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Job Title:Pharmacist (Clinical Applications Coordinator)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OE-12-TMH-797674

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$107,509.00 to $129,010.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Columbia, SC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is not open to the general public. Only current permanent Department of Veteran Affairs employees may apply.

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 797674 

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.

 

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

GS-13 is the recommended grade; however, it is not guaranteed. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the 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

DUTIES:

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The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for a pharmacist for the Clinical Application Coordinator section. The incumbent serves as a project manager for VISN 7 on special software programs, as assigned.  He/she will also serve as the coordinator for the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and the related software packages that comprise the program. The primary function of this Pharmacist position is to implement, coordinate, evaluate, and manage the CPRS and associated programs. He/she develops, implements, validates and maintains clinical protocols and data files used in these programs. Additionally, he/she will be required to organize and present educational sessions designed to help clinicians learn to use CPRS and any other VISTA clinical program pertinent to their patient care functions. As a Pharmacist, this person uses drug knowledge/drug information background to assist practitioners in developing specific clinical systems that meet their individual practice needs. He/she serves as a resource to pharmacy service regarding the clinical information systems applications. He/she will serve as primary liaison between the VISN 7 Clinical Informatics Manager, VISN 7 BCMA/CPRS Manager, Chiefs of Staff, Clinical Service Chiefs, Product Line Managers and the Information Resources Management Service Line regarding clinical information at VISN 7 VA Medical Centers .


Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship.  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.  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.  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, Chapt 3, section B, paragraph 16.  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).

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

GS-11: Pharmacist.  Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity.

GS-12 Clincial Pharmacist (Full Performance Level):  Experience or Education.  In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: 1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or 2.   Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. Assignment.  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.   Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 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.

GS-13 Clinical Pharmacist:  Experience or Education. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, candidates must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) Assignment.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Candidates at this grade level Manages all aspects of a distinct program to include policy development, quality resources and specialty functions unique to the program to optimize cost effectiveness (budget) and patient outcomes.   Coordinates a single program area of a complex pharmacy operation, or multiple program areas within a facility to develop, organize, manage, and control complex pharmacy programs.   Develops, organizes, coordinates and manages single or multiple program areas within the medical facility; this may include a single program area at multiple facilities. The Program Manager title is reserved for those individuals who have one or more of the following: supervisory responsibilities for various sections within Pharmacy Service; a complex program requiring coordination of multiple locations such as medical center care facilities, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), rural health, telemedicine, etc; specialized areas of a complex nature such as nuclear pharmacy, quality assurance, pharmacy informatics, clinical applications coordinator, Home Based Primary Care, pharmacoeconomist or liaison pharmacist duties requiring the coordination of processes with other medical facilities or VISNs.  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 thier program area; 3. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in thier 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.

 

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, dated June 7, 2012 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc


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.  These applicants must submit a DD Form 214 worksheet or statement of service with their application.  Failure to provide required Veteran documents will result in an ineligible rating.  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.


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.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



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/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. You'll note that the questionnaire numbering may not fall into alignment with the 1203FX. You may have a series of questions and then the numbering starts over with 1.  Continue on the 1203FX as if the numbering continued.
  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: 797674.  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 Monday, December 31, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted.  Applicants who fail to submit will be rated ineligible for consideration.   Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (28-37) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.  This response should be provided on a separate sheet of paper as instructed on the form.

3.  Online Questionnaire.

4.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.  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).  

5.  Copy of latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

 

 

NOTES:
•   Please do not mail or e-mail application material.  Apply on-line or via fax.
•   If you require a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact the Chief of Human Resources at 803-776-4000 ext 6520.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

WJB DORN VAMC
Phone: (803)776-4000x4346
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: NO_E-MAIL--APPLY@USAJOBS.OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
VISN
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ON LINE OR FAX ONLY
Thank you, SC
29209 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.


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Job Announcement Number:

OE-12-TMH-797674

Control Number:

332509200