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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (HBPC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FI-13-YKo-798737

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$109,898.00 to $131,399.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 14, 2013 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
El Paso, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 798737 

APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION

DUTY LOCATION: Eastside Community Based Outpatient Clinic (COBC)

This announcement is open until filled. Qualified applicants will be considered when application is received. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

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The El Paso VAHCS is part of VISN 18 Network, and is a standalone ambulatory care facility with over 600 employees and growing. This opportunity offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and liberal vacation. Working hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are right in town and camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, alpines and cross country skiing, snow tubing, Indian casinos are so close as two hours away.

El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town. This is a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and three states.

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire.

Several independent studies have ranked El Paso as one of the safest cities in the U.S. compared to cities of similar population size. Additionally, other studies have shown El Paso’s economy has grown since 2009, despite the national recession. Along with this economic rise, El Paso has experienced significant growth within federal government employment. The El Paso VA Health Care System is one such agency, with a growth of over 200 new employees in the last four years, making the VA medical clinic a premier employment choice. 

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.
PSC for travel is not authorized.
Recruitment incentive is not approved. 

Applicant's education and length of experience will be considered by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

This vacancy is advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.

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
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

DUTIES:

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HBPC Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is responsible for all facets of HBPC patient care (i.e. medication reviews, drug utilization, medication monitoring, and education). The incumbent will serve as a provider extender for medication management and the HBPC staff. The incubment will evaluates drug therapy for all HBPC patients based on Joint Commission and ORYX measure requirements specific to HBPC to maximize the safest and most effective treatment plan (i.e. reduce polypharmacy and the risk of falls); provides in depth, patient-specific pharmacologic consultations upon request; attends weekly interdisciplinary meetings to review patient care plans, provide patient-specific recommendations, and conduct timely follow up on discussed issues; provides dosing recommendations including pharmacokinetic dosing, based on age, renal or hepatic dosing; usual recommended starting doses, titrations and maximum dosing to optimize disease state management (ie hypertension, diabetes); conversions to formulary agents; and anticoagulation management; provides in depth review of nonformulary drug requests for approval or disapproval; works with HBPC providers to enhance and maintain proactive adherence to formulary; assesses clinical responses to current medication regimen and formulates pharmaceutical care treatment plans and recommends appropriate adjustments to the HBPC provider; and participate in home visits for medication reconciliation and patient and caregiver education as requested by HBPC staff or as needed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Licensed Pharmacist, GS-660 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012.

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States

Education: Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree (Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the ACPE website 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: Hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

Creditable Experience:

Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.

Residency and Fellowship Training. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination).

Completion of a pharmacy residency program is preferred.

Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

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

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following 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.

Your experience and/or education is subject to verification by investigation.  You must show this experience in your resume/application, you may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience

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.

Physical Standards: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

English Language Proficiency:  Appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity who is not proficient in written and spoken English.

Drug Testing Designated Positions: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

Background Investigation: New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

VetPro: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

Selective Service Registration: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. 

 


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. 

Note: Your DD-214 must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/. Please provide member copy 4.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp or http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. 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.

NOTE: Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) will be used whenever interviews are conducted during the selection process.  To find out more about PBI, 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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 years.

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This is a bargaining unit position

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, marital status, nondisqualifying physical handicap, or any other nonmerit reasons.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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 (http://www.opm.gov/disability/appempl.asp); mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more (http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hm/shav/index.aspx).



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 and OF-306 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: 798737.  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.

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan.

You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required).
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (required, respond either online or by faxing in a completed 1203FX form)
  3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  4. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. Copy of License(s) and Certifications.
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.
  7. 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) and most recent award letter.   
  8. If currently employed with the Federal Government, include your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Applicants are encouraged to include copies of their last performance appraisal.
  9. Any other documentation that would show quality level of performance in your pharmacy experience.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IDMA (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Yvette Komaragiri
Phone: (915)564-7963
Email: YVETTE.KOMARAGIRI@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA El Paso HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
5001 N Piedras
El Paso, TX
79930
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After you Submit Your Application...
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made. Qualified applicants will be referred.

What happens when your application is referred
If the Selecting Official (which is not the HR Specialist) elects to consider external candidates, he or she may contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the Selecting Official.

After interviewing is Complete…
Many factors influence how quickly a selectee can be brought on board. If the Selecting Official chooses an internal candidate, all other candidates will be notified of the outcome. Otherwise, once the Selecting Official makes their selection, a tentative offer would be made and upon acceptance the pre-appointment process would begin.

What does the pre-appointment process entail?
Before you can be appointed a number of steps must be completed. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. The first part is VetPRO, the VA’s credentialing system used to verify your education, work history, license(s) and references. Next you will be asked to submit to fingerprinting when you arrive to complete your pre-employment physical. Lastly, a Professional Standards Board (PSB) will convene to determine the salary to be offered. Once these processes are complete, you will be contacted with an official start date and commitment package.


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Job Announcement Number:

FI-13-YKo-798737

Control Number:

332791400