to: periodic patient medication reviews, fall assessments, drug utilization review, medication monitoring and education.  The incumbent will serve as a liaison between Pharmacy Service and HBPC Program to optimize communication and address questions or concerns from healthcare providers.   Evaluates drug therapy for all HBPC patients based on Joint Commission and EPRP measure requirements specific to HBPC to maximize the safest and most effective treatment plan (i.e., reduce polypharmacy and risk of falls).  Provides in depth, patient specific pharmacologic consultations upon request.  Works closely with the interdisciplinary team to review patient care plans, provide patient specific recommendations, and conduct timely follow-up on discussed issues.  The incumbent will also provide dosing recommendations to include pharmacokinetic dosing based on age, renal or hepatic dosing; usual recommended starting doses, titrations and maximum dosing to optimize disease state management (i.e., hypertension, diabetes); conversions to formulary agents; and anticoagulation management.  The incumbent will ensure that professional standards, regulations, laws and applicable guidelines and protocols are met.  The incumbent must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

Drug Testing:  This is a testing designated position.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.  Applicants who test positive for illegal use of drugs will not be appointed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

Citizenship - Must be citizen of the United States

English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English   

 

You must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a state or territory of the United States, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia. 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.  Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

 

To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge’s, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice.  The experience or education must have been gained within 3 years prior to the date of appointment.  This may be evidenced by one or more of the following during the 3-year period:  (1) The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice 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 (3) Academic course work leading to an advanced degree in pharmacy or a related health care field.   Experience or Board Certification.  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level, or board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.  Licensed Pharm. D Residents may apply prior to completion of the 1 year residency program.  Applicant must complete all requirements of the residency program and receive certification prior to selected start date.  

 

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.  Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

 

Grade Requirements.  For the GS-12 grade level, at least one year of the required professional experience must have been of a level of difficulty comparable to the next lower grade in the federal service.  Experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform independently advanced assignments requiring broad experience in a specialized knowledge of pharmacy work, as may be appropriate to the position.

 

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

 

License Requirement.  You must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a state or territory of the United States, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia.

 

References:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15.    These standards are available for review in the local HR Office.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work requires standing , walking for short periods of time,  light carrying and lifting under 15 pounds; bending, reaching and stooping.  The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others. 


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi  (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). 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, and fax transmissions, etc.

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

 

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.

 

You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's).  Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the KSAOs listed below.  All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their CV or resume.  Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating.  Please review carefully before making an online response selection.  Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response.   

1. In depth knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice with a focus on evaluating and managing drug therapy in adult outpatients.

 

2.  Advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.

 

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

 

4.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals.  This would typically include patients, professionals in other health care disciplines, and health related groups in the community.

 

5.  Knowledge of the standards related to distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs (including research and investigational drugs.).  This includes, but is not limited to, the standards established by DEA, FDA, VA, the State, and JCAHO.

 


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 784968.  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 Thursday, December 06, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents:

 

1.  CV or Resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format.  Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume.  If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties. (required).

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations, signed and dated (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf(required).

3.  Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment, signed and dated.  (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

6.  All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA:  "Notification of Personnel Action" (SF-50's) documenting permanent status (career or career- conditional), promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50 (required).

7.  Copy of your college transcript(s).  Certificates/diplomas are not acceptable.  If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to submit official college transcript(s) prior to appointment (required).

8.  Copy of your current registration/certification/licensure (required).

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES:  You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.”  Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration.  Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate. 

 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brooke Dowling
Phone: (925)372-2370
Email: BROOKE.DOWLING@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA
94533

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-612-13-784968SHB

Control Number:

330983200