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Job Title:  Pharmacist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  IN-12-662048-CMK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$90,511.00 to $112,508.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Grand Island, NE United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN): 662048 (Include on all documents). 


Important: Current permanent VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will be given first consideration.  Note:  Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

This position is located in the Pharmacy service.  Please see duty section below for more information about the duties.  


Salary Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy can be either GS-11 or GS-12. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications 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 by the Medical Center Director.


Fact:  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please carefully review the entire vacancy announcement to ensure you submit all required documents.   


Our mission:  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. 


We are a patient-centered, integrated health care organization for veterans which provides excellent health care, research and education. For more information on working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in VISN 23, please visit us at: .  


The VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.   For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .   You can make a difference!  



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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Duties of the Outpatient Ambulatory Care Pharmacist are:  Participate in a patient-focused, team-based multidisciplinary model of pharmaceutical care. Provide patient medication counseling.  Provide patient care utilizing an advanced in-depth knowledge of outpatient ambulatory care/clc specialized areas of pharmacy practice.  Review pharmacy orders to include patient information, dose and route, frequency of administration, patient allergies, drug interactions, incompatibilities, duplication and priority.  Finish, input and/or verify information and orders in the computer system if assigned and dispense medication in accordance with dosage form requirements (outpatient, unit dose and IV mixture).  Identify drug-related problems at the front end of the order.  Dispense controlled substances according to policy.  Oversee day-to-day maintenance and operation of pharmacy equipment and automation, such as Fast Pak,Pyxis and ScriptPro while ensuring technical requirements are met.  Maintain work flow patterns that assure timely delivery of outpatient ambulatory care/CLC pharmacy services, ensure accurate dispensing and record keeping documentation.  Oversee technical and other staff in this area.  Effectively organize workload, solve problems and achieve established goals.  Participate in quality improvement activities.


WORK SCHEDULE:  8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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You must meet the qualifications/minimum requirements of this position by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  


Citizenship.   Citizen of the United States.   


English Language Proficiency.   Medical personnel appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.  


Physical Requirements. Passing a pre-employment physical is required.  Please contact the local human resources office at: 402-995-4947 if you need information regarding the VA policy on pre-employment physicals and physical requirements for this position.


Designated Drug-Testing Position:   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 VA.   Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


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.   The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure.   A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with certain provisions.


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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: .  (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)  

Foreign Graduates:  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).


Grandfathering Provision.  All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. (2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.

(3) If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. 


NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. § 7402(f). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.  


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


GS-11 Staff Pharmacist.  None beyond the basic requirements. 

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist.  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. 

Demonstrated KSAs. 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.


Creditable Experience:


(1) 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.  

(2) 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).  

(3) 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.  

(4) 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. 

b. 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.


IMPORTANT: In order to receive credit for your specialized experience, you must be clear and specific and fully describe your responsibilities.  Please indicate the actual time (years, months and hours per week) spent in each position/role.  We will not make assumptions regarding your experience when evaluating you for this position.  If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience OR that your documentation does not support the questionnaire responses, you may be rated ineligible/not qualified.   


REFERENCE:   The Qualification Standard for this position can be found in VA Handbook 5005.  Please contact the local human resources office at: 402-995-4947 if you need a copy of the full qualification standard.



Veteran's 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


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): Provides 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 (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


Special Employment Consideration:  Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


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. 


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


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (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 at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.


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


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: 662048.  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 following documents are required:


  • Resume/CV



  • Completed Occupational Questionnaire:  This can be completed online.  Make sure that you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the questionnaire.  If you wish to complete the assessment via paper, please print the View Occupational Questionnaire and the 1203FX form to document your responses.


  • Federal Employees:  If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide a non-award SF-50: Notification of Personnel Action.  This SF-50 should help support your eligibility for this position (i.e. identify your position, show your highest grade and/or indicate if you are a current employee of this facility).


    • Veterans: If you have prior military service, please include copies of your DD-214 forms or proof of service. Applicants claiming preference based on a service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or a mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, must also complete and submit a SF-15: Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference along with supporting paperwork.


The following documents are desired:



Human Resources
Phone: (402)995-4947
Agency Information:


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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