- U.S. citizenship.
- Education: Applicant must be a 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). TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.
- Licensure: The applicant must possess a full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the Unites States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
(a) Experience. 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 a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.
(b) Assignments. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the following assignments:
1. Clinical Pharmacist. A Clinical Pharmacist spends significant time in Clinical Practice
Examples of practice sites include but are not limited to: medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, primary care, ambulatory care including open pharmacy, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, medical research and others recognized by the professional standards board.
2. Pharmacy Specialist. Pharmacists in these assignments have responsibility for managing a specialized area of practice within a facility or area of a facility. They include but are not limited to IV admixtures, Information Technology (ADPACs, Informatics Specialists), Drug Information, etc. which require specialized skills but may be supervised by other pharmacists and have close relationships with other departments or services.
3. Pharmacy Supervisor, Inpatient/Outpatient. The supervisor (Inpatient/Outpatient) is responsible for the professional and administrative management of an inpatient/outpatient area in a small minimally complex pharmacy service that offers basic pharmacy services at a Complexity Level 3 (low complexity) VHA facilities with one division, or an inpatient/outpatient area at a site geographically removed from the supervisor. Pharmacy programs at these facilities are primarily involved in distributive functions and general clinical pharmacy activities. Such individuals typically have responsibility for supervising three or more professional GS-11 pharmacists. In addition to the experience requirements in paragraph (a), pharmacists assigned to these positions must demonstrate an ability to manage people and/or programs and the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics necessary to satisfactorily complete the following duties.
a. Assigning duties; development of performance standards and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancement, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions; identification of continuing education and training needs; etc.;
b. Serving as a consultant within Pharmacy Service and with other facility health care staff in evaluating health care delivery to patients; and
c. Assessing, planning and evaluating the pharmacy program to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of pharmacy services and the overall delivery of health care.
(c) Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience requirements and KSAs at the GS-11 level, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Comprehensive knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, informatics systems, drug information, etc. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;
2. Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;
3. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters;
4. Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care;
5. Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions;
6. Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical decisions;
7. Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), TJC and other standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to both inpatients and outpatients (including research and investigational drugs); and
8. Ability to manage people and/or programs.
Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
Pharmacy Supervisor. Responsible for the professional and administrative management of an assigned area in pharmacy service, to include budgetary execution. Such individuals have responsibilities for supervising multiple pharmacists and technicians. Manages people, maintains effective interdepartmental relations, and cooperates with other services to accomplish the medical facility's mission and goals. Develops performance standards, assures that the program area is compliant with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements, designs and implements orientation and training programs for staff, and develops and maintains systems to monitor the performance of staff activities. Develops policies and procedures relative to their assigned area. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:
a. Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff.
b. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
c. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy.
d. Skill in managing people or programs.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office or online.
Education: The applicant must be a 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).
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.