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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Maplewood CBOC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-618-SC-13-VU795198

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$117,065.00 to $138,566.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Maplewood, MN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

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. 

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 795198 (Include # on all documents)

 

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.

 

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

 

This position is located at the Maplewood Community Based Outpatient Clinic.  The position is assigned to the Pharmacy Service Line of the Minneapolis Health Care System, which is part of a larger network called the VA Midwest Healthcare System in VISN 23, which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

The incumbent spends a large majority of their time in clinical practice in Ambulatory Care. The incumbent will also have minimal time with oversight and responsibility of Anticoagulation. The incumbent is also responsible for participating in pharmacy education programs such as residency training programs, clerkships, and internships.

 

This position is in the Excepted Service (Partial Title 38).  If a Competitive Service (Career or Career Conditional) employee is appointed into this position, they will be converted to an Excepted Appointment.   Benefits will remain the same.

 

PLEASE NOTE!  REQUIRED FORMS LIST FOR APPLICATION TO THIS VACANCY CONTAINED IN “REQUIRED DOCUMENTS” SECTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

At a minimum, you must include a resume or CV, VA Form 10-2850c, and other applicable documentation. Check the list!

 

FIRST Consideration will be given to – Permanent employees of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System; SECOND- Any other promotion candidate or candidate required to compete from other VA Facilities, THIRD- Reassignments, Reinstatements, and other qualified applicants.

A professional standards board will determine your pay according to the applicable grade and step.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy
  • BS Pharmacy and/or Pharm D. from an ACPE accredited institution

DUTIES:

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  • Conducting comprehensive appraisals of patient's health status by taking health and medication histories. Relevant findings are documented in the patient's medical record.
  • Evaluating medication therapy through direct patient care involvement, with clinical assessment and objective findings relating to patient's responses to medication therapy and communicating and documenting those findings and recommendations to appropriate individuals and in appropriate records.
  • Developing and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments.
  • Provide education to patients, caregivers and health care professionals.
  • Ordering, performing, reviewing and analyzing appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's medication therapy.
  • Performing the physical measurements necessary to ensure the patient's appropriate clinical responses to drug therapy.
  • Assisting in the management of medical emergencies, adverse drug events, and acute and chronic disease states.
  • Assisting in collection, reporting and assessment of Adverse Drug Reaction reports.
  • Administering medications, according to pre-established protocol, when requested by physicians.
  • Identifying and taking specific corrective action for drug-induced problems according to protocol, procedure, guideline, or national standard of care.
  • Prescribing medications, devices and supplies to include: initiation, continuation, discontinuation, monitoring and altering therapy, based on established formulary or protocol, procedure, guideline, or national standard of care.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday Days


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 

     a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.) 

     b.  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: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.

(NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacyterminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor ofPharmacy.)

 

(2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educationalrequirement 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 (TOEFLiBT).

 

     c.  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.

 

     d.  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.

 

     e.  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

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

 

GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENT:

GS-13 Clinical Pharmacist

Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet the following:

     1.  1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12)

Examples of such experience includes, but is 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.

    

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 

     1.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

     2.  Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

     3 Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

     4.  Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

     5.  Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


Education: An unofficial copy of your transcript is required upon application.

(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:  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.) 

 

(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).

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.   

Education: An unofficial copy of your transcript is required upon application.

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). 

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.

 


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

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:795198.

2.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

 

Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., resume, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

 

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 17, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In order to be considered, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  CV or Resume which must include name, contact phone number, email, beginning/ending dates (i.e., 4/5/2009-5/6/2011) for each period of employment, number of hours per week for each position listed

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

3.  Online Questionnaire. The number of questions for this announcement is 6.  Click here to view the questions: View Assessment Questions

4.  A copy of your college transcript (exception made for current MVAHCS pharmacists).

5.  Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy. If you are a current Minneapolis VA HCS employee, include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing the type of appointment, tenure, job series, title and grade level for Federal employees.  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah L. Schreiner
Phone: (612)467-2063x0000
Fax: (612)467-2287x0000
Email: DEBORAH.SCHREINER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Minneapolis HCS
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN
55417 Fax: (612)467-2287x0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. If you are contacted for an interview, you will be asked for written responses to the KSA's as part of the interview process.You will be notified when your rating is determined. 


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-618-SC-13-VU795198

Control Number:

332431800