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Job Title:Pharmacist (Clinical)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OB-12-AA-795734-PHARM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$94,238.00 to $122,508.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Intermittent - Intermittent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Birmingham, AL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 795734 

INTERMITTENT, ROTATING SHIFTS

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. 

  

Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All applicable forms must be complete and signed prior to uploading.

 

NOTE:  If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).  If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line).  Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).  If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama.   The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually.   The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.

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/

 

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.

 

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

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

DUTIES:

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NOTE:  THIS IS AN INTERMITTENT POSITION.  THE SELECTEE WILL NOT RECEIVE BENEFITS AND CANNOT WORK MORE 1300 HOURS A YEAR AND MUST WORK AT LEAST ONE (1) WEEKEND A MONTH.

This Pharmacist will function primarily in the Birmingham VA Medical Center. This Pharmacist will be responsible for providing a variety of pharmaceutical services.   These services include but are not limited to:  Reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication/supplies orders for both inpatient and outpatient veterans.  Processing medication orders in an accurate and timely manner. Making appropriate drug therapy recommendations to providers to enhance therapeutic outcomes. Providing patient specific therapeutic drug monitoring including pharmacokinetic consultation and dosing.   Communicating orally or in writing with other healthcare providers any allergies, side effects or other relevant information.  Providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution.  Providing medication counseling to patients and families.  Documenting and assessing adverse drug events and medication errors according to medical center guidance.  Dispenses, compounds, and prepares a range of medications including unit dose, sterile products, ophthalmics, narcotics, investigational drugs, oncolytic agents, etc., for both inpatient and outpatient.

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

CITIZENSHIP:  Must be a 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. 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:  http://www.acpe-accredit.org/ .  (NOTE:   Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program.   Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy .)   Copy of unofficial transcripts required.

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). Copy of unofficial transcripts required.

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 the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.  Copy of licensure required.

EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION:

To qualify at the GS-12 Grade Level:   In addition to the above Basic Requirements, all applicants must have completed the equivalent of one (1) full year (52 weeks) of creditable experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11), which is directly related to this position.   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.  In addition to the basic requirements above, ALL candidates at this grade level must demonstrate the following technical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's):

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.

OR

EDUCATION:  Completion of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited Pharm.D. program.

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

 

References : Input applicable reference and links.   VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated June 2012,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0660.htm

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 (http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm).  Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.

 

NOTE:  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.


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 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.

 

For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit www.VA.gov/PBI .


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 in Pharmacy Service.



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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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: 795734.  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.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

 

REQUIRED:  Résumé/ CV.  Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including:  current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary.  Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted.

 

REQUIRED:  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) . 

 

REQUIRED:  If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action)                                         

REQUIRED:  Responses to the occupational questionnaire.


REQUIRED:  Unofficial copy of transcripts.

 

REQUIRED:  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.   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:  Declaration for Federal Employment OF 306 (available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).

 

REQUIRED:  Copy of licensure

 

Any other documents required by the checklist.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angela Adell
Phone: (205)933-8101x4149
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: ANGELA.ADELL2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Birmingham VAMC
DONOT MAIL OR EMAIL APPLICATIONS
Human Resources
APPLY ON LINE OR FAX ONLY, AL
35233 Fax: (478)757-3144

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.

 

For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit www.VA.gov/PBI .


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Job Announcement Number:

OB-12-AA-795734-PHARM

Control Number:

332211800