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Job Title:  Clinical Research Pharmacist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-12-151-JLM-EC793681

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
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 793681

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.

Clinical Research Pharmacist


This position is located in Denver, Colorado at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration Medical Center, practicing under the Research and Pharmacy Services. This position is responsible for managing investigational and clinical trial supplies for a wide variety of clinical research studies. The position also is responsible for managing special handling medications such as those that must be managed under an FDA mandated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).


  • 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


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Provides investigational drug dispensing services that often require specialized/innovative preparation techniques. Provides specialized investigational drug services including blinded dose form preparation, randomization schedule preparation and/or management, and sponsor consultation. Provides assistance to clinical trial sponsor and regulatory auditors in reviewing clinical trial site and investigational drug management compliance. Provide specialized pharmacy services in supporting and coordinating registration and dispensing activities associated with special handling medications that require patient registration, provider registration and/or coordination with specialty pharmacies. Provides educational services to investigators, research staff, and pharmacy staff members designed to assure compliance with all applicable research regulations and ethical standards. Provides educational services to health care providers, pharmacy staff and patients requesting access to special handling medications.


Investigational Pharmacy and Special Handling Pharmacy services are provided directly and through the supervision of technicians, interns and students. Prepares or supervises the preparation of investigational drug prescriptions or orders per the clinical trial protocol and standard operating procedures. This includes assuring proper study product randomization/assignment, proper dosage form preparation (as applicable), proper blinding of the study product (when required), and proper documentation of preparation and dispensing activities. Manages daily Investigational Drug Service workload to assure medications, supplies and services are available when needed when by investigators, research staff , site auditors and patients. Establishes and writes protocol specific procedures for assigned clinical trial protocols to assure patient safety, scientific integrity of the study, compliance with applicable regulatory/ethical standards, and local standard operating procedures. Assures compliance at all times with applicable Federal regulations, VA regulation and local policies regarding human subjects research and investigational drug control. Provides input and expertise to the Research Pharmacy Manager on the Investigational Drug Section for program quality improvement. Remains current on all required education and certifications required for the conduct of human subjects research in the ECHCS. Also maintain education or certification/registration required to manage special handling medications. Establishes and maintains effective communications and builds relationships with the clinical research teams to provide high quality customer service.


Serves as a resource and provides information and education to investigators, research coordinators, research staff, pharmacy staff, residents and students in the areas of investigational drug management, research regulations/compliance, current studies and procedures. Participates in staff development, in-services, and other forms of educational programs. Provides assistance to the Research Pharmacy Manager on program activities and needs. Assists clinical investigators and research teams with the proper implementation of their clinical trial protocols. When feasible, participates in research design and protocol development activities.


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  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Full, current, unrestricted licensure to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the U.S. (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 the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.

  • 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 by visiting 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.)

  • Must PASS pre-employment physical examination

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written english.


    GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Creditable Specialized Experience:

    GS-12: Candidates must possess one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11);


    completion of and ACPE-accredited Pharm. D. program. For experience 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.


    References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards, dated June 07, 2012,


    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, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


    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. ***

    Veterans Preference:  Veterans must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy, which shows the characterization of service), and if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later.  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 Veterans 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 (showing the characterization of service) or other proof of service to receive consideration for veterans preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


    Special Employment Consideration:  Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply under 5 CFR 213.3102 U, Schedule A:  Appointment of persons with disabiliies,  mental retardation, severe physical disabilites, or psychiatric disabilities.  Applicants must submit a letter from a licensed medical professional or other entity. Along with resume, submit proof of your disability and job certification documentation to the agency. A Sample Schedule A Certification Letter can be downloaded for your provider's use. Also, disabled veterans with a compensable service connected disability of 30% or more need to provide documents identified above.


    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.


    Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position by the selecting official. Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to 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)   (2)

    to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. 


    Applicant's Responsibly: It is the applicant's responsibly 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 the 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 this 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.


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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.


    Conditions of Employment:

    - Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

    - Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    - All Non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any 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.

    - Subject to suitability determination.

    - Employees who occupy a Testing Designated Position are subject to random testing.

    - Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

    - You may be required to serve a one-year initial probationary period.

    - Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.  It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.


    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.


    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 eligiblity is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at



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    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. 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 ( 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 To apply for this position you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Résumé

    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below) Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

    Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed. Uploaded Documents move from Received-Pending Virus Scan to Processed within 1 hour.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: .View Occupational Questionnaire

    2.    Print OPM Form 1203-FX, Occupational Questionnaire 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 in case verification is needed.

    If you have completed the questionnaire online and need to fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

    1.    Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 793681.  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.

    Faxed Documents may take 2-3 days to appear as Processed.

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.


    The following documents are REQUIRED AND MUST BE SUBMITTED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION (use this as your checklist when applying:

    1. CV or résumé which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address.  For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer's name and complete address, supervisor's name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which you are applying


    2. VA Form 102850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations available online at:


    3. Responses to the questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire 


    4.  If you are a veteran you must submit a copy of Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member 4 copy) which shows the characterization of service, and if applicable an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans Preference

    and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans affairs dated 1991 or later.


    5. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure and competitive status (block 24 and 34).


    6. Copy of transcript(s) that lists the degree(s) earned and date conferred, showing you possess the required degree for this position.  Transcripts will not be accepted via mail or email from applicants or schools; transcripts must be uploaded or faxed in accordance with How to Apply Instructions.


    7. Copy of your license which shows your current expiration date


    8. Optional Form (OF)- 306 - Declaration of Federal Employment, available at:

    This is NOT a required document to apply for this position, however, it will be REQUIRED if selected for the position.


    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 incomplete software, fax transmissions, delay in mail service, etc.  Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.


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


    Reasonable Accommodations: 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.


    Eric Winters
    Phone: (303)399-8020
    Agency Information:
    VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    820 Clermont Street
    Suite 130
    Denver, CO


    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 by email when a decision is made.

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