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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Inpatient/Outpatient)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ABQ-12-1001-TRD-801675

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

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$106,481.00 to $124,562.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Albuquerque, NM United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (801675): 801675 

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?


Failing to submit any documentation listed under the “Required Documents” tab by the closing date may result in loss of consideration. 

Selectee salary and grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.


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.


  • 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
  • Graduate of a degree program in Pharm. from approved college or university


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The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist-Inpatient has the principal duties in providing highly innovate and progressive clinical pharmacy services and developing and directing clinicial pharmacy programs in the Inpatient Care Area.  Clinical pharmacy duties are also performed in other areas of the Medical Center as necessity requires and time permits. He/she is responsible for providing pharmacist and technician staff development through education and training programs.  Plans, coordinates, and conducts education and training programs which will provide the staff with competencies to provide total pharmaceutical care.  The incumbent provides and coordinates educational programs for patients and for medical and nusring staff.  Additional general duties are:

    a). Shares responsibility with the other clinical pharmacists for coordinating and directing drug information and practice activities and acting as a PRIME residency preceptor.  Develops therapeutic drug policy through medical literature evaluation and the application of pharmacoeconomic principles and methods.

    b). Assures the safe, appropriate, cost-effective use of drugs in assigned patient care areas through the application of specialized knowledge and the use of judgement in the colleciton and interpretation of data specific to each patient and in tactful interactions with other professionals.

    c). Active participant in the Pharmacy Service Quality Improvement program.

    d). Maintains a practice site in an Inpatient Care Area and serves as a clinical resource for paitent nutrition support.

    e). Shares the responsibility for cost containment by recommending to physicians the most efficacious and cost effective therapy.  Prepares reports documenting cost containment for the P&T committee when needed and/or requested.

    f). Actively participates in Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee activities and shares responsibility for Drug Use Evaluation and Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting with appropriate health care professionals.

`The Clinical Pharmacist-Outpatient in this assignment handles routine medication related activities in accordance with local, Veteran 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 patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconcilliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, non-formulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events; assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distrlibution.


Work Schedule:  Rotating/weekend/holiday coverage
Position Description: N/A (Functional Statement)
Physical Demands:  Refer to VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) OR Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE.
  • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  • Must be able to lift/carry pharmaceutical supplies weighing at least 50 lbs., bending and stooping, and regular and recurring physical exertion involving standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.



GS-12 Level: To qualify at the GS-12 level you must have completed 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 completed a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.


In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants appointed at the grade level of GS-12 are expected to possess and provide verification of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities;


  • Comprehensive knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or speciality area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, informatics systsms, drug information, etc;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics;
  • Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters;
  • Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care;
  • Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions;
  • Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical decisions;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), TJC and other standards as related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to inpatients.




References : VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard (GS-660) dated June 12, 2012  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions a

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


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


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

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.


Status Eligible Candidates: Current Federal employees serving under a Career or Career-Conditional appointment, or former Federal employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.

Special Authority Candidates:  (a) Schedule A (handicapped), (b) preference eligible or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). 

Interchange Agreements: Title 38 employees/others at: Systems



EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP):  "The encumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this Medical Center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


Fair Labor Standards Act:  Exempt
Bargaining Unit Status Code:  1276
Background Information: NACI
This is NOT a Supervisory Position.


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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: 801675.  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 Wednesday, January 02, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.   Resume (It is strongly recommended to build your résumé in USA Staffing. If you choose not to, your résumé must, at a minimum, include the following: full name, date of birth, full social security number.   For each previous place of employment; name, address AND dates of employment in mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy format, GS-level (or equivalent if not federal employment).

2.   Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) (Available at:

3.   Responses to the questionnaire. (REQUIRED)

4.   Application (VA Form 10-2850(c) (REQUIRED)(Title 38 & Hybrid Title 38) (Available at:

5.   Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please refer to this checklist).

6.   Veterans' Preference documentation (DD Form 214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VBA Letter, as appropriate). (Available at:

7.   If you are a current or former government employment you must submit a copy of your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action)(Blocks #24 and 34 will be reviewed to determine eligibility). (REQUIRED – if applicable).

8.   Unofficial college transcripts if substituting college education for the experience requirement (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.) (REQUIRED – if applicable).


Thomas Driber
Phone: (505)265-1711x2760
Fax: (505)256-5740
Agency Information:
VHA New Mexico HCS Albuquerque
DVA New Mexico VA Health Care System
HR Management Service 05
1501 San Pedro Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM
87108 Fax: (505)256-5740


If you wish to know the status of your application at any time in the process, refer to the automated status updates available in your account Application Manager.


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  If qualified, we will 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.  You will be notified when your rating is determined.


IF YOU FAIL to provide the documentation that is identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS portion of this announcement you will not be considered and receive an electronic notification of either “IDMA” or “IFM”.

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