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Job Title:Pharmacy Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:GF-13-ELB-794097

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 30, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0661-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Gainesville, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): GF-13-ELB-794097Please include this VIN on all document's, Multiple Vacancies Exist for Full-Time Pharmacy Technician's for the General Areas of North Florida/South Georgia, Gainesville, Florida.

APPLICANT PLEASE READ THIS STATEMENT

Please read the Announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all required documents. All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

 

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. 

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-5 to GS-6. 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.

 

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
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION.

DUTIES:

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Tour of Duty:   Daytime Hours, Primarily Monday Through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. with Possible Required Weekends, Holiday's and Overtime Coverage.

COVERAGE.  This standard applies to all pharmacy technician positions in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Under the supervision of a pharmacist, pharmacy technicians perform routine pharmacy functions including receiving prescriptions from patients in writing or electronically from physicians.  Pharmacy technicians prepare prescriptions by counting, pouring, weighing, measuring, and mixing the medication if necessary.  Pharmacy technicians maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, stock, and take inventory of medications.  Pharmacy technicians prepare medications for inpatients in various settings, including sterile product preparation.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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  BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Education of a high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
  • Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) to be considered for Grade 6.

EXPERIENCE:

   

       GS-5 Level

 

      (a)  Education or Experience.  Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 

      (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

      1.  Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.

 

      2.  Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.

 

      3.  Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.

 

      4.  Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.

 

      (c)  Assignments.  This is the full performance level for pharmacy technicians.  Employees at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision.

 

      GS-6 Level

 

      (a)  Experience.  One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

 

      (b)  Certification.  PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.

 

      (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

      1.  Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate 

          action.

 

      2.  Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

 

      3.  Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials

          such as oncology agents.

 

      4.  Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.

 

      5.  Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.

 

      6.  Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication   

          orders.

 

(d)  Assignments.  Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

 

 


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your Application, Résumé and/or Supporting Documentation will be Authenticated and Verified upon Receipt. Please Carefully Read the Posted Job Announcement and Specifically Follow the Instructions and Direction's. The NF/SGVHS Human Resources Offices Do Not Contact Applicant's who have Failed to Follow the Posted Job Announcement Instruction's and Direction's and Fail to Submit  the Required Documentation During the Application Process, any Errors or Omissions on Required Information from the Applicant may affect any Possible Consideration for Employment. All Applicants may be Evaluated Based upon the Question's and Responses you have provided during a Structured Interview. In Responding to Structured Interview Questions you should be able to Cite Specific Examples of Experience and Explain Exactly What you did, as well as the Outcome.

NOTICES TO APPLICANTS

HR Offices will review the applications for basic requirements only (i.e., each basic requirement as stated in the qualification standard). HR Offices will not review applications for minimum qualifications (e.g., specialized experience requirements).

Notices are sent to applicants for Title 38 vacancies at three points in the recruitment process: when the application is received, when applicants are determined to be ineligible, when applicants are referred, and when a selection is made. USA Staffing automatically sends an acknowledgment notice. The HR recruiter sends the remaining notices. Note that the HR recruiter does not send Notice of Rating letters. This is because HR recruiters do not determine qualifications and in fact qualifications are only determined when a selection is made.

The first notice sent by the HR recruiter is to any ineligible candidates (those who fail to meet basic requirements for the vacancy).

The second notice sent by the HR recruiter is the referral notice. (For Title 38 vacancies, all eligible applicants are referred.) The third notice is the disposition notice, informing candidates that a selection has been made. The selected candidate is also notified in writing that they are selected.

WHEN APPLICANTS ARE DETERMINED INELIGIBLE:

HR recruiters screen for basic requirements (such as citizenship or equivalent status, proficiency in English, and required license or degree). When an applicant is determined to be ineligible because they fail to meet a basic requirement, the HR recruiter notifies the applicant that the applicant is ineligible and will not be considered further.

The notice used is the Referral Letter for ineligible candidates:


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. 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:

All Required Documents Must be Appropriately Signed and Dated, Any Applicants with Documents Not Signed and Dated will be Ineligible for Consideration of Employment with The Department of Veterans Affairs.   

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 A SIGNED AND DATED 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/Login.aspx ) 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: TAG:VacancyID.  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 TAG:Closing Date.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:

All Required Documents Must be Appropriately Signed and Dated, Any Application Packets with Documents Not Signed and Dated will be Ineligible for Consideration of Employment with The Department of Veterans Affairs.  

 

  1. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (Required Documents Must be Signed and Dated).
  2. Resume or CV (Required Documents)
  3. Occupational Questionnaire (Only required if you are Faxing your Application) 
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a Required Document and must be submitted with your application. (Required Documents Must be Signed and Dated) 
  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). ( Required Documents If your are a Veteran) 
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required Document). Latest SF-50 must indicate Title, Occupational Series, Grade, Step, Salary, etc of the position you currently hold/held.   (‘Awards' or ‘Incentive' SF-50s do not contain the required information.)

  7. Latest Performance Appraisal or Proficiency (if current Federal Employee, please submit a copy of your latest Performance Appraisal, if available)

  8. Copies of Official PTCB Certification. (Required Document if Applicable)
  9. Copies of Official College Transcripts. (Required Document if Applicable)
  10. Copies of Official Certifications. (Required Document if Applicable)
  11. Copies of Official Licensures. (Required Document if Applicable)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Erron L. Buchman
Phone: (352)376-1611x7699
Email: ERRON.BUCHMAN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA North Florida South Georgia Gainesville
Malcom Randall VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
32608-1197

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.

NOTICES TO APPLICANTS

HR Offices will review the applications for basic requirements only (i.e., each basic requirement as stated in the qualification standard). HR Offices will not review applications for minimum qualifications (e.g., specialized experience requirements).

Notices are sent to applicants for Title 38 vacancies at three points in the recruitment process: when the application is received, when applicants are determined to be ineligible, when applicants are referred, and when a selection is made. USA Staffing automatically sends an acknowledgment notice. The HR recruiter sends the remaining notices. Note that the HR recruiter does not send Notice of Rating letters. This is because HR recruiters do not determine qualifications and in fact qualifications are only determined when a selection is made.

The first notice sent by the HR recruiter is to any ineligible candidates (those who fail to meet basic requirements for the vacancy). The second notice sent by the HR recruiter is the referral notice. (For Title 38 vacancies, all eligible applicants are referred.) The third notice is the disposition notice, informing candidates that a selection has been made. The selected candidate is also notified in writing that they are selected.

WHEN APPLICANTS ARE DETERMINED INELIGIBLE:

HR recruiters screen for basic requirements (such as citizenship or equivalent status, proficiency in English, and required license or degree). When an applicant is determined to be ineligible because they fail to meet a basic requirement, the HR recruiter notifies the applicant that the applicant is ineligible and will not be considered further.


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Job Announcement Number:

GF-13-ELB-794097

Control Number:

332025800