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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  HP-646-13-785907KP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$100,454.00 to $118,535.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 09, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): TAG:VacancyID(Include on all documents)

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education and experience.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.


Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.


If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.


The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.


The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical


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The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist provides both clinical and administrative services as a representative of the Chief of Pharmacy.  The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist promotes rational and cost effective drug therapy on assigned patient care areas.



Provides and promotes appropriate, rational and cost effective drug therapy primarily in the area of Internal Medicine however will be expected to cover in other areas as stated below.


Provides pharmaceutical care services to assigned patient care areas.  This includes monitoring drug usage, resolving clinical issues, recommending appropriate drug therapy, and solving other pharmacy related issues.


The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist provides both clinical and administrative services as a representative of the Pharmacy Manager.  The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist promotes rational and cost effective drug therapy in assigned patient care areas.  This includes monitoring drug usage, resolving clinical issues, recommending appropriate drug therapy, non-formulary medication recommendations, and solving other pharmacy related issues.  Provides pharmaceutical care in the critical care, primary care, surgery and medicine services and provides support to pharmacy clinics (anticoagulation, primary care and Geriatric Evaluation Management); provides administrative support for UD division Drug Use Evaluation; assists in ongoing JCAHO readiness; participates in Pharmacy and Therapeutics; and assists in research protocol support.  Assures the accuracy and appropriateness of drug dispensing and compounding of medications based on patient history and medication profile review.  Assist in the creation, review and updating of pharmacy procedures, pharmacy and medical center memorandums, treatment guidelines and drug protocols.  Provides supervision and training to pharmacy practice residents and pharmacy students during hospital and clinical rotations.  Establishes and maintains effective oral and written communication within the pharmacy with other medical center staff and external customers.


Provides pharmaceutical care services in pharmacy clinics, including Refill Clinic, Anticoagulation Clinic, HBPC, Diabetic Teaching and Geriatric Evaluation Management. Additionally, provides pharmaceutical care services to Critical Care, Surgery and Medicine.  This requires Scope of Practice privileges to renew maintenance medications and adjust warfarin therapy based on physician-approved protocol.


Provides first doses and assists with new order data entry as needed to support pharmacy services.

Monitors drug therapy and usage on assigned patients and reports suspected Adverse Drug Reactions.


Assists in the medical center Drug Use Evaluation program by developing standards of care, assisting in data collection and analysis, and presenting final results to appropriate committees and staff.

Provides staff development programs as necessary to support pharmacy service and the medical center.


Resolves clinical issues and other pharmacy related issues.


Maintains competency in VA Patient Scheduling software package if credentialed to participate in a clinic requiring direct patient appointment scheduling.



Assures the accuracy and appropriateness of drug dispensing and compounding of medications based on patient history and medication profile review.  This includes data entry into the computer, screening orders for drug-drug and drug-food interactions, dosing errors, allergies, incompatibilities, contraindications, formulary availability, and final verification of the order.  Consults with physicians, nurses, and dieticians when necessary (outpatient, unit dose, IV admixtures, ward stock pharmacy services). Fills and issues ward or clinic orders for drugs, supplies and narcotics as necessary.  Maintains proper records of all transactions.


Consults with patients and medical center staff whenever there are questions concerning therapeutic or policy matters regarding outpatient prescriptions and inpatient physician orders.

Provide quality control analysis for dispensing activities of automated dispensing equipment and pharmacy technicians.



Assists in the creation, review and updating of pharmacy procedures, pharmacy and medical center memorandums, treatment guidelines and drug protocols.  Provides administrative support for Drug Use Evaluation.Assist in ongoing JCAHO readiness. Participates in Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

Assists in research protocol support.



Participates in pharmacist and technician continuing education programs.

Provides supervision and training to PGY1 residents and pharmacy students during hospital and clinical rotations.


Work Schedule:  Monday thru Friday, 7:30 to 4:00 pm


Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


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Basic Requriements

Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States


Education 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.

Licensure.  Full, current and unrestircted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United Statres (ie., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

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


Creditable Experience 

 Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy Practices.  To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice.  Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.  

Residency and Fellowship Training.  Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.  The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination).  

Quality of Experience.  Qualifying experience must 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 (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination. 

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.

Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment in paragraph 2, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Grade Requirements

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level) 

 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.

 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.


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. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) 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.


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, should 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, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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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, 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 .


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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. This is not a guarantee and must be requested in advance.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 30, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 785907.

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


The following documents are required:

  • Completed Online Questionnaire
  • Resume
  • If you are qualifying on education substitution or a combination of education and experience, an unofficial college transcript must be submitted with your application package. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired).
  • Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  • If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.


Karen E. Proffitt
Phone: (412)822-3506
Agency Information:
VHA Pittsburgh VAMC
Pittsburgh, PA


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates.  If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note:  Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Friday, November 30, 2012.  If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options. 

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