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Job Title:  Pharmacist (Chief of Pharmacy)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HO-13-059-DB-793548

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

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$109,972.00 to $139,575.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 793548 

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. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


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.


Salary:  Currently authorized 12.25% Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) in addition to base pay.  COLA is subject to change without notice and is exempt from Federal Taxes.


NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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


  • 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
  • Current full unrestricted licensure


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A.  Serves as Director of Pharmacy Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Center for Aging, Honolulu, Hawaii.  Incumbent is responsible for all administrative and professional pharmacy services at the Honolulu Outpatient Clinic, Center for Aging, neighbor islands CBOCs (Hilo, Kona, Maui, Kauai), as well     as the CBOCs in American Samoa and Guam.  Incumbent also directs, controls, coordinates, plans, implements and monitors all activities of that service line.


B.  Incumbent is responsible for the planning, direction, management and coordination of multifaceted comprehensive pharmaceutical services serving a population of approximately 20,000 veterans.


C.  Incumbent establishes and implements both long and short term plans, policies and procedures, assuring that clinical and administrative programs are integrated to provide high quality patient care with optimum utilization of service line resources.  Is cognizant of and assures that all patient care programs are in compliance with standards of accrediting and regulatory bodies.


D.  Develops, evaluates, adjusts and prioritizes programs, budget allocations and administrative processes in order to accomplish the mission of the service line. Provides program direction to managers in administrative and clinical units in the development of policies for the health care delivery system.  This includes continuing review and evaluation of operations, funding, policies and procedures to achieve efficiency, balance and coordination among service line programs. Review and evaluation will also identify the need to request additional or redirected resources.  Is knowledgeable of overall medical center goals, missions and priorities in order to prevent adverse impact upon other medical center programs or resources.


E.  Serves as the Medical Center’s liaison to the VISN 21 Pharmacy Benefits Management and serves on the VISN 21 Pharmacy Standards Board and the VISN 21 Pharmacy Leadership Board.



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


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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Education

    (1)  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.)


    (2)  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).
  • 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.  
  • Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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






Experience.  Must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-13.


Service Chief.  Individual is assigned as Chief at the medical facility.  Responsible for all aspects of pharmacy services at a medical facility by maintaining effective interdepartmental relationships, demonstrating active problem resolution skills and close cooperation with other programs and services in accomplishing the medical facility mission and goals.  Responsible for budget management, determining resource needs, allocating resources, ensuring proper utilization in productivity, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the operation.  Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long term interest of the organization, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks.  Responsible for compliance with all safety, regulatory, and accrediting body requirements.  Delegates authority to several supervisory and program levels to meet the goals of the service and staff.  Ensures orientation and training programs are established to ensure staff development, oversees academic affiliations, and participates in medical facility, VISN, National, other external governmental agencies, and professional associations.


(c)  Demonstrated KSAs.  The KSAs shown below apply to all assignments at this grade level.


1.  Skill in persuading others and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals.

2.  Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.

3.  Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.

4.  Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.

5.  Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization.

6.  Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.



References : VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Pharmacy Associated Group Standard at

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: 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


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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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.


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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 ( 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 ( 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:
  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: 793548.  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 Friday, December 07, 2012.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Dennis H. Burns
Phone: (808)433-0193
Agency Information:
VHA Pacific Islands HCS
459 Patterson Road
Honolulu, HI


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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