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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VJ-13-JLJ-802740

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$90,517.00 to $124,741.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 07, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Walla Walla, WA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 802740 

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 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.

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").                                         

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center supports Psychosocial and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation and Outpatient services to veterans throughout Southeastern Washington, Southwestern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon.   If you would like more information regarding the facility please go to the following website:   http://www.wallawalla.va.gov/

Walla Walla is a pleasant town of 40,000 near the beautiful Blue Mountain range of SE Washington State.   Excellent public schools and two 4-year colleges are an asset.   Our Main Street has been ranked as one of the best small town main streets in the U.S and also was voted friendliest city in the US by Rand-McNally in 2011.    Sunset Magazine has proclaimed Walla Walla as one of the 10 best small towns in the U.S. and as a tourist destination because of the internationally acclaimed wine industry.

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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The incumbent will work in the Outpatient Pharmacy.    Must have knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics.   Incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy.   Will apply standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs.   Primary function is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following:   evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information.    Interprets and verifies doctor's orders, performs patient medication profile review (allergy, drug interaction screens, etc.).   Oversees the mailing of refilled prescriptions and maintains a continuous work flow for the refill program.   Dispenses controlled substances and maintains appropriate records in a manner that is in compliance with medical center policies and federal regulations.   Counsels patients regarding the proper use of medications.   Additional responsibilities include counseling patients on a full range of issues pertaining to anticoagulation, such as the indication for therapy, laboratory tests used for monitoring, need for close clinical supervision of therapy, signs and symptoms of bleeding or thromboembolic complications, dietary interactions, drug interactions, alcohol consumption and possible alterations in the presence of underlying medical conditions.   Will facilitate scheduling patients to the Anti-Coagulation Clinic as indicated and participate in the day-to-day operation of the Anti-Coagulation Clinic.   Incumbent will work under the general guidance and direction of the Chief of Pharmacy.   Performs most job duties independently and in accordance with established departmental and medical center policies and procedures.

Prior clinical pharmacy experience in an outpatient clinic setting is preferred. Prior experience with Anticoagulation medication therapy management protocols is a plus.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency
  • 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
  • Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.  The degree program must have been approved by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) with a baccaulaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degree.

      OR

  • 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).

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12 .  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12.  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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice.

  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.

EXPERIENCE or EDUCATION FOR GS-12 LEVEL:   Requires Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. 

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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:    Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.  Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required.  However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.  Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.


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.


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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



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/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:802740.  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. 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) (Required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire (Required)
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). 
  5. If claiming prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ).
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jennifer L. Jenkins
Phone: (509)527-3453
Email: JENNIFER.JENKINS4@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Walla Walla VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
77 Wainwright Drive HR Department
Walla Walla, WA
99362

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:

VJ-13-JLJ-802740

Control Number:

333076300